Teaching the Importance of Scripture Memory (Practical Tools Included!)

by Leslie Hollowell

Sword of the Spirit


Over the course of the past 27 months since our son was born, I have read him numerous books, many of which I can now quote to him. I never set out to memorize Little Blue Truck or Brown Bear, Brown Bear, but after the day in and day out of reading these books to him, they just stuck.

This got me thinking. How much more important is it that we as moms daily store up scripture so that it too will “stick”? We can then pass on the beauty of scripture memorization to our children.

Ephesians 6:17 tells us to “take up the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.”

Our sword (God’s Word) is what we use to fight off the lies of the enemy. It is our job as moms to prepare our children and help them sharpen their swords in order for them to be ready to fight when the battles start raging and the lies start coming.

Memorizing scripture isn’t necessarily easy (especially at my age these days), but I have come to realize more and more, it is essential. It’s our way of developing a biblical worldview and helping our children look at everything through the lens of God’s Word.

Repetition is key to helping memorize scripture. We must read God’s Word over and over and over again until it sticks and becomes a part of who we are.

I find it interesting that I can still tell you most of my best friends’ phone numbers from when we were in high school. You see, “way back then” I didn’t speak into my phone and tell Siri to call who I wanted to talk to. I actually had to know the phone number and dial it anytime I was calling a friend. The daily repetition of dialing their numbers stuck! (Some 20 years later!)

Memorizing scripture and storing it in our hearts will help us put into practice Deuteronomy 6:6-7, which says, “These commandments are to be UPON YOUR HEART. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home, when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

The definition of “impress” according to Merriam-Webster dictionary is “to affect deeply: to gain one’s admiration or interest.”

I certainly want God’s Word to affect my son deeply. I want it to gain his admiration and interest. It’s our job as parents to “impress” it on our children, and I’m realizing more and more to do that God’s Word must “be upon my heart.”

Proverbs 22:17-19 reveals the importance of scripture memory.

It says, “Pay attention and listen to the sayings of the wise. Apply your heart to what I teach. For it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have them all ready on your lips so that your trust may be in the Lord.

Memorizing scripture and storing it in my heart, helps me to impress them on my son’s heart as I embrace the all-important task of building his trust in the Lord.

We must not let memorizing scripture become a burden, but a lifestyle. Let’s strive to read it daily, and try to write it down (we retain more when we write it down) and then repeat the next day. I think we’ll all be surprised at how quickly we begin to store up scripture within us (Proverbs 7:1) and be thankful as it “sticks.”

If you’re looking for a great tool to help get you started, the Navigators Topical Memory System is a wonderful tool! They have an amazing system set up for scripture memory. See below for more ideas to use with your family!

Leslie Hollowell

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Printable Alphabetized Scripture Memory Cards

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Seeds Family Worship has scripture set to music for the whole family to enjoy. Here is one example!

The Fighter Verse Scripture Memory App for adults and kids

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Use blocks to make scripture memory fun!

Build A Verse

Steve Green’s Hide ‘Em In Your Heart CDs

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How about offering rewards for scripture memory?

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*How do you make scripture memorization a priority in your home? What other helpful ideas have you found? Please leave your comments below!

2 comments

  1. Kara says:

    We love to memorize Scripture with our 5 yr old daughter. We started with a passage (Jeremiah 29:11-13) we read to her every day. By the time she was 2 she was saying most of it herself…as best as she could. As she continued to grow we began adding new passages, some we were familiar with and others we learned along with her. The best thing we did for our family was to put the reference on a popsicle stick. We know that the best way to keep Scripture fresh is to practice it regularly, but when you have 20+ verses memorized it’s hard to practice them every day. So, we take out 2 popsicle sticks every day to practice. When we add a new verse, we had it to the jar of sticks. It’s been so helpful! I love hearing our daughter say Scripture throughout the day while she plays with her toys! Her favorite right now is Deuteronomy 10:12-13! Thanks for your post!

    • missionalmotherhood says:

      Thank you for sharing this great idea Kara! Love your practical way of reviewing what you’ve learned already. What an awesome way to deposit truth into your daughter’s heart!

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