Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Scripture Memory

I first made my Bible Memory Box about a year and a half ago.  We have used it almost every single day since then!  It has definitely been worth the little bit of time that it took to set it all up.  I have a blog post describing how I set it up, and you can read it by clicking here.  Last summer I finally bought a filing box to put all of the dividers and index cards in.

I feel like it is very important for both my children and me to memorize Scripture.  One of the verses we have learned is "Thy Word I have hid in mine heart that I might not sin against thee."  (Psalm 119:11)  I usually have two verses for the children to learn each week.  One is a short verse that begins with the letter of the alphabet that Sam is learning.  Leah (and the other children too) learned these verses two years ago when she was in kindergarten, and Sam remembers a lot of them since we drill them regularly.  The other verse we work on each week is either a longer passage of 2-4 verses, or a portion of an even longer passage of Scripture, like an entire chapter.  We began learning Psalm 103 at the beginning of our school year.  By drilling it daily, even Leah and Sam can say most of it with a little bit of prompting.

I am constantly amazed at how well my children recall around 100 Bible passages since we are drilling them daily.  It only takes about 5 minutes each morning, and of course that is time well spent!

I challenge you to set up your own Memory Box!

Psalm 103

A Psalm of David.
 1 Bless the LORD, O my soul;
         And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
 2 Bless the LORD, O my soul,
         And forget not all His benefits:
 3 Who forgives all your iniquities,
         Who heals all your diseases,
 4 Who redeems your life from destruction,
         Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
 5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
         So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 
 6 The LORD executes righteousness
         And justice for all who are oppressed.
 7 He made known His ways to Moses,
         His acts to the children of Israel.
 8 The LORD is merciful and gracious,
         Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
 9 He will not always strive with us,
         Nor will He keep His anger forever.
 10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
         Nor punished us according to our iniquities. 
 11 For as the heavens are high above the earth,
         So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
 12 As far as the east is from the west,
         So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
 13 As a father pities his children,
         So the LORD pities those who fear Him.
 14 For He knows our frame;
         He remembers that we are dust. 
 15 As for man, his days are like grass;
         As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
 16 For the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
         And its place remembers it no more.[a]
 17 But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting
         On those who fear Him, 
         And His righteousness to children’s children,
 18 To such as keep His covenant,
         And to those who remember His commandments to do them. 
 19 The LORD has established His throne in heaven,
         And His kingdom rules over all. 
 20 Bless the LORD, you His angels,
         Who excel in strength, who do His word, 
         Heeding the voice of His word.
 21 Bless the LORD, all you His hosts,
         You ministers of His, who do His pleasure.
 22 Bless the LORD, all His works,
         In all places of His dominion. 
         Bless the LORD, O my soul!


  1. This is a wonderful discipline to share with your family. Thank you for sharing it with the rest of us as well.


  2. I love Scripture memory! We have a new CD called God's Words from A to Z. I saw it on In a Shoe and it's great. The verses sung start with each letter of the alphabet and tell the story of redemption. I love the new Jamie Soles Psalms album, too, and we're even listening to a CD to help us learn the Westminster shorter catechism. I made memory boxes for the kids a year or so ago, but we haven't really used them. We use TAG books that have all the verses organized by grade level. And Psalm 103 is one of my favorites! Don't you just love the Sing the Word CD that it's on? I love Psalm 19 on that one, too.

    I've been making and canning applesauce today. It's great to catch up on your blog.