What is a memory devotional?
There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.— Romans 8:1.
This is going to be an unusual journey–an unusual way to ring in 2020 once it gets here. I’ve committed to memorizing the entire book of Romans in one year, and I will be documenting the various adventures, or misadventures, here. Very little is off limits, so long as it stays relatively couth. I know many millions have successfully memorized large swaths of scripture, but I am not one of those people. In fact, I have significant difficulty memorizing scripture, in spite of the fact that I am well aware of its significant benefits for one’s spiritual life.
So, I’m willing to try the natural, the unnatural, the well-tested, and the untested, the new and the old, in trying to memorize the entire book in one year. Though I struggle some with memorization, my must successful forays have utilized the power of mnemonics. If I take a sentence and memorize only the first letter of each word, I can often recall the word each letter stands for. If I am trying to memorize the first five presidents, for example (Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe), I need to remember only the letter mashup WAJMM.
Mnemonics will constitute much of my memory framework, as will forced recall (Check out Day 1 for more details on that!).
But what is a memory devotional anyway? I intend for it to be a guided study of Romans. Every day will include thoughts that one might find in any daily devotional. I will include what comes to mind as I chew on each verse.
Each day will also include a framework for memorizing the verse (or verses) of the day. This framework will only be a suggestion, but I hope that you find them helpful, should you embark on a similar journey.