Secret Sauce for Memorizing Scripture!
I was just reading a blog post by Alison Tiemeyer that shared some ideas for memorizing Scripture. She went into great detail on using one of those 3×5 notecard books. I’ve seen this work for many people and I’ve even used it myself.
I want to add something to this … ready …
That’s right …grab those 3×5 cards and get your heart rate up!
Research has shown that when you raise your heart rate into the working zone (that’s around 140+ for me) there are physiological changes occurring in the brain that increase your capacity for learning. Take a look at the book, Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, by Dr. John Ratey.
I found out about Ratey’s work when I was still at Illinois State. One of the exercise physiology professors and I were going to do some research on this topic in my child development class. I attended a workshop where a PE instructor from the suburbs of Chicago shared how they were using this program to help low-performing high school students improve their math and reading scores. It was highly successful – here’s the story.
In the same time period I was in a Beth Moore Bible study on the book of James. Beth challenged all of us to memorize the book of James … each week she shared what she had memorized … and at the end of the course we watched the bonus video that showed her reciting the entire book.
I experienced this back when I was in Seminary and was training for triathlons. I was riding my bike all over So Cal, so I taped a small card with a Scripture passage to my handle bars so I could memorizing verses while I rode.
>>All I have to say is that I still remember those verses<<
Now I’m not going to go into all the physiology – go ahead and get Ratey’s book – but I am going to encourage you to take your 3×5 cards to the gym, on your walks/jogs, and even waterproof them for the pool. LOL!
Try memorizing while you’re getting your heart rate up … tell me if it makes a difference for you.