How to help your kids memorize the Bible

By: Ps. Manuela Castellanos 

It’s incredible to see how receptive kids are before turning 5 years old! The moment we become parents, we become full-time teachers. We model everything for our kids, that’s why they speak like we do; they have the same facial expressions they see at home and they even walk like we do!

 

We have the great opportunity and privilege of sowing in them the seeds of the Word.

But how do we accomplish this in a way that is not monotonous or boring?



1. Choose the moment

There are moments where my kids don’t want to know anything about memorizing a Bible verse, so I don’t try to force it. We need to know how to choose the right moment to do it. A lot of times, I’ve done it while we’re having breakfast or even at the park, it’s actually better when they don’t even notice!

 

2. Make it relevant

We need to help them make the connection between the Word and their needs. It’s important that our kids see how they can apply it to their daily conquests. I remember a couple months ago, my firstborn, Noah, started to express a little bit of fear when it was time to go to bed. He didn’t like when we turned the lights off. That’s when God brought a Word to my heart in 2 Timothy 1:7. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love, and of a sound mind.” So the next day I spoke to Noah and I told him: “Noah every time that you feel fear you need to confess this truth!” He cheerfully decided to go with mom’s idea. As a testimony, I want to tell you that he conquered his fears a month ago. I want to share this video with you:

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“I’m not scared of dogs anymore, I used to be, but not anymore”

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love, and of a sound mind.”

3. Make it fun

The Word of God is the most exciting thing in the world to me! It brings me excitement to study it, read it and apply it. That’s why every time I teach my kids, I do it with that same passion. We make up games, plays or we just simply repeat them with great enthusiasm. God will give you the creativity to plant the seed of the Word in your kids!

 

4. Motivate them to keep trying

Every time that they learn a new verse, motivate them! In other words, you need to become their number one fan! Even if they just know one verse, it doesn’t matter!! When they see how happy you are that they know one verse, they’ll be motivated to keep learning.

5. Repetition, repetition & repetition!

One of the most specific verses for parents teaches us that we should never grow weary of sowing the Word of God in the hearts of our kids. It is actually one of our most important responsibilities as parents.

 

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“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.  You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

 Deuteronomy 6:6-9

Be passionate for the Word and as a result your kids will too!

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