Recently, I wrote about why we should memorise Scripture, so I thought I would give you some easy ways to help you, and your children, do this. We have been trying to memorise Scripture for a while and have found many fun and easy ways to do it.
Choose a verse that speaks to you
It is easier to recall something that is relevant to you. Find a Bible verse that speaks to you and your family, as it will be easier to memorise.
Break down the Bible verse or passage you want to memorise, by starting with memorising a few words at a time. When you have them memorised, add another five words and so on until you have completed the whole Bible verse or passage.
Write it Down
This does not mean write it down once and you should have it memorised. Write the verse down multiple times during the week, saying it as you are writing it. You could even write stories that correlate with the piece of Scripture you are learning.
Either make up a tune for your verse or put it to some other tune that you already know. Then you can sing in the shower, as you walk around the block or even while driving the car. You could even put some actions to your song to help your kids learn the words for their verse.
Adding simple hand motions or actions to go with the verse will help. You could even learn sign language. Children will enjoy ‘acting’ out the verse which will in turn help them remember the words, in the correct order, of the verse.
Put it Everywhere
Make posters or sticky notes of your verse and hang them everywhere: behind the toilet door, on the fridge, next to your bed, next to your computer screen. As you go through your day, read your verse and you will soon be able to remember it.
Make it a Game
Kids love quizzes and find a word activities, so make your own using the words of the Bible verse you are concentrating on. You could also write each of the words in the verse down on a separate card and have your child arrange them in the correct order.
Make a Book
Kids love to draw and colour in. Make up a simple book by stapling a few pieces of white paper together, write the verse in your book and allow your child to decorate the book with pictures that match the meaning of the verse. This will not only be a visual aid in helping your child memorise the verse, but also a great keepsake of your child’s art as they grow.
We always say our verses before bed. You could incorporate elements of the verse you are learning into your prayers at night or take turns with your kids to recite the it, getting them to close their eyes when it is your turn.
Whichever strategy you find works for you, repeat it often. There is no time limit on how long it should take you to memorise scripture, you just need to put in the effort. It is always very encouraging to be able to spring a Bible verse from memory at a time of need.