How do we encourage our children to hide God’s Word in their little (and not so little) hearts?
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 God’s 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.
Always music. (Like much of this week’s verses tucked in this song.)
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 well!
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 103:1-2 a part of our lives, we made these verses into heart puzzles glued back together and decorated. (We used foam hearts I found stashed away, but paper hearts would work just as well!)
I wrote the verses for the little ones, but the older girls enjoyed writing their own.
While writing the verses we talked about what it means to “praise” or “bless” the LORD. How it is an act of adoring Him, often on our knees. Then we started cutting the hearts into pieces, and I read Psalm 103:1-2 from a different version to help us understand the words even more:
1Let all that I am praise the Lord;
with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.
2Let all that I am praise the Lord;
may I never forget the good things he does for me.
Psalm 103:1-2 NLT
We talked about how often we praise God with only a part of our hearts… like part of the puzzle, but God wants our whole hearts. And as we pieced each part back together, we said (and sang) these words over and over.
By the time we were done they had these two little verses tucked in their hearts, and the broken hearts pieced back together proudly displayed around the house. Every time we see these hearts we’re reminded to say these verses of blessing and to remember the good things God has done for us (which we get to talk more about in the next couple weeks).
Nothing too fancy – honestly just made out of scraps around the house – but my kids LOVED it, and now we’ve got the first two verses engraved in little hearts and minds.
We’d love for you to memorize Psalm 103 along with us!