I’ll admit it: I was a bit of a weirdo in high school.

I mean, who willingly chooses to memorize whole books of the Bible and then submits themselves to a monthly competition testing your recall of those verses? 

Me. That’s who.

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I was on a quiz team for five years during which I memorized a good chunk of the New Testament. That’s me in the white shirt. Check out that choker necklace, flare jeans, and platform sandals. Oh goodness, do I miss the 90s.

I also miss the constant meditation on the scriptures that was my life in high school. In order to do well in the competition, you had to recite the verses every day. The questions were taken straight from the scripture and the answer was always part of the scripture. If you didn’t know the verse, you couldn’t answer the question. 

Oh, did I mention we’d hit our buzzer about three to five words into the question, finish the question, and give the answer, all in 60 seconds? Yep. You had to know the verses, not just memorize but really know them, in order to do well.

I haven’t gotten back to that deep level of studying God’s word since graduating. But, I want to.

Knowing our intentional Creator starts with reading His word. Memorizing scripture is a rich, soul-care activity. It requires a person to stop the busyness and intentionally contemplate. It sits us down across from our Creator and invites us into a conversation about His character, His design for our lives, and the purpose He’s called us to.

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I’m starting out simple; I’ve got 20 verses I want to commit to memory. Because I like to visually see my progress, I’ve created a checklist and printables for each verse that I’m also sharing with you. So, if you want to join me in memorizing these verses, just let me know below and I’ll send the checklist your way!

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