I believe that Scripture memorization is a great discipline to practice in our daily lives. But how can we memorize things as adults? Combining a hobby like hand lettering with Scripture memorization can be a great way to do something you love for a purpose! Want to join me? Your guide for #letteringtomemorize (Fall Quarter) is included below!
A while back I shared how I was using hand lettering to memorize scripture. I’ll be honest, this isn’t just that scripty brush style of hand lettering that you see all over Instagram. Yes, I love to practice this way. But also just everyday writing is another way that I use to memorize Scripture.
When I first shared this process over on Instagram, I used the hashtag #letteringtomemorize but I didn’t keep up with sharing (or always doing!) this practice. But it’s not left my heart or head and I thought that this fall would be a great time to begin this challenge. Are you with me?!
First let’s talk about why we should memorize Scripture. If you’re like me, you probably have a ton of random songs and poems memorized from your childhood. There’s something about that young age where kids are just little sponges that can memorize things so quickly! (And to my fellow mama friends: why are the worst songs just so dang catchy… baby shark, anyone?!) During my childhood, I memorized a lot of Scripture. It didn’t feel like a big deal and many times it was in the form of little songs from Sunday school. But I didn’t realize the amount of Scripture that was hidden in my heart.
Fast forward to adulthood when life gets a little more crazy! There have been times in my life where Bible study was not happening as much as it should. Whether it was a fussy baby or a crazy work schedule, those dry times can be so hard. But I remember times where just when I needed it, a Scripture that I’d memorized would pop into my head and remind me of truth that I needed to hear.
This is why I’m so passionate about memorizing Scripture. It’s not for legalistic reasons or to check them off of a list. NO. THANK. YOU. It’s because when truth is hidden in my heart, it can come to my head even when I’m holding a fussy baby and my Bible is across the room.
So now let’s talk about HOW to memorize Scripture.
First of all, it’s no longer easy. I don’t know what it is, but this mom-brain just lets things slip in and then right back out. I mean, what did I even do yesterday? But there are a few ways that I have figured out help me memorize. Oddly enough, they seem to all revolve around 2 things: slowing down & repetition.
The one that I want to share today is memorizing through hand lettering. I love to write and writing with purpose helps me to feel like I’m spending my time wisely. I also find that writing out Scripture (or anything, really) forces me to slow down and focus on the words that I’m writing. It’s so easy for me to be in such a fast pace that I speed through whatever I’m reading and at the end, I’m not even really sure what it said. But when I write things, especially in script style lettering, I really have to slow down and take it one word at a time. Sometimes even one letter at a time.
This brings me to my newest challenge: Lettering to Memorize. I have created a free 13 week workbook where you will receive pages that have Scripture to memorize on each page with lined pages for you to practice on. You can choose from 2 different sized worksheet sets: one for medium-large sized brush pens (like a Tombow Dual Brush Pen or a Crayola marker!) and the other for either small brush pens or just regular handwriting. You will also receive extra blank lined pages so that you can continue to practice more if you choose.
In this challenge, we will be memorizing one Scripture per week. I will also be sending out emails throughout the challenge with encouragement, hand lettering videos and some more ideas for memorizing Scripture as an adult.
Like I said, this is something that I feel passionate about as I’ve seen it’s real impact in my everyday life. Handlettering is not the only way to memorize Scripture but my hope is that through testing out these varying methods, you will see a noticeable change in the thoughts that come to you throughout the day.
Not sure what I mean? Let’s think about certain thoughts that might come up and how we can use Scripture to set our hearts on the things of God.
What if when we are afraid we say… I will fear no evil, for you are with me. (from Psalm 23:4)
What if when we are happy we say… Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
What if when we are discontent we say…But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (from Matthew 6:33)
What if when we are feeling frustrated we say… You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. (from Isaiah 26:3)
What if when we are feeling abandoned, we say… he will never leave you nor forsake you. (from Deuteronomy 31:6)
By no means am I trying to say that we should not feel these big feelings. But when we do, what if we were armed and ready to combat those harmful thoughts with truth from God’s Word?
This is why I’m so ready to dive into this with you! If you want to join me in memorizing some Scripture this fall, sign up below to receive your free worksheets and the emails that will come!