Scripture Memory Work Index

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last updated in 2015

Because I have been helped immensely by those who have posted their lists of memory work, I thought I’d share ours.

But, before you freak out, and because you might not make it to the end of the page to see a caveat, know that my children can perfectly recite very few — and sometimes none — of these. They are very familiar with them all. I have most of them memorized now, but that’s because for me it’s mostly re-memorizing. The passages were already familiar, for many I previously memorized when I was a child or I’ve just heard and read them so much that memorizing happened fast. So I have a deeper foundation I’m building on, whereas it’s all fresh for the children.

Rather than pursuing perfect recitation (which will likely not last past their childhood), I’m seeking more to begin and set their deep foundation that will be continually and cyclically renewed and built upon throughout their lives. I want familiarity, language patterns, and ideas to seep in. I am not a meticulous person — I am more a hack — we recite one passage and one Psalm daily for one term (6 weeks), whether it’s memorized in 2 weeks or not memorized yet by the end. Usually it is memorized or pretty close by 4 or 5 weeks, depending on the length and our consistency. Then, for better or for worse, it is replaced by the next term’s passage and Psalm and it moves into the review tab, where it gets hit when we get to it. After a week or two without saying it daily, usually the boys cannot recite it as well as they had by the end of the term. But because my goal is building a lifetime of familiarity rather than perfect rote memory, this no longer frustrates me.

This is my own personal “good enough” and “works for us,” because my priority is on keeping it simple, no-pressure, and about exposure, familiarity, and whole-idea rather than perfect articulation. There is a place for that, and if you can achieve that without stress and it’s working for you, then keep it and run with it!

However, if memory work has been a stressful thing, don’t give it up! Just pare it back, remove the pressure and expectations, and remember that God’s Word is active and will bear fruit — getting it to them (and us!) and in them (and us!) is what counts. Also, perfectly articulated memory is easily and quickly lost if not reviewed constantly, as I know well from all I memorized week-to-week when I was young, having little to show for it a few months later. Even so, it was a foundation of familiarity that was not unfruitful.

Passages that are bolded are the ones we emphasize in review so the younger crowd picks them up, and are the ones I would start with if we were doing it over from the beginning.

Psalms

  • 1
  • 8
  • 16
  • 19
  • 20
  • 23
  • 24
  • 25
  • 29
  • 32
  • 34
  • 46
  • 92
  • 100
  • 107
  • 110
  • 112
  • 115
  • 116
  • 145

Proverbs

3:1-12
6:6-11
6:16-19
9:7-10
10:9
10:12-14
10:19-21
10:23
11:17
11:23-25
12:1
12:16
12:22
15:1
19:5
19:11
20:11
21:25-26
26:20

Passages

  • Lamentations 3:21-40
  • Micah 6:6-8
  • Matthew 6:5-13
  • John 1:1-5 & 9-14
  • John 3:14-18
  • Romans 8:1-4, 26-39
  • Romans 10:9-11
  • 1 Corinthians 10:12-13
  • 1 Corinthians 13
  • 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
  • Galatians 5:22-26
  • Galatians 6:7-10
  • Ephesians 4:25-32
  • Ephesians 6:1-3
  • Philippians 4:4-9
  • Colossians 1:9-23
  • Colossians 3:1-4, 12-17
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:12-24
  • 2 Thessalonians 2:13-15
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:7-16
  • 2 Timothy 2:3-7
  • 2 Timothy 2:20-26
  • 2 Tim. 3:14-17
  • 1 Timothy 6:3-16
  • Hebrews 2:14-18
  • Hebrews 4:12-16
  • Hebrews 11:1-6
  • 1 Peter 3:8-17
  • Titus 2:11-3:9
  • 1 John 1:5-9

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2 Responses

  1. Kelly
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    The only passage I have really memorized, I mean I could probably recite it in my sleep memorized, is Psalm 24. I went to a Christian school for fifth grade and that year our class memorized it and recited it together at the end of year program. I grew up in Sunday School and VBS and memorized hundreds of verses over the years, none of which I remember. I loved having a whole Psalm memorized so much that I said it to myself fairly regularly for years, and when I started teaching my own to memorize Scripture (not just verses for AWANA or Sunday School) this is the one I started with, back when my oldest was ten or eleven. It’s still everyone’s favorite.

    But the rest of our memory work is pretty much like what you’re doing. One of my children memorizes fairly easily and can recite nearly everything we’ve been working on, but the rest of them are mostly gaining familiarity.

  2. Phil Walker
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    Neat to see the thoughts and Scripture Memory habits. I want to let everyone know about my favorite Scripture website http://www.memverse.com and my favorite Scripture memory games at http://www.impresskids.com May God bless you and your families as you memorize His Word. Your kids will be blessed.