How to Break Down Long Memory Verses for Easier Memorization

Years ago when I memorized Isaiah 53, one of the things that surprised me, as I began, was how many words were packed into each verse. Every verse looked like a miniature paragraph. I didn’t know how I was possibly going to keep it all straight and remember it all.



That’s when the Lord led me to structure those memory verses to make them easier to memorize. A Precepts class on Structuring taught me all I needed to know to break down these extra-long verses so I could make better sense of them by recognizing their natural flow of thought. Structuring was just the tool I needed to make memorizing Isaiah 53 so much more doable—making the memorizing process so much more enjoyable. If you do not have a Precept class near you to teach you structuring, to find out how easy and effective this method is check out my post on structuring.

When I learned about Do Not Depart’s Isaiah 55 His Word in My Heart Challenge, I headed over to Isaiah 55 to see what we were going to be memorizing. Though excited for this next memory challenge, as I surveyed the chapter, I recognized a familiar format from Isaiah 53—a set of exceptionally long verses. It was then that I knew the only way I’d be able to memorize Isaiah 55 is to structure each verse in bite-sized portions that showed the flow of thought within the verse. 

So that’s what I did. If you are like me and need long memory verses broken down to more manageable bits of information, to keep all the words and phrasing straight and better understand the message within the verse, then please feel free to print the free printable I created for memorizing Isaiah 55:1 for easier memorizing and quick review. (See below)

As a visual learner, I need to structure my verses (especially the exceptionally long ones like we’re memorizing in Isaiah 55). Structuring my verses helps me to make sense of it all and get down the correct wording and phrasing much faster. To help me even more, this time I added corresponding clip art next to key words to serve as visual cues as I learn the verse and, later, go on to review it. I hope this printable helps you to hide Isaiah 55:1 in your heart, as much as it is helping me. 


Question for you: How do you break down long verses into more manageable portions to make memorizing those verses easier? 


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14 comments:

  1. I've never heard of this way to memorize Scripture before. Right now my children and I are using the method from Simply Charlotte Mason and we are memorizing the 10 Commandments as written in Exodus 20. There's a lot to learn, so I'm going to see if this method will work for us. Thanks!
    -Stacie
    http://www.no-idle-bread.blogspot.com

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    1. Stacie, that is awesome you and your children are memorizing the 10 Commandments together! Greg Laurie has said of the 10 Commandments,"Through the Ten Commandments, God gives us a pattern to live by—a clear set of absolutes whereby we may know right from wrong, good from evil, and true from false." What a wonderful gift to your children! I love how the first four commandments teach us love for God while the last six teach us love for others. If your like me, and like studying up on what your memorizing I love these short studies on the 10 Commandments by Greg Laurie http://www.harvest.org/knowgod/foundations-for-living/the-ten-commandments.html God bless you abundantly!

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  2. I am focusing this year on gratitude. I want to memorize KJV scripture on thanksgiving and contentment, for starters.

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    1. Tami, what a great focus for the year! Every time I catch myself feeling discontent or complaining, I have to ask myself what can I be thankful for in this situation? Even right now while I have a cold, I'm thankful for slower-paced days and extra rest. There's always something to be thankful for. And most of all, while in this momentary light affliction, I'm so thankful that this trial is only temporary because the Lord promises deliverance from each and every trial I face. (Psalm 34:17,19) A couple of posts on thankfulness you might like are How to Practice Thankfulness in Everything http://brookeespinoza.blogspot.com/2013/11/how-to-practice-thankfulness-in.html and How to Give Thanks in All Things http://brookeespinoza.blogspot.com/2012/11/how-to-give-thanks-in-all-things_6.html God bless you richly as you hide His Word in your heart!

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  3. Visiting from Missional Women, and glad I did! I love to hide God's Word in my heart and mind, thanks for the tips and printables!

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    1. Kim, I'm so glad you visited, too! It's always a joy to meet others who share my passion for memorizing Scripture. I'm blessed the tips and printables were helpful to you. God bless you significantly as you continue to hide His Word in your heart!

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  4. This is great! Thank you. I like to break verses down grammatically and analyze their meaning phrase by phrase. Sometimes I even diagram sentences--though I really hated doing that in school. It's a fun challenge now. Helps me memorize words and contemplate their meaning, too.

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    1. Thanks, Janet! Sounds like you have a great method for digging into the Word and breaking your memory verses into bite-sized pieces. I agree, it's great to do it to make the verses easier to memorize, and more importantly, like you said, to "contemplate their meaning, too." That's what I call memorizing with understanding. While God's Word never returns void, I never want to memorize a verse that I don't know what it means. I want to memorize with understanding. So I always make it a point to study up on what I'm memorizing--not super in-depth, but enough that I understand what is being communicated within the verse I'm memorizing. I have so much fun learning new things about a verse I never knew. Makes memorizing those verses so much more fun. God bless you greatly!

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  5. Great ideas for scripture memory. I often break down verses for children and use hand motions to help them remember each phrase, but I never thought of doing something similar for myself. Thanks for sharing at Heart-filled Fridays. :)

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    1. Thanks! Yes, I like using hand motions, too, for teaching my little girl her weekly Awana verse. Between trying new things to teach my girl her Awana verses, and me memorizing with the community at Do Not Depart, I'm always looking for easier ways to memorize. I love it when a method that works for my girl is one that would work for me, too. God bless you mightily!

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  6. Those are really valuable memory methods: bite size chunks and visuals. The brain works mainly in pictures which is why those images work. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks, Susan! Great observation about the brain! I'm a visual learner and the words structured is a good first step for me, but adding the correlating pictures really helps solidify the verse in my brain so much quicker than without the pics. God bless you incredibly!

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  7. Thanks for sharing this great tool! Scripture is powerful, but scripture that is memorized is the most powerful of all, I believe!

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    1. You're welcome, Kelly! So glad this blessed you! I totally agree. Scripture hidden in our heart is so powerful. There is no limits to the ways God can use it, in our life and in the lives of those around us. God bless you richly!

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