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Friday, June 27, 2008

Scripture Memorization Throughout the Day!

Deuteronomy 6:6-7 These words, which I am commanding to you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and you shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up"

We are to be teaching our children the Word of God, and it should be a part of our daily lives- our daily routine! We have begun a new practice at our house just recently to help us learn Scripture and to make it a part of our daily lives. I have chosen a verse to say to my children when they wake up in the morning, when we eat lunch in the afternoon, and when we go to bed at night. After a few days, they begin to fill in words of the verses with me, and soon, they know the verse by heart. My daughter, Cassidy, actually asked me today "What's the verse for my 'quiet time'"? I was pleased that she was thinking that way, so I added nap/quiet time as another opportunity to recite God's Word. It's so easy this way! Keep the same verses for however long it takes for everyone to learn it perfectly- and be sure to include the reference! You could begin this when your youngest child is still a baby. By the time he could talk, he would have these verses ingrained in his heart and mind! Below, are the verses we are working on right now.

Wake up:
This is the Day which the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it Psalm 118: 24
Lunch: Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1Corinthians 10:31
Nap/Quiet Time: Be Still and know that I am God- Psalm 46:10
Dinner Time: In everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus- 1 Thess. 5:18
Bedtime:
I will both lie down in peace and sleep; For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety- Psalm 4:8

"Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against you" Psalm 119:11

Kari


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15 Comments:

Anonymous Robin in GA said...

Kari,
Thanks for sharing such a great idea! I think I'm going to give this one a try...

July 1, 2008 at 7:58 AM  
Blogger Kari Boyer said...

thanks, robin! It really is exciting to me because it really has 'clicked' with Cassidy (4)- she likes doing it so much and she thinks about it a lot! In church on Sunday, our Pastor recited out "lunch" verse- and she leaned over to me all excited and said "Mom, that's like our lunch verse!" So, that was neat that she made the connection. I hope you and your kids enjoy doing it too, and grow from hiding God's Word in your heart!

July 1, 2008 at 8:06 AM  
Anonymous Jill Connelly said...

You picked out some wonderful verses - very appropriate! In fact, eventually you will probably just have to say, "Be still and know that I am God" and everyone will run to nap time! Or simply say 1 Cor. 10:31 and everyone will come running for lunch.

July 1, 2008 at 8:28 AM  
Blogger Kari Boyer said...

What a great thought, Jill! I love it! = )

July 1, 2008 at 8:30 AM  
Anonymous Heather said...

Thank you for describing this! We'll start today!

Heather

July 1, 2008 at 10:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for this great idea and the examples you use. We will start this right away. Thanks you for taking the time to share your ideas and wisdom!
Andrea Place :)

July 1, 2008 at 12:21 PM  
Anonymous Dawn said...

Dear Kari,
This is such a wonderful idea! I can't wait to start this with my children. Thank you for sharing this encouraging tip!

July 1, 2008 at 6:52 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Kari,
i never thought of having specific verses for specific times of day, though I do recite Psalm 118:24 at breakfast with the kids. What a great idea! I will definitely incorporate these verses into our day. It is amazing how quickly young children can memorize verses - and remember them! This is a great idea. I sing Psalm 4:8 (from Hide 'em in Your Heart v. 2 - love it!) to my 1 1/2 year old at nap & bed time but I will start speaking it to her and my 3 year old with the reference (that's the part I have the hardest time remembering!). Thanks for taking the time to share your wonderful ideas & insights!

July 1, 2008 at 11:50 PM  
Blogger Kari Boyer said...

Thanks, sarah! My kids love that Hide 'em in Your Heart version of Psalm 4:8 also! = ) I do have trouble with the references, too! What is so nice about learning verses this way, is there is no pressure. It is very laid back. We recite them- I might add a comment of explanation to be sure they remember the meaning ( and aren't just saying it to say it!) And then after they've learned them- you move on to another appropriate verse! I really have been amazed at how quickly my kids have picked up the verses and the 'routine'. Even my little boy, Adam, who just turned 2,can fill in the blanks on almost all of the verses! I'm sure your kids will learn them equally well! I'm so excited that so many people have been interested in this idea, because I just really felt led to put it on the blog this month- Praise the Lord for His guidance!
So- Great job, Sarah, on what you're already doing with your children- that's wonderful! And I hope you and your children enjoy reciting Scripture "throughout the day!" = )

July 2, 2008 at 7:58 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Thanks for the wonderful idea! I was just thinking today that I need some built-in reminders for scripture memory and prayer. This is just what I needed to hear!

July 9, 2008 at 11:57 AM  
Anonymous hsb suzanne said...

That is awesome! Can I link to this on my blog?

July 29, 2008 at 3:41 AM  
Blogger Kari Boyer said...

Yes- please link it to your blog- that would be great! = )

July 29, 2008 at 7:13 AM  
Blogger Ann said...

That is so true. We do a daily devotion at our house. I found a great devotion book we all can use. It has 365 devotions so we have one for each day of the year.

Children are such a blessing from God.:)
Thanks for your post!

August 14, 2009 at 2:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the idea. I've been looking for a way to add more scripture memorization for my kids. I was in a church program which was all memorization as a kid and still know most of them. It will help me learn some new ones as well :)

August 23, 2009 at 11:51 PM  
Blogger Daisy said...

This is an excellent idea. When I shared it with my husband he said to me, "I think that's allot to remember during the day." I told him we already say three out of the 5 anyway (he just didn't notice) funny right? So we will be implementing this more into our daily routine! Thank you for the great reminder and perfect verses.

September 26, 2009 at 1:59 PM  

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