I am honored to lead the Resources Division at LifeWay and serve with a team of leaders who are passionate to serve the Church in Her mission of making disciples. Each Wednesday, I share the heart behind one of the resources our team has developed and give an opportunity for you to win free copies of your own.
Today, I am excited to share about Open Your Bible, a new Bible study resource born from a partnership of LifeWay Women and the ladies of She Reads Truth. She Reads Truth started as a small group of strangers on the Internet who wanted to be more intentional about reading God’s Word. What began as a casual conversation is now an entire community of women all over the world in pursuit of Jesus. Their mission is to invite the already-reached to reach for their Bibles—every day.
Whether you are a seasoned Bible reader or struggle to keep up with studying Scripture, Open Your Bible will leave you with a greater appreciation for the Word of God, a deeper understanding of its authority, and a stronger desire to know the Bible inside and out.
Below is an excerpt from this new Bible study that encourages women plus gives them six practical tips on how to memorize scripture.
“Mi sono perso.”
It means “I’m lost” in Italian, and it’s a handy phrase to know if you ever find yourself lost in Italy. I’ve never been, but my friend Kaitlin spent a semester there back in college, and I love the tales of her gondola-riding, noodle-making adventures.
She tells the story of how, before she left, she imagined the day of her arrival unfolding like a scene from a movie. She would head straight from the airport to an adorable old hotel, stepping daintily into a bathtub near a stained-glass window, Italian dictionary in hand, luxuriously soaking in the language. Hours later she would emerge from the soapy suds having memorized all the words she’d need for an exciting and successful four months in a foreign land:
Ciao. Spaghetti. Bruschetta. Got it.
Before her trip, Kaitlin’s Italian teacher, Francesco (because of course that was his name), lectured the class on the importance of learning basic phrases and always remembering directional terms in the language. But while Francesco lectured, Kaitlin daydreamed and doodled bacio in her journal next to a sketch of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, certain she’d pick up the words she needed once she arrived.
Sure enough, Kaitlin soon found herself lost in her new favorite city, scanning her surroundings for clues to the way home. She was lost. Everything looked unfamiliar yet somehow the same. Frantically unzipping her backpack, she pulled out the notebook from Italian class and threw it open, hoping to find the words for “right” or “left” or even her address. Nothing. Just doodles and the Italian word for “kiss.” She had been given the opportunity to store everything about her destination in her heart and mind, and had missed it completely.
Can you relate to Kaitlin? Have you ever been given the opportunity to memorize something important but decided it could wait until it was urgent?
Thinking back on Kaitlin’s story, I wonder, are you and I doing the same thing with God’s Word? Do we think we’re prepared for life in a “foreign land” because we sit in on a few orientation classes? Are we content to listen to the pretty-sounding words and comforting phrases, forgetting that all of Scripture is a map to the very center of our Heavenly Father’s heart?
The truth we read in quiet is far too easily forgotten as we reenter the noise and hustle of our lives. Memorizing Scripture applies God’s Word to our hearts and minds permanently, giving us tangible promises and clear directions so that we might not sin against Him.
Recalling memorized Scripture isn’t a party trick for the overachievers; it’s a way home for the homesick. Let’s invest in relief for our homesick hearts today by applying Scripture permanently. Let’s store up God’s Words and recount His promises.
When we find ourselves lost or tempted, unsure which direction is home, may we recall the Scripture-map that takes us straight to the heart of God.
Try these tips for memorizing Scripture:
1. Write it several times in one sitting. The more you write it, the better it will stick.
2. Post it in a place you visit often (above the kitchen sink, on the fridge, in your car). Try using a dry erase marker on your mirror.
3. Save the verses you want to memorize as a lock screen on your phone. (She Reads Truth provides lots of Scripture lock screens on our Bible app.)
4. Sing it. If you can’t find a song for the verse you’re learning, make up your own!
5. Write it on your arm and make it your goal to have it memorized by the time it wears off.
6. Try taking a month (or a year!) to memorize a whole chapter or book of the Bible. Instead of learning lots of short verses here and there, take on a big chunk and chip away at it bit by bit.
Today I am giving away 10 copies of this new Bible study resource with a companion notebook. Register to win 1 of 10 copies here or in the form below before 12:01am CT Thursday, November 19, 2015.