By Kimberley Hechtner
I pledge allegiance to the Bible, God’s holy word. It is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path, and I will hide its word in my heart, that I might not sin against God.
Every day in Purple class we start our Bible time with the Bible pledge. It is a transition tool that shows the kids it is time for Bible, and it prepares our hearts for what God wants to teach us. This year we have really worked on one specific part of the pledge, hiding its word in our hearts. It is amazing to see how God has given our students the love for His word and the desire to learn it. So far this school year each child has memorized the scripture verses for Creation, Jesus Our Teacher, Zacchaeus, and Joseph! Wow! That is every story we have learned this year! I am amazed each day how God has blessed the desires of their hearts by giving them the gift of scripture memory. I am encouraged daily by my class of three to six year olds and how they have memorized scripture.
You may be asking how to get children to want to learn and memorize scripture. Well thankfully, with God all things are possible, so do not get nervous or discouraged! First, PRAY and ask God for the desire of scripture memory to fill you and your child or students. Next, you get to choose a scripture! You can pick a scripture that goes along with what you are learning or you can even involve your child or students in choosing it! Many churches or blogs offer daily, weekly, or monthly scriptures for the use of learning and scripture memory.
These are the scriptures that we have memorized this school year in Purple Class:
Creation – “In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth.” Genesis 1:1
Jesus Our Teacher – “Listen to Jesus.” John 10:27
Zacchaeus – “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
Joseph – “Share with others.” Hebrews 13:16
Now is the fun part… you get to practice and learn the verse! There are so many fun ways to practice and learn.
Here are a few ideas:
- Say it with a friend or switch device
- Relay – start in a line and run to the front and say the scripture then go back to the line and tag the next person
- REALLY LOUD or really quiet (shhhh!)
- Say it into a microphone or mirror
- Turn it into a song
- Write it down or print it, and color it while you practice
- Say it while playing Simon Says (examples: tap your head saying the Bible verse, jump while saying the Bible verse)
- So much more! Your kids are very creative and may come up with a fun way that they want to learn it!
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.