memorizing {spiritual discipline}

“where did i put my coffee cup?”

“i just had it.”

“oh there it is! silly me!”


“now…why did i come into the kitchen?”

“i can’t remember…”


“i needed to have been there 5 minutes ago!”


“why can’t i have one happy thought today? just one!”


our minds are always running.

multi-tasking. overloading.

cramming information in.

where do we store peace?

how do we clear our minds?

what will help my focus?

how can i ban these depressive thoughts?

memorizing Scripture is key.

“The key to memorizing is reviewing.” [Janet Pope, His Word in my Heart] She goes on to write in regards to memorizing Scripture, “…we are trading our thoughts for God’s. We are chasing after truth, God’s truth. We are choosing to embrace the God of the Bible rather than the god in our own minds.”

 i have made Scripture memory a part of my daily rhythm. it has become vital to my faith journey.

God’s Word can clear the mind, take thoughts captive, and doesn’t return void.

i use a tool i call the Scripture Memory System.

how i pick Scripture:

verses that come alive in the Bible to me

verses or a chapter that are speaking to me in the season of life i’m in

a passage i heard in a sermon

a verse i learned in a Bible Study or small group

a verse i looked up and want to claim for my children, my marriage, our church, our city, or our adoption


index card box (holds 4″x6″ index cards)

4″x6″ index cards

A-Z card guides (36 cards are needed)

fine tip sharpie marker

here’s how it works:

take the card guides and use the blank side of the tab and write the following on each tab:

daily, monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday, 1-30

 i write a verse down on a card and file it in the daily tab.

after i have reviewed it for several days, i move it to a weekly tab, beginning with monday.

after it has been reviewed and memorized, i move it to a monthly tab, beginning with 1.

writing verses down is an ongoing process. the daily tab should have 2-3 verses.

eventually, each weekly tab will have several verses in them.

and as you memorize more and more, the monthly tabs will begin to fill.

verses will permanently stay in the monthly tabs where you will review them once a month.

here’s what can happen:

you will begin to speak Scripture

your mind will be captivated by His thoughts, His Words

how you think will begin to change

you will begin to pray Scripture

you’ll find yourself meditating on His Word day and night

these verses will be what you use to encourage a friend

Scripture memory is a discipline. it requires work and effort.
but the benefits are far-reaching, legacy-building, mind-captivating, clarity-breathing, chain-breaking.


here’s what i’m giving away:

a homemade Scripture Memory System. {retails $22 plus shipping}

it’s not patented and can be picked up and assembled at any office supply store,

but i want to get one of you a jump start!

plus my favorite chapter to memorize to get you going!

leave a comment with your favorite verse to enter.
plus, we can all benefit from verses we are learning. so do share!

winner will be announced in future post. stay tuned.

the winner is cole from louisiana!

18 thoughts on “memorizing {spiritual discipline}

  1. Such a great system! Judy Coogan at Calvary Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa taught this to me, and I’ve taught it to many others. You can also write the date on the back and the reason you picked that passage to memorize. It’s neat to see how God uses His Word to minister to me in different ways, and how I can use it to minister to others.

  2. A wonderful idea to add to my 3×5 prayer cards. Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; His understanding is unsearchable. Isa 40:28

  3. This sounds like a great system! I think I would like to implement it with myself and the boys. One of my favorites lately, is Phil 2:14 — Do everything without grumbling or arguing so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crookeed generation.” I have to remind myself that this applies to all of us all of the time, even when doing the chores (at home or at work) that no one else seems to want to do.

  4. I couldn’t watch the video but am eager to try this method! My favourite (like I could really pick just one) scripture today is Psalm 63:1-7.

  5. Love this post! One of my favorite Sunday school classes at Calvary in Tuscaloosa was the scripture memory class with you when we worked to memorize the book of Titus. Miss you so much!

  6. I read Isaiah 45:2-3 nearly daily during the really tough parts of our adoption process. Reminded me that God always goes before us and is mighty to accomplish His works so that we may know that he is Lord.

  7. Romans 6:4 “For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.”

  8. I would LOVE to win this . . . I’ve been thinking that I need a system to keep organized and hold me accountable! My current favorite is 1 Timothy 2:5-6 “For there is one God and one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.”

  9. Nice system! I remember as a child memorizing psalm 100 for SS class. Later in children’s choir, we learned a song, which really helped etch it in my mind. My favorite verse, though, is Psalm 139 (the whole thing, not just the verse in it that everyone knows), at least for now. Sometimes, I’ve been known to change my favorite from time to time as it reaches out, grabs me, and somehow becomes very real to me.

  10. Also, I’d really love to watch the video, but it says it is private. Can you open it to the public? Even if I don’t win, I’m definitely doing this so I need more visuals on how to make it happen!

  11. This is a next step in my spiritual discipline journey. I love the Word! It has helped me conquer big time fears and can’t wait to see what fruit this spiritual discipline will bring!
    Thanks Shauna!

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