Scripture memorization

"My philosophy has always been that my job, since I am NOT the Holy Spirit, is to give the children lots of hooks in their hearts so that when God is working on them he will have something to grab."

~from Dominion Family blog

Don't you just love that description? Hooks in their hearts.

I can't say enough about memorizing Scripture. I want to give my children as many hooks in their hearts as I possibly can! Here is the list of verses we have memorized over the past year:

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
Genesis 1:26 Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule."
Exodus 20:8 Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Exodus 20:12 Honor your father and your mother.
Exodus 20:15 Thou shalt not steal.
Job 37:14 Stop... and consider the wonders of God.
Psalm 33:5 The earth is full of the lovingkindness of the Lord.
Psalm 34:13 Keep your tongue from evil.
Psalm 68: 5-6a A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families.
Psalm 75:1 Unto Thee, O God, do we give thanks.
Psalm 95:3 For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all Gods.
Psalm 118:1 Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
Psalm 119:11 Thy word I have treasured in my heart.
Psalm 139:14 Oh Lord... I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Psalm 145:21 Let every creature praise His holy name forever and ever.
Psalm 147:1 Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God.
Proverbs 15:1 A soft answer turns away wrath.
Proverbs 20:11 Even a child is known by his deeds.
Proverbs 29:11 A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.
Proverbs 29:17 Discipline your son, and he will give you peace; he will bring delight to your soul.
Isaiah 55:6 Seek the Lord while He may be found.
Isaiah 58:13-14 If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day,.. then you will find your joy in the Lord.
Jonah 1:9 I worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the land.
Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Matthew 5:42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
Matthew 6:24 No one can serve two masters.
Matthew 18:3 Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kindgom of heaven.
Mark 16:15 Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
Luke 2:8-14 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appearted to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby, wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests."
Luke 19:5 Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
John 6:47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
John 13:34-35 A new command I give you: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth and the life..."
John 15:14 You are my friends if you do whatever I command you.
Acts 16:31 Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved.
Philippians 2:14 Do all things without complaining or disputing.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Colossians 3:20 Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 5:19 Quench not the Spirit.
1 Peter 5:8-9 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith.
1 John 1:5 God is light. In Him there is no darkness at all.
1 John 3:10 This is how we know who the children of God are, and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.
1 John 3:18 My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in action and in truth.
1 John 4:19 We love Him because He first loved us.
Revelation 5:11-12 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they sang, "Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!"

Another post on Scripture memory:
Our memory verses


  1. This is an impressive list, I think, and although I am really proud of our kids for their great memorization, I hope even more that they hide the Word that they memorize in their hearts.

    I also love that we've got to memorize these verses alongside them, because knowing these verses also puts God's hooks into me.

    Thank you for your diligence in working on these scriptures with the kids.

    I love you!

    - Mark

  2. Great list Stacey. I had to print.
    And isn't handy when we can ask our children - do you know of a verse that can help you overcome that sin?
    Or can you think of a verse that will incourage you to ....
    Handy Dandy. See you memorized that for just such the occasion.
    Oh one more thing:
    They love Hank the Cow Dog (though idiot is used once in a story)
    On the pond - hilarious!
    Mrs. Piggle Wiggle - though there is a teasing story we skipped
    We get them all at the library.

  3. That's what I love so much about the Catechism - well, any scripture memorization, really.
    We get to learn along with our children! So great.
    Thanks for sharing the great list - I bookmarked it for future reference! :)

  4. Stacy;
    I just had Bruce last week get our antique school chalkboard hung up in our kitchen (it had been leaning against the wall in our school room since we moved- almost 2 years ago!) We used it to count down until the kids adoption day- but really I wanted to use it for scripture memory verses and for 'prayer needs'....for the kids to pray (3 times a day at meal time anyway!) for others.
    This week is our first week (since adoption day past -March 27th-hurray!)
    We are memorizing Psalm 32:11

    Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart. (NIV)

    How are you keeping record of what you memorize with them? (curious ;-)


  5. whoops- guess I should have read the next scripture blog I know how you do it !

    kudos my friend!


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