Proverbs cover life's important issues.
“A happy heart makes a face look cheerful. But a sad heart produces a broken spirit.” – Proverbs 15:13 (NIrV)
Every proverb recorded in the Old Testament book of Proverbs is like a tiny seed, just waiting to take root in our lives and bear fruit. But, like a seed, before it can take root, it must be buried deep within. For generations, believers have allowed the wisdom in this powerful book to impact their daily lives by memorizing, understanding, and meditating on the proverbs found there. You can help your child grow in wisdom by applying these same principles to this Proverb, Proverbs 15:13.
Memorization is an important first-step in learning and applying the spiritual truths of Proverbs. Here are a few tips for helping your child (and yourself) remember this verse more effectively:
• At the beginning, break the verse down into easier-to-remember parts. For this verse, that means focusing on, “A happy heart makes a face look cheerful,” before you worry about, “But a sad heart produces a broken spirit.” Trying to memorize two eight-word sentences is easier and less overwhelming than one sixteen-word sentence.
• When you’re repeating the verse, make sure you say it with the same rhythm or cadence every time. Stress the same syllables – perhaps even over-stressing them - so that it almost feels like you’re singing a song. This too will help memorization.
• Use hand-motions and facial expressions to act out the verse so that it further reinforces the ideas behind it. With this verse, make sure to smile during the first half of it and frown while saying the second half. This can be especially fun with smaller children who love to make faces and act things out.
• Keep it enjoyable. Memorization isn’t something people generally think of as ‘fun.’ This is one of the reasons many adult Christians neglect it. The more enjoyable you can make Bible verse memorization, the more likely your children will look forward to it.