Do You Have An Extra 10 Minutes a Day?

About a month ago I started working with the guys at Renewal Ranch on scripture memorization.

We covered "Why Should I Memorize Scripture?" I used references from John Piper's site. You can access it here.

We have also studied "How to Memorize Scripture"--good interview with John Piper here. We have talked about developing a love for God's Word and how we do that.

It seems to me that the more we come to understand the depth of God's love for us and what His Word provides for us, the more we will love it--loving God's statutes, His Word, His commandments, His ordinances, His precepts will make memorization easier and more fun--that is my personal opinion.

We have covered a lot of ground in the last month but I stumbled upon a memory system that I want to share with you. 

It is called the Charlotte Mason Memorization System--everything about it appeals to me. For the first time in my life I really think I am going to be able to memorize scripture and retain it forever.

Always in the past when I would memorize scripture or passages of scripture, it was only a matter of time until I lost it--because I did not have an organized system of review.

There is a video on this website that really explains the system in such a clear way--concise, to the point, easy to understand--

So, if you have been wanting to memorize scripture but felt like you couldn't, I believe this might be helpful to you.

The site says that in 5 to 10 minutes a day, over the course of time, you can learn many, many scriptures and retain them.

I hope you will give it a try.

The guys and I had a great time making our index packets and writing our scriptures on 4 x 6 cards.  I was able to find them little packets (not boxes--and actually I think they are packets to organize grocry store coupons in).

Hopefully they will be more likely to sit around with that at the bunkhouse than to actually carry around an index card box.

I am really excited about the prospect of memorizing new scripture and retaining the old.

Sure hope someone will join me.


Debbie Petras said…
Thank you for this post. The older I get the harder it seems to memorize. But I've not given up. My latest chapter that I am working on is Psalm 25. Beth Moore challenged women to commit that one to memory and each morning I try to add another verse. Maybe this will help me? I'll check out the link. And thanks...I need all the help I can get. But I do agree about the importance of memorizing Scripture. So many times Psalm 19 comes to me, as you know.

Blessings and love,
Anita Johnson said…
We just did a study by Rick Warren, 40 Days in the Word....talked a lot about memorization. Simply put, you can't recall God's word if you don't know it. Our group started a memorization challenge....and yes, you can teach old dogs new tricks. I will check out these links. I started with Phillipians 4:8-9.
Sandy said…
I have always enjoyed trying to memorize scripture and while I am good at it, it just doesn't seem to stay with me. I can memorize but then in time I find I have forgotten what I thought I knew so well. Maybe this approach could help me. Seth and I used the Charlotte Mason books in our home school until he thought he was too big (and smart) for it.
Adoption Mama said…
So great you posted kiddos and I do the Charlotte Mason method for Bible in school. My sister and I are rounding the corner in James 5 and will have the book memorized soon. This have become one of the most important Christian disciplines in my life. Blessing Dianne.
Barb said…
Dianne, what a gift this post is for me, and I'm sure for many others. I once had a wonderful memory but as I got older I forgot a lot of what mattered the most- favorite scriptures. I am going to give this a try. I'll pray first, asking God to help me then, as always I do, will thank him every day for doing it. He is faithful. Thanks again, and especially for being kind enough to visit my Spiritual journal. It meant so much to me.
Debbie said…
I did note cards for quite a while after a suggestion in a Beth Moore Bible Study lesson. I confess that I have become very lax in this, and in no big surprise, you can see the difference in my spirit these days.

Thanks for the nudge.

Getting my note card thingie out...
Mary B said…
Thanks, Dianne. I am going to check this out.


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