There are some tasks that you can accomplish better when you’re doing it with others … like exercise, diet, studying (well, maybe not studying …study groups didn’t work out too well for me in school). Another undertaking that is helpful to do with a friend is memorization … particularly for me, Bible verse memorization.
My kids have memorized verses in the past through our church’s children’s programs, but I have to admit that I was not always diligent about it for myself and for my kids. Memorizing was hard enough for me, and I just assumed that they wouldn’t be able to do it. Needless to say, my efforts were pathetic.
This month, we began the task of memorizing verses as a family, and the opportunity to do it together has renewed my desire and motivation. And, we’re not just memorizing but discussing what it means and how it applies to our daily lives. We don’t want this to be simply recitation, void of any meaning. We desire that God’s Word would have an impact on all of our hearts.
“I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119: 11
If you are thinking about memorizing verses with your children, here are some things that we have been doing, which may be helpful to you.
- We split up the verse into manageable chunks, so that we are learning it phrase by phrase.
- Sometimes, we say it in a beat or rhythm. I’ve never memorized this way. My husband is more musically inclined, so he would present it this way for the kids. We all found it easier to memorize when we could sing or “rap” the verse.
- We say the verse three times before every meal. At first, it is just me or my husband saying it. By the second day, some of the kids can usually say it with some help and prompting.
- A brief explanation of the verse is given, including defining some of the bigger words. Sometimes, this is done before bedtime in lieu of a bedtime story.
- We are watchful for ways to apply the verse. For example, one of my kids came out after bedtime in tears, saying that he’s scared of the monsters and aliens. We reminded him that those things are not real, but God is, and that He is more powerful than all the things that we are scared of. (The verse was about The Lord being God, a faithful God.)
- There are many different Bible memorization programs out there. One that I would recommend is the Fighter Verses app by Children Desiring God. Or, if you want to follow along with our family, I will be posting our verse of the week every Monday on Facebook. (Note: only the highlighted portion of the verse is what we are having our children memorize.)
We finished our first week memorizing Deuteronomy 7:9.
“Know therefore that The Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness.”
Our 3 oldest kids memorized it perfectly by the end of the week. To our pleasant surprise, our 3-year-old was also able to say the verse on his own just from hearing it spoken multiple times this past week.
You’re never too young or too old to memorize God’s Word!