After hiding John 1:1-14 in my heart, with the great community of ladies at www.donotdepart.com, over the seven weeks between Easter Sunday and Pentecost Sunday, I enjoyed it so much that I thought I’d like to keep on memorizing with fellow sisters in the Lord.
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So today, I invite you to spend your summer soaking in the riches of Psalm 103. At just two verses a week, this low-pressure memory challenge is a great way to spend the lazy days of summer and come out of summer refreshed and inspired by the incredible promises and truths of Psalm 103.
Each week, I’ll post a simple plan for memorizing the two verses of the week, as well as helpful insights and tips. (If you don't already subscribe to my posts, you can do so at the end of this post so you don't miss any of the follow up posts for this memory challenge Feel free to share your own in the comments so others can be blessed by the good things the Lord is showing you along the way. Also, I think what I enjoyed most about Do Not Depart's His Word in My Heart challenge was that I was memorizing John 1:1-14 with other women who love the Lord. We kept each other accountable, asked questions, and shared tips. I know for me it really was inspiring and motivating to keep on memorizing and not give up. Though I have memorized chunks of Scripture on my own, the accountability, and fellowship was missing It was easy to start strong and later on fizzle out because I was missing those two elements that I now realize are instrumental in my motivation not only to memorize Scripture, but to keep running the race with endurance.
So if you are like me, and can memorize on your own just fine, but would love to actually memorize a passage with a group of Sisters in Christ who are committed to Hiding God’s Word in their hearts, I encourage you to join us. The accountability and fellowship along the way are priceless! You will be inspired, encouraged, strengthened both by the verses we’ll memorize as well as by the other godly women who are dedicated to hide Psalm 103 in their heart this summer. If you don’t have a good memory, don’t let that hold you back. If you truly have a desire to memorize Psalm 103, God will surely honor that desire, and fully equip you with the ability to not only memorize all of Psalm 103, but to lock it in your brain for the rest of your life. Trust Him. You can do this! If you ever doubt your ability to memorize Scripture, or finish this memory challenge let these two verses encourage you and help you take those thoughts captive and bring them into obedience to Christ:
- I can do ALL THINGS through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)
- With man this is impossible, but not with God. With God ALL THINGS are possible! (Matthew 19:26)
Both these verses prove that you can memorize Scripture, even all of Psalm 103, regardless of your memory. For more great reasons to join us in memorizing Scripture, check out John Piper’s 6 Great Reason’s to Memorize Scripture as well as the benefits of memorizing passages over individual verses. So if you desire to join us in memorizing Psalm 103, stating today, grab your favorite Bible translation to memorize from and let’s get started!
Just for this week….
Verses to Memorize
Daily Memorization Plan
1. Read Psalm 103:1 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times.
2. Read Psalm 103:2 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times.
What Works For Me
Each morning I read out loud and recite my verses for the week a total of 10 times each. So I don’t lose count, and to make things easy for me, to keep track how many times I’ve read a verse out loud or how many times I have recited it, I will write on any slip of paper something like this, and use tick marks to keep track of what I’ve done so far, so I know when I reach 10 times:
Read out loud:
Read out loud:
After I finish this I’ll write my verses on a 3 x 5 note card and bring my verses wherever I am to review throughout my day in those down times when my hands are busy but my mind is free. (i.e. Brushing teeth, styling hair, putting on makeup, cooking, folding laundry, going on a walk waiting in line at the store or in traffic at a stop light, etc.) I actually memorized the majority of John 1:1-14 simply in the 15 minutes it takes me to take a shower each day. By posting my verses in the shower, memorizing John 1:1-14 while I was already in there anyway meant the 15 minutes I worked on my memory verses did not take any extra time out my busy day. Rather I just redeemed the time when my hands were busy but my mind is free, just as Janet Pope recommends in her fantastic book “His Word in My Heart."
Think about your day and what moments you can redeem for hiding His Word in your heart. Maybe it’s when your kids are napping or playing independently. Or when you are waiting at the doctor’s office, in the checkout line, in traffic. Perhaps it is when you are folding laundry or going on your morning walk. If you know you are going to be facing those times, why not bring your 3 x 5 card with your verses on it and have them handy to review during those down times that can be expected in our day-to-day life? Other ways that help me fix God's Word in my mind and heart is by saying my verses to my little girl (while I drive, while she plays, while we go on a walk, etc) It helps me to really learn my verses because I can't teach her what I don't know. Then we talk about what the verses mean. If your kids are older, you could make memorizing Psalm 103 a family thing thing this summer!
Also, if you like to journal, SOAP journaling your verses for the week is a great way to help cement God's Word in your mind. I find SOAP journaling really helps me notice gems of truth about a verse I might not have seen had I not taking the time to reflect by journaling. It's like when my little girl and I go on walks throughout the neighborhood and we see so many beautiful flowers we pass by so quickly when we are in the car driving by. Yes we see them in the car, but when we are on walks we can slow down and really enjoy the magnificence of God's beautiful creation. This is what SOAP journaling is like for me.
I've given you some ideas for how you might memorize the first two verses of Psalm 103. Pray how the Lord would have you hide His Word in your heart.
I want to leave you with one last thing. When I was in high school and I had a test coming up, I would study until I got it right. Now looking back, I can see I was doing the bare minimum in preparing for a test. Because God’s Word is life-changing I do not study my memory verses until I finally get it right. Instead, I practice until I can’t get it wrong. That is when I can joyfully say “I know John 1:1-14!” So this week I will be doing this will Psalm 103:1-2, so by the end of August I can rejoice that “I know Psalm 103!” I hope you’ll join me in this! God bless you richly as you seek to Hide Psalm 103:1-2 in your heart this week!
Questions for you: Will you be memorizing Psalm 103 with us this summer? What tips and tools do you find most helpful when you are memorizing Scripture?
Psalm 103 Memory Challenge Quick LinksFor tips and helps in memorizing your verses this week, check out the previous posts for the Psalm 103 Memory Challenge:
Introduction to Memorizing Psalm 103
Week 1: Psalm 103:1-2 Remembering God’s Faithfulness.
Week 2 (Part 1): Psalm 103:3 There's No god Like Our God!
Week 2 (Part 2) Psalm 103:4 Oh, How He Loves Us!
Week 3 (Part 1) Psalm 103:5 Strength For The Weary
Week 3 (Part 2) Psalm 103:6 God Will Give You Justice!
Week 4 (Part 1) Psalm 103:7 God Makes Himself Known!
Week 4 (Part 2) Psalm 103:8 Mercy in Abundance!
Week 5: Psalm 103:9-10 Better Than I Deserve!
Week 6: Psalm 103:11-12 How High and Wide is God's Mercy For Us!
Week 7: Psalm 103:13-14 God's Loving Compassion For Us!
Week 8: Psalm 103:15-16 Soon and Very Soon, We are Going to See the King!
Week 9: Psalm 103:17-18 God's Mercy is from Everlasting to Everlasting!
Week 10: Psalm 103:19-20 God Rules Over All!
Week 11: Psalm 103:21-22 Bless the Lord!
Week 12: My Plan for Keeping Psalm 103 Hidden In My Heart!
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