18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.Romans 1:18-20
Yesterday I spoke about some of the joys of the breakthrough. I consistently read Romans 1 alound and listened to a recording of me reading it twice a day. And that paid off as I tried to recall certain verses (in that case, verses 11-13).
But I have some lingering questions. Why did those verses seem to stick out in my memory? Why do others seem to have no home in my memory bank? Like today’s verses, will they stick to my memory, or will they fall through the copious cracks in my gray matter? It remains to be seen.
Furthermore, it’s tough to pick just one keyword from every verse. And then how do I remember those even once I choose them?
All of this leads me to a few conclusions. First, the method I outlined in “Memorize a chapter of the Bible with one simple trick” is probably not the end-all-be-all of Bible memorization habits. That being said, I think it did introduce a valuable tool that solved many problems. This whole idea of reading the passages aloud 50 times is a very effective way to actually engage with the material and dwell on it from day to do. This solves the problems I had last month, when I felt like I spent too much time turning verses into mnemonic devices and not enough time actually steeping in the Word. This practice also put quite a few passages on auto-pilot, and I can rattle them off like nobody’s business. But with other passages I’m kinda up a creek without a paddle. That rarely was the case last month, which means next month may be a combo of mnemonic creation and repeated reading.
Oh what fun it is!