A friend suggested that I provide a way to help her and her children memorize scripture. What better way to keep God center in our daily business, than to have His Word written on our hearts and playing in our minds.
First I would highly recommend the Seeds Family Worship CDs. The music is well-written and enjoyable to listen to, even for adults! All the lyrics are directly from Scripture, and include the references. One day I heard my 3 year old in the playroom with his hot wheels singing Philippians 4:6-7!! what a blessing!
Memorizing Scripture as a family:
1) Start with one weekly verse
2) Display it centrally: I would recommend having a chalkboard or wipe-off board in your kitchen or playroom or family room where you can write the verse to serve as a daily visual reminder. Then when you see it you can integrate it into moments when you are cooking, playing, cleaning dishes, etc.
3) Introduce the verse to your children: Memorizing scripture should not be a chore or boring or forced upon your children. How you approach this task is important. Make it FUN!
One of the first scriptures we memorized was Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart”. simple. short. easy. To introduce and teach it to the boys I had them stand on our ottoman with their back toward me and do a “trust” fall into my arms. We talked about how we have to trust that God is strong enough and loves us enough to take care of us. I had them say the verse, then fall into my arms then I quoted the rest of the verse (“and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths”).
Check out this post from June- for “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phil 4:13
Another great resource for teaching your children scripture is: “the well versed family” Get it here: www.wellversedfamily.com .
Verses for moms to memorize on humility and pride:
“Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.” Proverbs 26:12
“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before stumbing.” Proverbs 16:18
“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interest of others.” Philippians 2:3-4
“Who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men…He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Philippians 2:6-8
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45
“Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.” James 4:10