Several years ago, my husband and I sought to be more intentional in the way we were teaching our kids about the LORD and about our expectations for them. We developed a Family Mission Statement (more about that on Friday). We wrote out our family goals and the Scriptures that supported those. Then, we set out to memorize those verses. Gracie was 7 and Josh was 5 by the time they learned all twelve verses (some were long enough to be called “passages”). They had started practicing, one per week, when they were 4 and 6 years old.
Never think they are too young to learn longer Bible passages from the “real” and “grown-up” Bible. Think of how they learn to sing along with their favorite songs, can recite lines from movies, and can finish sentences from their favorite books, the ones you know by heart too because you’ve read them daily for what feels like forever.
Never think you are too old, too busy or too spiritually mature to store up God’s Word in your heart. Memorizing the Word is building a firm foundation, setting a clear course, and planting a strong oak. It is the best thing you can do to prepare your heart for hard times. It is the best thing you can do to get your thinking straight. It is the key to a fruitful prayer life and to worship that meets Him at the Mercy Seat. It is essential to be able to minister to others – those in your home and beyond.
Ideally, you can recite the entire verse and the citation (the exact reference). But I think that you benefit tremendously even if you just read over it several times per day throughout the week. Either way you are washing your mind and heart clean with the precious Word of God.
Below is this week’s verse from our Family Mission Statement. We are on our second Family Mission Statement. But I decided to go back, beginning at the beginning, for Memory Verse Monday. So here is this week’s verse which is under the Goal, Above All, Love and Honor God:
And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways, to love Him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul (Deuteronomy 10:12).
Have you ever committed to a Memory Verse Program before? Are you willing to commit now? We will talk next week about cool ways to memorize.
Britta ~ I am justAgirl…just like you!