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Full disclosure: I stink at Bible memorization.
Besides John 3:16, I pretty much couldn’t recite chapter and verse to you if you held a gun to my head. It’s not pretty. I’m not proud of it. But it’s the truth and I don’t want to paint a picture here that isn’t honest.
But I know how important it is.
To have God’s word hidden in your heart. A balm to your soul when you need it.
And I’d like to be better about it. And I certainly want my kids to be better about it than I am.
Because isn’t that so often what we do as parents? Try to give better for our kids than we have or are?
Back when I was still pregnant with Henry, I was the nursery director at our church, and was lucky enough to be sent to a children’s ministry conference put on by Bethlehem Baptist Church…you know, the church that is pastored by John Piper. NBD.
They had this little set of cards there.
Simple. Even a little hokey.
Dorky black and white line drawings with corresponding Bible verses on the back.
Kept together by a single binder ring.
A fat stack of verses. For PRESCHOOLERS. As in, ages 2-5.
I remember thinking: “Preschoolers can hardly tell you their names, there’s no way they can rattle back verses with chapter citations. This is insane.”
Until I walked into a Sunday School class and watched as the teacher pointed to larger versions of the drawings and the ENTIRE CLASS of itty bitty kids who probably still need help wiping their bottoms recited verses without hesitation.
I was a believer.
So I bought a stack of verses for five bucks. Swore I would do them with my yet to be born babe.
Returned home and promptly forgot all about it.
Until I recently found the card set buried in the closet. Never too late to start they say.
You know, for me.
It’s a simple system. Low key. No pressure.
I copy the drawing on our chalkboard and write out the verse underneath it. We do one verse a week.
Sometimes I get bogged down by wanting things to be super fun and cute and Pin-worthy.
I actually put this whole thing off for a week because I wanted to look up fun examples of chalkboard art and try to replicate it.
But then I realized that it doesn’t matter.
Not to my kids. Not to God.
Sometimes blogging messes with your head too much. You get too wrapped up in what things look like…that you miss the forest for the trees.
So my everyday handwriting will have to suffice.
We practice over meals. While I’m bustling around the kitchen making lunches. In the car.
I don’t make it a big “thing”. We don’t sit down and get all official about it. It just is.
It’s not something on my to-do list. It just happens organically. You know, because it’s written on a giant 5′ tall chalkboard in the middle of my kitchen. You kinda can’t miss it.
So far I am SO impressed by how quickly Henry is picking it up. Lucy is getting it but at 3 years old, needs help. Jill hears it recited over and over. She may not be able to say it back, but I know it’s nestling itself in her little head.
Oh, and this mama is totally learning verses too. Alongside her littles. Which is pretty cool too.
You obviously don’t need to buy cards to work on verses with your kids. But for me, I get overwhelmed. Where do I start? Which verses do I use? How long is too long? What translation?
I like having things laid out for me sometimes. Or else I’ll just end up researching it to death and never actually get around to DOING it. Story of my life.
The folks at Desiring God Ministries sell these card sets for $5. The Foundation Verses are geared for Preschoolers (2-5) and the Fighter Verses are for the rest of us (6-150). They also have an iPhone and Android app if you want to be all techy about it.
You don’t have to actually buy the cards or the app though…they have charts with all of it laid out for you. You could just look it up online every week or make your own (less dorky) set of cards. And then send me a set. Because it kinda drives me crazy that the artwork is not cute.
Because I have me some great priorities.
I decided to video Henry doing his verses (with a cameo by Jill). Feel free to skip this if you’re not a grandma. (And yes I know he goofed up on the last part of the third verse, but I didn’t have the heart to correct him on tape.)
Do you do Bible memorization with your kids? What do you use?