Memorizing Scripture with your kids

 

Overcoming the hurdles

I’ve heard that your kids can take on your personality, your likes, your dislikes, and your temperaments just from growing up in your household for their first 18 years.  I’m trying to break one cycle for my kids and hoping they aren’t like me in this area, and that’s memorizing scripture.  It is hard for me.  I don’t memorize well.  I don’t know all the words to my favorite song.  I can’t even remember who wrote most of the songs we sing at church, and the reason that’s weird is because my husband probably wrote half of them.

 

We began this month with working on the 23rd Psalm.  We made motions and practiced, but once again, we hit the ground running hard at the beginning of the month, and our efforts began to lose steam about half way.  I was discouraged and feeling like a failure, which is not what God thinks of me, and not a good way to keep going.  I prayed and asked God to continue to help me with this, and about that time we started listening to our new kids CD that is pretty much straight up scripture to song.  The kids loved it, and it was putting God’s word straight into their heart.  They began to sing the songs even when we weren’t in the car, and I realized that we were putting God’s word all over our lives.

 

Family devotions around the table

We also tried to be more consistent with our family devotion time.  We continued using our Jesus Calling book, and also incorporated a book that one of you had recommended to me, A Child’s Book of Character Building.  We changed this from at night around the living room to reading these around the dinner table together.  This helped us out with having kids still and in one place, and also our daughter, Story, was missing out lots before because she was in bed already.  I feel that these new books are great together, and bring great discussions to the rest of our lives.

 

What I learned

Although we didn’t memorize the whole 23rd Psalm, I will not look at this month as a fail.  This month was full of us getting God’s word in our heart.  When we were jamming to our CD in the car one day, one of my kids connected the dots when he excitedly yelled out that this song was about the same armor of God that he had learned about at camp.  My heart was full because he was hearing about God’s word and learning the same truths in a different way and those truths were getting stuck in his heart and brain.  God is working in my kids lives and I’m so happy to be challenged to get scripture to them more and more.

 

I’ve learned this month that scripture memorization is important for all of us, and not just mom and dad.  I’m getting ready to get another verse ready for this next month for us.  What a joy to write God’s word on our doorposts, okay so it’s just taped to the windows, and talk about it with my kids when we work and when we play.  I kinda remember reading God tell us that this is what we should do anyways.

 

Next Month

For most of you, your kids are starting back to school and you are getting back to your routine.  For us, we’ve been in school for a month now (we do year round school), so I’m already in the groove of school life.  When school starts back up it always takes me a while to get back to making lunches every day for them to take to school and a good breakfast.  For the month of September I want to commit to not letting them buy their lunch at all.  My kids hardly ever do, unless I’m lazy or have put off going to the grocery store for way too long.  I also would like to spice up our breakfast around here.  I know it’s convenient, but waffles in the toaster and cereal get lots of table time around here.  I would like to do more.  It is going to involve planning, prep, and maybe an earlier alarm setting.

I’ve already been seeing tons of helpful hints on pintrest and many bloggers are giving us their tips on healthy lunches.  I want your ideas.  What’s your favorite lunch routine.  Do your kids make their own lunches?  What are your favorite healthy breakfast’s to make for your kids?  Click HERE to join the discussion and help me make some healthy, fun, and easy meals for my kids this next month.

About Jamie
Jamie Ivey lives in Austin with her husband, Aaron, who is the worship pastor at The Austin Stone Community Church, and their four kids. She’s passionate about loving her husband, following Jesus, talking about adoption, and trying to be the best mom she can be to the four cutest kids in the world. She loves family nights, reading a good book, and could eat Mexican food three times a day. You can find her blogging at DreamingBigDreams.net, or on twitter @jamie_ivey.

Comments

  1. Two other GREAT resources for scripture cds for kids are Seeds Family Worship CDs and Hidden in My Heart Scripture Lullabies. They are pure scripture and the music quality is very good! Moms will enjoy…and learn!

    Thanks for this post. It encourages me to get out our CDs and get started again!

  2. Yes! We have the Seeds CD’s & love them too!!!!

  3. My kids are 7 1/2, 5, 3, and 19 months. One is going to 3rd grade and the other is starting Kindergarten next week. I usually think: Protein, Starch, Fruit/Veggie so I prepare a lot of our meals that way.
    Breakfast- (If you kids have no allergies) WW bagels with peanut butter, fruit, maybe some yogurt OR muffins (homemade muffins freeze well), with yogurt, and fruit. I sometime do a huge pot of oatmeal (if you prep the water and premeasure the oats it’ll take even less time in the AM). If you make a big batch of breakfast burritos they are quick and easy to prep, you can, put their favorite stuff in it, and they freeze really well! My kids really like baby spinach with italian dressing too so I put it on the side or they’ll eat it for breakfast (I know that’s kinda weird for breakfast but that’s the only way they eat it!! :D)

    Great post!!! We’re working on scripture memory too. We are a musical family and will put anything to music!! I’m going to pick up the CDs mentioned. Thanks!!
    Lunch- I’m stumped with lunch too!! I’d love to hear other ideas!! We usually do pb&j, turkey and cheese with crackers or bread. My son is particular about his sandwiches being soggy so I pack everything separately and he assembles it at school (he’s a 3rd grader). Some times I put food in pita bread or tortillas for a change (my daughter likes that).

  4. I would love to hear the lunch ideas. I’m ashamed to admit that we cycle between mac’n’cheese, hot dogs, pizza, and sandwiches. The best I do is grilled cheese or whole grain bread from the bread maker. I need some healthy and easy suggestions. We homeschool, so lunches don’t have to be packable. But they do need to be relatively easy.

    I felt victorious when I nixed cold cereal from our breakfast menu several months ago. I had been relying on that for a long time. Now we cycle between pancakes (whole wheat), french toast, eggs, toast, smoothies and crepes (I got in to the habit of making these on Monday mornings to brighten the beginning of the week; however, I feel burdened by the labor of it and the fact that I’m feeding them dessert for breakfast weekly.) I’d love to hear some more healthy and simple ideas. Can’t get mine hooked on oatmeal, although I’d love to.

  5. Sorry my comment is completely jumbled!! The “great post” paragraph was suppose to be last!! lol

  6. For lunch I make a healthy version of mac and cheese using frozen pureed winter squash. My son (who is th world’s pickiest eater) loves it. The recipe makes a lot so I make and then freeze portions of it so I have it on handy for lunches. Just defrost the night before, heat in the morning and put it in a thermal snack cup/mug to keep it warm. The recipe can be found at foodnetwork.com/Ellie Kreiger. It’s called Macaroni and 4 cheeses. It calls for 2 packs of frozen squash but I just use one because 2 alters the taste enough for my son to not eat it. I also use whole grain pasta noodles to add to the nutritional value.

  7. Great post! Just what I needed to read. I added that cd to my Amazon wishlist.

    Before I get into food… our family is trying to get away from store bought processed foods, especially those with ingredients like soy, hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup and other highly processed sugars, and other ingredients that aren’t natural or that we can’t pronounce (chemicals, synthetic vitamins, etc), and no GMOs. No more buying cereal, pop tarts, nutri-grain bars, frozen waffles, strudels, etc! None of it has real nutritional value so we aren’t missing anything. “Make it, don’t buy it” is my motto.

    So for breakfast, which is THE most important meal of the day we almost always have eggs (cage free, not fed corn or soy) and several times a week I also make bacon or sausage. I make different kinds of muffins (that can be stored in the fridge or freezer till needed) like banana, pumpkin, whatever fruit or veggie your kids like, cheese and sausage, herbs and cheese. Muffins can easily be changed up. I make pancakes and french toast, using real butter and grade B maple syrup for the added minerals. Sometimes I cook up apples and cinnamon or other fruit for toppings instead of the sweet syrup. I also use lots of different flours and non flours (coconut, almond, spelt, etc) so I’m not always using just whole wheat or just buckwheat or just *insert flour of choice here*.

    Smoothies are a favorite around here I put milk kefir (for probiotics), kale, spinach (lightly cooked or powdered-I dehydrate them) in the smoothies and the kids don’t notice. I don’t even like kale or spinach! but they are packed with God’s goodness, so many wonderful vitamins and nutrients, and “hiding” it in food is something we choose to do. We also love oatmeal with homemade jam or applesauce and cinnamon. We love egg casseroles, mixed with meats and veggies.

    As for lunch, we do pack lunches, so we often send applesauce, cheese sticks, and homemade crackers, tortillas or bread with cream cheese (son’s favorite). My daughter loves the classic PBJ (we make our own PB). Fruit and veggies always get a place in the lunchbox. I also make granola bars, I do a double batch, put them in snack size baggies and store them in the fridge in a gallon bag for easy grabbing. We buy cream top plain yogurt and add in our own flavors. (We don’t do low fat or no fat here, our bodies need good fats, especially the brain. We stay away from fake fats.) Our kids love quesadillas, nachos, ham rolled up with cream cheese inside, tortillas rolled up with cream cheese and green onions.

    In the fridge we usually have chicken and pork cooked and waiting to be used. A lot of breakfast things can be made ahead and frozen. We have a lot frozen bananas (cut up), blueberries, strawberries and peaches in our freezer because those things spoil quickly on the counter, especially when the house is warm. We stock up on organic and local fruit when they go on sale, the last one was peaches, and I have tons in my freezer now. If you don’t have much freezer space, fruit and veggies can be canned! It’s super easy to do if you have a stock pot. Just put a towel or something on the bottom so the jars don’t touch. And get a pair of jar tongs, don’t want anyone burning themselves. There’s plenty of free info online on canning! You don’t need expensive equipment unless you want to can food that needs a pressure canner.

    Remember that kids don’t need a huge variety. You are not a restaurant menu with oodles of choices. Keep it simple! If you want to change things up, think about what you make already and do something a little special with it sometimes.

    Didn’t mean to be a long commenter. :)

  8. We read the Bible and learn/review a text and a psalm/hymn after every meal. Very low key, but the repetition makes it stick, for the kids at least! Every Sunday breakfast we read Psalm 92.

    I know that wouldn’t work for everyone, but for our family it is the most important thing we do. One reason it works for us is that it’s quick, short, and simple. That means there’s no reason to miss it.

    We’ve done the memorization for about 18 years, and it’s been such a blessing to us all. The after meal Bible reading is something both my husband and I grew up with, and we are so grateful for that tradition!

    I hope this helps someone.

  9. Hollie Garcia says:

    I would check out weelicious.com. Catherine McCord is all about fun, heathly school lunches that seem easy and doable, so I highly recommend her website!! Also, I love your encouragement to memorize Scripture. I know God will bless you with a good memory as you hide His word in your heart, so keep at it, and it will happen. I as well want to sharpen my sword :)

  10. Kara Shelton says:

    I have found an easy way to implement memorizing scripture for myself and with the teen girls in our youth group at church. We make little scrapbook pages (miniature–maybe 4″x6″) and put a Bible verse we want to hide in our hearts on them. I then laminate them and punch a hole at the top. I gave them a small suction cup hook, and we all stuck them on our bathroom mirrors. The idea is to read it several times in the day: every time you are washing your hands, getting ready for the day, etc. Every time you read it, you are tucking it away in your heart! I plan to put a verse like this in each of our other bathrooms for my kids, and ask them to do the same thing.

  11. A new healthy sandwich we have made for my kiddos is cucumber sandwiches. I make sure to peel them first and they seem to be okay eating them. Its cheaper than meat too. We add some dill and mayo and you can add some cheese too. We also cut them into little triangles and I told them ( we have girls) they are like big girl tea party sandwiches. :) I hope this helps.

  12. BREAKFAST: scrambled eggs in the microwave!! scramble 1 egg in mug, add splash of milk, heat for 45 – 60 secs (cover it until you find the perfect length of time for you microwave!!!) it comes out like a little hockey puck — serve like that (my kids think it’s funny….) or cut it up.

    LUNCH: plain (cooked) bow tie pasta! (aka farfelle) add their favorite fruit/veggie/cheese/cottage cheese.

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