Friday, June 3, 2011

Yummy Summer Scripture Memory

Today Yummy Summer finds its new home on Fridays!

We’ve been blessed to have our daughters in a Christian preschool for the past two years and I’ve been amazed at the amount of scripture they’ve memorized. It has inspired me.
One of my daughters had been having a lot of nightmares and although we prayed over her nightly, they didn’t stop. Finally I wrote a verse on a piece of paper, she decorated it, and we hung it above her bed. Every night before bed she read the verse and in a few short nights we all had it memorized. And the nightmares stopped. There is power in the Word of God.
So, for one of my favorite summer projects, we’re memorizing scripture. Specifically scripture that speaks to the behavior that we’re hoping for in our children.
There are almost 10 weeks of summer, so I’m shooting for 7 verses to have our family memorize.

Here are the ones we’re memorizing:
Obedience – “Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother – which is the first commandment with a promise – ‘that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.’” Ephesians 6:1-3
A little bonus obedience verse! “Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.” Colossians 3:20
Selfishness – “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3
Selfishness Part II - “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:4
Behavior - "So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets." Matthew 7:12
Truth – “The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful.” Proverbs 12:22
Attitude – “Do everything without complaining or arguing” Philippians 2:14
Work Hard – “Whatever you do, word at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men,” Colossians 3:23
You could continue on: “since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:24

Ways to memorize scripture:
1. Have your verse written in the house somewhere for everyone to daily see: on a chalk board, on a super cute board like this one that my friend Hillary made!~ (I just might have to make one too!!) or simply use some poster board.
2. As a family, say the verse together every night at the dinner table
3. let your kids decorate their own posters with the verse written on it and hang it above their beds. Read it every night before they go to bed.
4. Play games with the verses – blow up little balloons and tape them to the wall. Write one word of the verse on each balloon and read it all together. Pop one balloon, eliminating one of the words in the verse, and read it again. Keep going one by one, pop each balloon, eliminating one word at a time until all the balloons are gone and no words remain! (the same can be done with the verse on the chalk board, erasing one word at a time)
5. use the verse throughout the day in teachable moments. Discuss the verse and it’s meaning and how it applies to you.

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  1. I love it. Great idea! Do you have a tutorial for making that board? I'd LOVE to make one for our house. Since we'll be homeschooling here, it would be an attractive and very functional addition.

  2. I love this idea! If you have a friend with a laminating machine, you can make individual place mats with the verse of the week on it (decorated by your children of course) and then bring them out throughout the year as a reminder. :)



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