A few weeks ago, I was struck in the Wholly Healing series post about memorizing the word. In response to that I posted about teaching our kids the scriptures. Apparently the Lord wants me to stay on this topic for a little while longer.
I asked what are some ways you teach your kids scripture. I didn't get a lot of response which made me curious and start a search on my own.
I think in my quest to teach my kids scripture I was side tracked by looking for the fastest, funniest, most creative way to help my kids learn the scripture. After searching the internet and asking friends what they do, I found the most effective methods are the ones that are simply consistent.
Repitition! Repetition! Reptition! Rom 10:17 says "faith comes by hearing..." My kids didn't learn every word to the Dora Explorer or Fresh Beat Band songs the first time they heard it. It was after the millionth time that they started being able to repeat it.
Three ways to be successful at memorizing scriptures (for you and your kids)
1. Be intentional
2. Be consistent
3. Celebrate success
Find tools for memorizing that works for you.
a. flash cards--write scriptures on note cards and test your memory.
b. songs--put a verse to song
c. Bible ball--learn the books of the bible by sitting in a circle and rolling to each person who then says a book. You can modifiy this by doing a line of a scripture if you are trying to memorize a long passage.
In the next post, I'll talk about how I had to work at being intentional in this area. I'll also try to find more tools for memorizing.
Lord, you instruct us to hide your word in our hearts so we won't sin against you. Help us make it a priority to do so. Not in a legalistic way but in a way that rewards our diligence in seeking you by becoming more like you. Amen!