Friday, June 18, 2010

Memory Verses

A few weeks ago, our church did a sermon series called "D6". It covered the scriptures contained in Deuteronomy chapter 6, which instructs us as parents in how to bring up our children knowing the Lord. Each week we had a homework assignment - to memorize a verse of scripture. Joshua has the best memory out of anyone I know, so we figured that this would be a good time to start teaching him some memory verses. Our first verse was Deuteronomy 6:4:

Hear O Isreal, the Lord your God, the Lord is One. Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, with all of your soul and with all of your strength."

We worked on it for just a few minutes every day and by Tuesday he had it down perfectly. Ben didn't really seem interested, but we kept including him in the recitation, where he would proceed to just stare at us. One evening that week when putting him to bed, Andrew asked Ben what his bible verse was. Ben blurted the verse out verbatem. We were shocked! Turns out he had been paying very close attention and just wanted to wait until he could do it all by himself. Silly boy!

We have decided to keep this going every week. Here are the other verses we have learned so far:

Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6

Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord Collosians 3:20

Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. Against such things, there is no law.Galatians 5:22

They have been doing such a great job memorizing their scriptures, and can keep them all sorted out in their heads. What has been so great about this is that not only are the kids benefitting from this, but we are too! We have learned these verses right along with the kids. And it challenges us to find new scriptures to memorize, which encourages us to spend a little more time in our bibles.

I hope to post our memory verses here every week. I figure it's a good place to keep our list of what we've learned and when we learned it. I'd love if anyone out there would like to learn them along with us.

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