I'm so busy! How can I memorize scripture?
That's what I used to say. But this past summer God really started speaking to me in many different ways about the importance of memorizing scripture. This was culminated at She Speaks on Sunday morning when my dear friend Karen Ehman spoke. Her message about memorizing the book of James by this Christmas morning was the final boom.
Somehow, I had to stop offering up excuses and get intentional about committing verses to memory.
So I did what I've learned to do. I started where I was. I don't feel called yet to memorize an entire book, but I am sure that will come. For right now, I've just committed to memorize verses that speak to me about where I am. You know the ones... they leap off the page shimmering with meaning and speaking to your exact situation. They might be verses that come up in several different ways-- your pastor refers to them, your quiet time is on them, you read them on the blogs you frequent and then a friend refers to them.
Surely I am not the only person this happens to!
So now I've started keeping a package of index cards in my nightstand, right beside where I do my quiet time. When one of those verses jumps out at me, it goes on an index card. Now understand, I am not writing a verse a day-- not even a verse a week necessarily. But I am slowly adding to my repertoire. I keep all the verses on top of my Bible and, before I start my quiet time for the day, I practice saying them without looking, then go over them to make sure I said it correctly.
It's not rocket science, but it's working for me. If the thought of memorizing whole books or passages intimidates you, then just start with one verse. Memorize it. Then add another. But keep the other one in front of you daily. Over time, as I've found, you'll build and build. And before you know it, you'll know more scripture than you did six months ago.
Try it! It's not as hard as you think!