Memory Verses for Little Hearts

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My love for scripture started young. I was raised in the church, and memorizing Bible verses has been part of my Christian walk for longer than I can remember. And for good reason. One of the first stages of a child’s intellectual development is memorization. In the preschool and early elementary years, a child’s brain is wired perfectly for memorizing facts. A child might not yet have the critical thinking skills to fully understand what they are learning, but they can memorize and recite with near perfect clarity. (And the days will come soon enough that they begin to analyze the facts they have stored.) These early years are the perfect time to store up God’s word in their little hearts.

We have discussed the life-long value of memorizing scripture and a good system to memorize scripture, so I won’t re-tell that story here. I have even given you a list of Memory Verses for Beginners. ADULT beginners, that is. However, I would like to give you a list of terrific scriptures to use as a starting point in teaching your little ones God’s word. These are given in an easy-to-understand translation so that even the youngest ones can grasp how big and wide and deep is God’s love for them.

Of course, there are a few things to remember when teaching tiny tots about God’s word. We want scripture memory to be exciting for them and not a dreaded chore. So make it fun. Explain what the verse means. Make up a dance. Incorporate hand motions. Use music (Seeds Family Worship is a great source). Doodle it. There are many ways you can engage a child’s mind AND body in scripture memory, which helps them remember it better. And now on to our suggested verses…

1. Psalm 56:3 – “When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You.”

2. Ephesians 4:32 – “Be kind to one another.”

3. Hebrews 13:8 – “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

4. Genesis 1:1 – “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”

5. Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all everything through Jesus, who gives me strength.”

6. Psalm 139:14 – “I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”

7. Isaiah 43:5 – “Do not be afraid for I am with you.”

8. Colossians 3:20 – “Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases God.”

9. James 1:19 – “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry.”

10. Psalm 145:9 – “The Lord is good to all.”

11. Matthew 28:20 – “I am with you always.”

12. Psalm 136:1 – “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.”

13. Luke 6:31 – “Do to others as you want them to do to you.”

14. Joshua 24:15 – “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

15. 1 John 4:7 – “Let us love one another, for love comes from God.”

16. Mark 10:27 – “Everything is possible with God.”

17. Philippians 1:3 – “Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God.”

18. Isaiah 40:8 – “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our GOd stands forever.”

19. Romans 12:21 – “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

20. Proverbs 15:1 – “A soft answer turns away anger.”

21. Genesis 28:15 – “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go.”

22. Psalm 104:33 – “I will sing to the Lord all my life.”

23. 1 Peter 5:7 – “Cast all your worries on the Lord, for He cares for you.”

24. Matthew 7:7 – “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find.”

25. Philippians 4:6 – “Do not be anxious about anything.”

Comments

  1. Love this. Thank you so much for putting it together! I know this is an old post but I think the second verse should be Ephesians 4:32.

  2. I love this list. It will serve us for the first 25 weeks of our preschool and K homeschool year. Thanks for the list.

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