Being an avid reader of parenting books, I am always referencing certain points from certain books. However, I rarely can remember which book they are from, and when I go back to try and find said “tip” from the book I spend lots of time searching and don’t always succeed. So at the beginning of this year I decided to make myself a “parenting journal” where I could store and organize all of my favorite scriptures on certain topics, practicals that I need to be reminded of, devotionals that we create and have with our family, etc. I know as a mom I am always looking for advice and encouragement from scripture and from Godly women in my life! So I thought I would share some of my favorite scriptures I hold on to in regards to parenting.
Proverbs 22:6 ⇒ “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” ⇐ This scripture reminds me of why I do what I do every day. When the time comes I want my kids to choose to live a life worthy of the gospel! God knew that we (parents) would be worriers, and He has given us scriptures like these to comfort us!
Deuteronomy 6:4-9⇒ “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and strength. These commandments I give to you are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your foreheads. Write them on the door-frames of your houses.” ⇐ We strive to have a dynamic in our home that is centered around Jesus. We take Him with us all day where ever we go!
1 Samuel 16:7⇒ “The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” ⇐ So often I need to remind myself of this scripture. We can get so caught up in our children’s outward behavior. Are they sharing with their siblings? Are they using their manners? Are they obeying us? Focusing on outward behavior is parenting that is NOT worthy of the gospel. As we focus on and key in on what is going on in their little hearts, and shepherding them towards the gospel – these outward behaviors will naturally change but they CANNOT be the primary focus!
1 Peter 4:8⇒ “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” ⇐ Thank you God, right!? I make so many mistakes every day and I am oh so thankful that my kid’s salvation does not depend on my performance as a mom. Love up on your kids! Thankfully love can cover up a multitude of our mistakes.