Bryan and I both really see value in memorizing verses from the Bible. We like to choose verses that have special meaning to us or that we feel speak to issues in our lives where we want to grow or that help us understand God’s character better. We want to pass this value on to our kids, so we have been working on helping our kids memorize Bible verses little by little along the way. The first Bible verse we helped them memorize was Ephesians 6:1 which says “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.” We have repeated that one together so many times that even 2 1/2 year old Katie can excitedly quote it to us. 🙂 Most recently, our family has been working on memorizing part of Ephesians 4:15, which says, “Speak the truth in love” (which we review when kind words aren’t being shared among members of our family) and Colossians 3:23, which says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” When members of our family are not doing their chores, homeschooling, or other tasks wholeheartedly with good attitudes, we remember that one together and talk about how important it is not to be “slackers”. 🙂 Not only do Bryan and I gently remind the kids of these verses, but more than once they have reminded us that we weren’t quite meeting our family standards in these areas. It’s neat to be able to lovingly remind each other what our family values are and to be able to pray together that God will help us grow in those areas.