Scripture Memory with PocketBible

Posted on: October 21st, 2014 by Michelle Stramel 11 Comments

scripture memorySometimes we make things more complicated than they need to be. A friend shared the following article from Awana with me: 10 Steps for Effective Scripture Memory. These 10 steps are actually fairly simple. To summarize, they suggest you: Read it, write it, speak it, hear it, divide it, memorize it, repeat it, recite it with a group, design it and review it. If memorizing Scripture is something you’d like to do, you can easily accomplish several of these steps with PocketBible using the bookmark or highlight feature:

  • Organize – create two bookmark categories for the purpose of memorizing (i.e. Memorize, Review) or choose a highlight color and rename it*.
  • Select – add the verses you are interested in committing to memory to the appropriate category in PocketBible.
  • Review – follow some or all of the steps in the Awana article to commit the verse to memory including reviewing it, reciting it, listening to it*. Once a verse is memorized, move it to your Review bookmark category for more occasional reviewing.

There are so many benefits to memorizing scripture including having the sword of the Spirit always at hand (Ephesians 6:17), helping you to focus on the right things (Philippians 4:8), and keeping you from sin (Psalm 119:9,11).

If you have tips on memorizing verses, please share them in them in the comments below! If you are looking for a dedicated memorization tool to use, consider this free online tool called Memverse.

Note: Some features mentioned above require the purchase of an Advanced Feature set which are currently available for iOS, Mac OS X,Windows Phone and Windows Store.

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11 Responses

  1. John King says:

    You once had a different app for memorizing scripture. I think it was called MEMORIZE. I really enjoyed it because it worked.
    Glad you’re working on replacing it.

    • Michelle Stramel says:

      John, yes we did have an app called Memorize! that was available for Palm OS and Windows CE. We don’t currently have anything in the works but it is something we would like to do given time and resources.


  2. RichieRich says:

    Ah, I miss the days of the Memorize! app that you guys had for the Palm OS. Wondering if there are other people who used it, too? Seemed like a simple app, but very useful. Any plans on resurrecting it?

    • Michelle Stramel says:

      The Memorize! app is still on our list of things we’d like to do if we have time and resources. The nice thing about the old Memorize program (as compared to what I’ve suggested here with PocketBible) is that it could test you on what you were trying to learn which I think also helps in learning verses.

      Thanks for letting us know of your interest in having a program like that again,

      • Susan says:

        I immediately thought of Memorize! when I read this post. Glad it’s at least on the list for if you have the time and the resources.

        When I want to memorize something, I make a calendar reminder, with the text in the notes section, and I review the text at least once a day for a minimum of one week. The reminder helps me to set aside a specific time, and to actually follow through and DO IT.

        • Michelle Stramel says:

          Susan, that is a great idea. If I recall the old Memorize! apps had reminders in them so you’ve managed to keep that feature in your life 🙂


  3. Melia says:

    I have actually kept my old Palm device just for the purpose of using the old Memorize! app. I really wish it were available for my android phone. It would be so much more convenient!

  4. Robert Ehle says:

    Memorize was the best memory program I’ve seen in the more than 10 years I’ve used electronic memory programs. This is at least the 3rd time I’ve asked about having Memorize added to PocketBible resources, and am most happy that it is being considered. WHAT RESOURCES ARE NEEDED TO BRING IT TO FRUITION?! I would be willing to pay $10 for the application, it’s that good!

    • Michelle Stramel says:

      Robert, thanks for your persistence. We keep PocketBible as the first priority and between OS updates and feature requests it just never seems to be a good time to do Memorize! but I have not given up hope!


  5. Paul K says:

    Yeah I remember Memorize as well. I would buy it if it was updated to the new platforms

  6. Using the bookmarking feature as a memory list is what started me using PaocketBible (It might have been called PalmBible at the time – I just always called it Laridian) on my HP Jornada many many years ago in the first place. It continues to be my first choice for my memory list. Now I use it on Android and I have a list for each family member. Every night we recite the last few week’s worth of verses that we’re working on and I keep PocketBible open for us to reference.

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