Memorizing God’s Word is important, but knowing what He says, His promises, Who He is and how to apply it to our lives is vital. We need ideas to help our children memorize Bible verses so that they are equipped with knowledge to navigate through the world.
Bible verse memory
Memorize 1000 Bible verses, but if we don’t understand them or know what they mean, we’ll find ourselves deep in worry, fear, anxiety, doubt, and a whole bunch of other undesirable situations.
That’s when we will find ourselves relying on ourselves and not trusting God.
Even Satan knows God’s Word.
This encounter recorded in Matthew 4, gives us the greatest example of not only memorizing Scripture, but how to use it.
1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down.For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’ ”
It Is Written
7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
The devil knows the very Word of God.
He wants to twist the words to fit his schemes to trip up God’s people. Jesus would answer, “For it is written” and then fire back the Truth.
We have to know God’s Word, the Bible, so that we can recognize the twisted versions thrown at us. When the world gives us the twisted words we need to remember the Truth.
The Bible is a sword of Truth
A sword is a heavy weapon to weld. It takes muscle build up with daily practice. You can’t just pick up a sword and use it effectively.
● Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
● Ephesians 6:16-18
Daily Bible verse memory work and applying God’s Truth to our lives builds strong memory muscles and makes us physically stronger for those enemy attacks.
How to incorporate Bible verse memory in your daily routine
Working together as a family to daily memorize Bible verses can strengthen the whole family and deepen relationships with Jesus. Younger children will sponge off of the older kiddos.
They can handle a lot more meat of truth than people give them credit. Let’s not forget, Jesus loves children!
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
Try to incorporate in to your routine:
● Bible memory verse of the day
● Weekly memory Bible verse
We like to store our verses in a Bible verse binder!
Our favorite morning routine was the Bible verse memorization binder. This method works great for homeschoolers, but we were not homeschooling when we began these binders.
The Bible verse memory binder can be used in a Christian homeschool or as family devotionals.
Bible verse memory work can be practiced in the school car lines, bedtime routines or at the family table!
Homeschool daily Bible verse memory through copy work and handwriting
The more we engage the senses, movement and learning styles, the better ability we have to retain the information.
For reading, writing and even sight words, the Bible is a wonderful source to work with a child.
● Use Bible verses that you are memorizing to find sight words you might be learning.
● Create a spelling words list from the verse of the week to learn.
● If you have an early learner, use your Bible verse to help them find the “letter” you are studying. Find the different sounds that letter is making in the word. Is the letter in the beginning, middle or end of the word?
These exercises not only help a child exercise their reading skills, but they also learn God’s Word in the process.
Bible memory verses in alphabetical order
ABSee! Recite the Word
We created Bible verse copy pages for kids of all ages to use in their memorization skills, handwriting practice and even for beginner readers. Anytime we can exercise multiple learning styles we have a better chance of retaining information.
Handwriting practice works the brain’s muscle memory!
Bible verse memory tools
Creative ways to help a child remember a Bible verse by considering learning styles. We all learn and retain information differently. The trick to Bible verse memorization is layering multiple learning styles.
Pictures with Bible verse
They say, “A picture is worth a thousand words.”
Take pictures of objects, situations, actions, and even emotions from your children and throughout your home. Place them in a document with a Bible verse. Print these and create a Bible verse binder to help your children memorize Scripture.
Actions with Bible verse
Movement is a great way to help retain something we want our brains to remember. If you can put a verse to movement as you recite it, you have a better change to retain it!
Pick words from your Bible verse and give it an action!
Create a dance to go along with your verse.
Songs to Bible verse
There are many options available to help kids remember Bible verses with music.
If you are memorizing a verse that you cannot find a song already made, make your own.
Bible verse memory games
Playing a game that is fun and learning a Bible verse at the same time makes memories lost lasting!
Remember the Memory or Match game where you turn over two cards at a time and try to make a match? There are so many pre made matching games with Scripture for kids of all ages. They also make great gifts for a family game night.
Use your Bible verse pages, pictures or printables as memory game cards. You can copy and resize them or create a large size memory game with just card stock that covers the floor.
Write verses on Jenga game pieces and as you play, read the Bible verse.
Think of simple games that you can convert into Scripture memory!
Illustrating Bible verses
This is one of our favorite ways to help children memorize a Bible verse. When you see what they see a verse means to them. It’s amazing to see the world through their eyes, but even more amazing to see God’s Word as they see it.
Bible verse memory ideas
Bible story with memory verse
The Old Testament is filled with stories of God’s love and mercy. Those stories of real people and their relationship with a very real God are for us to learn more and more about Him.
Stories are movies in our minds. We can hear or read a story and a moving picture flows through our heads as to how that would look. We tend to remember stories more than a concept.
Jesus even used stories and parables to help the disciples understand what He was doing or what God will do. He knew that His people have a tendency to forget or get side tracked. A story would plant in their minds and hearts to help them remember.
● Read a Bible story and pick a Bible verse to remember with that story. Was is the key point from that story that a child needs to remember?
● Put a Bible verse to a real life situation in your child’s life. Maybe they have experience a fear that needs to be fought with God’s Word.
Discussion and explanation
Break down a passage of Scripture and talk about it. Go into deep conversations about what God’s Word is saying to us. This gives you quality time with your child, helps them understand how God wants us to handle and walk in this life and helps them memorize a Bible verse.
You can find these in our Freebie Library!
Coloring is a right brain therapy that not only allows us to express our inner creative child, but it helps settle our minds.
Many times when our children were younger, we would read aloud to them as they colored coloring pages. Sometimes it would be an educational coloring page and other times, just a fun drawing.
The coloring would keep their minds engaged and slow them down to focus.
Visit our freebie library for free coloring pages with Bible verses!
Our Colorful Floral Praise coloring pages are full of florals and verses of praise. Print, color and memorize a Bible verse at the same time. (ReMEMBERers Library)
We pray you find ways to incorporate God’s Word into your daily routine. What creative way have you discovered to memorize Bible verses?
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