Happy New Year!

Technically this is not a regular Bible Bite. Consider it an addendum to the regular Bible Bite that will arrive today or tomorrow.

Perhaps you are afraid to start memorizing one verse a week as a New Year’s resolution because, given your track record, you may only get to week 17 and then lose focus. Would you then be considered a failure? Not at all. At least you memorized 17 verses you probably wouldn’t have otherwise.

Here are two possible lists for you to consider:

Gospel Verses every Christian should have at the tip of their tongue for effective witnessing – the verse and exactly where it is found. I’ve compiled a list of 52 such verses or, in some cases, sets of verses, for your consideration. You could probably find another 52 for the following year. But at least this list is a starting point. Many of the verses you will already know – but use the week to brush-up on the verse and give the exact verse address.  52 Gospel Verses to Memorize

52 Bible Verses that are encouraging or enlightening – for Christians young and old. This list did not originate with heaven4sure.com but having reviewed it, it would be well worth the effort of memorizing the verses. If you do not like some of the translations used in the list, memorize the verse in the translation of your choice. 52 Helpful Bible Verses to Memorize

I searched online for some tips on memorizing and came across a detailed set of tips prepared by a community church in Texas. You might find some of the tips from this borrowed material helpful. If you know of other techniques that have helped you, share them with others in the comment section below.

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ALREADY ESTABLISHED ROUTINES

The easiest way to find time to memorize is to incorporate memorizing into your already established daily routine.

  • Use meal times as a time to memorize.
  • Memorize while exercising (i.e. while riding a stationary bike, running, walking or reading on a treadmill, etc.).
  • While washing dishes, folding clothes, dusting, snow shoveling, mowing the lawn, or performing various other household chores, you can be memorizing.
  • Memorize while walking the dog.
  • How about memorizing while showering? Use the plastic pocket or write the verses on a slip of paper that can be thrown away when it gets soggy. Better yet, write the verses on a piece of plastic (an old tablecloth, or clear plastic from the hardware store) using a permanent marker. If people can sing in the shower, why not say verses aloud in the shower?
  • Work memorizing into your profession. For example: We know a person who puts up sheetrock for his profession. He tapes the verses on the wall and memorizes as he works.A painter can put the verse card by his paint tray. Every time he puts paint on his roller, he can say the verse. A mail carrier can carry the verses in a pocket or attach them to the mailbag and memorize while walking. (Fill in the blank. How will it work in your profession?)
  • Memorize while driving-either by glancing at the cards periodically or by using the review tape.
  • If you ride the bus to work, memorize on the bus.
  • Memorize each morning while you shave or brush your teeth.
  • Use your break times or lunchtime to memorize at work.
  • Memorize in your small group.
  • Care Groups can introduce weekly passages, or review the passage from the previous week.
KEEP THE VERSES HANDY

If your verses “travel with you,” you will discover all kinds of opportunities to memorize. One of the easiest ways to memorize is to say the verses repeatedly OUT LOUD.

  • Families can use time spent in the car to memorize. Keep a verse set in your car so it is always available.
  • We all spend a fair amount of time in the bathroom-have a set of verses handy.
  • Keep your verses with you (in your purse, briefcase, pocket, etc.) so that you can
  • Take advantage of unexpected moments such as: waiting for an appointment, at a red light, waiting in a store checkout line, pumping gas, waiting for a flight or bus, etc.
POST THE VERSES IN A PROMINENT LOCATION

Part of the battle in memorizing is remembering to memorize. If the verses are displayed where we will frequently see them, we will remember to memorize. It is easy to memorize by simply saying the verses ALOUD a few times during the day.

  • Put the verses on your bathroom mirror, on the phone, above the sink, on the computer screen saver, or any place you frequently look during the day. Every time you notice it, say the verses aloud a few times.
  • If you are in a profession in which you use a toolbox, tape it to the lid or inside the lid and repeat it a few times every time you reach for a tool.
  • Tape the verse card to the dashboard of your car. Drive and memorize.
RETAINING VERSES

You will increase your chances of remembering new verses the next day if you review your verses right before you go to bed at night. Then play the review tape as you fall asleep to cement all the verses you have learned in your mind. The key to retaining verses you have memorized is REVIEW, REVIEW, REVIEW.

SOME TIPS FOR REVIEW

1. Repeat the verses often and out loud.
When I was in sixth grade, we were required to memorize one poem each month. Thirty-one years later, I still remember lines from those poems, even though I have not read most of them recently. I remember them because I said them every day out loud for a month. Sometimes we remember something because it “sounds right.” Saying verses ALOUD is one of the keys to remembering them.
2. Rehearse the verses frequently.
When I wake up in the morning, I rehearse the Grace Verses I have learned this year. It is not only great review, but it is a great way to start the day. During the day, I repeat the verses as I am driving, washing dishes, etc. You may want to keep the current year’s schedule in its plastic pocket and try to repeat all the verses when you work on your new verse.
3. Review newer verses more frequently.
4. Review every day.
After a verse seems ingrained in your mind, review it on a rotating basis with other verses.
5. Use the verses.
When you pray, pray through the text of a verse! When you send a card, greet someone with a verse! When you see a friend who is feeling low, encourage them with a verse!