Memorizing Scripture

Our foster children have lived with us for two and a half months and during our time together my favorite thing is to hear them randomly sing worship and praise songs all on their own. We listen to several different worship playlists together and many are geared towards children with simple songs that help kids […]

Our foster children have lived with us for two and a half months and during our time together my favorite thing is to hear them randomly sing worship and praise songs all on their own. We listen to several different worship playlists together and many are geared towards children with simple songs that help kids memorize scripture. It is now common to hear one of our kids sing, “Fear not for I have redeemed you,” or “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Even if they do not fully understand what they are singing, the words are being repeated and pressed on their hearts. The songs will likely stay with them a lifetime.
Memorization of scripture is so powerful. It provides us with wisdom from God to help handle situations. Knowing scripture helps keep my mind on what is excellent and worthy of praise, and it helps me grow in my relationship with God.
In our family we want to help our kids (and ourselves) memorize more scripture and so I began looking into fun tips to help make memorization playful and meaningful. Below are a few tips:
1. Sing scripture songs. There are plenty of resources available simply by searching on Google, or work as a family to write your own songs. Make up your own tune for a verse you want to memorize.
2. Toss a ball. Our kids love this game. When a person passes the ball whoever catches it says the next word in the verse until the verse is complete. After a few rounds of this game everyone will have the verse memorized.
3. Write out the verse. Write it as big as you can with sidewalk chalk. Use bathtub crayons to write in on the shower wall. Write it on sticky notes and place it on the fridge. Use wipe-away markers and write it on your bathroom mirror. Get creative!
4.Create hand motions. Incorporating movement with the verse can help children learn a new scripture. Again, be creative and keep it simple.
There are tons of ways to help kids memorize scripture. What are some ways you do this in your own family?

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