We know the only way to recognize lies is to know what the truth really is. And the best way to really know the truth is to have it memorized! Memorizing scripture helps us to really know and understand God’s Word. I’ve also noticed how the Holy Spirit brings these memorized scriptures to mind when I need them.
Scripture memory is a great spiritual discipline to work on together as a family. When children see their parents doing something regularly, they realize its true importance. We close our family devotions each day by working on our scripture memory verses together. Here is how we easily memorize scripture together:
Take Your Time
First, slow down and take your time. We want scripture memory to be an enjoyable memory for our kids. We want them to look back on it with thankfulness, not will feelings of stress and pressure. It works well for us to aim to memorize one verse each week. Some weeks this works great and sometimes we need to spend two or three weeks on one verse. No stress, no pressure just aim for a consistent routine! We are currently working on memorizing Psalm 103; we’re on verse 20 and have been at it for about 25 weeks!
Repeat, Repeat, Repeat
Children (and adults) learn through repetition. Have you ever had a 2-year-old “read” his favorite storybook to you? He easily has it memorized through repetition, and I bet you have it memorized too! By hearing something many times over, we begin to recognize it and know what comes next without even really thinking about it. Begin by reading the scripture passage aloud a few times and for a day or two.
Once we’ve heard the passage enough to be familiar with it, we can begin to say the passage along with whoever is reading it. Adding our voice to the repetition adds another learning style (hearing and speaking), this will help us to memorize it better.
Once the passage is familiar, it can help to invent actions to go along with some of the words. Let your kids help you invent actions for the scripture passage. Sometimes their actions will be silly, but it doesn’t really matter as long as the actions help them to remember the verses!
By adding actions to your memory verse, you are also adding a third learning style (action/movement). Often if your kids are struggling to remember what comes next in the passage you can prompt them with the next action and they will remember!
Finally, we like to add music to help us memorize scripture. We often listen to various scripture memory CD’s while in the car. Sometimes these songs are passages we are currently working on or have memorized in the past and sometimes they are not. We don’t focus on memorizing these songs, but it seems to happen anyway!
I remember listening to my middle child sing along with all the songs from Steve Green’s Hide ‘Em in Your Heart at barely 2 years old! We also like the Sing the Word series by the Harrow Family. These are musically excellent and are done with more “traditional” music styles. There are several other series of scripture memory CD’s and some are better done than others. If possible, listen to some samples so you know if the musical style and quality is what you like/want.
Choose whole passages
I’d like to encourage you to learn whole passages of scripture not just specific verses. By memorizing passages you are learning scripture in the context which leads to more full and accurate understanding. You will be amazed at how many verses even young children can memorize easily when part of a passage. When our youngest was barely 3 years old she memorized all of Psalm 1 with her older siblings!
We’ve memorized Psalm 1, Ephesians 2:1-10, Psalm 24, Psalm 19, Deuteronomy 6:4-8.
Comment below with some of your favorite scripture passages.