"I will memorize what the Bible says!"
"I have hidden Your Word in my heart, that I might not sin against You." - Psalm 119:11
This week, we learned the importance of memorizing the Bible. It is important that your child sees you participating in Bible Memorization as well. For the next few days, you and your family will be memorizing the Power Verse (shown above). Each day, focus on memorizing and understanding the verse. In order to do this, you need to think about the following:
How does each of my kids learn best? Do they remember things by writing them down, by drawing pictures, by saying them out loud, by putting them down to rhythm, or by moving around? Keep in mind that one single way may not work for all of your family members.
What are the ages of my kids? Older kids, for example, may not want to skip or sing while they're memorizing a verse, and younger kids may not be able to write down the verse.
What can you do to encourage your kids to work on the verse every day? Do they need some kind of incentive, or are your kids self-motivated? Working on a verse just one time probably won't be enough to really memorize it.
Here are some ideas that you might try for younger kids:
Write the verse on a piece of paper and cut the words into puzzle pieces for your kids to put together.
Think of simple songs (Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star or Row, Row, Row Your Boat, for example) and see if the verse you're learning can be sung to that song.
Do jumping jacks or march to the verse with a definite beat.
Hang a chart on your refrigerator and give your kids a star each day they say the verse correctly. At the end of the week, give them some money or a treat for each start they have.
Bible Memory Challenge
For the next two weeks, challenge your family to memorize these three scriptures. To help you, we have provided some "scripture memory songs" that will help. You can find these songs on the Blog or by going to firstnlr.com/memoryverses.
On May 19, we will have special "Memorization Stations" set up at the church where you can stop by and quote the three scriptures. If you quote all three, you will receive a special prize. So, make this a fun experience!
2 Corinthians 5:17 - "Therefore if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here.
Proverbs 3:5,6 - "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean non on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight."
Philippians 4:8 - "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things."
Posted on Tue, May 7, 2013
by Tim Hill