My family looks forward to summer all year round. After a long school year filled with structure and alarm clocks, we relish a chance to ditch the homework and run free through the sprinkler with popsicles in our hands.
However, there are advantages to structure, too. From September through May, my daughters benefit from the guided instruction of Christian teachers and AWANA leaders. They discuss biblical character traits and study Bible history. They memorize at least a hundred new verses each year. They have fun doing it.
So just because the calendar says “summer vacation” doesn’t mean we have to stop growing in faith. We all know education begins in the home, anyway. Summer is an excellent time to memorize—as a family—some of the scripture that often falls through the cracks of curriculum.
Here are some of my favorites.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7)
Discussion points: Why do we study the Bible? Because it is God’s story to us—his wisdom written down for us. Knowing the Bible helps us to know God, which makes us smarter and teaches us how God wants us to live our lives.
It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth; you made both summer and winter. (Psalm 74:17)
Discussion points: God created the earth and brings us fresh green trees and flowers and butterflies each summer. Let’s talk a nature walk to explore what God designed for us in summer!
Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight; everything is uncovered and exposed before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. (Hebrews 14:3)
Discussion points: Isn’t creation awesome? And God sees it all! Every tiny inch of the Earth is under his watchful care. That includes you, his child. He knows what you’re doing all the time. It’s important to make right choices that honor God.
Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” (1 Corinthians 15:33)
Discussion points: Make sure the friends you choose are leading you near to God, not away from Him. What qualities do you look for in a good friend?
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! (Isaiah 26:3)
Discussion points: Do you trust God? Did you know that when we pray and keep God in our hearts and minds throughout the day, he will give us peace?
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” (Genesis 1:26)
Discussion points: Notice how the verse says “our” image and “our” likeness. That’s because God existed in three persons from the very beginning—God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. That’s called the Trinity!
He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. (Psalm 91:11)
Discussion points: We can’t see God’s angels, but we know they are real because the Bible says so. And God sends them near to us to watch over us and protect us. Angels are on our side!
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. (Romans 1:16)
Discussion points: Are you afraid to talk about God with your friends? Why? The Bible says we should not be ashamed of our faith in Jesus. In fact, the story of Jesus is powerful! It can change people’s lives!
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32)
Discussion points: During the summer, we spend a lot of time together as a family. It’s important to get along with your siblings because God wants us to love one another and be kind. Have you been kind and forgiving to your brothers and sisters lately?
Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written. (John 21:25)
Discussion points: The Bible is filled with stories and lessons about Jesus. But did you know it’s only a small sampling of all the miracles Jesus did while he was here on Earth? Just imagine how powerful our Savior is, if all the stories of his wonderful works could fill enough books to fill up the whole earth and beyond!
This list of ten verses explores a wide range of biblical concepts that apply directly to our faith and family life not just in summer but all throughout the year. Over the next few months, I’m planning to keep our Bible brains sharp by memorizing just one of these verses a week with my kids. Will you join me? Let the summer fun begin!