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It Is Never Too Early or Too Late To Begin Memorizing Scriptures
Make Scripture Memory a Family Routine
Make scripture memorization part of your daily family routine. Sit down together and decide on a few shorter Bible verses which children find easier to understand. You might choose from the following suggestions:
John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him will have eternal life.
Colossians 3:20 – Children, obey your parents in all things for this pleases the Lord.
Luke 12:24 – Wherever your treasure is; that is where your heart will be.
Ephesians 4:32 – Be kind and loving to each other. Forgive each other the same as God forgave you in Christ Jesus.
Galatians 5: 22-23 – But the fruits of the spirit are these: Love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. There is no law that can say these things are wrong.
Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Once your children memorize a few shorter verses, they will feel successful, realizing that scripture memorization is not as difficult as they might have thought. Then, you can add a few more challenging memory verses to your family scripture memory list.
Make Scripture Memorization a Game
Write several other random words onto extra cards so that you can mix up all the words and lay them all out face down to create a square. For example, you will have four rows of cards with four index cards in each row – or more, depending on the length of the verse.
Tell the first child to flip over a card. If the first flipped card reveals the first word in the Bible memory verse, he may leave the card right-side-up and then flip over a second. If the second card reveals the second word in the verse, he may leave it right side up and collect two points, one for each card flipped. Then, the next person gets a chance. If the first person flips over a card which does not reveal the first word in the verse, he must turn the card back over, collect no points, and let the next person try. The game continues until all the words are revealed in order, but each child can only turn over two cards at a time and collect no more than two points for each turn.
If your children are memorizing longer, more challenging verses, you can opt to write short phrases on the cards instead of individual words.
Both adults and children can get their creative juices flowing and create other scripture memory games. Some games might be based on already well-known games and some games might be completely made up from scratch. Either way, children will love the games and memorize scripture verses while they play.
If you need a little help to get you started, Ministry-to-Children.Com suggests five Bible Memory Games for Children.
Use Music to Teach Children to Memorize Scripture
Here are a few other resources for DVDs and CDs to help children memorize scripture:
Encourage children to make up their own memory verse songs. They can use the tunes to songs they already know, substituting the words from their Bible memory verses. They might even like to make up a dance or movement routine to go along with their memory verse song.
Make Scripture Memory Booklets
Help your child create a scripture memory booklet. Create a booklet which suits your child’s personality. Your child might benefit more from a small booklet made from index cards with only a few simple embellishments and bound with a single ring such as the one found on the I Can Teach My Child website. If you have an especially creative little Bible scholar, she might like to create her Bible memory booklet from a full sized three ring album or scrapbook. She can fancifully write her memory verse on each page and then decorate the page to correspond with the verse. The process of creating the pages, whether simple or elaborate, will help children memorize the verses. Then, get out the books each day and spend time going over the verses together. Encourage your child to share her booklet with other children, family members, and friends. The more often she reads and shares her memory booklet, the better she knows the verses.
Add Scripture to Crafts
Bathe Your Home in Scripture
Hopefully, these suggestions have helped you decide on several ways to encourage your children to memorize scriptures. Learning to memorize scriptures gives children a solid Bible-based foundation on which to build their faith into adulthood.
The following resources might help you and your family with your scripture memory activities: