5 Bible Memory Verses for Summer

Use these verses to remember God's blessings during the summer season.

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For people all over the world, summer is a season filled with blessings. That starts with kids, of course, since summer offers a long-dreamed-of break from school. Probably teachers feel the same way. But summer offers countless other blessings for those who know where to find them: summer blockbusters in movie theaters, warm sand between your toes, neighborhood barbecues, hot sunshine on your face, cool air-conditioning after the hot sunshine -- the list goes on and on.

As you enjoy the many blessings of the summer season, use the following memory verses as an active way to connect those blessings with God. After all, having fun is a very biblical experience when we remember the Source of all good things.

[Note: click here for a reminder on why it's important to memorize verses and larger passages of God's Word.]

1. James 1:17

If you've never heard the idea that every blessing we enjoy in life ultimately comes from God, you don't have to take my word for it. That's a key component of God's Word -- especially in this verse from the Book of James:

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
James 1:17

2. Genesis 8:22

There are blessings in all seasons of the year, of course -- even winter has Christmas, right? But it's interesting to remember that even the progression of seasons is a gift from God.

Even the ecology and efficiency of our planet is a source of blessing for all of us day after day.

That's something God wanted Moses to remember after the devastation of the flood in Genesis 8:

“As long as the earth endures,
seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat,
summer and winter,
day and night
will never cease.”
Genesis 8:22

As you enjoy the bounty of fruits and grains this season, remember this key promise from God.

1 Thessalonians 5:10-11

Summer is perhaps the most social of all the seasons. We spend more time outdoors in summer, which means we often interact with more people in our neighborhoods, our churches, our community hot spots, and so on.

As you go about making and strengthening relationships, remember the value of encouragement:

10 [Jesus] died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:10-11

Many people are hurting and lonely inside -- even during summer. Take the time to be a blessing in the name of Jesus.

Proverbs 6:6-8

Not everyone gets a summer break, or even a week-long vacation during the warmer months of the year. Most of us work for the majority of the summer. But that doesn't have to be a bad thing. The act of work brings its own blessings into our lives -- especially provision for our needs both now and in the future.

Indeed, the summer months are a great time to remember God's practical wisdom in the Book of Proverbs on the subject of work and saving:

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
    consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
    no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer

    and gathers its food at harvest.
Proverbs 6:6-8

Proverbs 17:22

Speaking of practical wisdom, I want to emphasize once again the statement I made at the beginning of this article: having fun is a thoroughly biblical idea. Our God isn't a grumpy Father who gets upset when His children get too loud in the back room. He doesn't look crosswise at us or feel disappointed whenever we have fun.

God wants us to have fun. After all, He invented fun! So remember these practical words from God's Word:

A cheerful heart is good medicine,
    but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
Proverbs 17:22