I am a firm believer that whatever goes in (our ears, eyes, hearts) will eventually come out (via our thoughts and words.) Therefore, I am a strong advocate for scripture memorization. There is nothing greater to take in than God’s holy word.
I have long thought that we as a family need to memorize scripture together- a family memory verse if you will. I am overjoyed to say that my thoughts have finally been put into action.
Our first family memory verse- Matthew 12:34
Why this verse?
I’ve been reading Parenting is Heart Work by Dr. Scott Turansky and over and over again he tells us parents that the behavioral issues our children have aren’t because they are inherently bad. . . it’s because they have heart issues.
Jesus said in Matthew 23:25-26. . .
You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. . . First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside will also be clean.
He’s talking about our hearts.
As I’ve been reading this book, I’ve been paying closer attention to how my children interact with me and each other. Above all else, I’ve noticed a lot of complaining.
- “that’s not fair!”
- “it’s my turn!”
- “why did she get one and not me?”
- “but that’s not my chore…”
- “why doesn’t he have to help?”
Those are just a few of the (unfortunate) many complaints I picked up the past few days. I have realized that my children have a bickering problem. But more concerning than that, they are complainers.
I once read somewhere that the opposite of complaining is being thankful. A thankful heart does not complain.
As I’ve looked for more verses on being thankful (and believe me there are many), I found that the complaining heart isn’t the worst of it. This same heart, if not helped, will become bitter and hard.
How will this verse help?
By being mindful of
their our complaining, we can nip the unthankfulness in the bud and thus begin nurturing thankful hearts and spirits.
Here’s my plan:
- every time I hear complaining, the child (children) will name three things they are thankful for
- “thankful” verses from the Bible will become a part of the kids’ copywork
- our prayers for our meals and at bedtime will be more filled with gratitude and thanks
- I will make a point to express my own thanks each time they help, complete a task, are kind. . .
- I’ll use my washable window markers (I love these things!) to write the verse on windows and mirrors in the house
- print out our verse and stick it on the fridge
Here’s to our first family memory verse! Does your family memorize scripture together?