[Updated October 26, 2008]
Last year my five year old daughter and I memorized Bible verses together. Over the course of the year she memorized 52 verses…one per week. Below are all of the verses that she memorized last year in the order that we worked on them. To read more about what this page is about, refer to this post. A few years ago, my older daughter (who is 8 years old) also memorized these verses.
Over time, my daughters have forgotten the verses that we memorized earlier, so this year I am doing something different. I am going back through the same Bible I mentioned in this post, but this time I am doing it with both of my daughters. This has proven to be very effective. They both enjoy each other, but the competition of memorizing the verse perfectly has been an added bonus. They critique each other and have fun memorizing. Because they both have memorized the verses before, they typically have it nailed perfectly the second day…it’s just a refresher.
Earlier this week I was talking with them about why we are memorizing Bible verses. I was using an example from my own life about how Bible memory has helped me. I told them about a time when I was in college that I memorized the book of Philippians. Their eyes got wide, and Laurel asked how long that book is…then they asked me if I could tell them part of it. Uh…it’s been quite a while since I had looked at Philippians. I picked up Laurel’s Bible to get me started, then started quoting the second chapter of Philippians. I needed a little help, but mostly got through the first 18 verses and was able to tell them how those verses have helped me treat others better as well as how it has helped to give me proper perspective when I’m tempted to think more highly of myself than I should. That conversation got me to revisit Philippians and solidify my memorization of it.
Genesis 1:16 "God made two powerful lights, the brighter one to rule the day and the other to rule the night."
Hebrews 11:7 "Because Noah had faith, he was warned about something that had not yet happened. He obeyed and built a boat that saved him and his family."
Romans 4:20 "But Abraham never doubted or questioned God’s promise. His faith made him strong, and he gave all the credit to God."
Romans 8:28 "We know that God is always at work for the good of everyone who loves him. They are the ones God has chosen."
Romans 12:17-18 "Don’t mistreat someone who has mistreated you. But try to earn the respect of others, 18and do your best to live at peace with everyone."
Exodus 15:11 (Marybeth’s favorite verse) "Our LORD, no other gods compare with you– Majestic and holy! Fearsome and glorious! Miracle worker!"
Exodus 20:12 "Respect your father and your mother, and you will live a long time in the land I am giving you."
John 3:14 "And the Son of Man must be lifted up, just as that metal snake was lifted up by Moses in the desert."
Joshua 1:9 "I’ve commanded you to be strong and brave. Don’t ever be afraid or discouraged! I am the LORD your God, and I will be there to help you wherever you go."
Romans 12:1 "Dear friends, God is good. So I beg you to offer your bodies to him as a living sacrifice, pure and pleasing."
Matthew 6:6 "When you pray, go into a room alone and close the door. Pray to your Father in private. He knows what is done in private, and he will reward you."
1 Samuel 15:22 "’Tell me,’ Samuel said. ‘Does the LORD really want sacrifices and offerings? No! He doesn’t want your sacrifices. He wants you to obey him.’"
Psalm 4:8 "I can lie down and sleep soundly because you, LORD, will keep me safe."
1 Kings 2:3a "Do what the LORD your God commands and follow his teachings. Obey everything written in the Law of Moses."
James 5:16b-17a "The prayer of an innocent person is powerful, and it can help a lot. Elijah was just as humas as we are."
Psalm 46:10 "Our God says, ‘Calm down, and learn that I am God! All nations on earth will honor me.’"
2 Chronicles 16:9a "The LORD is constantly watching everyone, and he gives strength to those who faithfully obey him."
Nehemiah 1:5 "LORD God of heaven, you are great and fearsome. And you faithfully keep your promises to everyone who loves you."
Job 11:13-14 "Surrender your heart to God, turn to him in prayer, and give up your sins — even those you do in secret."
Psalm 23:1-2 "You, LORD, are my shepherd. I will never be in need. You let me rest in fields of green grass. You lead me to streams of peaceful water."
Psalm 103:1 "With all my heart I praise the LORD, and with all that I am I praise his holy name!"
Proverbs 31:30 "Charm can be deceiving, and beauty fades away, but a woman who honors the LORD deserves to be praised."
Isaiah 1:18 "I, the LORD, invite you to come and talk it over. Your sins are scarlet red, but they will be whiter than snow or wool."
Isaiah 14:24 "The LORD All-Powerful has made this promise: Everything I have planned will happen just as I said."
Jeremiah 10:12 "With your wisdom and power you created the earth and spread out the heavens."
Daniel 2:20 "Our God, your name will be praised forever and forever. You are all-powerful, and you know everything."
Daniel 6:26a "I command everyone in my kingdom to worship and honor the God of Daniel. He is the living God."
Micah 4:5 "Others may follow their gods, but we will always follow the LORD our God."
Nahum 1:7 "The LORD is good. He protects those who trust him in times of trouble."
Matthew 1:21 "Then after her baby is born, name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."
Matthew 6:33 "But more than anything else, put God’s work first and do what he wants. Then the other things will be yours as well."
Matthew 21:9 "Hooray for the Son of David! God bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord. Hooray for God in heaven above!"
Mark 10:14b "Let the children come to me! Don’t try to stop them. People who are like these little children belong to the kingdom of God."
Luke 1:37 "Nothing is impossible for God!"
Luke 2:52 "Jesus became wise, and he grew strong. God was pleased with him and so were the people."
Luke 12:24 "Look at the crows! They don’t plant or harvest, and they don’t have storehouses or barns. But God takes care of them. You are much more important than any birds."
Luke 24:46 "The Scriptures say that the Messiah must suffer, then three days later he will rise from death."
John 3:16 "God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die."
John 10:10 "A thief comes only to rob, kill, and destroy. I came so that everyone would have life, and have it in its fullest."
Acts 1:8 "But the Holy Spirit will come upon you and give you power. Then you will tell everyone about me in Jerusalem, in all Judea, in Samaria, and everywhere in the world."
Acts 4:12 "Only Jesus has the power to save! His name is the only one in all the world that can save anyone."
Acts 8:4 "The Lord’s followers who had been scattered went from place to place, telling the good news. "
Acts 10:35 "God is pleased with everyone who worships him and does right, no matter what nation they come from."
Ephesians 4:29 "Stop all your dirty talk. Say the right thing at the right time and help others by what you say."
Acts 16:31a "They replied, "Have faith in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved!"
Acts 20:35b "Remember that our Lord Jesus said, ‘More blessings come from giving than from receiving.’"
Acts 27:25 "Cheer up! I am sure that God will do exactly what he promised."
Romans 1:16 "I am proud of the good news! It is God’s powerful way of saving all people who have faith, whether they are Jews or Gentiles."
Philippians 4:6 "Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God."
1 Thessalonians 5:2 "You surely know that the Lord’s return will be as a thief coming at night."
1 John 1:9 "But if we confess our sins to God, he can always be trusted to forgive us and take our sins away."
Revelation 22:20 "The one who has spoken these things says, "I am coming soon!" So, Lord Jesus, please come soon!"