How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. (Psalm 119:9 ESV)
I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. (Psalm 119:11 ESV)
Often as Parents, our main goal in training our children is training either positive attitudes into their character, or training negative behaviors out. While both of these training’s are important- they way that we do it is even more important. The way we go about training our children is through God’s Word. This is the same method we should use when we ourselves have character to train. As we read God’s Word, through family devotions or personal quiet times, God’s Word convicts and challenges our lives. We then take those Words, and apply them to our lives. One of the best ways we can do that is through memorizing scripture.
Children have the best memories. This is developmental – their brains are still growing and maturing. Even though it is important for adults to memorize scripture, it is vital that we make a habit of training our kids in memorizing scripture. They need to know that the Word of God has the answer for every one of their struggles in life, and that it is the way that God changes us. It is what helps us live right before the Lord. Like Psalm 119:11 says, the more of God’s word we store up in our hearts- the less likely we will fall into making bad decisions. Even when we do, we will know how to make it right quickly.
How then, do we teach our kids to memorize God’s Word?
1) Model it – I know I have said this for each and every one of our traits that we are training, however, it is true. More then teaching our children faith, we are showing them faith. I want my faith to be a springboard for them -that they will push further then I ever did, and that my walk would encourage them! I make sure that I am always memorizing scripture- and I keep flash cards in my purse. There are also memory verses on my mirror, my kitchen window, the refrigerator, the laundry room and my car.
2) Write it- Especially if you are a homeschooler, this is a great way to work on handwriting and scripture time. Have the children write the verse every day with their personal quiet time.
3) Play it- There are tons of word games you can play with memory verses. I write the verse on a sentence strip, and then cut it up, word by word. They put it back in order. I have also done word searches, word scrambles, hang man and other word games with it.
4) Sing it- One of the best ways to memorize anything is to put it to music. Seeds Family Worship does a great job of putting to the Word of God to music.
5) Apply it- The best way we memorize God’s Word is to actually apply it. The more we take the Word of God and apply it to our lives, the more we will want to hide it in our heart.
I hope that you will join me as we train and discipline and DISCIPLE our children in the Word of God.
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