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.

5 thoughts

  1. I think it is very admirable for you to memorize this book of scripture. What helps me to study in a similar way is to find the historic depth of the story. For example, when I was studying at a university with a religious basis for Criminal basic, I had to create an article about the prosecution of Jesus, and I started looking up the historical issues of significance at that time in that area. It gave me more of a context to help me remember the issues that were important. And it was quite different from reading the scriptures alone. Remember that the original scriptures were written for people with little formal education and also they often could not read or write. So a lot of the stories are parables which the people could understand and get a context for what is being taught. So knowing this, it helped me a lot with my studies. And I feel I learned it more in depth than I would have just trying to remember everything because remember that this is primarily the story of the life of one person – Jesus, and his disciples, and the ways of people and the ways they lived and things they did, much like it is in our own days. I think today it is very difficult to understand a lot of major issues about our own modern history without some context of historical issues that have led us to where we are today. I hope this might be helpful. I am not certain that memorizing something is a benefit in the long run because we tend to forget things as we grow older, and that is what I know from my own experience. Blessings, Anne


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