We can begin teaching our children Scripture verses at a young age. I always liked the idea of having a brief Bible time right after breakfast. While still at the table, it only takes a few minutes to read a brief Bible story or other short character-developing story, then practice saying a Bible verse a few times together. Finishing with a prayer for family and friends helps get the day off to a good start.
Begin with Bible verses that have simple words and meanings, such as Psalm 56:3: “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.” The first time that you introduce the verse, read it from a Bible and, even though your child can’t yet read them, show him the words. Talk with him about what the verse means and times when he might apply it in his young life (“monsters” under the bed, a bad thunderstorm).
You can find other times during the day to say the verse together – while riding in the car, eating lunch or at bedtime. Continue working on the same verse for at least a week or until you are confident that your child knows it well. I remember verses I learned as a child and am so thankful for the Biblical foundation I received from Godly parents.
How does Bible memory work in your home? I’d love to hear how you help your young children memorize the Word of God.
Find more teaching ideas at Thirsty Thursday hosted by Five J’s.