Memorizing the Good Stuff

By Steph Fink

When my youngest was a newborn and oldest was a toddler, I couldn’t remember where I put anything. I’d lost my keys, my watch, my cell phone…my mind. The last is still in question as to its whereabouts.

But somehow, I’d rest confidently that I remembered where both my kids were (except that one day when one son was under the clothes rack at the department store).  That seemed to justify that I hadn’t lost my entire mind.

Remembering things has never been a strength of mine. If a date is not in my phone, I probably won’t remember it. Which brings me to the reason I started typing this post. Just how do I get more of the good stuff…tucked away into my children’s?

Each summer, one of my goals is memorize Bible verses with the kids.

In preparing for this post, I asked my very smart and special friend, Michele Miller, who has taught children how to memorize Bible verses in our church’s AWANAs program (with her husband and kids!) for the past 13 years!  


1. Make it fun. For example, set the words to music, and dance around the house repeating the words so they enjoy learning them – learn what works for your children, they are all different, but they all love to have fun!

2. Keep it age appropriate. For younger kids, memorize only “parts” of scripture, but of course important parts! As the children progress in age, they can progress in the length of the scripture up to full chapters and even whole books of the Bible!

3. Help children understand what they are learning when they memorize scripture. Children can relate to what is being taught, so when you teach children scripture, make sure they don’t just recite words, be sure they understand what those words are telling them – what the scripture means!

4. Learn the scripture with your child. Let them recite to you and you recite to them – this helps motivate them to learn, but it also helps you learn the scripture too! (This was a huge motivator for our daughter, she always had to beat daddy in learning the verses and to this day, she is a verse machine!)

5. Set achievement goals. Little prizes, trips to the park, baking cupcakes, etc. and make a visual of their accomplishments. In AWANA, children earn patches, pins etc. at different levels of accomplishment. They wear vests or shirts to display these awards and are very proud of themselves to have a visual of their efforts – this really motivates the children to keep progressing!

Summer Bible Verses:

1 John 4:10 – This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

Romans 3:23 – for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

Romans 5:8 – But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Genesis 1:1 – In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Psalm 23:1 – The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

Ephesians 6:1 – Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

Mark 12:30 – Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.

Matthew 22:39 – And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

Luke 2:11 – Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.

Click here for a printable version of Summer Bible Verses

Michele said, “Parents should never underestimate the ability of their children to learn scripture! I am so amazed each year at what children of all ages can learn and recite and how excited they are when they are challenged! From my personal experience, I have heard (and heard from their teachers as early as kindergarten), my children recite scripture in their public schools when they needed it … and I have heard them recite scripture in family settings when it pertained to a situation that was happening. It has been a true blessing for my children to have God’s Word tucked in their hearts through memorizing scripture and to see it have such a positive impact in their lives!”

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11

Do you have memory issues and depend on our tech gadgets to remember “life”? What’s one way you’ve learned Bible verses? What’s your fav Michele tip?


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2 Responses

  1. The one I remember is John 3:16 bop him on the bean. I don’t know if this was from Sunday school or just where it came from .

    1. Don’t know the bop him on the beam reference but I do love the childhood memory! 🙂

      This is the New International Version of John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

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