So now that you have memorized a verse or two the question is, “How do I retain what I have memorized?” There are many methods, but the easiest one I have found is this. The first thing you need to do is gather your materials. For this method you will need:
- 3×5 index cards
- small index card box large enough to hold 3×5 index cards
- 7 tab dividers
- A sharpie or a ballpoint pen
Use one of the index cards and write the verse you are trying to memorize word for word on the card complete with the reference. Next take the sharpie/pen and label the 7 tab dividers one for each day of the week (Monday, Tuesday, etc.) and place them in the card box. After memorizing a verse place that card behind the tab marked Monday. Then on Monday, work on the new verse and the verse you placed behind the Monday tab. Once the second verse is memorized it will go behind Tuesday. The next Monday you pick a new verse and review the verse or verses behind the Monday tab. On Tuesday you review the Tuesday verse and the current week’s verse. Continue the process each week. Following this procedure, at the end of the year at a rate of one verse a week you will have memorized 52 verses, and each day you are reviewing 6 or 7 verses instead of 52 verses. This way they are all fresh in your mind.
Happy Memorizing! If you have another method of scripture memory retention, leave a comment. I’d love to hear how you do it.