My Plan for Memorizing Ephesians 1

This fall, starting September 16th, the amazing community of believers at Do Not Depart will be memorizing Ephesians 1. I’m so excited! if you’d like to join the fun, I encourage you to sign up. This will be at a pace of 1-2 verses a week, which is very doable. (and such a blessing!)


I hope you’ll join us!

Having memorized 1 John 1:1-141 Peter 1, and Psalm 71 with the great ladies at Do Not Depart, I know first-hand what a blessing it is to 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, and strengthened both by the verses we’ll memorize as well as by the other godly women who are dedicated to hide Ephesians 1 in their hearts these next several weeks.

You can memorize Ephesians 1!

If you don’t have a good memory, don’t let that hold you back. If you truly have a desire to memorize Ephesians 1, God will surely honor that desire, and fully equip you with the ability to not only memorize all of Ephesians 1, 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 Ephesians 1, regardless of your memory. For more great reasons to join us in memorizing Scripture, check out 10 reasons why I memorize ScriptureJohn 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 me in memorizing Ephesians 1, I encourage you to head over to Do Not Depart and register for the Ephesians 1 memory challenge. After that grab your favorite Bible translation to memorize from and join in the fun!
What Works For Me

Before the challenge begins, I’m gearing up to memorize Ephesians 1 by reading it aloud, all the way through, each morning and night. I plan on continuing this when the challenge starts because it 
  • helps me grasp the psalm as a whole
  • familiarizes me with the verses I have left to memorize
  • and enables me to recognize repeated words and phrases within the passage.

When the challenge begins, 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:

Ephesians 1:1
Read out loud: ||||  ||||
Recite: ||||  ||||

Ephesians 1:2
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 1 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 was free, just as Janet Pope recommends in her fantastic book His Word in My Heart: Memorizing Scripture for a Closer Walk with God.

Because posting my verses in the shower has proven so effective in helping me learn my verses, I’ve since also posted my memory verses on my refrigerator for easy review while I cook, and next to my mirror in the bathroom to review while I brush my teeth, put on my makeup, and style my hair. I also reference these verses by the mirror when I get out of the shower to run through my verses again one last time while I’m finishing up in the bathroom.

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? 

For Easy Review of Ephesians 1

For easy review, I’m creating two Scripture Memory playlists in my Word of Promise app. My playlists are:

1. Currently memorizing—Ephesians 1 and Psalm 34 will be in this list. I'm memorizing Psalm 34 right now with the Ladies Bible Study group at my church. 
2. Previously memorized—Psalm 1, Psalm 103, Isaiah 53, 1 Peter, etc. will go in this playlist. 

I absolutely love the Word of Promise app. It is the NKJV in audio and text. Creating playlists with this app couldn’t be simpler. Then when I’m done, I can listen to my verses on-the-go.

Moving From Being Familiar To Being Certain Of What The Bible Says

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 long enough until I got the material 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. After much practice, I experience the joy of being familiar with a passage to actually knowing exactly what a passage says. So when the Ephesians 1 memory challenge begins, my goal is to practice my memory verses until I can’t get them wrong, so by December, I‘ll be able to rejoice that I’ve moved from simply being familiar with Ephesians 1 to actually knowing what it says. I hope you’ll join me in this! God bless you richly as you seek to hide His Word in your heart!

My Memorization Plan for Ephesians 1

Week
Dates
Verses to Memorize
Daily Memorization Plan
1
Sept. 16-22
Ephesians 1:1-2
1. Read Ephesians 1:1 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
2. Read Ephesians 1:2 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
2
Sept. 23-29
Ephesians 1:3-4
1. Review last week’s verses first Ephesians 1:1-2 by reciting them 10 times (look at your Bible if you need to.)
2. Read Ephesians 1:3 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times.
3. Read Ephesians 1:4 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times.  
3
Sept. 30-Oct. 6
Ephesians 1:5-6
1. Review last week’s verses first Ephesians 1:3-4 by reciting them 10 times (look at your Bible if you need to.)
2. Review old verses altogether Ephesians 1:1-4 by reciting it once through.
3. Read Ephesians 1:5 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
4. Read Ephesians 1:6 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times.  . 
4
Oct. 7-13
Ephesians 1:7-8
1. Review last week’s verses first Ephesians 1:5-6 by reciting them 10 times (look at your Bible if you need to.)
2. Review old verses altogether (Ephesians 1:1-6) by reciting it once through.
3. Read Ephesians 1:7 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
4. Read Ephesians 1:8 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
5
Oct. 14-20
Ephesians 1:9-10
1. Review last week’s verse first Ephesians 1:7-8 by reciting them 10 times (look at your Bible if you need to.)
2. Review old verses altogether (Ephesians 1:1-8) by reciting it once through.
3. Read Ephesians 1:9 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
4. Read Ephesians 1:10 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times.  . 
6
Oct. 21-27
Ephesians 1:11-12
1. Review last week’s verses first Ephesians 1:9-10 by reciting them 10 times (look at your Bible if you need to.)
2. Review old verses altogether (Ephesians 1:1-10) by reciting it once through.
3. Read Ephesians 1:11 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
4. Read Ephesians 1:12 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
7
Oct. 28-Nov. 3
Ephesians 1:13-14
1. Review last week’s verse first Ephesians 1:11-12 by reciting them 10 times (look at your Bible if you need to.)
2. Review old verses altogether (Ephesians 1:1-12) by reciting it once through.
3. Read Ephesians 1:13 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
4. Read Ephesians 1:14 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times.  . 
8
Nov. 4-10
Ephesians 1:15-16
1. Review last week’s verses first Ephesians 1:13-14 by reciting them 10 times (look at your Bible if you need to.)
2. Review old verses altogether (Ephesians 1:1-14) by reciting it once through.
3. Read Ephesians 1:15 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
4. Read Ephesians 1:16 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times.  . 
9
Nov. 11-17
Ephesians 1:17-18
1. Review last week’s verses first Ephesians 1:15-16 by reciting them 10 times (look at your Bible if you need to.)
2. Review old verses altogether (Ephesians 1:1-16) by reciting it once through.
3. Read Ephesians 1:17 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
4. Read Ephesians 1:18 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
10
Nov. 18-24
  Ephesians 1:19-20
1. Review last week’s verses first Ephesians 1:17-18 by reciting them 10 times (look at your Bible if you need to.)
2. Review old verses altogether (Ephesians 1:1-18) by reciting it once through.
3. Read Ephesians 1:19 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
4. Read Ephesians 1:20 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
11
Nov. 25- Dec. 1
Review
1. Review last week’s verses first Ephesians 1:19-20 by reciting them 10 times (look at your Bible if you need to.)
2. Review old verses altogether (Ephesians 1:1-20) by reciting it once through.
12
Dec. 2-8
Ephesians 1:21
1. Review last week’s verse first (Ephesians 1:19-20 by reciting them 10 times (look at your Bible if you need to.)
2. Review old verses altogether (Ephesians 1:1-20) by reciting it once through.
3. Read Ephesians 1:21 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
13
Dec. 9-15
Ephesians 1:22-23
1. Review last week’s verses first (Ephesians 1:21) by reciting them 10 times (look at your Bible if you need to.)
2. Review old verses altogether (Ephesians 1:1-21) by reciting it once through.
3. Read Ephesians 1:22 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
4. Read Ephesians 1:23 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
5. At the end of the week, begin review program. Recite Ephesians 1:1-23 once through every day for the next 100 days (during downtime—i.e. In the car, in the shower, while folding laundry, etc.)
 * My plan for memorizing  Ephesisans 1 was adapted from “An Approach to Extended Memorization” by Dr. Andrew M. Davis, Pastor at First Baptist Church in Durham, N.C.

Here's a  FREE printable version of my Ephesians 1 Memory Plan 
 
Also, be sure to check out Do Not Depart’s free resources for memorizing Ephesians 1

Planning Your Strategy of Attack 

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.  

So here is my Scripture Memory goal for Ephesians 1 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: Hide Ephesians 1 in my heart by December 15, 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 verses.

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 with a plan to memorize Ephesians 1 as well a plan of attack for overcoming any potential roadblocks to memorizing Scripture. God bless you richly as you seek to hide Ephesians 1 in your heart.

Question for you: Will you join me in memorizing Ephesians 1? 



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32 comments:

  1. Such a rich post, Brooke, as always. You inspire many of us on this journey. Thanks for your faithfulness and discipline to hide God's Word in your heart!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! So blessed to be memorizing with all you wonderful people at Do Not Depart! God bless you abundantly!

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  2. Thank for this, Brooke! I always set out to memorize a verse or chapter and then I get distracted by other things. From now on, I am planning my strategy of attack.

    I am now a follower on Facebook.

    Misty@The BarnPrincess

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    1. Thanks, Misty! So glad to hear you will go into memorizing with a planned strategy of attack! It's made all the difference in the world for me. God bless you immensely!

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  3. What a great project! And what a great way to really understand the verses. Repeating them over and over will bring new understanding.

    Heidi’s Wanderings

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    1. Thank you, Heidi! I totally agree, repetition absolutely brings new understanding. For me the longer I meditate on, memorize, and recite my memory verses the more new understanding the Lord brings out of those verses for me. It's amazing! God bless you tremendously!

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  4. Good luck with your challenge - I hope it goes really well for you :)

    Thanks for linking up!

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

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  5. I admire your perseverance in this endeavor. Organization is the key.

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    1. Thanks, Betty! I agree, organization is essential before endeavoring to memorize a passage of Scripture. God bless you significantly!

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  6. Brooke, thank you for sharing your reasons for memorizing Scripture and also your goals and how you expect to attain them. I love the idea that you look ahead to what the obstacles could be and plan out a strategy to overcome them ahead of time! I think I'm going to make a space in my binder to do that as well! I left a note for you over at the blog. Thanks, as always, for the encouragement!

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    1. Thanks, Dianna! I think what I love most about planning a strategy of attack for overcoming potential roadblocks is that when I come to those roadblocks, I'm not surprised or discouraged, but equipped! Before, those roadblocks always stopped me right in my tracks from pursuing my goals--sometimes I overcame them...most times I got discouraged, so I love having a plan of attack now! God bless you tremendously!

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  7. Stumbling in from DYWW... I've never heard of Do Not Depart. Memorizing Ephesians 1 is a bit daunting, but I would like to memorize more scripture. Hmmmm.... thinking about it!

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    1. So glad you visited, Seana! Memorizing a chapter of Scripture can feel daunting. I love that this challenge breaks up the chapter in just two verses a week--breaking this chapter up into manageable, bite-sized pieces. I hope you'll join us! We'd love for you to hide His Word in your heart with us! God bless you immensely!

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  8. What a good thing it is to memorize. I am not good at it but likely it is more because I am not consistent with memorizing. I liked all your ideas of writing or printing it out to have in the shower, fridge, and around the house and for when you go on a walk.

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    1. Thanks, Judith! You are right, it is a good thing to memorize. And I totally agree that being consistent with memorizing is key to successfully memorizing anything. A good memory is not required. http://brookeespinoza.blogspot.com/2012/10/memorizing-scripture-good-memory-not.html God bless you enormously!

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  9. Great advice and encouragement to memorize Scripture. A few years ago I was challenged to memorize the book of James. I made it through chapter one and then quite. I think often to go back to doing it. Maybe I will....

    Thanks for linking up with Woman to Woman's Word Filled Wednesday!

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    1. Thanks, Jenifer! Great job getting down the first chapter of James I love that book. I've heard it hailed as "The Proverbs of the New Testament" because it is the book that is richest in practical Christian wisdom than any other in the NT. I've done the same thing, started strong with a memory project on my own, and fizzled out. When I began memorizing with Do Not Depart I discovered I finished my memory projects strong because I was encouraged and inspired by the other women. Maybe if you talked to a few women who'd like to memorize James with you, you could encourage each other and spur one another on to finish strong. Just a thought... God bless you immeasurably!

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  10. Wow what a great post on memorization! You are one devoted lady! Thank you for stopping by and I hope to be around again soon! Good luck on all your verses!

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    1. Thank you! So glad this blessed you! God bless you greatly!

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  11. I used a method similar to your Memorization Plan to memorize between 1 and 2 hours worth of lines from a play I did years ago. Lots of reciting, typing, reading, etc etc etc.

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    1. Wow, very neat, LuAnn! I've always wondered how actors and actresses memorized all those lines. God bless you richly!

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  12. I signed up to memorize too but as much as I know memorizing this scripture would be a blessing to me I simply can't keep up. Your words are great encouragement to at least try to move at my own pace to begin to memorize this passage. Ephesians is one of my favorites and I truly have been enjoying the Hello Mornings challenge. Thanks for all the fabulous advice you provided. Blessings.

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    1. Thanks, Beth! So glad this encouraged you! Definitely memorize at your own pace. We are all in different seasons of life, so just do what you can, when you can. Maybe start at one verse a week and see how that goes. Whatever pace the Lord puts on your heart, you can be sure as you seek to hide His Word in your heart, you will be blessed. God bless you tremendously!

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  13. WOW!!! What an incredible plan!! You have invested your heart and soul in this process, and oh- how God will honor that!!! You got me thinking.... perhaps I should try to go for it too!! Will pray about it...

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    1. Thanks, Chris! So glad to hear you are praying about it! We'd love for you to join us as the Lord leads! God bless you extraordinarily!

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  14. this is awesome. i'm horrible with chapter and verse. thanks for sharing!

    @spreadingJOY

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    1. Thanks, Marie! Hope this helps! I've found the key to successfully memorizing Scripture is not a good memory, but simply repetition over time. The more times I read or hear something the easier it sticks in my mind and the better I can recall it. The more times I rehearse my verses the better I can recall them. It's simply repetition over time. God bless you considerably!

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  15. Found your link on the Deep Roots at Home blog...As I started reading, I thought to myself, "I wonder if she has heard of Andy Davis' approach to memorization? This sounds very similar..." Then you recommended it! It's a great tool. My 6 and 8 yr. old children have recently memorized whole chapters of scripture this way and were so encouraged by their success that they have plans to memorize whole books now!

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    1. Sara, that is so fabulous that your kids have used his method to memorize whole chapters and are graduating on now to entire books! Awesome! Thank you so much for sharing! God bless you immensely!

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  16. What an awesome post, Brooke - Ephesians is such a rich book and these tips for Scripture memorization are going to be such a blessing for us all!

    Congrats - you are one of my featured guests this week at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words and great news! God bless you massively!

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