My Plan for Hiding John 1 in My Heart

I’m very excited about the next Hide it in Your Heart challenge coming up at Do Not Depart! To gear up for the challenge of memorizing John 1, I’ve made a plan to keep me on track during the seven weeks we’ll be Hiding John 1 in our heart.

Hiding John 1 

I encourage you, especially if you have never done one of these challenges, please join us! Now before you panic and think that we are actually memorizing all fifty-one verses in the first chapter of John, rest assured this challenge is just for the first fourteen verses. (John 1:1-14) If you’re thinking it can’t be done, let me share with you my plan for memorizing John 1.

This week I will write out each verse on a 3 x 5 card and follow the schedule below.

Week
Dates
Verses to Memorize
What to Do

1
April 8-14
John 1:1-2
Each day this week…
1. Read John 1:1-2 out loud 10 times.
2. Recite John 1:1-2 out loud 10 times.

2
April 15-21
John 1:3-4
Each day this week…
1. Review last week’s verses (John 1:1-2) first by reciting them 10 times.
2. Read this week’s verses (John 1:3-4) out loud 10 times.
3. Recite this week’s verses (John 1:3-4) out loud 10 times.

3
April 22-28
John 1:5-6
Each day this week…
1. Review last week’s verses first (John 1:3-4) by reciting it 10 times.
2. Review old verses altogether by reciting John 1:1-4 once through.
3. Read this week’s verses (John 1:5-6) out loud 10 times.
4. Recite this week’s verses (John 1:5-6) out loud 10 times.

4
April 29-May5
John 1:7-8
Each day this week…
1. Review last week’s verses first (John 1:5-6) by reciting it 10 times.
2. Review old verses altogether by reciting John 1:1-6 once through.
3. Read this week’s verses (John 1:7-8) out loud 10 times.
4. Recite this week’s verses (John 1:7-8) out loud 10 times.

5
May 6-May 12
John 1:9-10
Each day this week…
1. Review last week’s verses first (John 1:7-8) by reciting it 10 times.
2. Review old verses altogether by reciting John 1:1-8 once through.
3. Read this week’s verses (John 1:9-10) out loud 10 times.
4. Recite this week’s verses (John 1:9-10) out loud 10 times.

6
May 13-May 19
John 1:11-12
Each day this week…
1. Review last week’s verses first (John 1:9-10) by reciting it 10 times.
2. Review old verses altogether by reciting John 1:1-10 once through.
3. Read this week’s verses (John 1:11-12) out loud 10 times.
4. Recite this week’s verses (John 1:11-12) out loud 10 times.

7
May 20-May 27
John 1:13-14
Each day this week…
1. Review last week’s verses first (John 1:11-12) by reciting it 10 times.
2. Review old verses altogether by reciting John 1:1-12 once through.
3. Read this week’s verses (John 1:13-14) out loud 10 times.
4. Recite this week’s verses (John 1:13-14) out loud 10 times.
Then…
Commit to reciting John 1:1-14 once through each day for the next 100 days. After that review once a week, for the rest of my life. (This can be done in my daily down times—while showering, driving, ironing, folding laundry, cooking, etc. )
* My plan for memorizing John 1:1-14 was adapted from “An Approach to Extended Memorization” by Dr. Andrew M. Davis, Pastor at First Baptist Church in Durham, N.C.

To help cement these verses in my mind and heart, I will be sure to carry my verses for the week wherever I go for quick review during the slow moments throughout my day (i.e. while brushing my teeth, doing my hair and makeup, running errands, waiting in line, going on a walk, folding and ironing laundry, cooking, etc.) I will see how many times I can recite my verses over the course of my day. Additionally, I plan to post my memory verses on my bathroom mirror, on the refrigerator, in my shower, in the car,--anywhere I experience moments of down time that I can use to quickly review my verses.

Finally, if the Lord leads you may like to S.O.A.P Journal each of the seven weeks during the memory challenge to further reinforce the corresponding memory verses for each week. I personally like to SOAP journal my memory verses as I memorize them because it allows me to slow down and really think about what I am memorizing. But that’s just me. Don’t feel pressure to add S.O.A.P Journaling on top of memorizing the verses if God has not put that on your heart--only as the Lord leads. I simply wanted to share what I will be doing to memorize John 1:1-14 to show you just one way it can be done. And that is it. It can be done. Regardless of our memory, we can hide these verses in our heart. Do you know how I know this? Because the Bible promises “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13) Through Christ, we can do this! So I hope you’ll join us as we hide John 1 in our heart. You’ll be blessed because you did!



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Copyright © 2012 Brooke Espinoza.

10 comments:

  1. Wow. I love how you have laid out this plan, Brooke. I pray it will bless many!

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    1. Thanks Lisa! I pray it blesses many, too!

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  2. What a wonderful plan, Brooke! I also want to SOAP my verses too!

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    1. Thanks Shonda! That's so neat you're going to be SOAP journaling your verses too!Fun!

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  3. Great detailed plan Brooke!

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  4. Wow. Great plan! Thanks for sharing it with us!

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    1. Thanks Katie! I needed a plan. I'm looking forward to starting this! :)

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  5. I love your plan - what a great way to tackle the challenge!

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    1. Thanks Sheila! It helps me stay on track. :) I'm so glad your doing the challenge, too! God bless you!

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