One of the games that I used to love to play as a kid was Memory. The premise of the game was very simple: lay the cards out on a table, then each player took turns turning them over 2 at a time. The object of the game was to find as many matching pairs as you could. This meant you had to be able to remember where on the table particular cards were as you saw them. The interesting thing about the game, the deeper you got into the game, the easier it got.
Last week, at our Vacation Bible School, the children were asked to memorize a different Bible verse each night. It was so much fun to watch them come up and share their memory verses with Margaret each night. As the week went on, the verses got a little longer. The last night, the verse was three sentences long! However, it didn’t even seem to faze the children. They just picked it up as easy as they had every other night.
Our memory is something that we have to engage and challenge, and it seems like the more we do, the easier it gets to remember things. As we are in the summer time and our kids don’t have as much school work pressing on their minds, perhaps this is a good time to challenge them to memorize some Scripture. Not only can it keep their minds active, it can plant seeds of faith and guidance that will benefit them as they grow and mature.
In their book The Family-Friendly Church, Ben Freudenburg and Rick Lawrence provide some Scripture memory activities. Maybe these are some things that you would like to share with your family this summer:
- Select one verse for your home. Post it somewhere in the house, like the refrigerator, and everybody try to memorize it.
- Ephesians 6:13-17 (the armor of God) and Galatians 5:22-23 (the fruits of the Spirit) are fun passages to learn and easy to incorporate artwork into. Have kids draw pictures of the different pieces of the armor, or use the produce section of the grocery store to link a particular fruit to a fruit of the Spirit.
- Make a memory-verse puzzle. Write the verse on a piece of paper, then cut the paper into several pieces. Invite your children to the put the pieces back together.
- Use self-stick notes to put verses around the house.
- Write a verse on a card and put it under your child’s pillow. Each evening at bedtime, review the verse with your child.
“I treasure your word in my heart, so that I may not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11