Scripture Memory With Little Children, Part 1

Sarah asked me (Anna Marie) to write a post about helping little kiddos with Scripture memory. I don’t feel like I have any revolutionary ideas, or like we are pros at it, but I can share what we do right now.
In this post, I won’t go into reasons why we want to prioritize Scripture memory, but I highly recommend the free ebook download titled Whatever It Takes, from Scripture Memory Fellowship. We picked it up at a homeschool convention a few years ago, and it re-inspires me every time I read it!
This will be a two-part blog post series. Below you’ll find three of the ways we memorize (the final three later!).

Listening—this one seems to be key with our little ones. Their morning routine includes listening to an audio Bible (free here from Faith Comes By Hearing, or there are others available). They listen to Scripture multiple times a day with family and school Bible times, and we keep a memory passage on a whiteboard in our dining room that we repeat before most meals. Even the littlest kiddos chime in, attempting to quote with us. We are often surprised at how quickly they can rattle off enough to show that they can quote it, although for a two or three-year-old their speech/pronunciation ability seems to lag a bit behind their mental ability! In addition, Scripture Memory Fellowship has a tool called VerseLocker, which makes it easy to play selected passages of Scripture. It’s straightforward to use, and we really like it being able to “turn on” our memory passages to keep them in our minds.

Reading—this is (obviously) for those who can actually read. Joshua learned much of Jonah just by reading and working on it himself, combined with listening to an audio recording that we played a lot while working on other things.

Repeating—ties in with listening but is key! When we are working on a new verse, I will have the children repeat it after me phrase by phrase, usually various times through the day (especially breakfast), discussing it with them and trying to draw out things in each phrase to make it more memorable for them. We try to repeat verses a few times throughout the day when possible.

Sarah will be posting Part 2 in the next few weeks!

Anna Marie

“Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way?
by taking heed
thereto according to thy word.”
Psalm 119:0

To My Dad on Father’s Day

Dear Dad,

Looking back over the years, I see how your life has been filled with sacrifices. A sacrifice means it costs you something. 2 Samuel 24:24: ” … neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing.”

You’ve given up things you loved because family was more important. Back in Nathan, Christopher, and my early childhood days, you loved to fly small airplanes and be out on the sparkling water in a sailboat. Not only did you see that was taking away resources and time which could be used better, but you also knew it would create appetites in your kids for those same things.

You and Mom made the decision to only have three kids, after seeing Mom’s struggles with depression. Seven years later, when God changed your hearts, you had the courage to reverse that. Raising five more kids was a tremendous amount of sacrifice!

When God led you to leave your corporate job and start a business, that required more sacrifice.

While raising eight kids, you sacrificed so much time and money for our sake. Even now, you and Mom go out of your way to bless the married couples as opportunities arise. Not many people in their 60s would love to have single, young adults living with them. You not only welcome it, but you do it at no cost to us! Sacrificial love.

Sacrifice. The beauty of giving up something because you value something more.

You value your family, and your walk with the Lord Jesus more than anything else in this world.

Most recently, you’ve sacrificed your diet to have more years left to be with us and sharing with others.

Dad, thank you. Thank you for your sacrificial example. I love you!

Sarah for all EIGHT

Steve and Teri Maxwell
Dad with me, Anna, Mary, and Jesse on our “pre” Father’s Day celebration before the girls left

“That they might set their hope in God,
and not forget the works of God,
but keep his commandments:.”
Psalm 78:7

Please Pray for Anna and Mary

Anna and Mary Maxwell

Anna and Mary are once again spending their summer in ministry. We are thrilled with their hearts for the Lord, and not only do they minister so faithfully here at home but also on the road.

They will be gone for almost 8 weeks. Please pray for these specifics:

  • Salvation for those being ministered to
  • Emotional needs to be met
  • Physical safety
  • Stamina (long hours with little sleep)
  • Discernment on how best to minister
  • Satan to be hindered

Please understand, for the privacy of the ministry they’re helping, we’re not sharing those details.

Yes, it’s quiet here on the home front but busy as well. God is so faithful!


“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:
for it is the power of God unto salvation to every
one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
Romans 1:16

Random Life the Joy of New Life to Busy Times

What a whirlwind these almost 7 weeks have been! Quite of few in the family traveled, we welcomed Deborah, kept up with work and ministry, and we said goodbye to Anna and Mary. Yes, the girls are off on another summer of ministry! We’ll have a separate post hopefully later this week asking for prayer.

Summer is here, and we look forward to opportunities to minister, be with the family, work, pursue Titus2 projects, write (hopefully soon for me!), and continue with “normal” life!

Also, Dad’s health is doing great! They’ll probably do an update soon on that.


Mom and Dad shop monthly a big SAMS and Costco run. Mom has a heart to help the sisters-in-law out, so she shops for them too!
We’ve had so much rain this spring, we love to soak in the sunshine when possible!
Some of our Sunday lunches, we’ve had the most unusual combinations of family members present! Here, we watched Christopher and Anna Marie’s kids while they went out to do a ministry project.
Saturday projects.
We had a cool spring and then suddenly summer burst forth.
These two. This is actually Ellie waiting for Arnold to finish.
Mary and Anna had double baby-sitting duty. They watched Joseph and Elissa’s kids, and then when Melanie went into labor, Anna took on their kids.
These aunts are very active and love to include the kids exercising!
Benji and Ellie
I love seeing how the younger families include Gigi in outings.
Sunday afternoon times
A race going on!
These are some expert bug catchers! Their mama is very generous to let them borrow her containers. Her only request? To put them next to the sink so they can be washed!
A random life everyone-in-the-kitchen picture!
Abby’s growing up and is a great help.
Gigi’s birthday!
Uncle Nathan makes awesome smoked meat!
Ruthanne drew this picture. Too cute!
Cleaning Melanie’s house before the girls left.
Abby and Me
Jesse trimming brush
Fellowship with dear friends
Our first tornado siren event of the year, and John, Chelsy, and Axton joined us since they don’t have a storm shelter. A huge tornado went south of us, but thankfully the damage was minimal compared to what it could have been.
“Baby” Elizabeth enjoying holding Axton.
Axton has such big blue eyes!
A Dad and Mom work project (transplanting tomato plants)
Anna Marie doing a fill-in-aunties’-playtime
Last minute plans — we watched Nathan and Melanie’s kids so they could go out to dinner.
A quiet evening out for Melanie!

“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought
nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.”
1 Timothy 6:6-7

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“I had always thought about family devotions but had failed at any attempts. Feed My Sheep has been an incredible help and inspiration to me. I am so thankful that you did this as it is such an effective means of learning for me, and I am sure others as well.” A dad

“I think every family should read Buying a House Debt-Free, and I encourage you to catch the vision for your sons.” Jim Bob Duggar

“But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:
That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in
faith, in charity, in patience.”
Titus 2:1

Speaking in Hartford, Alabama

Steve and Teri Maxwell

Teri and Steve are going to be at Lighthouse Baptist Church in Hartford, Alabama (way south) on June 23rd/25th and would love to meet you if you are in the area. Steve will be preaching at their Sunday services and Tuesday evening. 


Sunday AM: Believer or Follower?
Sunday PM: A Godly Heritage
Tuesday PM: A Living Sacrifice


Email contact: (we will forward)
Phone: 334-806-0043

Special service times on Sunday, June 23rd, 11 am and 1 PM (Lunch served between)
Tuesday, June 25th, 6:30 PM

Location: Google “Lighthouse Baptist Church, Hartford, Alabama”

In the Y of Hwy 52 and Slocomb Road (Green metal roof building, rectangular in shape, rather than traditional church building/temporary rented facility).

“We will not hide them from their children,
shewing to the generation to come
the praises of the LORD, and his strength,
and his wonderful works that he hath done.”
Psalm 78:4