I've thought about not publishing this post several times for fear that all it would be is me bragging again (not that I'm going to stop bragging any time soon:)), but I really do want to encourage my fellow moms about Bible verse memorization.
The Bible is very important in our household and I want Charlie to know that.
I grew up with a Mom who did the same and I have seen it bear fruit in my life.
Not that a two-year-old really gets the level of dependence that an adult will understand by knowing that we can "Cast all your cares upon Him who cares for you." or that "As for God, His way is perfect." But I didn't get it fully when I was a kid, either. It was a seed that was planted for future use.
And if you've read my blog for any amount of time, you know how much I lean on the Word during this season of my life.
So here's what we have done with Charlie. Not bragging, just hoping to inspire.
He's not 3 yet and he knows the following verses. We use them throughout the day (Ep 6:1 is easy with a two-year-old ...) and he knows what they all mean ("Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus" ... repent means to say you're sorry, "Keep your tongue from evil" means to use nice words with a nice voice)
God is Love. I John 4:8
Children, obey your parents in the Lord for this is right. Ep 6:1
Be strong and courageous for the Lord your God is with you. Joshua 1:9
Keep your tonuge from evil. Ps 34:13
Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus. Acts 2:38
Nothing can ever seperate us from God's love. Romans 8:38
Praise ye the Lord. Ps 137:1
As for God, His way is perfect. 2 Sam 22:31a
I can do all things through Christ. Phil 4:13
and right now we're working on ...
How great is the Father's love he has lavished on us that we might be called children of God ... ummm, I forget where that is ... that's a Veggie Tales one ... that's one of the tricks with this! YOU have to know them, too! :)
I love the part in this video where he says, "I did it!" He's very proud when he learns a verse and wants to share it with everyone ... which is awkward when he leans over to his friend Eli during a playdate lunch and says "Keep your tongue from EVIL!" (not that Eli was in need of correcting and not that Charlie was correcting, he was just proud ... it was, um, funny)
What verses do you have planted in your heart? Not really sure which one I'm going to teach Charlie next and I'd love to hear suggestions of your or your kids' favorite verses!