As you can see in the video, my four-year-old daughter Ellie is delightfully distracted for much of her reciting. I am not concerned about her distraction, her attention span or the creative liberty she sometimes takes when throwing in a silly word into a verse. I love that she loves the Bible. I celebrate the aptitude her brain has to memorize verses and I love the fun she has with this.
In the process of learning these verses, it has been phenomenal and deeply rewarding as a parent to watch the Word of God be planted deep into her mind. The first few months I would overhear her using language from the verses she knew in conversations she had between her Barbies. She had her stuffed animals recite some of the Psalms to one another during her pretend play at nap time. There have been times when I was stressed, anxious, or in a rush, when she told me, “Mommy, don’t be anxious about anything.” And she now has a vivid imagination about the love God has for her and how present He is in our lives, all from these simple, twenty-six memorization verses.
Some of the verses she picked up fairly quickly, and others were a struggle. For the ones she wasn’t automatically drawn to, or didn’t understand the meaning, we would break down the words of the verse with made-up movements or sign language to trigger her memory, which you can see in some parts of the video. This strategy helped tremendously and made our memorization time together very fun.
Here’s the list of verses we memorized together. Considering that we started this journey when she was a three-year-old, we didn’t worry about having her memorize the book and verse information to correspond with each verse. Our plan for the next few months is to keep working through these “Bible Verse ABCs” and reinforcing their meaning for our lives. As Ellie’s little brother Baker is about to turn two, we will start having him learn a verse or two. When Baker learns his full Bible Verse ABCs, we will have Ellie help teach him, and have her learn and memorize the coordinating book and verses to go along with it. Next up for memorization as a family will be The Lord’s Prayer and I’m looking forward to it becoming a staple in our family prayer time.
A (Matthew 7:7)
Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be opened to you.
B (Ephesians 4:32)
Be kind to one another.
C (1 Peter 5:7)
Cast all your cares upon the Lord and He will care for you.
D (Philippians 4:6)
Do not be anxious about anything.
E (James 1:17)
Every good and perfect gift comes from above.
F (Colossians 3:13)
Forgive one another.
G (Psalm 46:1)
God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
H (Psalm 62:2)
He alone is my rock and salvation.
I (Psalm 139:14)
I praise You for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
J (Hebrews 13:8)
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today and forever.
K (Psalm 100:3)
Know that the Lord is God, it is He who made us.
L (Matthew 22:37)
Love the Lord with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind.
M (Psalm 62:1)
My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him.
N (Hebrews 11:1)
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, and certain of what we cannot see.
O (Psalm 63:1)
Oh God you are my God, earnestly I seek you.
P (Psalm 103:1)
Praise the Lord, oh my soul, I praise His holy name.
Q (1 Peter 3:4)
A quiet spirit is of great worth in God’s eyes.
R (Philippians 4:4)
Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice.
S (Revelation 7:10)
Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne.
T (Proverbs 3;5)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.
U (Psalm 91:4)
Under His wings, you will find refuge, His faithfulness will be your shield.
V (John 6:47)
Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life.
W (2 Corinthians 5:7)
We walk by faith and not by sight.
X (Galatians 6:14)
May I never boast eXcept in the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Y (Matthew 5:14)
You are the light of the world.
Z (Psalm 97:8)
Zion hears and rejoices.
The way we can teach our children, and even our toddlers, how to have more faith and confidence is to walk in the Word daily ourselves. As a parent, I confess that I thought I was “too busy” to keep my quiet times with God a priority. One of the most beneficial sideeffects of this memorization journey for me as a parent was that it reignited my personal passion to read my Bible daily. I purchased a new Bible that has beautiful adult coloring Bible verse passages interwoven throughout the text, The Beautiful Word Coloring Bible, and it has invigorated my own personal study and integration of scripture into my daily life.
Read the full blog post here: https://www.trishblackwell.com/how-to-teach-your-toddler-to-have-more-faith-and-confidence/
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