Last week I posted on a Read your Bible in Year Plan and I mentioned that I would write more about learning a Bible Verse every week for the year…
I found this list of memory verses – a verse a week – through the year… and decided we would give it a try.
I for one wish I had more of the Bible written on my heart. I am notoriously bad at learning things off by heart. Short term memory is fine, but remembering verses from week to week and month to month, seems to be totally out of reach… I know how important it is and I realize how privileged we are to have a Bible at our finger tips, but that is perhaps why it is so hard to learn verses let alone chapters and place them on our hearts… nothing like a bit of complacency.
So this year we are trying the Bible verse a week plan as a family and there is a lot of lively competition between us to see who can keep it tight in their heads…
Now I mentioned that I have a couple of resources to help Bible verses stick and here they are… Se7en Bible Memorization Resources.
- Singing verses is a great way to learn Bible verses. Verses written to music is a great way to stick them into your head. We use these Cd’s for school Bible memorization, from Sing the Word by the Harrow Family. They are a great resource that we play in the background while we are doing school… I just play a different cd each day and that covers the `bible verses for each school grade that we are working through.
- Bookmark rewards… You can either make your own at this site or print these wonderful color ones out as a reward. I printed these and laminated them and my kids thought that they had truly arrived.
- A great resource packed with games and ideas for learning Bible Verses can be found at: More than 100 Missions Bible Memory Games and Other Activities. You could use a different game each week and still not run out of games. The games are fun and engaging going beyond the usual scrambled words and so on.
- A list of Bible verse ideas to use with preschoolers. Just simple ideas for ways to place the word on their hearts as you walk down the road of life.
- We will use the Bible Verses for dictation when we are “in school” and everyone will have a notebook with their Bible verses carefully written in them. Nothing like writing something out to help you remember it.
- A couple of memory verse games that are fun to play as a family can be found here.
- Finally a list of games and activities designed to help kids have fun while learning their Bible verses, some great ideas and not just for kids!
So the verse of the week is:
Proverbs 3:5-6 (New International Version)
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.