20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that[h] the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.

Romans 8: 20-21

As I write this at 7:11 AM, I nearly have these two verses memorized already. That’s nice, because, some days it’s about 4:00 PM, and I’m still struggling to recall them. So, I want to jot down some best practices before I forget them. This morning, the first thing I did, after recalling yesterday’s verses, was to open my Bible and read the new verses a couple times over. Then, I wrote the whole thing onto a Post-it note, while looking at my Bible, really trying to handle the words. I find so far that copying the verse from my physical Bible, rather than from the internet, allows me to remember it more clearly.

Then, I looked at the verse on the sticky note and tried to identify all of the memorable words that might be part of today’s acronym. I underlined each of these words. Then, I wrote the first letter of each of the words on the back of the note. Seeing that there were way too many to memorize, I began to go through them while looking at the verses, seeing which words naturally came to mind if I remembered other words around it. This allowed me to eliminate probably half of the letters, and it provided me another chance to really handle the verses. I tried to make sure that I kept the very first letter of the verses in the acronym (I have trouble remembering the verses when I can’t recall the first word). At this point, I was comfortable enough with the two verse to try and recall them. I got pretty far. If you get a little further each time (try to note exactly where you get tripped up, exactly which words you struggle with), you’ll get the verses in no time. I know this sounds like a lot, but all in all it took maybe 5-10 minutes, and now I have the verses fairly well memorized already. It’s worth sticking with this routine a few more days to see if it continues to be successful.

Memory Technique

20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that[h] the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.

FCFN OHCBFG

Free Candy! Free Nuts! Oh, how chocolate bagels feel good.” = Romans 8: 20-21

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