Romans 8 Memory Challenge

It’s the December link-up!

I’ve been blogging weekly with the scripture for the week, and an update on the previous week’s progress (week one, week two, week three, and week four).

After getting behind a bit I made a big push this last week and feel like I’m more or less caught-up. Verses 3 & 4 are still somewhat challenging though, so I often stumble when reciting them or need a prompt of some sort.

My biggest success comes from:

  • Working on it early in the day. I find that if I spend 10 minutes or so during breakfast it really helps, because the verses seem to bounce around in my brain the rest of the day.
  • Working on it at the end of the day, so that as I go sleep the verses are on my mind.
  • FOCUSING. As in, concentrate on the words! This is harder than it sounds, thanks to two small children a.k.a. interruption machines, but when I can work on them when the kids are asleep or otherwise occupied, it’s much more effective. Even just five minutes of concentrated effort gains me a lot more progress than thirty minutes of half-focused reading and reciting.
  • Frequent bits of small effort. One thirty minute session isn’t as effective as three ten-minute sessions spaced throughout the day.
  • Making it interesting. What I mean is, instead of droning the words in a monotone, I try to vary how I recite them (even if only in my head; I am not risking waking anyone up if I’m working on it while kids are sleeping). For example, the first part of verse three (the hardest one for me so far):
    For GOD has done … what the LAW, weakened by the fleeeesh, could NOT do.
    much more memorable than
    ForGodhasdonewhattheLaw,weakenedbytheflesh,couldnotdo.
    which is what boringly reciting it ends up sounding like.

How is everyone else doing with the challenge?