I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. (Psalm 119:11, ESV)
One thing that is extremely important to me is teaching my sons to memorize Scripture. At 18 months old my son Zion could say 2 Timothy 1:7 in sign language. I remember one night when I came to get him because he was crying. We had rehearsed this verse over and over again but I wasn’t sure if it was taking root. Well, as I rocked with him in the rocking chair and expressed he did not have to be afraid. He signed this verse and my heart swelled with joy. This is the greatest thing we can give our children. God says that His Word doesn’t return void so every time we take the time to plant it in our children’s hearts we will eventually see growth from it. That’s a promise from God!
So will My word be which goes out of My mouth; it will not return to Me void (useless, without result), without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:11, AMP)
There you have it! God has promised us that His Word will produce results in our children. It will not come back void. This is why I have developed a list of 10 verses that every toddler can memorize. We just need to take the time to teach them. They are sponges and they will learn whatever they are taught, why not make that Scripture memorization?
10 Verses Every Toddler Can Memorize
These are taken from the ESV…
- When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. (Psalm 56:3)
- Rejoice always. (1 Thessalonians 5:16)
- For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and of love and self-control. (2 Timothy 1:7)
- …for he who is in you is greater than he that is in the world. (1 John 4:4)
- I can do all things through him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)
- You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and with all your might. (Deuteronomy 6:5)
- In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)
- For nothing will be impossible with God. (Luke 1:37)
- So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)
- For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)
Please feel free to print these off and use them in your home.
Lord, please give us strength to teach our children what really matters. Please give us the wisdom to train them and raise them to follow You! May Your Word become a light unto their feet and ever be a lamp unto their path (Psalm 119:105).
Focusing on what Matters,