Every family has there own thing when it comes to spiritual practices and disciplines. We tend to camp out in the "love people + open our home" to our friends and neighbors. Our home is filled with people All the time. Hospitality is a deeply meaningful spiritual practice for us. It is what we do.
But the other big part of our spiritual makeup as a family is memorization of scripture. I know that makes some of you think of strict parents and cumbersome legalism, but that is simply not how we do things around here. We just memorize scripture. We make it fun and WE ALL do it.
Our kids memorize it weekly through a Awana program at a local church. We have done this since they were babies, so it is built into the weekly routine of our home. I have found (for me) memorizing Scripture grounds me. It keeps my mind focused and my heart in check.
Last year, my oldest and I memorized Luke 2 together for her Awana class. It was challenging, but fun way to celebrate Advent. This year, we decided to do again but make some cute printable cards to inspire us.
We have made them available for you for FREE. Simply click here to download.
Here is a sneak peak at what they look like.
These cards go all the way up to verse 20. It is the complete story of the birth of Christ.
We printed ours on 8 1/2 x 11 Card stock and cut them. After you cut them, each verse card should be about 4 x 6 inches. You could punch a hole in the upper left corner and secure with a ring if you want.
Write all over these. They are meant to be USED. Colored on them, make notes, or circle words you can't remember. These were made to be WORKING cards, not just pretty things.
We use these during Advent season but download your cards for anytime of the year. Kids grades 3 and up can memorize ALL these verses with you. Kids K-2 could memorize just verses 7, 11, 14, 19. Pick 4 or 5 and help them memorize parts with you every week. For kids not yet in school, just practice your verses aloud while they are around. Just hearing you say the words over and over is meaningful and powerful.
Remember, simple is good and repetition is important. This should be fun, not a chore. Make up actions to your verses if you need to. Your kids will LOVE it. Make up a song for your verse if you have to. Most importantly, If your people get frustrated, stop and come back another day. Do what you can. My goal is to make memories not nightmares.
Do you memorize scripture with your family? What are your best tips?