Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Most Important Thing

The most important thing our children need to be taught is often the one thing that parent's neglect to teach their children.  We teach our children how to ride a bike, how to throw a baseball, how to share with others, how to use their manners, but we neglect to teach them how to memorize scripture. 

But if you love your children, let the simple Bible be everything in the training of their souls; and let all other books go down and take the second place. J.C. Ryle

If you haven't noticed yet, our children are sponges. I am amazed at how quickly my children can memorize verses from the Bible!  They are almost always quicker at memorizing a verse than their mother/father.  That is how God made them and why it's so important not to neglect scripture memory in our homes.
I've never been very good at memorizing. I have a hard time remembering what I ate for supper the night before or what I came into the room for. ;) Despite my weakness, I've learned that memorizing scripture is not impossible; it's actually easy and fun! Please don't underestimate the power of the Word of God hidden in your child's heart.  The purpose of memorizing scripture isn't just to get it in their minds, but to plant seeds of God's Word in the very fibers of their souls! We as parents have to take full resposiblity of teaching our children the Word of God.  We can't expect the youth group or Sunday school teacher to do the job for you.  The Bible instructs us as the parents to do it.  While youth group and Sunday school is a great tool in our children's lives, we should be their primary teacher.
Remember how I said, memorizing scripture can be easy and fun? Here are a few suggestions that we have found that has worked for our family:

1. Memorize His Word software!
Memorize His Word is a personal software program designed to help you make Scripture memory a consistent and regular part of your life. It helps you memorize new verses, and shows you when to review so you don't forget them.

2. Seeds Family Worship cd's!
Love these cd's sooooo much! I play them while the kids do their homeschool, in the car, all the time! I don't know about you, but anything I've ever learned to song, I've never forgot.  The songs are great for kids and adults. The coolest thing about these cd's is that they come with 2 instead of only 1 so you can give one to a friend! How awesome is that?!

3. Read, Write, Recite!
Have the children read the verse you want them to memorize. I write a verse on our chalkboard once a week or so and have them use the verse as their copywork in their homeschool.  They are ready to recite it usually after the first time of writing it. Don't forget to praise your children after they are able to recite it! This keeps them motivated and encouraged!

4. Speak the Word yourself.
In order to do this, you need to have scripture hidden in your heart as well.  Use scripture to encourage, discipline, and teach your children.
 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
Wise Words for Moms has been such a valuable resource for our family. It looks alot like a calendar with scripture references to behavior issues that come up in your children.  Wise Words for Moms is a reference chart that helps us get to the heart of the issue instead of just addressing the outside behavior. I keep this chart on my refrigerator for quick and easy use.  For only 4.00, I can't recommend it enough!

5. Just do it!
Stop making excuses. We are never to busy to take the time to teach our children the Word of God.  Like I've been told, "If you're to busy to teach your children God's Word, you're to busy."

It is impossible to estimate full influence of the reading of the word in a home day after day and year after year. It filters into the hearts of the young. It is absorbed into their souls. It colors all their thoughts. It is wrought into the very fibre of their minds. It imbues them with its own spirit. It’s holy teachings become the principles of their lives, which rule their conduct and shape all their actions. J.R. Miller

But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.2 Timothy 3:14-15

Deuteronomy 6:5-7
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.

Notice the first verse in Deuteronomy.  Our first job is to love the Lord with ALL of OUR heart, soul, and strength.  We have to be rooted and established in Christ before we can ever expect to teach our children how to be.

How can a young man cleanse his way?

By taking heed according to Your word.
Your word I have hidden in my heart,
That I might not sin against You.
Psalm 119: 9,11

Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Luke 8:11

“The Bible contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you. It is the traveler’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword, and the Christian’s charter. Here Paradise is restored, Heaven opened, and the gates of hell disclosed. Christ is its grand subject, our good the design and the glory of God its end. It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently, and prayerfully. It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure. It is given you in life, will be opened at the judgment, and be remembered forever. It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labor, and will condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents.”
Samuel R. Bogg

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