My Plan for Memorizing John 15 (and a free printable!)

These next couple of weeks, I’ve been gearing up to memorize John 15 with the amazing community of believers at Do Not Depart.  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 several passages 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 John 15 in their hearts these next several weeks.

You can memorize John 15!

If you don’t have a good memory, don’t let that hold you back. If you truly have a desire to memorize John 15, God will surely honor that desire, and fully equip you with the ability to not only memorize all of John 15, 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 John 15, regardless of your memory. For more great reasons to join us in memorizing Scripture, check out 10 reasons why I memorize Scripture,   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 me in memorizing John 15, I encourage you to head over to Do Not Depart and register for the John 15 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 John 15 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.
Additionally, since I memorize from the NKJV I am daily using my Word of Promise app to listen to John 15 as I read along (for both auditory and visual learning). That is great when I can sit still for a minute. But if I’m cleaning my house,  cooking, cleaning, ironing, doing yard work outside, or running errands in the car I can listen along. I’ve created an John 15 playlist that plays the chapter for me five times so I can listen while I work. I also have a previously memorized playlist for easy review of previous chapters I’ve memorized because I don’t want to forget.

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:

John 15:1
Read out loud: ||||  ||||
Recite: ||||  ||||

John 15:2
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? 

Tip if you learn well with the flashcard method like me, you’d like the ScriptureTyper app that enables you to easily quiz yourself on your verses in flashcard fashion.

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 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.
After much practice, I experience the joy of being familiar with a passage to actually knowing exactly what a passage says. So when the John 15 memory challenge begins, my goal is to practice my memory verses until I can’t get them wrong, so by October 5th, I‘ll be able to rejoice that I’ve moved from simply being familiar with John 15 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!

Week
Dates
Verses to Memorize
Daily Memorization Plan
1
June 2-8
John 15:1-2
1. Read John 15:1 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
2. Read John 15:2 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
2
June 9-15
John 15:3-4
1. Review last week’s verses first (John 15:1-2) by reciting them 10 times (look at your Bible if you need to.)
2. Read John 15:3 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
3. Read John 15:4 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
3
June 16-22
John 15:5-6
1. Review last week’s verses first (John 15:3-4) by reciting them 10 times (look at your Bible if you need to.)
2. Review old verses altogether (John 15:1-4) by reciting it once through.
3. Read John 15:5 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
4. Read John 15:6 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
4
June 23-29
John 15:7-8
1. Review last week’s verses first (John 15:5-6) by reciting them 10 times (look at your Bible if you need to.)
2. Review old verses altogether (John 15:1-6) by reciting it once through.
3. Read John 15:7 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
4. Read John 15:8 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
5
June 30-July 6
4th of July Break
Review John 15:1-8
1. Review last week’s verses first (John 15:7-8) by reciting them 10 times (look at your Bible if you need to.)
2. Review old verses altogether (John 15:1-8) by reciting it once through.
6
July 7-July 13
John 15:9-10
1. Review last week’s verses first (John 15:7-8) by reciting them 10 times (look at your Bible if you need to.)
2. Review old verses altogether (John 15:1-8) by reciting it once through.
3. Read John 15:9 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
4. Read John 15:10 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. . 
7
July 14-20
John 15:11-12
1. Review last week’s verses first (John 15:9-10) by reciting them 10 times (look at your Bible if you need to.)
2. Review old verses altogether (John 15:1-10) by reciting it once through.
3. Read John 15:11 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
4. Read John 15:12 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
8
July 21-27
John 13-14
1. Review last week’s verses first (John 15:11-12) by reciting them 10 times (look at your Bible if you need to.)
2. Review old verses altogether (John 15:1-12) by reciting it once through.
3. Read John 15:13 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
4. Read John 15:14 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
9
July 28-Aug 3
John 15:15
1. Review last week’s verses first (John 15:13-14 by reciting them 10 times (look at your Bible if you need to.)
2. Review old verses altogether (John 15:1-14) by reciting it once through.
3. Read John 15:15 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
10
August 4-10
    John 15:16
1. Review last week’s verse first (John 15:15 by reciting them 10 times (look at your Bible if you need to.)
2. Review old verses altogether (John 15:1-15) by reciting it once through.
3. Read John 15:16 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
11
August 11-17
John 15:17-18
1. Review last week’s verse first (John 15:16 by reciting them 10 times (look at your Bible if you need to.)
2. Review old verses altogether (John 15:1-16) by reciting it once through.
3. Read John 15:17 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
4. Read John 15:18 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
12
August 18-24
John 15:19
1. Review last week’s verses first (John 15:17-18 by reciting them 10 times (look at your Bible if you need to.)
2. Review old verses altogether (John 15:1-18) by reciting it once through.
3. Read John 15:19 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
13
August 25-31
John 15:20
1. Review last week’s verse first (John 15:19 by reciting them 10 times (look at your Bible if you need to.)
2. Review old verses altogether (John 15:1-19) by reciting it once through.
3. Read John 15:20 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
14
September 1-7
Labor Day Break
Review
John 15:1-20
1. Review last week’s verse first (John 15:20 by reciting them 10 times (look at your Bible if you need to.)
2. Review old verses altogether (John 15:1-20) by reciting it once through.
15
September 8-14
John 15:21-22
1. Review last week’s verse first (John 15:20 by reciting them 10 times (look at your Bible if you need to.)
2. Review old verses altogether (John 15:1-20) by reciting it once through.
3. Read John 15:21 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
4. Read John 15:22 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
16
September 15-21
John 15:23-24
1. Review last week’s verses first (John 15:21-22 by reciting them 10 times (look at your Bible if you need to.)
2. Review old verses altogether (John 15:1-22) by reciting it once through.
3. Read John 15:23 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
4. Read John 15:24 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
17
September 22-28
John 15:25-26
1. Review last week’s verses first (John 15:23-24 by reciting them 10 times (look at your Bible if you need to.)
2. Review old verses altogether (John 15:1-24) by reciting it once through.
3. Read John 15:25 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
4. Read John 15:26 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
18
September 29-October 5
John 15:27
1. Review last week’s verses first (John 15:25-26 by reciting them 10 times (look at your Bible if you need to.)
2. Review old verses altogether (John 15:1-26) by reciting it once through.
3. Read John 15:27 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
4. At the end of the week begin review program. Recite John 15:1-27 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  John 15 was adapted from “An Approach to Extended Memorization” by Dr. Andrew M. Davis, Pastor at First Baptist Church in Durham, N.C.

Here is a free, printable version of My Plan for Hiding John 15 In My Heart.

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 John 15 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 John 15 in my heart by October 5, 2014

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? With ScriptureTyper? (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 verses 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 John 15 as well a plan of attack for overcoming any potential roadblocks to memorizing Scripture. If you haven't already, grab your free printable of  My Plan for Hiding John 15 In My Heart. God bless you richly as you seek to hide John 15 in your heart.

Question for you: Will you join me in memorizing John 15?

 
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12 comments:

  1. Brooke,
    What a great goal...I memorized part of John 15 many years ago but not the whole chapter so good for you :)

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    1. Thanks, Dolly! That's so neat! One of the great things about a Scripture memory challenge is that it pushes me past my comfort zone and leads me to memorize verses I otherwise might not have. Looking at this chapter, on my own, I probably would have favored the verses about the vine and the branches and not gone on to memorize the rest. Because of that, I'm thankful for challenges like this that push me to set my mind on additional verses I might not have ever considered memorizing because God always reveals so many incredible truths in those additional verses. Truths I otherwise would have missed had I just stuck with my favorite verses in the chapter. God bless you abundantly!

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  2. Great goal, and a great chapter to memorize! Saying hi from Multitude on Monday's. Nice to meet you! :)

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    1. Thanks, Jacqui! I'm excited! There are so many incredible truths within these scriptures. So nice to meet you, too. God bless you richly!

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  3. Great idea and your plan makes memorizing John 15 very doable. Visiting you from Ann's place today! Mary

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    1. Thanks, Mary! So glad you came by. I agree, it is very doable. That's what I love about laying out my plan for memorizing a chapter. When I lay it out before me, I able to see that the goal of memorizing John 15:1-27, though it may seem like a lot all at once, is very doable one week at a time. God bless you tremendously!

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  4. Thank you for the encouragement to go further with His Word. Looking forward to getting John 15 into my heart. Thanks for the printable! Stopping by from Making your Home Sing link up.

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    1. Melissa, you're so welcome! I'm very happy to hear you'll be hiding John 15 in your heart, too! So glad you stopped by.. A couple of more resources you might find helpful are:

      1. My Page on Memorizing Scripture
      http://brookeespinoza.blogspot.com/p/bible-memorization.html

      2. My Posts on Memorizing Scripture
      http://brookeespinoza.blogspot.com/search?q=memorizing+scripture

      God bless you immensely as you continue to hide more of His Word in your heart!

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  5. I'm going to memorize again. I really like all your ideas and suggestions. Thanks!

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    1. Yea, Shonda! So glad to be hiding His Word in my heart with you again! God bless you abundantly!

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  6. I found your link over at We are THAT Family's link up party. The timing's perfect as I just started memorizing John 15 a few days ago. I'll definitely be implementing some of your tips. Thanks for sharing!
    ~Candy

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    1. Candy, that is awesome! I love how God does that! He is so good! God bless you immensely!

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