As parents, we know that in order to accomplish family goals, we need a plan. We plan meals, events, the daily schedule, and more. With the crazy pace of family life, including meeting the basic physical needs of our children, our spiritual intentionality can slide to the back burner. We really want to read and memorize God’s Word as a family. But ah, yes, we need a plan.
The fresh start of a new year is a great time to intentionally choose to memorize Scripture as a family. Today I’m sharing 8 ways to start a scripture memory plan this year. These creative prompts will help you choose the plan most conducive to your family dynamic. Though starting a plan at the first of the year boasts an enthusiasm all its own, this list of tips would be great to use any time of year to start a scripture memory plan. Ready?
- Choose one verse from your daily Bible reading plan and post it on the refrigerator for the week. Read it together aloud daily before dinner. At the end of the week, move the note from the fridge to a poster board stored in a visible place. At the end of the year, you’ll have two poster boards of 52 verses you’ve worked to memorize!
- Select 12 of your favorite Bible verses, perhaps allowing each family member to choose their personal favorite as part of the 12. Use a chalkboard or whiteboard and keep the verse visible in your kitchen or family room for a month. Say it together at breakfast each day for the entire month and by the end of the year, your family will not only know 12 Scriptures, but they’ll also remember that which verses are which family member’s favorite!
- Pick a Scripture passage of 26 verses with the goal of memorizing the passage in a year’s time. Using a notepad or journal, have each family member write out verse 1 of the passage one time a day for two weeks. The next two week period, add verse 2 to the passage, writing both verses each day. Continue Scripture journaling by copying the verses in this format for the year and your family will have a 26 verse passage memorized by the end of a year!
- Choose a short-term Scripture memory plan of memorizing one verse a week for a month. Maybe it could be based on a recent sermon you heard or Bible study you participated in. It could be from your child’s Sunday School or small group lesson. Set the goal of memorizing 4 verses this month at one per week and evaluate your progress at the end of the month before determining how to move forward.
- Use a group of topical Bible verses like this one on winning over worry to create a smartphone graphic album you can thumb through anytime. This style of digital memory verse cards provides the opportunity to read over your “cards” during wait times at the bus stop, train station, airport, school pickup line, in restaurants or doctor’s offices or any other waiting room. You can use this album as a family to test each other on the progress of the memorization and have fun in the process!
- Engage in Scripture Typer or one of these other 5 ways to help you memorize Scripture.
- Bible Minded is a new app I recently downloaded to help memorize Bible verses. I haven’t fully assessed this app just yet, but it might be the one for you. I’d love to hear what you think about it, especially if you’ve already used it!
- What if you had a resource for parents and children that provided a devotion AND a weekly verse to memorize? And what if that resource was written on your own level, one for parents and one for children, but coordinated beautifully for family discussion? Meet this fabulous pair of books, The Joshua Code and I Can Learn the Bible. The Joshua Code consists of 52 Scripture Verses every believer should know. Through studying one a week, you can implement one of the above ideas and memorize one verse a week this year. Your children can join in through using the Joshua Code for Kids, known as I Can Learn the Bible, 52 Scriptures Every Kid Should Know.
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Which Bible memory method do you think will work for you or your family this year?
By his grace,
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