Learning memory verses can be a big part of cultivating your kids’ faith. Read on to learn about how our family has been practicing this skill and get a great list of scriptures you can memorize together. You might also like this post: 10 Easy Bible Verses for Kids To Improve Behavior.
The high-pitched wailing of my five-year-old daughter pierced my ears one morning.
(I was resting and trying to fend off a nasty chest cold, but of course, mamas don’t get sick days when the kids are at home.)
She burst through my bedroom door with tears flowing freely, pleading her case before me about how her brother was treating her unjustly.
I did not have the energy or the will to be judge and jury at that moment of which Legos go where. But it was either suffer through that or suffer through screaming, so I trudged down to the playroom.
God must have been feeling for me at that moment.
While it was tempting to yell at the offending parties and just shut down the whole operation, I opened my Bible and read a scripture instead:
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. —Colossians 3:12
I talked about each of the words and asked my kids if they knew what they meant. They quietly listened and thought about it. Then we calmly talked through the situation and resolved the argument quickly with very few tears.
The passage came to mind because the kids and I memorized it last month, and it was very familiar to us. This was just an opportunity to show them how to put what they had learned into practice.
That’s one of the reasons I think there’s so much value in memorizing scripture with your kids. When they’ve already stored biblical truths in their memories, it makes your job easier as a parent when you’re teaching them how to live.
They already know the why (i.e. God’s people treat others with kindness) so you can just show them the how (i.e. not screaming at your brother).
Finish reading 10 Simple Bible Verses Kids Can Memorize over at Equipping Godly Women, which includes practical memorizing tips!
Want a printable list of these memory verses for kids? You can download it from my collection of free resources for Christian moms.
Do you do memory verses with your kids? What helps your family learn them?