How important is it to memorize scriptures?
Why is it important to memorize anything, for that matter?
The answer is good. Whatever we store in our minds no one can take away from us. Ever. We might not use what we know every day, but it’s there- ready and waiting when we need it most.
Let’s talk about bible class for a minute.
I share with our children that the bible is God’s Word; it’s His love letter to us. God wants us to know what is in His Word so that we can learn, grow strong, and live the life He created us to live.
Psalm 119:11 says:
I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
I want my children to understand what a special treasure His Word is and that it will help us know, love, and want to obey our Heavenly Father. It’s important that our children understand that they are not alone either. The Holy Spirit will help us understand what the scriptures mean, and God will send quality teachers into our lives to help us appreciate His Word!
When we talk about memorizing scriptures I emphasize the value of feeling comfortable enough to ask God to help them by His Spirit to understand the verses and hide them in their hearts, like Psalm 119 says.
Hiding God’s Word in our heart is special. It will help us to “Honor your father and your mother” (Exodus 20:12), it will help us to rest and relax when things get tough: “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). And knowing God’s Word will help our children to feel safe in the face of danger: “He will order His angels to protect you wherever you go” (Psalm 91:11).
I believe when we use all our senses we can retain information much easier, and remember!
My dear friend introduced me to a great book by Susan Hunt called, My ABC Bible Verses: Hiding God’s Word in Little Hearts. I love this book because it uses the letters of the alphabet and pairs the letter with a bible verse that begins with that letter. Each verse also includes a short story that teaches little ones how to apply scripture into their daily life. This is a great tool to help children memorize scripture in an easy and fun way! Without fail we read this book, and even my 13 year old likes the challenge of getting through the ABC’s of the Bible Scriptures. The book is for a young reader, so when I use this book for my oldest I emphasize the scripture, and then we talk about the scripture and how to apply it daily.
The scripture for the letter A is A soft answer turns away wrath. Proverbs 15:1
For the letter A, I placed a very soft blanket into a bag and had the children close their eyes. I asked them to say the scripture out loud while touching what was inside the bag at the same time.
By using the soft blanket the children were able to “feel and experience the scripture”. It is so much easier for them to remember the scripture for the letter A because now they remember how that scripture made them feel. A soft answer turns away wrath. Soft words are better than hard words.
Here are some great ideas to help you and your children memorize scripture…
Scripture Memory For Kids Ideas
- Choose one scripture verse and focus on one verse at a time.
- Read the verse out loud at least 20 times, everyday, and take your time.
- Concentrate on the words and draw a picture in your mind or use a prop to help you remember like the soft blanket we used for Proverbs 15:1.
- Read the verse once, then look away and say the verse out loud once. Keep doing this back and forth at least 7 times.
- When you can quote the verse without mistakes five times in a row, you’ve got it! Congratulations- move onto the next verse!
These memorization techniques will also work for other subjects you are teaching. Remembering to use as many senses as we can to make what we are teaching come alive and be interesting is important. It’s my prayer that God blesses you all with witty ideas and great inventions (Proverbs 8:12) to make memorizing His Word fun, and learning other school subjects easy!