9 How can a young person stay on the path of purity?
By living according to your word.
10 I seek you with all my heart;
do not let me stray from your commands.
11 I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you.
12 Praise be to you, LORD;
teach me your decrees.
13 With my lips I recount
all the laws that come from your mouth.
14 I rejoice in following your statutes
as one rejoices in great riches.
15 I meditate on your precepts
and consider your ways.
16 I delight in your decrees;
I will not neglect your word.
Download and print a memory verse with picture clues to work on with your child(ren) this month: December Verse
Thoughts on Scripture Memory with Toddlers and Preschoolers:
- Use key words and word cues. When we started working on Scripture memory with Ladybug, I chose key words in a verse for her to say and I cued her with the rest. The first verse she ever learned was Genesis 1:1. It went like this:
Me: In the beginning
Me: created the heavens and the
Ladybug: one, one
As she has grown, I give her more of the verse we are working on to say aloud.
- Use picture clues to help your kids remember the key words. As you can see on our fridge, this month’s verse is written with three pictures. A baby, the earth, and a cross– Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. (If you’d like to work on this verse this month, you can print it out using the link above!) Pictures are indeed worth a thousand words when you’re working with children!
- Individualize Scripture memory for each of your kids. Ladybug is (and always has been) a chatterbox, and she learned her first verse before she was two. She already knows this month’s verse and can rattle off, “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners,” without help. However, Stinkbug has not been very verbal (until recently), and has just started working on his first few verses. Right now he knows, “Children obey,” (Ephesians 6:1) and “Be thankful,” (Colossians 3:15). As you can see, his verses are short and sweet, which is perfect for his verbal abilities right now.
- Be diligent about speaking, learning, repeating, teaching, saying, memorizing, and reflecting on Scripture with your kids! Use the Deuteronomy 6:7 principle for learning Scripture with your children–You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. Practice your verses all the time– in the car, in line at the grocery, at the dinner table, before bed…
- Set a good example. If you are learning Scripture right along with your kids, you are setting the best example. Share with them which passages you are memorizing and show them that Scripture memory is a lifelong discipline! (If you’re not great with Scripture memory, share that with your kids and ask them to help you learn your verses too!)
- Teach the reference. I always teach a verse’s address as part of the verse. To me, it is so important! Some verses I have memorized over the years have faded, or get jumbled in my mind, but if I can recall the book, chapter, and verse, I can easily find it in the Bible to read it.