So by now, you probably know that I’m pretty big on scripture memory. No, I’m not a walking Bible and I still struggle with references. But, in the past 10 years, I’ve memorized a lot of Scripture, and it’s been SO helpful. I can’t even begin to tell you about all the blessings that come from having God’s Word hidden in your heart.
“Your word I have hidden in my heart that I might not sin against God.” -Psalm 119:11
I’ve also been a bit of a drill sergeant when it comes to my kids learning scripture. Since I didn’t start really learning until my 20’s, I struggle with things like references and long passages of scripture. But my kids are like little sponges, and they can work on a verse for a few days and they will have it memorized forever. In spite of starting in my adult life, I’ve learned the way that I learn scripture best and I’m sharing some of my favorite resources and ideas today in hopes that it will help you and your family learn more scripture.
One thing to remember is that memorizing scripture is not just a recite-it-today, yay-for-you, never say it again kind of thing. Truly hiding God’s Word in your heart takes review, and a lot of it. The absolute best system I’ve found for memorizing and consistently reviewing scripture is the Charlotte Mason Scripture Memory System. Charlotte Mason is actually a homeschooler, but this system can be used in any home easily, so if you aren’t a homeschooler, don’t let that scare you off. Here’s a video of how to use the system. You can also check out this website https://simplycharlottemason.com/timesavers/memorysys/
This system takes a simple 5-10 minutes each day and can be done first thing in the morning or right before bed. I love the review element of this system. My kids and I have learned over 30 passages of scripture in the last 2.5 years with this system, and they can say them better today than they could last year.
Have I mentioned Seeds Family Worship yet? I think I probably have….but I honestly can’t say enough good stuff about this ministry. It has been such a blessing to our family. We have been able to learn much larger passages of scripture through Seeds music, and it’s not cheesy like so much children’s music (sorry, but it’s true!). I actually listen to it by myself! And the best news is that they just released a brand new album and it is the BEST. YET. It was released today and I downloaded it this morning. We’ve been listening all day, and we LOVE IT! Go to http://www.seedsfamilyworship.net/ to listen, find out more, or buy. Or look on iTunes!
I’ve also used iPhone apps in the past to help me memorize scripture. There are several but there is a free app called Bible Memory Verse that I used. It was actually a bit addictive. I don’t know how good it was long term, but it was fun and it couldn’t have hurt!
Posting scripture around my house is another strategy I use. It’s most effective when placed in areas you stand most often. For me, that’s the kitchen sink, the oven, my desk…etc. This has been pretty effective for me over the years.
Letting the scripture transform you is probably one of the best ways to memorize. Allowing His word to penetrate your heart is above any scripture memory system. When I introduce a new scripture to my kids, we discuss it, we spend some time just thinking about it, and then we begin to learn it. Even in our review, I’ll occasionally ask one of the kids what that verse means to them so that they are always thinking and letting God’s Word sink deeper into their hearts. I do this in my personal time as well by meditating on a scripture passage.
For children, the power of art is something that we must remember to unleash often. My girls are pre-readers, so I will often draw out a verse for them. It’s never complicated. The other day, we had the verse,
“Let the peace of God rule in your heart, and give thanks.” Colossians 3:15
So on one index card I put water marks to represent peace. On a second card, I drew a heart, and on a third card, I drew a hand raised giving thanks. You’d be amazed how quickly they picked up on it. And, even my newly-turned three-year-old was able to put the cards in order and say the verse. Even kids Isaac’s age generally enjoy drawing and would benefit from drawing pictures of Bible verses. And don’t forget that it’s effective for adults too! So if you’re a visual learner, break out your colored pencils and draw away!
No matter how old you are, it’s never too late to begin memorizing scripture. I really believe that we need to have as much scripture as possible in our hearts for those moments in life when we need a Bible but don’t have one. I think it’s becoming more important every day to hide scripture in our hearts. In Deuteronomy chapter 6, it talks about binding the scriptures to you, writing them on the doorposts, talking about them when you sit and when you stand, when you lie down and when you rise. I don’t think there’s ever been a time in history when this is more necessary than now. We need to be constantly talking about the Scriptures, showing our children that the Word of God is important to us. Take the time to memorize scripture. It will not be time wasted…I promise!
What’s your favorite way to memorize scripture?
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