Memorizing Scripture is one of the most vital ways to enliven your spiritual life. If you have God’s word stored in your mind, the truth has more chance of consuming your thoughts than the wisdom of the world.
When I was in college, I learned some very practical, amazing tips for meditating on and memorizing God’s word. It rocked my world, to be honest. That was the first time I was able to memorize Scripture with any “stickiness” in my brain. It was a time of richness in God’s word.
I’ve tried to go back to those disciplines, and I haven’t done very well. It has nothing to do with the methods – they are still the most rock star Scripture memorization techniques I’ve seen. And they hardly take any time. But a lack of discipline (ahem, laziness) is a lack of discipline.
Enter a new spiritual growth method: Using your children. Ha!
We want our children to grow in the Lord and practice spiritual disciplines, don’t we? If we build in time with our kids to help them grow in their faith, it will also strengthen our own.
It was really my husband Brad’s idea to start teaching Samuel Bible verses. It was a genius idea! That little sponge can learn “Moves like Jagger” lyrics, why not the Bible? So what if he’s only 2!? It begins now.
So, often, at dinnertime, we will go over his memory verses. Occasionally, he can say entire verses on his own, and for the others we give him prompts to help him continue. I think this little guy is up to at least 6 verses already, and he’s always asking for new ones.
Do you know what that means? I have to know them, too! And I get to practice them often! And it’s amazing to watch him enjoy it, too!
So, yes, currently, I’m using my son’s memory verses to commit my own Scripture to memory. And I feel brilliant for doing so.
In what other ways could I take advantage of his learning to aid my own? Give me some ideas in the comments.
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