4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and 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. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
The Lord tells us to teach our children the commands of the Lord. We are to talk about them in our house, when we sleep, when we lie down, and when we get up. In essence, the commands of the Lord should be an integral part of every part of our lives.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
We have to first know the Word for it to “dwell” in us so we can “teach and admonish” each other.
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you”
Again, we have to know the Word of God for it dwell in us, so the Holy Spirt to bring it to our remembrance.
Here is an easy way to make memorizing Bible verses part of your family routine.
1) Pick a verse
At the beginning of the week, pick a bible verse a place it on the refrigerator or another prominent place in your house. You can use a white board or print one of the FREE printable “52 Verses of the Week”. If you have really young children, you may want to use verses New International Readers Version (NIRV). We use the English Standard Version (ESV) and the New International Version (NIV) for this in our home.
It is important to make the verse part of your family discussions during the week. Talk about the verse at dinner, in the car, evening prayers, or any other time that works for your family. The discussion should be age appropriate. Ask each family member what the verse means to them. Of course, the answer will vary based on the age of the family member. This also teaches Bible discussion.
Take turns helping each other recite the verse. Children can ask adults and adults can ask children. We do this mostly during the car rides to school in the morning.
At the end of the week, each family member should recite the verse. If it is part of the casual family conversation during the week, this should not be that challenging. Even if someone cannot recite the verse, that is fine. The purpose of family memorizing together is not to be stressful, but so the family can learn the Word together.
Repeat this most weeks. Some verses may take two weeks, which is great. Some weeks may be too busy with holidays, traveling or activities to do a verse at all, which is fine also.
This is not something I came up with just for this post. We do this most weeks in our family. We started this school year when our daughter started Kindergarten. It was a good time to get in the habit since there were so many other new routines. We keep the tone light and fun. She loves it. We use a white board on the refrigerator. Now it’s just part of our family norm.
Does your family memorize Bible verses together? If so, how? If not, will you start? Why or why not? Please leave comments below.
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