Placing Scripture on Your Child’s Heart With Song

Placing Scripture on Your Child's Heart With Song - Parenting Like Hannah

I am not sure when teachers first realized this – possibly when the book of Psalms was written – but it’s easier to memorize things when they are set to a tune. There are songs for the multiplication tables and lots of secular subjects. Did you realize many of the songs you sing in church are actually scriptures put to music?

Many Bible classes for kids and teens no longer focus on memorizing scripture. You may not have even considered trying to get your children to memorize passages of the Bible in your home. If you have, you may have decided the whining and complaining weren’t worth it. What if your kids began memorizing scriptures and enjoying it?

There are several ways to make memory work more fun for you and your kids. My favorite way is through song. Most people with children play music around the house and in the car a lot. Try buying a cd with scriptures put to tunes made especially to appeal to kids. Or listen to the local Christian radio station.

If you have a hymnal around the house, teach your kids some of those songs. Someone recently compiled a list for me and there are almost thirty songs in the hymnal our church has that quote some or all of a Psalm in their lyrics. If you added songs quoting other scriptures, your children could memorize quite a few scriptures just by singing along. Most churches have moved to overhead projectors, so your congregation may even be willing to sell you one of the old hymnals for a couple of dollars.

So crank up those tunes and enjoy singing with your children. Just make the tunes some scripture ones!

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Thereasa Winnett

Thereasa Winnett is the founder of Teach One Reach One and blogger at Parenting Like Hannah. She holds a BA in education from the College of William and Mary. She has served in all areas of ministry to children and teens for more than thirty years and regularly leads workshops for ministries and churches. She has conducted numerous workshops, including sessions at Points of Light’s National Conference on Volunteering and Service, the National Urban Ministry Conference, Pepperdine Bible Lectures, and Lipscomb’s Summer Celebration. Thereasa lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband Greg, where she enjoys reading, knitting, traveling and cooking. Their daughter Katrina, who has been an integral part of their service adventures, attends Pepperdine University.

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