I've been working on memorizing more the past two years... I've always memorized my kid's AWANA verses with them as a motivator for them to work on them and help "poor old Mom" get it down... but I've been convicted of the need to memorize whole passages more often. My first attempt was to get Psalm 103 memorized and I started on bedrest with my 3rd pregnancy. I didn't achieve word perfect memorization, but I did achieve conceptual memorization and most importantly-- I found personal value in ABIDING in HIM through His Word.
Personal Story (skip this if you want just the facts or don't like needle discussions) When they had trouble getting my spinal in so they could do a c-section, I was nervously sitting on the operating table, and supposed to be perfectly still. In my other two experiences, this was a five minute or less process. This time the Doctor struggled and I was there for over 40 minutes (and he called for a 2nd Doctor), as fear and worry crept in, I realized that God was in control and started reciting the concepts from Psalm 103. As soon as I did this, my body relaxed and the same doctor easily slipped the needle into my spine! God's Word brought strength and comfort to me and even the anesthesiologist was amazed that he was successful.
I was humbled when asked to share resources and tips for memorizing God's Word at Iron Sharpens Iron, a conference for church leaders, at Emmaus Bible College. I am by no means an expert, but I aspire to this spiritual discipline, and pulling all the 21st century tools together is definitely in my skill set!
Here is a Memorizing God's Word livebinder (an online 3 ring binder where you have tabs, subtabs, and can see websites or documents, all in one place, and I can even add comments to describe the artifacts.) You can copy the binder and edit it yourself, or just visit this link for my most updated resources on memorizing God's Word.
What is your favorite way to memorize scripture? any tips? any successes to celebrate? tools? please share!