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Fun Ways to Memorize Scripture As a Family

There are so many benefits to hiding God's Word in our hearts but memorizing Scripture does not come easily for everyone. Here are few fun ideas to get the whole family involved!

Young kids:

*You can get your youngest (pre-readers) involved with Scripture memory by asking them to come up with some motions or dance moves to accompany the passage. (Or you can look on Youtube and teach them some motions someone else came up with.)

*Video tape your kids reciting (or dancing while you recite) the verse and then let them watch the video as many times as they want! (My kids aren't the only ones who love to watch themselves on screens, right?!?) Every time they play that video they are hearing the passage. Winning!

Older kids and adults:

*Write the passage on a dry erase board and every day erase 2 words until you've got it all from memory. Pick a time for the family to recite this verse each day (mealtimes work well).

*Have everyone write the first letter of each word in the passage on a bookmark or sticky note or on their arm so they can practice throughout the day. For example, here is John 3:16 - FGsltwthgHobStwbiHwnpbhel.

*Gather up the family (again, mealtimes work well) and go around the table applying as many different styles/accents as you can come up with to the passage. For example, can you say it with a British accent? How about a Boston accent? Can you sing it like a country song? Can you deliver it like slam poetry? This will probably lead to lots of laughter (and also lots of repetition of the passage...sneaky :)

*And for those kids that are reluctant to participate, ask if they will quiz you! Hand them the passage and practice reciting it to them. Not only are they viewing the words and hearing the words but they are also seeing that Scripture memory is important to you. Leading by example is powerful!

"How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments. I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you." Psalm 119:9-11

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