My husband is a history buff. He knows names, dates, places, and all the carnage that ensued from wars. He knows heroes, villains, and the colors of their capes. He remembers things he read and he remembers how to get to someone’s house without having to look it up each time.
I can barely remember my name. No seriously, I’ve been married for 13 1/2 years and I still sign with my maiden name … often. I can’t remember phone numbers. I certainly can’t remember historical dates (don’t try to charm me with your catchy little tunes because I will still mess up the dates). I can’t remember what I’m supposed to get at the grocery store, or which day is crazy hat day at school. Oh my gosh, I’m HORRIBLE at remembering birthdays – except for my sister’s because it’s the day after mine. Thank you God for planning that out so nicely for me!
So why on EARTH would I try to memorize scripture????
I’m literally giggling out loud as I type this — because it really does seem like a waste of time for someone who can’t commit things to memory very easily, right?
My friend Anne pretty much told me straight up that I was going to memorize scripture this year. And she had good reason for being so pushy (in love of course). When scripture is committed to memory it changes things. It changes our perspective. It changes our prayer life. It changes the depth of understanding that we have in regards to who God is and how to see Him in our lives. And one of my favorite things is that it changes the way we help others.
I’ve been known to say stupid things to people who are brokenhearted or going through awful things. Yes, some of that is human nature, but a lot of that stemmed from the fact that I didn’t have scripture on the tip of my tongue so I floundered like a fish out of water when I was asked things such as, “Why did God make this happen?”
But just yesterday a friend of mine was struggling through a high stress situation and guess what I was able to do immediately? I was able to text this to her:
Cast all your anxieties on Him because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
I didn’t have to fumble through typing and erasing and typing again and wondering if what I was saying would be in alignment with what scripture teaches. And I didn’t have to Google “stress, scripture” to find just the right verse. I KNEW that I knew that I knew that God cares for her and that she could make the choice to give her anxiety to God.
So how does a Forgetful Frances go about memorizing scripture? Well of course I have an app for that. Yes it cost me money, and yes it was worth every penny. As you know I struggle with spending far too much time playing on my phone. You’ll be happy to hear that I am doing VERY well when it comes to games – I’m down to 1 game and I hardly ever play it anymore.
Instead of keeping zombies from eating my brain, when I get the urge to reach for my phone I open my Scripture Typewriter app instead of my Plants vs Zombies app. #dontjudge I have learned about 22 scripture passages this year. I know this isn’t mind blowing and people have probably memorized entire books of the bible in the time it took me to learn 22 passages —- HOWEVER, since Betty isn’t invited to this party I am pleased to share that I am very proud of myself!
If I can do it, I’m pretty sure anyone can.
Do you memorize scripture? What motivates you and how do you commit passages to memory?