I hope you and your family have found some tricks that work for you in storing up God’s word in your heart. It does take effort and planning, but if you find that you are still struggling yourself, this post is for you.
The first piece of advice I can offer is actually believe you can memorize something. If you constantly tell yourself things like, “Ugh my brain. I’m losing it!” or something to that effect, of course you aren’t going to be very successful. God designed our brains to store up scripture, and even if takes a little longer than it did when you were younger, or just longer than you would like it to, choose to have a positive mindset toward memorizing scripture.
Say Yes to Less
A yes to one thing means a no somewhere else. If you intentionally set aside time for scripture memory, that means you are going to have do less of something else. For me, that means less social media. While I’m still working to curb my daily consumption, I have to admit that there is plenty of time in my day to meditate on verses, time that would’ve been spent scrolling through my Twitter or Facebook feed. Time that yields no returns for me, but using that time to store up scripture will always yield results.
For you, it may be something different that you set aside in order to make time for memorization. Just be aware that you’ll need to say “no” to something in order to say “yes” to something new in your routine.
Take the Plunge
And the end of the day, you just have to dive in and go for it. There’s no magic formula. You’ll forget and mess up, so just start again the next day. Don’t suffer from paralysis by analysis. Ask the Holy Spirit to bless and multiply your efforts as you seek to hide God’s word in your heart. Those efforts will never be wasted.
Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.
Beloved, surrender wholeheartedly to Jesus Christ, who loves you. As you drink from the deep well of Scripture, the Lord will refresh you and cleanse you, mold you and re-create you through His Living Word. For the Bible is the very breath of God, giving life eternal to those who seek Him.
– Francine Rivers