In my own quiet time, I would pray for my boys and think about the characteristics that I wanted them to be marked by and ways to instill them. God hit me one day with the realization that if I wanted my boys to be lovers of the Word – If I wanted them to hide Truth in their hearts – I had to, intentionally, put it there!
It was a light bulb moment. What better way to conquer LJ’s defeat or instill confidence in Ty, than to teach them what God’s Word has to say? As a family, we decided to start with Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
We weren’t looking to be fastidious about scripture memorization, rather we wanted the words the boys memorized to be genuine and meaningful. I did a quick Google search one day on kids memorizing scripture and found most of the “guides” to be marked by length versus application. “Jesus Wept” was, actually, on several lists.
Ben and I decided to be intentional with our selections and unstructured at the pace of memorization. In three months we are only on verse number two - Colossians 3:20, “Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.” We didn’t move on to our second verse until the boys were applying Philippians 4:13 on their own.
Teaching the boys to sew the Word of God, deep into their hearts, has been such a blessing and challenge to do the same in my own life. My little flashlights are proud to shine their lights.
Here is the list we're, currently, working through:
Memory Verses for 2013
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.
Do not be afraid, for I am with you.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
Love your neighbor as yourself.
I Corinthians 10:31
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
I praise you God, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Every word of God proves true.