“He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”
As I’ve shared with you before, we spend time on our scriptures every morning on our way to school. We have a sort of routine that goes something like this:
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This morning I was blessed with the realization that Naomi is finding ways to apply these scriptures. Why does that excite me? Because it means she gets it. She really gets it! She is doing more than just memorizing scripture. She is paying attention and actually understanding them. Don’t get me wrong… my ultimate goal is for my girls to understand and apply the scriptures, not just memorize them. It’s just so amazing when I see it happening!
When we began to recite this week’s scripture, Naomi stopped to tell me that she shared it with her Sunday school class yesterday. Apparently they were learning about Cain and Abel.
“We learned about Cain and Abel in my class and I told them our scripture. Abel loved God and all of his brothers, but Cain didn’t love Abel or God. So I told them all about our scriptures and I told them ‘He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.'”- Naomi
Not only did she understand the scripture, but she also shared it with her friends. It blessed my heart to know that it’s sinking in and being put to use. 🙂 As for Adah, she applies her scriptures, too… but usually only when her or her sissy is in trouble! That’s when we hear about honoring and obeying!
Just remember, when it comes to memory verses:
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering*, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”
One of the biggest things in scripture memorization (for adults, too) is repetition. Another big thing is music. Combine repetition with music and memorization comes almost without trying. I’ve found a song on the Fruits of the Spirit and my children love it! And let me just say, with the repetition involved, I knew the song and fruits after hearing it once. 🙂 I hope you enjoy this song as much as we have.
*We have learned ‘patience’ in place of ‘longsuffering.’
“When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.”
My oldest daughter, Naomi, came into my room in the middle of the night about a month ago, and she was hysterical. “Mommy! I had a bad dream!” She was crying and terrified. My heart was breaking. I listened as she explained, “We were eating at a restaurant. You were holding a snake and you kept trying to put it on me!”
Now, I realize this may seem small and petty to some, but she is four years old. As soon as she told me what the bad dream was about, I became livid. At her? Of course not. I began to comfort her, telling her everything was okay and that she knows Mommy would never do that to her. However, I was furious with the devil. As she was calming down, I started rebuking the devil in the name of Jesus and demanding him to leave my child alone. I told him he had no right whatsoever to try and come against my children. Let me be honest here, this momma will not tolerate someone messing with her babies. Especially when that someone is nothing but an insignificant being with no power over the name of Jesus Christ, and especially when through the name of Jesus Christ, I have complete authority over that someone. You better believe I was using it!
I prayed with Naomi and immediately started working on our new verse. Now her and Adah both say it every night after bedtime prayers, but they make it personal. “When I lie down, I will not be afraid; Yes, I will lie down and MY sleep will be sweet.” Any time there seems to be the tiniest ounce of fear, we begin to quote and it helps so much. Besides, God did not give us the spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7), no matter how often the enemy tries to put it on us.
This verse has me thanking God even more for His blessed word that brings peace.
“Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord.”
We have obviously been working on this week’s verse for a while. The girls learned it quickly and didn’t have a hard time, but I ended up having to teach a class for our kids at church this week, and chose to base my lesson on this verse. I wanted to wait until I had finished that lesson before I posted my blog.
I have enjoyed working on this verse with the girls. First of all, it truly blesses my heart to hear my 2 1/2 year old and 4 year old quoting scripture. Second of all, this particular verse is an excellent example of how important it is to apply God’s word to your home life. Not only is it important, but it is also affective. We are using it daily in our home and outside of the home. The girls have learned that obeying your parents is the right thing to do, and it is also pleasing to the Lord. It pleases our Father when we do what is right according to His word.
I did an online search to find some crafts/coloring pages to share with the kids. I had a hard time finding coloring pages specific to this verse, but I came across a butterfly. I then remembered learning that butterflies mean “blessings,” and since we get blessings when we obey, the kids were given a coloring sheet with a few butterflies to color. I just did a Google Images search for butterflies and chose a few of my favorite to create a coloring page.
I also came across a neat idea for an Obey O-Meter. After reading about it here (http://www.daniellesplace.com/
Along with their Obey O-Meters and Blessing Reminders (aka…butterflies), I sent the kids home with a bookmark featuring this week’s verse. I was so excited when I found these at Lifeway and couldn’t wait to pass them out after the lesson. I hope the kids enjoyed learning this scripture as much as I enjoyed teaching it.
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“Your word I have hidden in my heart that I might not sin against You.”
Last week we learned that the Bible is God’s word. We also learned that His word is the perfect guide for the rest of our lives.
This week, we learned more about how God’s word is helpful for us. First, I taught the kids what ‘sin’ is…remember, my girls are 4 and 2….I try to simplify things. 🙂 I told them that to sin is to do something bad or to do something you know you are not supposed to do. I also let them know that God doesn’t like for us to sin. Then I taught them that learning His word is very important because it helps us not to sin. They learned that God wants us to read the Bible and remember His word, that’s how we hide it in our hearts, so that it’s always in us. When we have His word in us, we are better people and we don’t want to sin.
Ironically, if you take the song I posted last week, you can fit this week’s scripture into the chorus and sing it instead of Psalm 119:105. The kids found this humorous when we tried it. They were almost in awe. I love seeing them smile at my quirky ideas.
For our craft this week, I gave each kid a page with two matching hearts on it. I let them color the hearts however they wanted before we cut them out. After we cut the hearts out, we glued them together (only along the side and bottom edges) creating a pocket. When the pocket was ready, I had an “open Bible” cut out for them to write the scripture on so they could keep it inside their heart. At the last minute, I grabbed some ribbon and decided to make them into necklaces. You just never know how it’ll go for craft time! Or maybe I just never know. Lol!
Once again, I was amazed at how the kids transformed themselves for crafts. They went from fighting and bickering to the very best friends you’ve ever seen! “Yes, you did a great job coloring your hearts. We’re all doing so good!” It was almost as if they were reading from a script. I’m thinking about making craft time every hour on the hour???
I can only pray each week goes as well as the last two weeks. I’ve been enjoying it as much as the kids have (maybe more) and am surprised at how it’s encouraging me to hide the word in my own heart as well.
“Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
I chose this verse to start off our first week because I wanted my girls to know that as long as they had God’s word, they would never be in darkness. I explained to them that the Bible is full of God’s words to us and He wants us to learn them and memorize them. If we have His word in us, it will be the perfect light and guide to our every step and move.
As I was teaching them, I remembered a song from my childhood that had this particular scripture as it’s chorus. I taught them how to sing it and now they want to sing it at church, so we’re going to work on that. 🙂 I’ve always found that songs are helpful when it comes to remembering things, especially verses.
Both of my girls absolutely could not wait for us to do a craft to go with our verse, so we finally got to it on Saturday night. I was at my sister’s with my 2 and her 4 while her and her husband went on a much-deserved date. When I enlisted Josie (Karen’s oldest, 12) to help with taking pictures and spreading newspaper all over the floor, her and Karen’s other 3 kids decided they wanted to do the craft, too. My thoughts? Sure! The more the merrier! It was so much fun! We turned the tv off and huddled in the family room floor. I loved hearing each kid giggle as I painted their feet yellow! After they made their footprints, each kid got to decorate their page. They were so excited and really got into it. They all took their papers to the kitchen table and began the decorating process (tv still off!). It was a blessing to me to see them all involved in such a positive manner and only hearing the joyful noise of their laughter and creativity, not the annoyingness (is that a word?) of whatever happened to be on Disney channel or the kids fighting over who did what. I enjoyed it so much that I can’t wait til our next verse and next craft (Josie informed me they wanted to be involved in them all, which made me smile).
So verse 1, simple and sweet. Even sweeter, though, to hear Naomi (4) and Adah (2) quote them. I think I’m really going to love this journey, but not as much as my kids, nieces, and nephews. 😀
The first scripture I ever taught my daughters was purely by accident, however, I am not complaining. Let me give you a little background.
Every morning when I wake up I quote Psalm 118:24,
“This is the day the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it.”
I declare that I’m going to enjoy the day. Well, as the day goes on and I battle my own flesh, I have to remind myself of this scripture (usually more times than I can count).
One day, Markus, my husband, was supposed to come straight home from work to watch the girls for me cause I had to go lead a devotion (which just so happened to be about quoting this scripture everyday and rejoicing in the day no matter what) for a group of girls at church camp. Long story short, Markus was running WAY behind and was not going to make it in time (although he had been given plenty of notice). This made me very irritated and after a few minutes of indulging in my anger, I realized that God was using the situation to make a point. He wanted to make sure I would live what I was about to preach, so through gritted teeth I said to myself, “This is the day the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it!!”
Later that day, I was telling that story to some friends and Naomi (4) was with me. Therefore she heard about the devotion after actually hearing the devotion (because Markus was late and not able to watch them). 😉 The next week, Markus ran into Walmart while the girls and I were sitting in the truck. Adah was crying because she wanted to go inside instead of sit in the truck, so to keep my sanity, I decided to cry, too (pretending, of course). Naomi stopped me and matter of factly said, “Mommy! Remember, THIS IS THE DAY THE LORD HAS MADE! REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT!” I couldn’t help but smile because that is exactly the kind of thing I want to impart into my children – not my irritation because Daddy wasn’t home in time.
That all took place back in the summer. Last week, I was watching my 2-yr-old, Adah, as she was playing and talking to herself (she didn’t know Mommy was watching). All of a sudden she says to herself, “Lord has made in it, rejoice, be glad in it.” So not exactly the right quotation, but way too cute to matter! These are the moments I live for as a parent. I realized that both of my girls really pay attention and actually learned from me. And what they learned was something of worth…a small but mighty important bit of the WORD OF GOD. Nothing they learn anywhere or throughout their lives will ever compare to learning the word of God or to how knowing the word will give them an advantage that is much needed in our day to day living.
I decided that if they could learn that verse without me trying to teach it to them, then they should surely grow in the word if I begin to do weekly memory verses with them (which is something I should have and wish I would have started a long time ago). So get ready because we’re starting our adventure and you’re going to get to be a part of it! I’m starting a new weekly series that will follow our journey learning the word of God, including crafts, songs and much more. Hope you enjoy and maybe even learn some scriptures, as well.
Oh yeah! Don’t forget- THIS IS THE DAY THE LORD HAS MADE! 😀