Welcome to another month and another set of protocols on this quest to memorize Romans. As of this writing, we’re solidly into the season of lent–that time of year when many Christians give something up for 40 days. Well, if you’re following this blog closely, you might want to consider giving up sanity or the Realm of the Conventional for the next month, because it’s going to be a doozy (I think I’ve already mentioned that in previous posts. . . Goodbye Romans 1).
After two (sometimes frustrating) months in Romans, some memory tactics stick out as clearly beneficial. Some stick out as throw-awayable. So, I’ve refined what seems to work, and I’ve cut the crap. AND, as you can tell from the title, we’re adding an extra-special technique this time around that I’m very excited about.
If you haven’t actually committed yet to memorizing scripture or any chunks of Romans, I truly do think this is the moth to start. Of course, I will publish daily devotionals, if you’re just into that, and that will be a perfectly fun way to spend March as well. In any case, I do think this month will yield tangible results from the tried-and-true methods we’re renewing. AND I think this month could yield untold benefits if we can actually hack into the unknown world of lucid dreaming.
What’s the game plan, then, you ask? For the beginning of the month, we’re going to comb through two verses at a time–per usual–and do some expositional diving into the deep meaning of the verses. But, unlike las month, we’re also going to put in some legwork each day for memorizing those two verses (but I promise it will be easier and less soul-deadening than January https://romans-road.com/2020/01/31/the-problem-with-memorizing-bible-verses/).
Additionally, I found last month’s tactic of reading the chapter aloud each morning–and listening to a voice memo of it twice a day–to be beneficial, especially as I tried to synthesize the whole chapter at the end of the month. SOOOO, let’s do that again. Starting this morning, please go ahead and read Romans 2 aloud, and record yourself doing it, then listen to that recording twice today. Repeat the same cycle throughout the month (although of course, you don’t have to record yourself each time, only the first.)
Then, let’s use a memory walk, or memory movie to remember the order of verses day to day. https://romans-road.com/2020/01/27/day-23-directing-the-movie/ ; https://romans-road.com/2020/01/26/day-21-the-memory-walk/. I’ll talk more about that in the coming days, but I’ll probably use scenes from my favorite golf course again or I’ll use the first 14-15 presidents as the backdrop for each “scene.”
Finally, we’ll use lucid dreaming to try and hack the process. Tomorrow I’ll dive into just what that is and how we might use it for our benefit.
This post is day 1 in a 31 day series about memorizing Romans 2. This is a perfect place to get started. Overall, this post is day 62 in a 366 day series. If you’d like, check out one of our “Getting Started” posts to learn more about our overall mission to memorize the book of Romans in one year.