In the words of Marquis Laughlin, "Most Scripture memory plans live on Someday Island." If you’re serious about treasuring God’s Word in your heart (and here’s why we hope that you are!), you’re going to need a memory plan to make it happen. 

As you prepare to memorize Scripture, consider the three W's of a successful memory plan:

What will you memorize?

This step is the easy part. Since "all Scripture is given by inspiration of God" (2 Tim. 3:16), you can memorize any part of God's Word knowing your efforts will be worthwhile.

It's important to pick a project that's realistic yet challenging. New memorizers probably shouldn't start with the book of Numbers, but don't underestimate the power of the human mind! Most people are capable of memorizing 2-3 verses a week, while some experienced memorizers have achieved 40+ verses a week.  

Action Step: Sign up for SMF's current memory program and join a community of memorizers all working towards the same goal.

Whom will you be accountable to?

You might feel like skipping this step, but accountability really is a critical part of successful Scripture memorization. Ask a friend or neighbor if they are willing to hear you quote 2-4 times per month, then mark the dates on your calendar.  Besides keeping you motivated, your accountability partner will also be helpful in identifying mistakes in your recitations.

Action Step: Once you have an accountability partner, add that person's email to your SMF App account. Your partner will automatically receive an email every week with a list of the verses you've memorized.

When will you finish?

Picking a Target Completion Date (TCD) and sharing it with your accountability partner will help you avoid losing steam partway through your project. Mark your TCD on the calendar along with several progress milestones to keep you on track. For example, if you're memorizing 39 Scriptures to Live By, you might pick a TCD of 90 days from now with progress milestones of 13 verses every month. You should probably build some cushion into your schedule for vacations, sickness, etc.

Action Step: Calculate how many verses are in your memory project, then divide that total by the number of verses you'll memorize every week. That's how many weeks it should take to memorize it!

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