Friday, September 2, 2016

God is my witness

One of my favorite Scripture-memory-related moments near the beginning of memorizing Romans came when I wasn't memorizing or practicing.

I had already memorized part of Romans 1 at least through verse 9, and maybe through his entrance into the Gospel topic. Verse 9 includes, “For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son.”

I remember one day going about my business, thinking about things happening in my life, and at one point thinking the phrase, “with God as my witness,” and found myself immediately and naturally adding onto that, “whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son.” It was so cool and encouraging.

Hiding God's Word in one's heart can be a reminder of whom we serve and why we are here!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Road trip!

No matter the scope of one's Scripture memory efforts, driving or riding in a vehicle is one of the better times to practice what one has learned to have it locked in rock solid.

In writing about how to memorize a verse, I described a reinforcement step that includes “reciting what I have learned out loud three times toward each direction of the compass.” For me, this typically involves four walls in my apartment. The purpose of this is to “break the visual association” in the brain that is formed when memorizing and reciting. Even with the same four walls, though, the scene can become familiar.

Enter driving. The scene is constantly changing. Even if the scene seems the same from a travel standpoint (hundreds of miles of prairie, for instance), for memory reinforcement purposes there is a sufficient amount of visual variation to help break any mental dependencies our minds may form with what is seen for reciting what has been learned.