4 Strategies for Memorizing Scripture (and a Giveaway!)

Whenever I seek to better my life by making positive changes, whether it’s to lose weight, get organized, or memorize Scripture, I like to list my reasons for why I want to make these changes. This way, when my motivation starts to fade, I can be reminded, and encouraged, of the blessings that await me if I just press on and don’t give up.


But if I think all I need to do is make a list of reasons for pursuing a goal, without also considering the foreseeable roadblocks that are sure to come up along the way, it will only be a matter of time before I’m discouraged by an obstacle, and tempted to fall back on my old, comfortable ways. So, it’s essential to not only know why I’m pursing a goal, but  also to identify what potential roadblocks I am sure to face, and what to do when those likely obstacles appear.  

This year I am seeking to memorize more Scripture that I have ever before.  The reasons for this is while reading the introduction to Beth Moore’s Bible Study on James: Mercy Triumphs 


Beth Moore recommended participants memorize the Book of James while doing her study on James. Since her study lasts only seven weeks, Beth Moore suggested people tackle memorizing a chapter a month—dedicating five months to memorize the book of James. A chapter a month?! Is that possible? Could it be done? By the Lord’s leading and equipping—absolutely! We can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens us! (Philippians 4:13) 
So after reading Beth Moore’s encouragement to memorize a chapter a month, and praying about what the Lord would have me hide in my heart throughout this year, I’m so excited to at least be trying my best to memorize a chapter a month. 

While it has been an incredible blessing, it has also been very stretching, and not without its share of roadblocks. So today, lets talk about how to overcome obstacles to memorizing Scripture, so we can more effectively hide in our heart, the verses God is leading us to memorize.  As Ann Voskamp, author of One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, points out in her fantastic blog, A Holy Experience,
When you are memorizing Scripture, quiet time with the Lord — becomes all the time. (Who doesn't want that?)
So here is my Scripture Memory goal for 2013 as well as my potential roadblocks and strategies for overcoming those obstacles. Hopefully this will give you some good ideas for creating your own Scripture Memory goal and help you identify your own roadblocks and strategies for overcoming them. 

Goal: Memorize twelve chapters of the Bible (some of which make up one book of the Bible) by December 31, 2013

Reasons why this goal is important: See my reasons why I memorize Scripture.

Anticipated obstacles and strategies for overcoming them:

Obstacle #1: Other activities of the day distract me from practicing my verses well.

Strategy: Schedule time on my calendar each day to practice and review my verses. Know when will I practice my verses: While cooking? While folding laundry? While in the shower? (Additionally schedule reminders to pop on my phone throughout each day to stop what I’m doing and read or recite my verses.)

Obstacle #2: Focusing only on the current verses I’m memorizing while neglecting to review previously memorized passages.

Strategy: Schedule time each day to review previously memorized passages so they stay fresh in my mind, and are not easily forgotten. Again, knowing when during the day I will review. Schedule a nighttime reminder to prompt me to review specific passages.

Obstacle #3: Practicing only in the shower, and not disciplining myself to practice during other times throughout my day.

Strategy: If my day is flying by, and I haven't revisited my verses other than time in the shower, I can get in some extra practice time saying my current memory verses before each meal. By the day’s end I could have potentially read or recited my verses three times. This would also be great to do with my little girl before meals to practice her weekly memory verse, too.

Obstacle #4: Not being held accountable to someone to finish memorizing the passage.
 
Strategy:  Recite my memory verses for at least one person during the week. Additionally find a friend who'd like to memorize with me. This is one reason why I love memorizing with the great community of believers, at Do Not Depart, who are dedicated to hiding God's Word in their hearts. If you're on Facebook, they have an awesome Facebook group, Hide His Word, that I just love.

So why bother strategizing? As Michael Hyatt suggested in his fantastic post, 5 Steps to Developing More Discipline,
“Intentionally plan your strategy ahead rather than deciding it in the moment because it is too easy to give over to your default response, to give in to the impulse of the moment.” 

I hope this has equipped you to identify your own potential roadblocks to memorizing Scripture and given you possible strategies for overcoming them. And now for the giveaway!

SCRIPTURE STICKIES {GIVEAWAY}


Scripture Stickies are stickable Bible verses designed to help you memorize, meditate, encourage, and evangelize the Word of God. They are a great way to memorize Bible verses and make them really stick! Their regular packs contain two copies of five different Scriptures on a topic. Stick them on two different places or share the extra copy with a friend. Scripture Stickies also offers custom packs, favors, and much more! Simply peel the backing off of each Scripture Stickies verse and stick anywhere. Scripture Stickies uses 3M's adhesive technology so their stickies stick on and peel off easily just like a Post-It® note. They come in  NIV, NKJV, KJV, NASB, ESV, and even foreign language translations. Use them for yourself, your kids, for baby and bridal shower favors, gifts of encouragement, mission trips, fundraisers, etc.  They even have a Scripture Stickies of the Month Club. Julie, from Scripture Stickies has graciously offered to bless three winners with a pack of Scripture Stickies. (Thanks, Julie!



To enter for a chance to win a pack of Scripture Stickies, simply leave a comment sharing why you'd like a pack of Scripture Stickies.  Enter now through Saturday April 6th, 2013 11:59pm PST. After that, three winners will be picked at random and announced Monday, April 8th, 2013.

  
Question for you: How might you use Scripture Stickies as part of your Scripture memory strategy?

 

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58 comments:

  1. I'd post a Scripture Stickie on my bathroom mirror so while I'm washing my face, brushing my teeth, fixing my hair and putting in my contacts, I can quote the scripture to myself

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    1. Great idea, Teresa! I have my verses posted next to my mirror, and love it, for all the fantastic reasons you mentioned. God bless you lots!

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  2. We live abroad and have no access to Sunday School. My girls sit with me every morning at the kitchen table and recite scripture. I say recite because we frequently go back to what we have already memorized and say it again to hear the word of God everyday. If we had a pack, we'd put them up on the window over the table to see when we eat together and to share with the people who visit our home and eat with us!

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    1. Helene, I love how you and your girls are making the best of your life abroad with no Sunday School. That is great that in lieu of Sunday School you and your girls are committed to hiding God's Word in your heart and keeping it fresh in your mind. What a wonderful way to spend your meal times. I love it! God bless you much!

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    2. Congratulations, Helene for winning a pack of Scripture Stickies! Please email me your mailing address, at your earliest convenience, where you'd like the Scripture Stickies to go, so we can get the Stickies to you as soon as possible. Thanks! You can contact me at devowriter@yahoo.com. God bless your day!

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  3. I'm doing the book of James and in the process of memorizing too! These are such great tips! So pinning and referring to again.  I'd  love to have you link this to Titus 2 Tuesday this week on Cornerstone Confessions.. I hope to see you there. 

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    1. Kathy, that is awesome that you are memorizing James! So glad this blessed you. Thanks for the link up invite. I always find something great at your blog. God bless you mightily!

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  4. Great ideas and strategies! Thank you for sharing them. May God bless you as His Word becomes more and more alive in you!

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    1. Thanks, Kim! So glad you enjoyed this. God bless you richly!

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  5. I put scriptures on sticky notes and carry them with me. I also put them in pockets of pants I hem and alter for friends. When I get cards or things in the mail with scripture I cut them out and stick all over my bathroom wall so whether showering, or something else in there I have scripture all around me. I praise God for companies that use His word combined with a God given talent to share the blessing of knowing Him. God's grace, peace, light, and love always Doreen

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    1. Doreen, I love the great ways you surround yourself with Scripture. I especially love the idea of putting Bible verses in the pockets of the pants you alter for friends. What a neat way to reach out and bless others. God bless you abundantly!

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  6. Well, what a wonderful goal! When my children and I memorize scripture, we recite the whole thing we've done so far every night to Dad at supper. This helps us overcome Obstacle #2. Thanks for linking this up and best wishes for your goal this year!

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    1. Thanks, Kate! That is so great what you and your kids recite your verses at dinnertime. I'm sure you husband is so blessed by it. What wonderful family memories you're all making! God bless you much!

      P.S. After reading your tip,in a previous comment, about gesturing while reciting Scripture, I have been doing that while teaching my 4 1/2 year old her weekly memory verse, and it has been great. I'm amazed how much faster she can learn a verse when it's acted out at the same time. Great tip! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. I practice by writing them on my bathroom mirror so every visit I recite them!

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    1. That is great, Sarah! I've heard of people doing that with dry erase markers--not sure how easily dry-erase markings come off, but think that is a fabulous way to not only learn a new Bible verse, but encourage all who'd use your bathroom. Thanks for sharing! God bless you lots!

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  8. Love the idea of being able to 'hide' little notes for my kiddos and husband for them to find!

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    1. That is a great idea! Such a wonderful way to bless and encourage each family member--and visiting guests such as visiting relatives, far away friends, and even the kids friends who come over for a sleep over. Thanks for sharing! God bless you mightily!

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  9. We love Scripture Stickies for posting around the house and for giving to friends and neighbors with baked goods.

    Highly recommend www.memverse.com also, a free website which aids greatly in retaining verses memorized. You can input the verses you are learning, and rate yourself on how well you remember. Those you need more work on will automatically come up for review more often than those you remember well and rate high. It's been great for our family.

    In addition, check out www.BibleBee.org for your favorite family. Awesome family discipleship program, with emphasis on Bible study, prayer, and Scripture memory.

    Thanks for your post and suggestions.

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    1. Thanks, Amy! Great idea of giving Scripture Stickies with baked goods for friends and neighbors. A neat ministry idea! I love both those resources you mentioned, too. Memverse.com is awesome, and BibleBee.org is amazing! Thanks for reminding me of these. God bless you richly!

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  10. I think these Scripture Stickies are a great idea. I would use them in the bathroom on the mirror or on the fridge. What a great thing!
    I absolutely love your enthusiasm for memorizing scripture! It is quite contagious. I think my next section to memorize will be the book of James. Thanks for stretching us too. Karen H.
    mkls87@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks, Karen! I agree, Scripture Stickies are a great thing! I love anything that makes it easy to learn a new Bible verse. Posting Scripture Stickies in the bathroom mirror or on the fridge is a great way to do just that. God bless you lots!

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    2. Congratulations, Karen for winning a pack of Scripture Stickies! I sent you an e-mail telling informing you that you won, and requesting your mailing address so we can get your Stickies out to you. God bless the rest of your day!

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  11. You're my memorizing hero, Brooke! :-) Just sitting here reading your post and bragging on you to my hubby about how awesome you are in your discipline to memorize. I thank God that you are part of our Hide His Word group.

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    1. Awww thanks, Lisa! You've been instrumental in challenging me to memorize passages I never thought I'd ever be able to memorize. Before I discovered the Hide His Word challenges, I only believed I could memorize a handful of verses at best. So I limited myself in what I'd memorize. But through your wonderful encouragement in the Hide His Word group, I've been inspired to tackle passages of Scripture I never would have attempted on my own, like John 1:1-14, 1 Peter 1, Psalm 71, etc. and venture out to memorize passages on my own that I never would have attempted otherwise, like working my way memorizing the rest of 1 Peter. Thank you for your commitment to memorize Scripture and you diligence to lead us and encourage us to keep memorizing. God bless you abundantly!

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    2. It's been my blessing, Brooke!

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  12. I think it would be nice for my son & I to see around the house and work towards memorizing some scriptures!

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    1. I agree, Sharon! Those are both great reasons to post Scripture Stickies. Having a goal with your memory verses is a excellent way to keep you motivated, on track, and help you memorize the verses God is leading you to hide in your heart. God bless you lots!

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  13. So glad I came to your blog. I was at one point really motivated and making good progress memorizing scripture and then I succombed to some of the roadblocks you mentioned. This is a great read for me. I look forward to checking out the facebook group and getting back to memorizing. Have you read His Word In My Heart by Janet Pope? Great practical book on memorizing. Thanks so much for this post! If I won I would use the Scripture Stickies to stick in places around the house where I spend the most time. I would also put them on my son's wheelchair and walker to remind us all of God's power to heal and His love and power.

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    1. Jo Lynn, so glad you came here, too! So excited for you that you are getting back to memorizing! Yes, I have read His Word in My Heart by Janet Pope. That was the first anything I had ever read about memorizing Scripture. She is the one who opened my eyes to the value of memorizing complete passages. Her book spurred me on to memorize my first complete passage of Scripture--Psalm 1. She is a gifted teacher, and I hope one day I can attend one of her workshops and see her in person. Have you seen this interview of Janet Pope at Revive Our Hearts? https://www.reviveourhearts.com/radio/revive-our-hearts/you-can-memorize-more-than-you-think/ I learned so much by it. I love your plans for surrounding yourself with Scripture. All wonderful ideas! God bless you richly!

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  14. Brooke, thank you so much for sharing here today. I think the thing that jumped off the page at me is that I have failed to make a list of obstacles and how to overcome them! I will definitely be instituting this practice as I memorize God's Word.

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    1. So glad you found this helpful! I love when things jump off the page for me. Then I know how to overcome what had previously overcome me. God bless you mightily as you seek to hide His Word in your heart!

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  15. Memorizing scripture is something I really need to do. I started this last year and have no real reason for why I fell off. Thank you for the reminder and tips. I'm studying trusting God currently so this sounds like a great place to start ---> memorizing scripture on Trust. Blessings to you.

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    1. Memorizing Scriptures on trust is a fabulous place to start! God bless you abundantly, Beth as you faithfully discipline yourself to hide His Word in your heart!

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  16. Excellent strategies. I am afraid I have many of those obstacles that you have shown how to blast out of the way. I am memorizing Romans with Ann Voskamp this year. So far I am on target - but I don't have the discipline to review which I know I must.
    last year I started Colossians but didn't get as far as I have this year with Romans.
    So working on it.
    Blessings,
    Janis Author of Tadeo Turtle www.janiscox.com

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    1. Thanks, Janis! God bless you much as you continue to hide Romans in your heart! When you feel your discipline waning, just make a list, or go back to your list if you already have one, of why you want to finish. What is at stake if you give up and don't finish. It's when I lose sight of the "Why" that my discipline begins to trail off. Here is my list of why's for memorizing Scripture. Here is my list of why's that I blogged on http://brookeespinoza.blogspot.com/2013/03/10-reasons-i-love-memorizing-scripture.html

      As far as reviewing, when I memorized Psalm 103 I wanted to make sure I had a solid review plan in place so I didn't forget it after all the hard work I put into memorizing it. I blogged my plan as well as why reviewing is even more important than memorizing new verses http://brookeespinoza.blogspot.com/2012/08/my-plan-for-keeping-psalm-103-hidden-in.html

      Hope these encourage and inspire you. God bless you lots!

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  17. I would like to help my kids memorize scripture, as a Catholic it is something I admire about my Christian brothers and sisters of other denominations

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    1. That is such a godly goal as a mom! I've found as I seek to teach my little girl new verses, I'm memorizing them right along side her. God bless you richly as you seek to hide God's Word in your children's hearts and in yours!

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  18. Those sound like a wonderful tool! I have tried for so long to memorize better and what grieves me is when I have to study for other things, like school or a promotional test at work, how well I do and how dedicated I am but how little I carry that into memorizing his glorious word. I once met a man who had literally memorized the entire bible. He had bright white hair and was humble and deeply kind. I thought about how neat that accomplishment would be but now I think about how incredibly awesome it would be to have that much of Gods wisdom rattling around in my head rather than silly me and petty thoughts.

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    1. I agree, Court Dan, they are a wonderful tool for memorizing Scripture! I know what you mean about studying for worldly things that won't matter for eternity. Before I memorized Scripture I could recite, in character, my favorite movie quotes, using my memory just for the things of this world. Now I have gotten into memorizing Scripture, I can reflect on my verses throughout the day and it's like morning devotions stretched over my whole day. So many benefits to memorizing Scripture! God bless you richly!

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    2. Congratulations, Court Dan for winning a pack of Scripture Stickies! Please email me your mailing address, at your earliest convenience, where you'd like the Scripture Stickies to go, so we can get the Stickies to you as soon as possible. Thanks! You can e-mail me at devowriter@yahoo.com. May God continue to bless your day!

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  19. Brooke,

    As a Scripture memorizer, I found your tips helpful, hopeful and realistic. Thanks for linking up with #TellHisStory.

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer! My pleasure. Your blog is a blessing! God bless you much!

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  20. I've found when I put Scripture around me I'm reading and memorizing it without trying. I'm so thankful for the Scripture memorized while young because the older I get, the harder it is. The James study looks interesting.

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    1. Yes, Pamela, I agree! Surrounding ourselves with Scripture is a easy way to repeatedly be exposed to it and learn a verse without even really trying. God bless you richly!

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  21. I struggle with all these roadblocks. I completed the James study in the fall with my women's Bible study group (and I LOVED it - but then it's hard not to love most of Beth Moore's studies). I had a baby during the 7 weeks of the study but managed to miss only two of the discussion/class days and still completed all of the homework and extra steps except the memorization. I was a little bit distractable at that point. :-) I would love to try out the scripture stickies. I recently began homeschooling my daughter and I want us both to begin "downloading" all the scriptures we can.

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    1. Tara, that is so neat that you did the James study! I agree Beth Moore studies are fabulous--and this one's no exception! AWANA's is a wonderful organization for kids 4 years old through highschool age that has gotten my little girl into the weekly habit of memorizing Scripture. http://awana.org I can't recommend them enough. Also music CD's Hide 'em in Their Hearts, and Seeds Family Worship are some tools I use with my 4 1/2 year old to help teach her new verses. These CD's and others are listed in the sidebar on the right under the heading "Scripture Memory Tools I Love." God bless you abundantly!

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  22. I tried to memorize 1 John. I made it pretty far but didn't finish.... I don't really remember each verse but it certainly helped to hide His word in my heart. It's amazing how powerful God's word is in the moment.. not after you search through scriptures but right there in the very moment you need it. I am also on a journey to commit more scripture to memory. Thank you for the encouragement to keep going!

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    1. Thanks, Susan! Kudos for getting as far as you did! Even though you may not remember it all, God's Word does not return void. And as you said He uses it so powerfully just when we need it! God bless you lots as you seek to commit more Scripture to memory!

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  23. I have memorized a lot of scripture in my lifetime. But - I can't remember where the verses are found. I love BibleGateway.com. I can usually find the verse I'm looking for with just part of the quotation. Thank you for encouraging others to memorize scripture. It is a great goal.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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    1. Charlotte, that is so beautiful that you spent a lifetime hiding His Word in your heart! Even if the addresses aren't easy to recall, the verse is what's important, and God will continue to use it mightily in your life. I love BibleGateway, too! So thankful for websites like it. God bless you lots!

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  24. I love this. I always have good intentions on memorizing and then bomb because of not preparing for it. Wow...great tips.

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    1. Thanks, Mrs. Chrissy! So glad this helped! God bless you richly as you seek to hide more of His Word in your heart!

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  25. Awesome goal! You inspire me! Thanks for linking up at Family Fun Friday.
    Sincerely,
    Monica
    http://happyandblessedhome.com

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    1. Thanks, Monica! God bless you abundantly!

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  26. I think posting them would add more verses than my current passage.

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    1. However the Lord leads you, Sarah, for whatever season you are in, is the most important. If He is leading you to add more verses by all means go for it. If posting creates a burden for you because it adds more verses for you than your current passage, then just stick with what your doing now. However the Lord leads... God bless you richly!

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  27. Thanks for linking to your posts for 2013. I'm glad to find this one. It helped me to recognize some obstacles in my Scripture memory that I need to deal with.

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    1. I'm so glad this helped you! God bless your as you seek to hide more of His Word in your heart in 2014!

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