Psalm 103 Memory Challenge!

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.

The challenge starts Sunday June 10th and will go until August 26, 2012
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:

  1. I can do ALL THINGS through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)
  2. 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….
Week
Dates
Verses to Memorize
Daily Memorization Plan
1
June 10-16
Psalm 103:1-2
Each Morning…
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:

Psalm 103:1
Read out loud: ||||  ||||
Recite: ||||  ||||

Psalm 103:2

Read out loud: |||| ||||
Recite: |||| ||||

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?


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22 comments:

  1. This is great timing for me. I memorized this chapter with my daughter during our school year, but I need to review it, so I'll start with you tomorrow. Thanks, Brooke.

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    1. Lisa, that is so neat you and your daughter memorized this together! What a neat mother-daughter time! God bless you as you solidify Psalm 103 in your mind and heart!

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  2. Brooke- I LOVE how you broke this down so simply! I would love to memorize Psalm 103 with you! ~Shonda

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    1. Thanks, Shonda for your sweet words! So glad you are going to do this too! God bless you much!

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  3. I'm in! Thanks for all of the tips. It has been a while since a dedicated time for memorization. I'm looking forward to this.

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    1. Marianne, I'm glad those tips were a help! So happy you are going to be joining us! I pray you're blessed! God bless you lots!

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  4. I take a picture of the verse with my iPhone and then make it the wallpaper on my phone. Since I look at my phone a million times a day I have it in front of me. The key to me is just to have it present and before me all the time.

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    1. Jane, that is a super idea! I'm setting Psalm 103:1-2 as my wallpaper now. :) I also have Psalm 103 posted on my refrigerator, by my bathroom mirror, and even in the shower. Like you said, the key is having it where you'll see it over and over throughout the day. Thanks for sharing! God bless you!

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  5. Joining you today and looking forward to memorizing Scripture along with you and these other wonderful ladies. God Bless! ~ Leah Rollins

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    1. Leah, I'm so glad you'll be joining us! Praying you are so blessed!

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  6. This is an answer to prayer! I may even have my 10 year old daughter join me.
    Blessings,
    Kelly

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    1. Kelly, that is so neat to hear! I love how God does that! How wonderful for you and your girl to hide God's Word in your hearts together! Talk about a awesome mother-daughter time! :)

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    1. Thanks, Denise! I hope you will join us! You will be blessed! :)

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  8. I'm wanting to jump in. I know Scripture memory is something I need to work on. But honestly, I'm afraid of adding one more thing to my plate. I may need to focus on smaller passages, but I hope to put to use some of your suggestions for memorizing.

    Mary Beth
    newlifesteward.com

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    1. Mary Beth, I totally know what you mean about adding one more thing to an already jam-packed schedule. Whether you decide to memorize Psalm 103 with us, or decide to memorize a smaller passage on your own, rest assured it can be done without adding any additional work to your busy life. I memorized John 1:1-14 almost entirely by posting my verses in the shower and practicing reciting the verses in the 15 minutes it took me to shower. Then when I got out of the shower, I had another copy of my verses posted by my bathroom mirror to look at and review as I brushed my teeth and and got ready for bed. I never would have thought that memorizing verses could be so easily be done. If your in a very busy season of your life right now, I encourage you to just try putting whatever verses you want to memorize in your shower, and by your bathroom mirror and work on them when you are in the shower and by your sink and see how the Lord uses those times. Like me, you'll be amazed at how much you are able to learn and retain simply by putting your verses in these areas you frequent and are going to spend time in each day anyway. God bless you much!

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  9. Brooke, I did memorize Psalm 103 some time ago, and today I stand on these verses. I have the best benefit package ever!

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    1. Beautifully said, Debra! That is so great to hear! God bless you lots as you continue to hide His Word in your heart! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  10. I'm responding kind of late but I started memorizing Psalm 103 a couple months ago with my children and I've memorized all through v. 16 and my children have already memorized through v. 5. We like to sing the verses to tunes we make it - makes the word stick more! We also illustrate Bible verses and stories as best as we can :)

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    1. Kim, feel free to jump in anytime! :) That is so awesome you have been memorizing this Psalm with your kids! Such sweet times, I know! I love singing Bible verses too. It does make the Word stick more! Have you heard of Seeds Family Worship? http://www.seedsfamilyworship.net/ They are great Bible verses put to song. Fun for adults and kids! Thanks for stopping by! God bless you lots!

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  11. Just interested, why not use mnemonics to accomplish the memorization so much more effectively?

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    1. I agree that mnemonics can be very helpful. For those who memorize best with them, by all means they should use them. I simply shared this method because this is how I've been successful in memorizing several chapters of the Bible. I am currently memorizing 1 Peter chapter 1 right now. And actually, we used the mnemonic device PG CAB to memorize the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia in 1 Peter 1:1 The best method for memorizing Scripture is whatever words for you. Whatever gets God's Word hidden in your heart is always worth focusing your attention on. God bless you lots!

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Thank you for taking the time to share. May God bless you richly!