In summers past, I have paid my girls to learn Bible verses. Judge me if you must, but a dollar a verse worked! I have found that summer is the best time to get the Word into them, without school work stressing them out.
This year, I won’t pay them. We will buy them souvenirs on vacation and, oh, put a roof over their heads and food in their bellies. That should be enough. Here are the 8 verses I have chosen to focus on.
1 John 4:19-“We love Him because He first loved us.”
Romans 3:23-“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Joshua 1:9-“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Mark 16:15-“Go into all the world and preach the good news.”
James 2:10-“For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.”
James 1:22-“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”
Matthew 22:39-“Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Genesis 1:31-“Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.”
The last verse is there because I want my girls to remember that God created them and they are good. As they get older and their bodies change, this will be a key point to remember. The other verses vary in their message but each one carries weight. I also want them to be simple enough to remember the rest of the year and the rest of the girls’ lives.
Summer is definitely a time for fun and relaxation (and swim team), but it is also the best time we have found for focused Bible verse memorization. Throughout the year, they will learn at church, but this is our time. If you are feeling led to do something similar, go for it! I understand if you decide to pay your kids….
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