I have hidden your words in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalms 119:11
Throughout my life I have struggled with Bible memorization. Many years of Church attendance and I found myself wondering why I couldn’t remember more than I did. I attended Church every time the doors were open and still I struggled with really knowing the word. Of course I knew the big ones like John 3:16, Phil 4:13, etc ….. In my home, importance was placed on church attendance and not so much the studying and understanding of the Bible that comes from an investment made outside of the two hours of church a week. I saw my Mom reading and studying the word but I struggled to do the same, I gave up when I didn’t understand. I finally realized that I couldn’t rely on church to give me everything I needed. I had to do this on my own. I had to make it a priority and put forth the effort! I had to invest the time needed. When I had my first child I was determined for it not to be the same for him. I invested time (not much) but time to help him learn. Even at an early age he was eager to learn and memorize the Bible.
One of the most important things you can do as parents is challenge your children to learn God’s Word. Kids love a challenge and making verses fun is one way to help them learn. Summer is the perfect time to start learning. Start with a smaller verse and work your way up. Make up songs to the verses, say them in funny voices, or just repeat over and over until they get it! Most importantly don’t give up. Isaiah 55:11 says, So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
Memorizing Bible verses pays greatly in the life of a Christian. Having Scripture in our hearts helps us to remember God’s promises in tough times, resist sin in times of temptation, helps us in sharing the Gospel, and encourage other Christians. Start today, invest time in your kids and I promise it will not return void!
Love you guys~ Jennifer