Memorizing Scripture

Deb Goolsby

“So love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and strength.  Memorize His laws and tell them to your children over and over again.  Talk about them all the time, whether you’re at home or walking along the road or going to bed at night, or getting up in the morning.”  Deuteronomy 6:5-7 (CEV)

I’ve recently been thinking about how important it is to teach the scriptures to our children today.  As I grew up in church from a very young age, each week I would be working really hard to memorize a special verse my Sunday School teacher gave me.  My mom would help me say it over and over until I could do it from beginning to end.  John 3:16; 1 John 1:9; Genesis 1:1; Psalm 23 – a whole chapter.  I didn’t really understand the full extent of “Thy Word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against thee.”  Psalm 119:11 (I wrote that from memory!)  But today as those verses come to my mind at just the right time, I’m very aware of the reason it was a part of my weekly routine with my mom (sometimes my dad when he was home from work.)

So, what can you do as a parent, grandparent, or guardian of the children that God has placed in your home?  Our children are taught the ABC’s in school – why not have them learn the scripture ABC’s:

As for me in my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15 (NASB)
Be kind to one another and build each other up. 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Create in me a pure heart, O God. And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10 (KJV)
Do unto others as you would have them do to you. Luke 6:31 (NIV)
Every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.
Romans 14:11 (NIV)
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)

Can you see what I am doing? I’m creating a game for my child to learn how to “hide God’s word in my heart.”

God gave us the scriptures for many reasons, be that a storybook for children (an some adults) to learn about some great people, a guide to everyday living, a comfort in the time of need, his plan of salvation and so much more.  Start finding creative ways to teach your children.  Make it a special routine in your home as it was in mine, with my mom. Reading Bible stories as the night-time story time also enriches the bonding that can take place between parent and child.  Take on the first verse and put it into practice:

As for me in my house, we will serve the Lord.  Joshua 24:15 (NASB)

If you want to see more of these Scripture cards, check out the following web site:
http://www.icanteachmychild.com/2011/10/abc-printable-scripture-cards/.

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