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hiding God’s word in your heart…

I recently found this Scripture Memory System {video below} from Simply Charlotte Mason. We have been using it for a few weeks now, and I am so pleased with how excited Lou is each evening to practice her scriptures. The only challenge we have incurred so far is limiting her to only practicing the scriptures that are up for review each day. She is constantly wanting to read more & more of the verses that are tucked in the back of the file for future memorization. Quite a pleasant problem, I’d say.

We are starting with the verses found in My ABC Bible Verses: Hiding God’s Word in Little Hearts along with the verse assigned at church each month. This book has been very helpful in introducing each week’s new daily verse because it uses a story to apply the verse to real life situations of a small child & reinforces our reliance on the Holy Spirit to actually live out these verses. To be doers of the word and not hearers (or memorizers) only.

This mama has found that it is much easier to train & correct Lou since she has so much more of God’s word hidden in her little, precious heart. No brainer, I know. But I have been pleasantly surprised at how many times each day that I now get the opportunity to “preach the gospel” to her. Especially the gospel of grace. Every time she is naughty, in fact.

When she is disobedient or disrespectful or struggles to get along with playmates, I get to ask her what God’s word says about her behavior. {That is, when I don’t react by harshly yelling at her ~ but that is another post}. She recites the proper verse & we get to have a talk about what she should do differently next time. But always in this discussion is the fact that neither one of us are able to obey these truths on our own. And, quite frankly, we are not supposed to try. That’s self-righteousness. We must rely on him. Always him.

Our depravity points us to our need for a Savior. Our failings lead us once again to the cross. And no matter how many times we sin & disobey his word, God always loves us & wants to help us obey & forgive us when we don’t. Which is precisely why he sent Jesus to die on the cross for our sins.

I am astounded at how simple & beautiful & practical the gospel has become in our little family’s daily life now that we are diligent in memorizing scripture together.

If anyone else has been struggling with this issue, I would strongly recommend that you check out the video below on how to implement this scripture memory system. The major distinction between this system & others I have tried is that you are constantly reviewing all the verses you have already learned along with working on a new one. Makes a huge difference in the verses actually being moved to long term memory ready for recall when the need arises. But, of course, if this system is not for you please search out a tool or method that does work. Would love to hear how your family memorizes scripture.

For more information on this topic, might I suggest reading the following books:

Teach Them Diligently: How to use the Scriptures in Child Training by Lou Priolo

Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp

Don’t Make Me Count to Three by Ginger Plowman and her companion chart Wise Words for Moms

Which books have you found helpful on the subject of using scripture to instruct/train children? Please share…

“She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.” Proverbs 31:26

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