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Remember the Words

Remember the Words

Jennifer is the world’s best aunt. She loves spending time with her two nieces. They have pajama parties, watch movies, and run errands on a pretty regular basis. One afternoon, Jennifer was running errands with the girls, and two-year-old Livi Jo was really pushing the limits.

As two-year-olds often do, she was not being very kind to others. Aunt Jen wanted to remind Livi Jo of a Bible verse that would help her make better choices. It was one Livi Jo heard many times, so Jennifer thought she would let Livi Jo help her say it.

“What does the Bible say?” asked Jennifer. Then she proceeded to help her niece recite the verse, “Be ye…”

“Kind!” Livi Jo piped in with the next word.

“…one to…,” Jennifer prompted, and waited for Livi Jo to finish the verse.

“…three, four!” Livi Jo shouted, proud of herself.

While it wasn’t the right words to Ephesians 4:32, Aunt Jen did get a big laugh. The Bible tells parents to teach their children God’s Word. But parents aren’t the only ones. Aunts, uncles, special family friends, babysitters, and any other important people in your children’s lives can share verses with your kids. Our kids need to see how we apply scripture to real world situations.

As Deuteronomy 11:19 says, talk about them “sitting in your house and when you are walking by the way.” It’s important for children to learn memory verses, but it’s just as important to help them see how those really do work in their lives. Think of areas where your children struggle. Help teach them verses that apply to those situations when they arise. Here are a few to get you started.

Arguing: “Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32 KJV

Fibbing: “The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.” Proverbs 12:22 NIV

Disobedience: “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.” Ephesians 6:1 NIV

Complaining: “Do everything without grumbling or arguing.” Philippians 2:14 NIV

Yelling: “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1 NIV

God’s Word is full of so many wonderful nuggets of wisdom. What other verses can you think of?

Whether you are sitting in your house, walking by the way, or running errands with Aunt Jen at Walmart, there is always scripture to apply to any situation. You just have to remember the words.

By: Carol Hatcher is a former elementary teacher turned writer. This author and speaker lives with her husband and three children in Commerce, Georgia. Come visit her at

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