About a year and a half ago, we started using the Scripture Memory Box as described at Simply Charlotte Mason. I’ve been amazed at how quickly the kids and I memorize Scripture, including some rather long ones, and at how many we’ve learned.
My biggest problem with the box is me. We often spend a bit longer than we need to on a Scripture because we’ve learned it, but it takes me awhile to remember to decide on the next one to use and get it copied down. To avoid that this year, I have taken a couple of days to go through my Bible and pray about which Scriptures I’d like us to learn. I am very pleased with the results.
I have tended, in the past, to focus on Scripture verses related to the negative behavior I see in the kids. One of my favorite examples is:
Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. – 2 Timothy 2:23-24
Another favorite is:
Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. – Hebrews 12:14-15
Now, I certainly don’t think that there is anything wrong with using Scripture to show the kids how God views their behavior or to encourage them to be more kind to each other. However, I also want them to realize that the Bible has lots of powerful, positive things to say to us as individuals and that it’s not just Mom’s way of heaping on the guilt. So, one of the things that I want us to focus on this year is answering some questions that should be important to us as Christians, such as:
- Why should we read the Bible?
- Who should read the Bible?
- When should I read the Bible?
To that end, our first Scripture, this year, will be:
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. – 2 Timothy 3:16-17
I hope to be consistent with posting our Scripture memory verses and the reasons I chose them, as we go throughout the year.
What are some of your favorite verses? Which verses do you feel are important for you to learn together as a family?