Some days, a few parenting verses to encourage and uplift us is just what we need as parents.
Parenting can be very challenging. Each season bringing with it new fears, worries and struggles for us and for our kids.
I love how God’s Word so amazingly speaks to many of the situations we find ourselves in as parents. We can find parenting verses that truly do encourage us and uplift us.
I wanted to share a few of the verses that are encouraging to me in parenting our girls.
1} Psalm 34:4 “I sought the Lord; he heard me and delivered me from my fears.” This verse reminds me in the scary seasons of parenting, and there are many of those, that God is with me in my fear. He will deliver me from fear as I learn to depend on him in every area of parenting.
2} Psalm 19:14 “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight…” Watching how we speak to our kids in good times and in bad times is very important. We can ask God to give us words that will teach, guide and help rather than hurt, tear down or cause guilt. We must remember even the thoughts we have towards our kids must be pleasing to God. Let this be a daily prayer.
3} Proverbs 19:11 “A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.” Being a patient parent and one that can overlook offenses is so valuable. Praying that God will help us to not hold grudges or let past faults continue to effect our parenting.
4} Proverbs 4:5-7 “Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or swerve from them… wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” Wise parenting is understanding our kids, understanding their personalities, understanding their struggles and understanding who God made them to be. This takes prayer and time and listening but it is worth it to really understand our kids.
5} Hosea 10:12 “Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until he comes and showers righteousness on you.” As we are breaking up the unplowed ground in our kids lives, God is also breaking up the unplowed ground in our own lives. We are teaching our kids to sow righteousness and we must do the same in our lives and in the lives of our children.
6} 2 Corinthians 4:7-9 “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” The power of parenting well does not come from us. It comes from God. When we feel pressed on every side with the pressures of parenting, we must remember that God is with us in each challenge, each struggle, each call for help.
7} 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” Keep looking up, looking ahead, looking onward. Don’t drown in the parenting troubles of today. Take a deep breath and do the next thing.
8} Deuteronomy 4:9 “Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.” Your story matters. What God is showing you is important. Teach it to your kids. Let them see you in devotions. Let them see you worshiping. Let them hear your heart and hear you pray. Tell them how God has helped you, blessed you, taught you and moved you. Your faith story will have a great impact on your children and their children for generations to come. Share it!
9} Ephesians 6:4 “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” So often we focus on the beginning of this verse. We even joke about it. Don’t frustrate your kids… obviously. But, what about training and instructing them? You might say, “I bring them to church every week!” That isn’t enough. They need training and instructing from you. Every day.
10} Proverbs 22:6 “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Start when they are little. Don’t wait until you think they are old enough to understand faith concepts and faith teachings. The list of devotionals that I link to above is full of ideas for all ages. Start them when they are very young and when they are old, they won’t forget it!
11} Lamentations 3:22-23 “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” This is a faithful promise for you when you’ve made mistakes as a mom or dad. It is also a beautiful, precious promise for our kids. Every morning starts fresh. Every day is an opportunity for grace, mercy, love and starting over. Give this gift to yourself and to your kids!
12} Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Give your kids to Jesus. At every stage and season of parenting, worry can so easily crowd in. Fear can blur our trust and hope in a God who loves our kids more than we do. Trust him. Don’t worry and let God handle it.
Let God’s Word encourage and uplift you on the journey of parenting.
What verse speaks to you right now in your season of parenting?