Memorize …

At one point in time I was really diligent about encouraging my children to memorize scripture. I’m embarrassed to say that I have totally slacked off lately.  “We are busy” or “the kids just aren’t that into it” or “I’m not sure their little brains will remember” are not good enough excuses, but … I use them and therefore do not reinforce the discipline.

How many of us have heard the phrase, “Kids are like sponges”? Maybe you learned the hard way. For example, little Mattox spills the beans about a conversation {VERBATIM} you would rather he not repeat!  Or when sweet Sarah innocently voices a word {she heard come out of your mouth} that is less than desirable. Yep, it happens. We aren’t perfect and our children will hear {and see} some things that we’d rather they not repeat. But, we can also encourage positive habits, behavior, and speech, right?

Ephesians 4:29 states, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”

The Bible also says, “A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.” Luke 6:45.

In other words, out of the heart, the mouth speaks.

This leads me to the final passage, “How can a young person live a clean life? By carefully reading the map of your Word. I’m single-minded in pursuit of you; don’t let me miss the road signs you’ve posted. I’ve banked your promises in the vault of my heart so I won’t sin myself bankrupt. Be blessed, God; train me in your ways of wise living. I’ll transfer to my lips all the counsel that comes from your mouth; I delight far more in what you tell me about living than in gathering a pile of riches.  I ponder every morsel of wisdom from you, I attentively watch how you’ve done it. I relish everything you’ve told me of life,  I won’t forget a word of it.” Psalm 119:9-11

M E M O R I Z E  . . . M E M O R I Z E … M E M O R I Z E

If we were to look at these passages of scripture from last to first, we’d see a pretty important pattern drafted out for us.

1. Hide the Word in your heart. Read it, meditate on it, and memorize it. {Psalm}

2. Your words will reveal what is in your heart. {Luke}

3. Your words will be helpful for encouraging others {Ephesians}

There are only a few of the countless reasons why memorizing verses of the Bible is beneficial :: Builds relationship . Provides hope . Settles anxiety . Comforts . Protects . Relates . Refreshes . Gives life .

Doesn’t that sound appealing to you? And more, doesn’t it sound amazing for your children? That is enough for me to jump back on the bandwagon and provide avenues for my kids to start memorizing. I’m going to do it with them.

Do you want to? Start today…

Our verse for this week is Ephesians 4:29, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”

Idea :: With a chalkboard or bulletin board at home, you can put it on the board and keep it in your kitchen/dining room. At each meal, recite the verse together!

**I’m considering posting a verse each Sunday with the hope that we can have families hiding His word in their hearts, together. Please let me know if you’d be interested in something like that.**

Blessings,

KC

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33 Responses to Memorize …

  1. Diane says:

    A great idea. Even though my children are grown and out of my home, I would still love it for myself and hopefully, grandchildren someday. Thank you. I have off and on memorized scripture but not lately. This will be a blessing.

  2. Kristin says:

    We are on board too. Thank you for reminding me how important this is for us to do. :)

  3. kathleen says:

    KC, I cannot explain how timely this post is. We have been talking about bad language (a new issue for my 10 year old son) and how difficult it is to “lose” a word once you’ve started “using” the word. Yes, our family is in, let us memorize along with your family!

    • K.C. says:

      Kathleen, Your comment reminded me of when I was a young girl and would talk disrespectfully or fight with my brother, my mom would make me write scripture verses. Depending on the offense, I would write it anywhere from 5 to 20 times! I disliked it very much when I was a child, but looking back it was a great form of discipline. One I have started using with my oldest. You are a proactive mom and incorporating scripture with your son is key! Blessings to you….

  4. Angel Rosado says:

    Great idea…and a wonderful habit to form in our children! We are called to be an example and train them up in the word of the Lord so that when they are grown they will not depart from it!! Such a wonderful gift we have been given; our children!! Thanks for sharing this post today…we are on board with you. Be Blessed!!

  5. Sarah Jane says:

    Oh, I think that is a great idea! My little girl is not even two yet but I know she is already starting to study my habits…now is a better time than ever to start reading scripture to her.

    • K.C. says:

      that is a sweet picture…babies love listening to their mommies! and to be pouring truth into her at such a young age is a wonderful gift!

  6. Such a wonderful idea. Thanks for the reminder how important scripture is!!

  7. Sheryl Tank says:

    I’m on it!!! Thanks for the reminder that I’m slacking this summer. The new verse is on the breakfast table!

  8. Deana says:

    What a fantastic idea! Our family is “in”!!

  9. Meagan says:

    What an awesome post! Thank you for sharing! I know I struggle with the same thing!

  10. lacey poag says:

    thank you for this sweet reminder. this summer i have also let scripture memory slide away with my 4 & 2 year. thankful that you got us going again today:) a verse each sunday sounds wonderful
    enjoy your day!

  11. Jacqueline says:

    I LOVE this idea. Although my daughter is just about 2, it will be a good reminder for my husband and me. I will try to find much easier verses for my babe.

  12. Debra says:

    I just found your blog last week – the one on sea glass, which I loved!
    I agree that we should memorize bible verses – and what a blessing it will be to your children. I take my verse and put it in front of my kitchen sink.

  13. Amy says:

    Thank you so much for this very important reminder. Scripture should be the foundation of a family and eventhough my children are young (2 and 4) I too am inspired to have them memorize Bible verses. I think they won’t be the only ones who will benefit from this practice. Thanks! ~Amy

  14. Well said. I so enjoyed your post.

    Blessings!
    Sheila

  15. Andrea Yliniemi says:

    Awesome idea, KC! I would be VERY interested in getting Bible verses to keep in my heart during the week! :D

  16. charis says:

    we have a goal of memorizing the whole book of psalms as a family. big goal, but we do it little by little. so far the three older ones and mommy and daddy have all of psalm 1 and 2 done! my mom is reinforcing it by offering to pay any of her grandkids $1 for each chapter they tell her.

    you are completely right in the importance of doing this and i have read about a particular chinese believer who had 55 of the 66 books of the Bible memorized. sometimes i think that i take our freedom of religion here for granted, but what if it was suddenly taken away? would i have His word written on my heart or would i regret my own procrastination at memorization even when i had the little nagging reminder of its importance from the Holy Spirit.

    anyways, thanks for the confirmation to keep going at it. i find it is harder for me to memorize it than even my 3 year old.

    my recent post: how to dig deep into the Word

  17. Kendra says:

    I’m putting this on my chalkboard today! Thank you so much for reminding me of the importance of holding God’s word in our hearts and especially in our children’s hearts!

  18. KellyB says:

    LOVE this idea!!! We would definitely be interested in this :) Tx!

  19. Amanda says:

    Our family is doing this very same thing as well. I spent some time earlier this year mapping out weekly verses for our family to learn. What has been really neat to see is how we can “apply” some of the verses to nighttime stories as well. For example, when reading The Little Engine That Could, I talk to my two-year old about how “We can do all things through Christ who gives us strength (Phil 4:13),” and “Whenever you are able, do good to people who need help (Prov. 3:27).” Having scripture memorized certainly helps when you’re looking for those teachable moments you’ve talked about.

    In addition to writing our scripture on a platter that lives near our kitchen table, I also make a note card for my husband to keep with him at work or in his car so that he has opportunities to look at it throughout the day as well.

    Looking forward to seeing what you post each Sunday!

  20. Mallory says:

    Wonderful, count us in!

  21. Kristin Pike says:

    great idea

  22. Allison Goggans says:

    Your website is a new find for me, and I love it–it is a blessing. I would definitely be interested in a weekly verse for my family to memorize.

  23. We had the Eph 4:29 verse in little frames in the kids’ bathrooms for years, so it was there every time they washed their hands or brushed their teeth. It is so wonderful that you are encouraging your children in this! It is part of our daily homeschooling schedule and they have memorized several chapters!! You will be amazed how it adds up when it is just part of your family’s culture. :)

  24. Kristen says:

    Hi! I am your newest follower! I love the idea about posting a verse up in your home each week! What an encouragement it would be to guests in your home as well! I might just have to make myself a chalkboard from an old frame that’s been laying around waiting for me to do something with it! Thanks for the idea! I’d love to join in with you as you pick out verses to memorize!

  25. Angela says:

    Wonderful idea. I wholeheartedly agree. I was encouraged and taught to store God’s word in my heart (and memory) when just a little girl…and I still remember all those treasures from God’s word. It’s like learning God’s language that we can use throughout our life.
    I vote yes! Let’s do it.

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