many of you will already know this.
i am not the first mother in the world to learn these lessons.
but just in case i am catching you before you learn these things for yourself, i am here to warn you.
just a fews DOs and DON'Ts
DO: choose a passage of scripture that you want to memorize too...because you will. you will be helping her review it and then you will be listening to her say it more than you care to.
DO NOT: underestimate her abilities to memorize a lot of words. if she talks a lot she can probably remember a lot.
DO: teach all the kids the same verse at once! then you can do popcorn in the car! you know...."the Lord is my.....POPCORN JAKE!" and everyone can know it together!
DO NOT: promise rewards that are too big for the task!
mommy:"if you memorize the 23rd psalm i'll let you pick out something special with daddy at the disney store"
ella: "how bout a princess dress"
mommy: "wellllll, ok. it is a pretty long passage for a four year old" (and it will probably take her months to memorize.)
****ATTENTION! this will end in disaster when she memorizes it in two days and then convinces her daddy that mommy promised the cinderella bride dress(most expensive one at the store!!!warning warning! may day!****
(this MAY have really happened...sorry, Jesus, for linking my daughters commercialism to your leading us by quite waters....not the best parenting...but i will do better next time...i hope)
DO: encourage her to tell another adult the verse to start getting comfortable with talking about the Bible in front of others! yah!
DO: motivate with related rewards. Like time spent together or extra privileges that only grown up girls who memorize scripture can do....like an extra few minutes to stay up at night or even a night walk to look at the stars and see his creation! what a perfect time to say your verse together!
today, while we were driving to school, ella and i each took turns saying this verse and it really spoke to my heart.
comforting my worries about the future and reminding me that "surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life"
i am so glad that we decided to make that something we do in the car together!
it makes ALLLLLL that seemingly wasted time in the car seem worth every minute.