Planting The Word of God In Your Child’s Heart

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At times teaching children memory verses can be a tedious process. Sometimes we just don’t know the best way to do it. So we don’t.

I think scripture memory is a lost art among TV, video games, cell phones, iPads, and the Internet. Unfortunately what it’s come down to is we have to compete against this stuff. It’s alluring and attractive. Not a sin in and of itself, but can be a major distraction. Being distracted is one of the biggest battles, I think, we face as followers of Christ; anything to pull us away from Christ and weaken our walk with Him is a distraction.

{Now stick with me because there is a giveaway and lots of other goodies at the bottom of this post.}

Scripture memory is a wonderful way to plant seeds in the hearts of our children so that as they grow, they remember God’s word in order to make a decision, or when they are facing a difficult time in their life. They will have God’s word sown into them and can cling to Him and the promises He made.

That’s why I adore Seeds Family Worship.

This is our favorite resource for scripture memory, but it goes way beyond that. Scripture memory is but a result of what happens when we sing and dance for God through their music.

Each song is a scripture verse or series of verses straight from the Bible. They are crafted into a witty and fun song.

And I have a secret. My kids aren’t the only ones who love their music.

I adore them.

So, as we go about our days, reading the Bible and doing our devotions, we come across verses we sang and danced to, and remember them. We read them in context and talk about them and they are of interest to my children because a seed was planted.

They are familiar with the words and this allows opportunity for even further discussion and teaching.

As they grow and lean on God’s Word for wisdom, these seeds will sprout into their memory. As the Word becomes active in their life, that seed begins to take root and grow.

If they don’t know the Word, they cannot grow. If no seed is planted, nothing can come of it. Seeds Family Worship is but one wonderful way to help intentionally sow into your children.

Today I want to help equip you with some Seeds Family Worship! There are some great things Seeds has in store for you!

  • First, take a sneak peek at some of the songs offered here.
  • At the bottom of this post is a raw video of my younger children dancing to one of their favorite Seeds songs. I wanted to share this song with you and Seeds Family Worship has graciously offered Joyful Mothering readers a FREE download of the song. I hope you love it as much as we do! Download here.
  • Also exclusively for Joyful Mothering readers is a 20% discount of your entire purchase from the Seeds store. Use coupon code JoyfulMothering20 to receive the discount. So if you do like the music and are interested in purchasing your own for your home, take advantage, friends! :)There is no pressure here to purchase a thing. My hope is to simply equip you with a wonderful resource. Seeds Family Worship agreed to help me do that. So, if you love it, great!

I own 5 out of 6 of their wonderful CD’s already, but they offered me the one CD I didn’t have as a review. Seeds of Character which is their latest release, is not disappointing. The songs feature scriptures that help build character.

There are so many great things about this company that I can’t even call them a company!! To me they are a wonderful ministry trying to equip families to live out their faith. And they are equipping YOU to help them do that. Every CD actually comes packaged with TWO CD’s; one for you, and one for you to pass along to a friend. For the same price. They even perforate the CD sleeve so you can easily tear and share, and keep your friend’s CD protected and stored.

More…

  • Sign up for the Seeds monthly newsletter which includes a family worship time activity, an occasional free song download, Seeds deals, and upcoming news. I personally love the ideas that come out of this newsletter. The August issue had a 25% off Back to School discount. See? You don’t want to miss out on those deals!

Giveaway

Seeds has offered to give 3 readers a CD sample of 6 songs, 1 from each CD album. Entering for this giveaway is easy, peasy. Simply leave a comment sharing your favorite way to teach scripture memory OR your greatest challenge trying to teach scripture memory. That’s it. :) One entry per person.

U.S. residents only.

Giveaway ends Wednesday September 14th and winners will be announced in Thursdays post.

Now, below you’ll find the video of my lovelies dancing around and being goofy to the song “Praise the Lord”. If you’re reading this in a reader or via email and can’t see the video, click here.

 

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Comments

  1. Thewilmottes says:

    We love learning songs to help us remember scripture!  Thanks for the chance to win!  God Bless!
    ~thewilmottes@aol.com

  2. I’m not in the US (Australian girl!) but I wanted to give my addition to this wonderful and important blog… I am going to check out the Seeds CD’s now… I use a CD called Hidden In My Heart – Scripture Lullabies … it is an amazing CD and has helped me learn several new scriptures by heart. They are beautiful tunes for adults and children alike! Thanks for sharing! :)

  3. Way too ADORABLE!  I love it! Great song too! And as a side note, I really like your US map too! Where is it from?  I’m familiar with this song for some reason! I really struggle with scripture memorization for the kids…I go over it with them, but I just feel like it’s hard to get it to “stick” so this sounds like a great resource!

  4. At breakfast most days, I have our children take a turn picking a Scripture memory verse from a container I created for this purpose (I did a post about it here if you want more details: http://whispersinthesilence.blogspot.com/2011/05/from-milk-to-real-food.html.). Then at each meal for that day, we say the verse before saying grace. My favorite part is that even our youngest can participate by picking a verse and now that he’s becoming more verbal, repeats it in his own way.

    I also purchased a Scripture memory verse CD a few years ago and love how it’s helped the word become planted in our hearts – would love another one to add to our collection. :)

    Thanks Christin!

  5. My biggest challenge in teaching Scripture memory is that we’ve let too many other activities get in the way of our nightly time together.

  6. Kristina PB says:

    Well my oldest child is now 19 months so I need to start teaching him scripture. I haven’t started at all. This seems like a good tool to jump start my efforts.

  7. Nicole Auld says:

    We make our on tone to Bible verses. We say them at breakfast, lunch, and dinner sometimes we will say them in the car, and just when we are just sitting around. I would love a chance to win a CD.

  8. We buy the colored spiral index cards and write verses on them and carry it with us where ever we go.  That way whenever we have free time, we can practice them

  9. Dawn Shirk says:

    My daughter is two and have not started yet was not sure how to do it at this age!

  10. theresa_radatz says:

    I do a combination of repeating after me and writing them out. We alternate days and work on the same scripture for a week. I am honestly not sure how much they retain at the end of the month though.

  11. Kristin Loucks says:

    I have 7 children… some of them have no problem looking at a verse once and remembering it (my 7 yr old can remember every verse she’s learned this year – 1 month of school under our belts), but others (11 & 13 yr olds) can’t remember a verse long enough to say it to me later in the day, even if it’s a short one.  They ALL love music, so that would be a great way to “hide the word in their hearts”.

  12. Ok, I’m totally panicking right now because I want to print off the seeds scripture memory checklist and cards but my printer isn’t working!  ARGH!  I’ll have to get my tech man (aka hubby) to fix it for me. 

    I’ve heard of Seeds before from a close friend but only went out to their website once and then was distracted by my children and their needs before I could really focus on what they offered.  So thank you for this post!  I’m very excited to use them as a resource. 

    My greatest challenge with teaching scripture memory is knowing where to start.  I have a near 3yr old and a 6yr old.  My 6yr old and I have read cover to cover through her children’s Bible and are now working on reading through an age appropriate devotional.  She has memorized The Lord’s Prayer and I’ve taught her how to pray effectively (remembering ACTS -adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication).  I’m just not sure where to start with scripture.  I think I would want to pick something with a message she can relate to at this time in her life.  That’s where I get stuck. 

    Many Blessings,
    Rosann

  13. We love to memorize scripture at our house and having it in song is even better as they don’t even realize they are doing it.  :)

  14. I have been hearing a lot about Seeds Family Worship over the past year or so and have yet to purchase them for myself! Teaching my daughter scripture memorization has been quite easy, but I would love to have music help aide in that learning to make it all the more fun and memorable for her! Thank you for the chance to win! :)

  15. I am new at this whole thing, so I have no methods. Getting them into the word is the hardest for me because it is something I am new at

  16. I struggle with being consistent in reviewing verses with my kids so that they stick with them.  We can quickly learn a verse in a day or two but then just as quickly forget it!

  17. Repetition is the only tip I have.  Frequent at first and then less frequent but still regular to make sure the passage goes into long-term memory.  Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  18. We use half-sized index cards. The verse is written on one side and the address is on the other. 

  19. Tara Joyce says:

    My daughter is 3 and has learned a few verses.  We use repetition but …. in places like the car, or we are waiting somewhere etc… then we practice one.  The biggest challenge (having worked with kids in children’s church) is getting them in long term memory.  :)

  20. I have been using Seeds to teach my son, so singing is the way I would teach.  It’s easy and he loves it.  Thanks for this giveaway!

  21. Miriam Trevillian says:

    Singing is awesome, for older teens I like to write out the verse, cut out the words and then put them back in order

  22. So much of the scripture I have stored in my heart was learned through song.  I know this works!

  23. Kellyann Walker says:

    Generally we use repetition as well as sign language or hand motions depending on whether it’s a verse from church or one we are doing at home.  The ones from church “come” with specific hand motions, so I tend to use them so I don’t confuse the children.  We also use silly or witty songs which also helps.  Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  24. Sarah Melendez says:

    The best way for us has been putting scripture to music – usually stuff like “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”.  But we’ve been running out!

  25. I was just thinking that a song might help with my little girl.  I have no tips, but my greatest challenge is a very emotionally volatile little girl who throws herself on the floor the moment she starts to get frustrated or I try to get her to repeat after me.  However, she can belt out itsy bitsy spider and baa baa black sheep without a moments hesitation.

  26. I love Scripture memory songs- I find them the easiest way to make scripture a heart language for my  kids (and for me!) and scoop them up whenever and where ever I can.  I love Scripture Lady, but this is my first exposure to “Seeds”.  I am not able to purchase the cds just now, but have bookmarked the site for later ;-)
    Thank you for making the introduction for me!

  27. I love Scripture memory songs- I find them the easiest way to make scripture a heart language for my  kids (and for me!) and scoop them up whenever and where ever I can.  I love Scripture Lady, but this is my first exposure to “Seeds”.  I am not able to purchase the cds just now, but have bookmarked the site for later ;-)
    Thank you for making the introduction for me!

  28. Hi.  I want to start devotions with my children on a regular basis.  We had been reading out of a book for boys, but now my youngest daughter is 5 and my boys are 9 and 14, so I’ve got quite the mix.  I bought a devotion book for teens for my oldest but it hasn’t grabbed my son’s attention yet.  I really want to do something at night as a family, to just sit down together and read a passage, pray, sing a song, and talk.  Any suggestions?

  29. I really hope I win!  This CD would be such a blessing for our family.  I am still working out a way to memorize scripture as I am just starting to do it with my children.  I really love the music.  Thanks so much for the giveaway and post.  :)

  30. I don’t have any tips – my oldest just turned two, so I’m just trying to figure out how best to work with him on this.

  31. favorite way to teach scripture memory with pre k is with actions. thanks so much for introducing the seeds worship songs. this is a great resource i am passing along to others. love the songs. thanks for a chance to win and for the discount.  Janita

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