What does it look like to encourage our children to memorize Bible verses?
It’s finding the simple. The fun. The beautiful ways of imprinting Scripture on the hearts of our kids, as we’re engraving it in our own.
It’s breathing the words in and out. In and out. In and out.
It’s including our kids as we tie them to our life… as we’re tying shoes- speak the verses… after breakfast- speak the verses… each time we help a child brush their teeth- speak the verses. As His Word becomes a part of our routine, it becomes a part of theirs.
It’s discovering what the words mean together, and then using one of their favorite languages to help them remember… play!
It’s making music. The music of His Words in our hearts and on our lips.
And singing it loud when we need to fight.
It’s not just one more thing on top of our already full days that we feel pressured into doing.
It’s not stagnant and tedious, nor is it overly elaborate and gaudy.
It’s putting Deuteronomy 6:4-9 to action…
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
It’s making His Words a part of our lives.
So that those most precious life-breathing Words, will be found in their little hearts!
As we find some simple, fun ways to help get His Words into the hearts of our children, I hope to share them with you!
This week as we made Psalm 145:1-2 a part of our lives, we made crowns… cut out of poster board and decorated with paint and gold glitter.
While painting we talked about the words in these verses full of praise, and what it looks like to praise our God. We talked of how He is the King, and how His name is so precious.
These crowns became our props as we sang (and acted out) the words to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”
“I will exalt you, my God the King;
I will praise your name for ever and ever.
Every day I will praise you
and extol your name for ever and ever.”
Here’s a quick video of the fun. Sorry for the poor quality. :( Hopefully I’ll get someone to help me get the picture more clear. And I know you can’t hear them very well. But aren’t they CUTE!? :)