As I continue on this journey in teaching my young kids scripture, I am focusing this week on being intentional. In Part 1, I mentioned three concepts needed for successful scrpiture memorization and being intentional was the first.
Intentionality for me had to be redefined to fit my life, my personality and my style. Just like the key to maintaining a workout routine is finding excercises that you like doing; the first step in being intentional about teaching my kids scriptures was to deciding what I liked and disliked about the scripture memorization process.
I like starting with a problem.
Most adults learn verses this way. One probably began memorizing the scriptures pertaining to issue and challeges one currently faced. Same is true for kids.
Do your kids, like mine, struggling with:
See Hebrews 13:16 do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. NIV
- Speaking nicely to or about siblings, other kids, or adults?
Try Ephesions 4:29 Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. New Living Translation
Check out Psalm 46:1-2 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble therefore we will not fear NIV
I like starting with one verse that speaks to the problem.
My kids are both under 5. Their attention spans will not allow for more than one verse any way. I can always add verses later.
I like starting with a translation and a bible they understand.
My young kids won't understand the "thees" and "thous" of King James Version and their verbal capacity is not sophisticated enough for the extended explanation of the Amplified Bible. So I'll use a translation that is simple and easy for them. Like the New Living translation or the Message Bible.
In these choices, I am being intentional about teaching my kids scriptures. I am intentionally letting their everyday squabbles direct us to the bible. I am intentionally choosing one verse that will speak about the issue. And I am intentionally using language they understand.
The journey continues...
Thank you God for the power, guidance, comfort, and strength we get in your word. Help us learn and teach our kids to turn to you for answers to lifes' questions.