One day last year as we were driving to school, my then 7-year-old Lily piped up, “Hey Mom! I used our verse to help me at school yesterday! A kid at recess was being a bully to [her friend], just like he does every single recess. Finally yesterday I just had enough of it. Then I remembered our verse, that I am more than a conqueror through Jesus. So I just went up to [the bully] and said, ‘Hey! You cannot do this to my friend anymore.’ And Mom, guess what! He stopped and walked away!"
Of course my eyes were all blurry with tears by the time I pulled into the school drop-off lane. Our memory verse for that week had been Romans 8:37, “We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us,” and here was biblical application at work in a seven-year-old. Praise the Lord.
Last week I was planting zinnia and marigold seeds into my flowerbeds, gently covering each seed with a bit of dirt and hoping they would grow into beautiful flowers. Jesus’ words about the Word of God being sown into good soil flooded my heart and my mind, and I found myself praying that my kids’ hearts would be good soil as we work to plant God’s Word. I’m not necessarily in control of their soil of their hearts, but I’m definitely responsible to sow the seed. And, one of the most effective ways of sowing the seed of God's Word into my kids' hearts is to help them memorize it (actually, probably the most effective way).
Maybe you’ve wondered about if or how to go about teaching Scripture memorization to your own kids. I’m here today to encourage on why and how it’s one of the most important things we can do for our kids. And as summer vacation rapidly approaches, this might be the perfect time to try something new….we aren’t in as crazy of a rush to get out the door in the morning, and life feels fresh and new.
But before you read any further, I want to encourage you. This is easier than you think! Keep reading! (By the way, this applies to you personally too…not just teaching it to kids.)
So maybe you’re pondering the why of this. Why does it matter to teach our kids (and ourselves) to memorize Scripture? Isn’t memorizing a tad extreme??? Well, here are some thoughts on that.
So there’s the why…but again… as we go on to the how, be encouraged! This is easier than you think! I’m a pretty fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of gal, so at our house we do this informally, casually, and imperfectly. We stand on grace. So, from one crazy household to another, here’s how we go about this:
God is good, my friend, and His Word never returns void but always accomplishes the purpose for which it was sent (Isaiah 55). Trust that His Word will work in your child's heart. Our job is to sow the seeds. The Holy Spirit does all the rest.
PS - for those who might like a tool in this endeavor, I developed a PDF of 52 Scriptures to memorize...one per week for a year. They are loosely categorized into six categories, and it was SO HARD to narrow it down...so if you're like "Hey she missed SO MANY GOOD ONES!"...you're right! I did! But, this might be a helpful place to start! It's here below - feel free to print it, pass it around, whatever...but more importantly...let it help you hide God's Word in your heart!