Lately, I have a burden to share practical Bible verses that you can use in your every day.
Last week, I shared verses for overwhelming days. Check it out here.
The following verses are what we are using with our kids. I hope these will help you teach your kids to use Bible verses throughout their day. We use these to help guide behavior and to bring comfort. I love using God’s word to emphasize good things and my kids respond really well.
If you have young kids like mine, don’t expect too much. These verses are simple for that reason. Often I recite the verses (or parts of the verses) to my kids rather than expecting them to memorize at this young age.
They will remember these verses and more soon enough but for now my family has started teaching biblical principles every day using these verses.
As the parent, I encourage you to learn these yourself so you’ll be ready to use them often. I don’t always have time to look them up so I try to always be ready. If I can’t remember the whole verse I say what I can remember. I usually revisit the verse later in the day to reinforce the point I was making and spend some time in prayer with it.
My main goal is teach them to use verses and to learn from them rather than simply remembering words. Practical application is the ultimate biblical skill. I want my kids to be equipped. I know you do too.
Here is my technique to help young ones remember verses –
Right now my kids do not grasp the concept of Books of the Bible and chapter/verse numbers. So I cannot prompt them with John 3:16 and expect them to recite that verse. They will get this concept but not yet.
Until they can be prompted by chapter/verse numbers, I say two words at a time. This slows the words down enough for them to remember the progression of words.
My four year old remembers several verses. I usually start her out with the first two words and she recites from there. I have been amazed at what she has accomplished. The key for her is slow repetition. The key for me is setting low, reasonable expectations.
My son, however, is not yet old enough to say most of the words let alone remember them. However, I use these verses around him anyway. He is already being exposed to these verses and the application of them. He will learn the words soon but for now He needs to know how our house runs and how we use these verses in our every day. That’s good for two years old.
Here are some examples of when to use these verses –
Incorporate these into every day activities like mealtime, talk time, prayer time or whenever behavior is less than good.
- Galatians 5:22-23 is a great verse to remind my kids that it’s good to be kind, gentle, etc.
- I use Psalm 34:8 to emphasize that the Lord is good and He has given us blessings like food. I can relate how good He is to how good food tastes.
- When we get scared I like to remind us to be strong and courageous and to not be afraid Joshua 1:9. I also use these opportunities to remind that God is with us always Matthew 28:20.
- I also use Colossians 3:20 to encourage good listening.
- Pray the verses. If you are dealing with something specific, pray over your kids. Be sure to use the verse in the prayer as a vehicle to show God’s expectations.
The pretty printable below is a nice way to incorporate these verses into your home. You can have them throughout your house. Also, these are easy to laminate to help them last longer with little hands. You can also make little flags out of the printable using straws or dowels. Make sure you grab your copy below.
I hope you enjoy these verses and can use them to enrich your every day. How are you teaching Bible verses to your little ones?
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