memorize it :: praying for our kids

I am always amazed at the things I have stored up in my brain. And there is some pretty useless stuff in there. Can anyone still sing the song to The Fresh Prince of Bel Air? I can. And I have to admit that was one of Davis’ favorite silly songs that he wanted me to sing to him when he was about 2 years old. But what if we used that mind of ours to hold truth instead of the useless stuff? That’s why we need to memorize God’s word.

I have never been great at memorizing scripture. It’s not that I don’t have the skill of remembering, but more the discipline to do it. So when we had the kids, we made the decision to bring scripture into their every day lives because I really wanted it to be a spiritual discipline that was easier for them. And the best way for that was for them to experience it in our family. So it’s truly a major part of our parenting and shepherding of the kids.

I know in many of my posts I have shared how we will say the first part of a verse and then the kids will finish it. This is them already memorizing scripture! Now they couldn’t tell you exactly where in the bible it is but they know it’s what God’s word says. We just sprinkle it into our conversations as we go about our day. So I pray my kids have a heart to memorize His word too.

Today’s virtue to pray: MEMORIZING SCRIPTURE

Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. (Deuteronomy 11:18,19)

Start small. Pick a few short verses that you want your kids to know. Then memorize it yourself first. Write it on the wall in your kitchen or on your kid’s bathroom mirror. Even if they can’t read, you can so it’s a good reminder for you to use it when you see it. And then teach it to your kids…use it for correction, use it for encouragement, use it to remind them truth. The key is to use it! Here are some of our favorites…

God loves a cheerful giver.

Encourage one another daily.

Be kind and loving to one another.

Fear not, I am with you always.

Children, obey your parents in everything for this pleases The Lord.

This is a good reminder for me to add some new ones to the list. And it doesn’t have to be this serious moment of quoting the verse. Make it fun! One idea is it to teach them how God’s word says that we need to hide it in our hearts (that’s another easy verse to memorize!). So what if you literally hide their bible somewhere and they have to go find it. Then once they do, you can read a story as a family or read the verse you are memorizing. The possibilities are endless! I would love to hear any ideas you have too.

Now let’s teach our kids His word and pray for their hearts to crave to know it and memorize it too!