Why Memorize Scripture During Summer Vacation?

Because since September my five year old has been habitually memorizing and reciting two verses a week for her Awanas leader, now that Awanas is on break until Fall, I don't want my daughter to stop this all-important habit of hiding God's Word in her heart simply because its summer vacation.


While I understand the countless volunteers who serve at Awanas throughout the school year deserve, and probably need, a time of refreshment during the summer months, I want my daughter to understand while we are on break over the summer from school and Awanas, we never go on break from the Word of God. (Joshua 1:8) But as always, we keep on reading the Word, we keep on discussing the Word, and we keep on memorizing the Word. The Bible, and the benefits of memorizing it, is far too valuable for us to not memorize it during these next seventeen weeks until Awanas starts up again in September.

With Awanas we always knew what we were memorizing. Now we're on our own. However, one thing I noticed this year, as we learned her Awana verses was that she learned verses set to music really well, and enjoyed it more. I've caught her singing old memory verses long after we've learned them. Since we have so many Scripture music CD's that we just listen to while we play or while I drive, I thought this summer it would be good to pick some verses from those CD's to make the verses:

1. Easier to learn
2. Easier to remember
3. Easy for quick review
Awanas wraps up this week til the Fall. But I do not want my daughter to stop this all important habit of hiding His Word in her heart, simply because it is summer. Next week, I'll share our plans for memorizing Scripture this summer. - See more at: http://brookeespinoza.blogspot.com/2014/05/4-reasons-i-love-memorizing-scripture.html?showComment=1399626222011#c3809630946421909035
Awanas wraps up this week til the Fall. But I do not want my daughter to stop this all important habit of hiding His Word in her heart, simply because it is summer. Next week, I'll share our plans for memorizing Scripture this summer. - See more at: http://brookeespinoza.blogspot.com/2014/05/4-reasons-i-love-memorizing-scripture.html?showComment=1399626222011#c3809630946421909035

 In picking the verses it was important to me that they be ones that would help my daughter grow in the knowledge of God either through His character, His promises, His ways, His works, etc.

So the first week we learned Zephaniah 3:17 from the Song "He Will Rejoice" by Trevor Morgan on the awesome Scripture Music CD Glory Revealed.


The words of Zephaniah 3:17 are beautiful:
"The LORD your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing."

This song made Trevor Morgan a fast favorite of ours. After praying about what to memorize with my little girl for the next few weeks the Lord impressed upon me Psalm 23. I was so pleasantly surprised to discover  Trevor Morgan sings Psalm 23 in its entirety (ESV version) on the last track of the Glory Revealed II CD!


 And it is equally beautiful! I love when God pours out talent into people and they turn it around and use it for His glory. Awesome!


So this summer we are working our way through Psalm 23 one verse a week. I'll be praying for what we'll memorize next before we run out of verses. But because I am really big on memorizing with understanding, I want my daughter to know what Psalm 23 means. While we could simply memorize our way though the Psalm and that would be great because God's Word never returns void (Isaiah 55:11) I really want my girl to understand each verse in Psalm 23 and the amazing ways God cares for us seen in Psalm 23 as we memorize it together. I'll be doing this in three ways.

1. In obedience to Deuteronomy 6:7 I will teach my daughter diligently about the Lord and what we can learn about Him in Psalm 23. I will ask her what she thinks certain words and phrases mean in the Psalm to check for understanding. Like "Why do you think we don't have to fear evil when we are walking in the valley of the shadow of death?" Answer, "...For You are with me." Psalm 23:4

2. To reinforce Psalm 23 with visuals I'll be reading to her the fantastic Psalm 23 children's book, God Loves His Precious Children: Safe in the Arms of the Good Shepherd, by Elizabeth and Jim George.

rge. In this gorgeous picture book kids are walked through the Psalm 23 and its priceless truths so they will have no doubt that they are “Safe in the arms of the Good Shepherd.” From the book:

“Every child needs someone, a person who cares.
God is that Someone, the Bible declares.
I don’t have to worry, I need never fear;
The Lord is my Shepherd—He’s always right here!”
- See more at: http://brookeespinoza.blogspot.com/2013/11/8-childrens-resources-i-am-so-thankful.html#sthash.LE34jEsh.dpuf

I love reading this book to my girl, and setting our hearts and minds on its precious truths, so my girl can rest assured she is "safe in the arms of the Good Shepherd." From the book:

"Every child needs someone, a person who cares.
God is that Someone, the Bible declares.
I don't have to worry. I need never fear;
The Lord is my Shepherd--He's always right here!"

3. Finally, I'll guide my daughter in making a Psalm 23 book. I will print out Psalm 23 images and verses for her to color, cut, and paste into her own Psalm 23 book. Verse by verse my daughter it will reinforce the verse she is learning, as well as serve for a visual way for her to review her verses whenever she reads her book. Additionally since we are learning Psalm 23 from the Glory Revealed II CD, she can also easily review Psalm 23 simply by singing the Psalm wherever she is. Reviewing doesn't get any easier when you can sing your verses! :)

Question for you: What are your summer plans for memorizing Scripture for yourself or with your kids or grandkids?



God Loves His Precious Children by Jim and Elizabeth George. In this gorgeous picture book kids are walked through the Psalm 23 and its priceless truths so they will have no doubt that they are “Safe in the arms of the Good Shepherd.” From the book:

“Every child needs someone, a person who cares.
God is that Someone, the Bible declares.
I don’t have to worry, I need never fear;
The Lord is my Shepherd—He’s always right here!”
- See more at: http://brookeespinoza.blogspot.com/2013/11/8-childrens-resources-i-am-so-thankful.html#sthash.M2Xe9UlG.dpuf
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6 comments:

  1. I have always been amazed at how quickly children are able to memorize Scripture. I found that in helping them, I helped myself :) as I memorized along with them. Visiting from SDG this morning.

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    1. Isn't that great how as we help our children hide His Word in their hearts, that more often than not, the verses get hidden in our heart as well. God bless you richly!

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  2. Children are truly wonders, aren't they? Love the way you are loving yours, friend.

    Thanks for sharing this post at Unforced Rhythms.

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    1. Thanks, Kelli! Yes they really are wonders. I love all the lessons God teaches me through my little. God bless you tremendously!

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  3. Awesome!! We work on memorizing Scripture at home and with our children's church. It's so important. We have a friend who has dementia. She struggles to remember anything at all. Yet she KNOWS the Bible because as a young child she memorized Scripture!

    Thanks for linking up with Woman to Woman's Word Filled Wednesday! God bless!

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    1. Thanks, Jenifer! That's so great that you all are making hiding His Word in your heart such a high priority. And how awesome that of the few memories your friend can recall, the Bible is still fresh in her mind because of her childhood discipline of memorizing Scripture. God's Word never returns void. (Isaiah 55:11) God bless you abundantly!

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Thank you for taking the time to share. May God bless you richly!