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Tips on Using Visual Mnemonics to Memorize Scripture

Updated on December 11, 2014

Visual Mnemonics for Scripture Memorizing

You only need one hand to count the things that are eternal—God’s word being one of them.

Scripture is inspired; it contains authority over our lives, is a guide in spiritual matters, is significant in knowing God and His will, and is useful for explaining and defending our beliefs. So you probably already know the value of memorizing verses BUT memorizing scripture is crazy hard.

Most likely, you are familiar with the concept of learning styles and that they have been categorized into three types (visual, auditory and kinesthetic learners). But did you know they are not distributed equally among the population? A whopping 65% of us are visual learners!

So let’s use that to our advantage and implement a form of mnemonics (memory tricks).

Here’s how it is done:

1. Start by choosing a verse that is relevant to where you are in life. You can get on a Bible website, such as www.blueletterbible.org, and type in a topic. Patience, worry, or hope are good topic searches to do. Some Bibles have topical indexes in them as well.

2. Once you have your verse, think of each word individually. Are there any connections you can make to objects or actions? Draw that word incorporating the association. The more bizzar the picture the stronger the connection will be.

3. Some words don’t have other meanings, for instance, the word “the”, so make the word in your own “font”. Take the time to draw it out, put polka dots on the letters or make it fancy.

4. Using color markers or pencils add another dimension in making the verse stick.

5. Make sure that you draw the same words in the same way each time you come across it. This will help as you build up your mental verse library.

6. Don’t worry if you wouldn’t call yourself an artist. It never stopped you from engaging in a fun round of Pictionary. Even the act of playing with the verse and drawing the pictures will help solidify its recall.

7. Once you have the verse drawn out, mindfully look at each word or “icon”. Close your eyes and visualize what you have drawn out.

8. Look at your verse again. Close your eyes and mentally picture the verse again. Say the verse. Icons are soon transferred into word meanings and you have officially “stored up” a verse in your mind for later use.

If you want to see how this has been done you can click here for a free download of a Summary of the 10 Commandments. Give it a try now, it really works!

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