One of the areas in which I desire to help my children grow spiritually is in learning God’s Word. Psalm 119:11 says, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee.”
It’s amazing how many of the verses that I memorized as a child I can still recall today. I also know how much more difficult it is to memorize anything at my current age! While my children are still young, I want them to practice hiding Scripture in their hearts.
Here are six ways we can expose our children to God’s Word.
- Have a family devotional time. Hearing their dad or mom read aloud from the Bible shows children its importance.
- Attend church as a family. Listening to a pastor, evangelist or other speaker teaching and preaching from the Bible emphasizes the principles you are practicing at home.
- Have Scripture verses displayed in your house. I previously mentioned taping up a list of Bible verses in my daughter’s room that are a comfort to her at bedtime. I have been in homes where framed Bible passages were part of the decor.
- Play cassette tapes or cds of Scripture songs for your children to listen to at home and in the car.
- Participate in a children’s program at church that emphasizes Bible memorization. Work with your child on learning their verses. If this is not available, write out a list of simple Bible verses that you can help your child memorize at home.
- Read books that include Bible passages to your child. Look for books that include Bible verses as part of the text or that demonstrate the meaning of a Bible verse through a parable.
Helping our children learn the Word of God at an early age can provide them with a solid foundation in so many areas of their lives. For more ideas on actions and attitudes to make your home sing, visit Make Your Home Sing Monday.
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You made some great points in your post, I am so glad my parents did family devotions, and had us memorize a lot of verses. To be honest growing up I didn't always enjoy those things, I sometimes grew tired of it, but I am so glad now and plan on doing it with my children as well. Great post!!
Amen, Tracey! Both our children have been learning Bible verses since they were three, through the AWANA program at church.
They have both mentioned that those verses have come back to them when they've needed comfort, or guidance, or when they were explaining a particular belief to someone else, etc.
I firmly believe in the importance of Scripture and must admit that I haven't been as good about memorizing it as I should be! Thank you for the encouragement and thanks for joining in today.
Thank you for sharing the importance of putting God's Word into the hearts of the children. Thank you for the great and useful tips! Blessings to you.
Thanks for sharing this! I remember being so surprised when my oldest could memorize bible verses at 3 years old. We try to write a new bible verse on our bathroom mirror each week, and we review it every time we are in the bathroom…at bathtime, while brushing teeth, and while washing up before and after dinner.
I also find it easier to memorize verses when they're put to song, so playing CDs of scripture songs happens A LOT at our house.
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A wonderful post about a topic that is dear to me. Love the ideas you shared and the encouragement you gave!
So true! I have slacked in doing devotions with the kids while dh is deployed. I really need to get back to doing that. They do a LOT of Bible memorization with their school, so that is a huge blessing!
Love your idea of writing it on the bathroom mirror! What a great place to put something that you want to look at often. I might "borrow" that suggestion. 🙂
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This post really encouraged me! I just did a post on my blog a few days ago about how I decorate our home with Scripture. Thanks for all the ideas about immersing children in God's Word!!