As I share different posts on the blog about what we do to memorize verses, read the Bible, etc. I do not want it to appear that we are peacefully sitting around reading Bible verses all day. As great as that would be, I PROMISE we are not. I promise we do not have it all together. In between all these verses there is a messy house, dishes that need to be washed, laundry in the dryer that needs to be fluffed again, diapers to change, and a mama who is crying about all that has to be done, how I can’t do it all, and how I’ve somehow ruined my children over something I’ve done or said. I’m assuming you can relate. And if you can’t, I will assume so anyway to make me feel better. 🙂 It is SO important for our children to have scripture IN their hearts. Here are just a few reasons to encourage us to keep working hard to teach them His Word:
“How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.” Psalm 119:9 To keep their ways pure. The definition of pure: unstained, innocent, guiltless, genuine, unmixed, without undesirable elements. When we are pure in devotion to God, not being mixed with the world, is how we gain true wisdom and understanding. How can we be pure? Live according to His word. Which means DOING IT not just knowing it. But knowing it is half the battle right? Learn it, know it, DO IT. Don’t be a pharisee who knows God’s word but never actually lives it out.
“I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11 I love how one exposition said it, “His (David’s) heart would be kept by the word because he kept the word in his heart.”
“I desire to do your will, my God; for your instruction is written on my heart.” Psalm 40:8 Writing His Word on their hearts will help them make decisions that are pleasing to God. Decisions that are in line with His will for their life. They have INSTRUCTIONS to life!!
I made my daughter a learning poster (idea from this site). About every two or three weeks we do a letter and number of the week, a Bible verse that starts with that letter, and some crafts to go along with the letter and/or Bible verse. We used to do colors and shapes until she got those, so now we just do those occasionally. I started out trying to do this once a week, but found that I get less stressed if I do every two or three weeks. I choose Bible verses that relate to her. My son may have a couple different ones. I choose verses that have words she will understand and are not too long. I will read the new Bible verse to her and have her repeat after me a couple of times. Then she’ll put an index card with the verse on it onto her learning poster. There is a picture of the poster at the bottom of this post so you can see it- we hadn’t put the verse on it yet, but you get the idea. Randomly throughout the week I will ask her to say the verse. At least once a week I have her say ALL of her Bible verses that she has memorized plus the Lord’s prayer. NOTE: This is NOT just about memorizing. This is about teaching her how to have character and how to live her life in a way that is honoring to the Lord. A lot of these verses I will use when correcting, disciplining, and teaching. When it comes to my children playing I tend to use the B verse A LOT: Be kind and tender to one another. 🙂 I find myself also saying the D verse quite often: “Do everything without complaining or arguing.” She started a new gymnastics class a couple of weeks ago and reminding her of her I verse helped calm her nervousness: “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” It’s not just for her, it’s for me too. It helps me know how to teach them how to behave, and I really like that. I’ll take all the help I can get! I will update this list as we finish out the alphabet, but here are the verses she’s memorized so far and here is the printable version I made of these verses:
A: A gentle answer turns away anger. Proverbs 15:1
B: Be kind and tender to one another. Forgiving one another. Ephesians 4:32
C: Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Ephesians 6:1
D: Do everything without complaining or arguing. Phil 2:14
E: Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; Psalm 100:4
F: For God so loved the world that He gave his only son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
G: God is love. 1 John 4:8
H: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come. Revelation 4:8
I: I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Phil. 4:13
J: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8
K: Keep my commands and follow them. Leviticus 22:31
L: Love is patient. Love is kind. 1 Corinthians 13:4
M: Make me walk along the path of your commands for that is where my happiness is found. Psalm 119:35
N: …nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Romans 8:38
O: Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. Psalm 119:18
P: Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. Psalm 106:1
Q: Everyone should be Quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. James 1:19
R: Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Give thanks no matter what happens, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 **One version starts with an R in “Rejoice always” but I liked this version better.
S: So do not fear, for I am with you. Do not be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. Isaiah 41:10
T: Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight Proverbs 3:5-6
U: Under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and your protection. Psalm 91:4
V: Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life. John 6:47
W: Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14
X: May I never boast eXcept in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Galatians 6:14
Y: You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Matthew 5:14
Z: Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today. Luke 19:5
**It will be a little while before the rest of the letters are posted because we are starting over with letters in August to practice with tactile letters. We’ll start over and use these same memory verses for this year. Once we get to “N” I will start posting the verses again.
NOTE: The site where I learned to make the learning poster now offers free printable “I am Learning” sheets. They are great to stick into a sheet protector and use a dry erase marker to edit each week. It is our duty to teach our children what God’s Word says. Who else is going to? When we teach, instruct, and help them understand God’s word it will guide and watch over them: “My son, keep your father’s command
and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
Bind them always on your heart;
fasten them around your neck. When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; when you awake, they will speak to you.” Proverbs 6: 20-22