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.
Free Printable: Isaiah 55:1 Memory Help (NKJV)
Free Printable: Isaiah 55:1 Memory Help (ESV)
Free Printable: Isaiah 55:1 Memory Help (NASB)
Free Printable: Isaiah 55:1 Memory Help (NIV)
Question for you: How do you break down long verses into more manageable portions to make memorizing those verses easier?
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