Bible Verse Resources

Are you wanting to raise your family on scriptures, but not sure where to really start? I would love to share with you some great Bible verse resources that you can easily add to your daily routines that your children (and you) can easily memorize and learn from even in a busy lifestyle.

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In my own walk of faith and parenting, I have found that the more I have used scripture in just conversations with my children the easier it was for us to memorize and allow scripture to take root in our lives. However, unless you know the verses already this may be hard to implement right away. My heart is to help you identify the key verses that have been most instrumental in our home and help you make a difference quickly.

Bible Verse Resources

Children as young as one and two-years-old can learn to memorize scriptures. I have accomplished this by using key scriptures that pertain to things that this age group deals with daily. As they struggled in one area, I would just recite that portion of the verse they needed to hear right then, not necessarily focusing on the reference, just the words of the verse. I share how to do this in my book, The Blueprint Approach.

Bible Verses for Toddlers and Preschoolers

One of those verses is “Children, obey your parents in the Lord”. There are some other verses that I would use at this age to help them build a relationship with God, and help them really concentrate on building good character because of this parenting way.

Having these verses as tools in our parenting has helped us navigate the challenges that toddlers and preschoolers bring into a day.

Learn about the other verses perfect for toddlers and preschoolers!

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As you are adding the Bible verses to your day, you will want to put more of a focus on Bible with your younger children. If you haven't ever done this before you may benefit from my tips for implementing Bible memorization.

If you are wanting your children to really enjoy the Bible, you should take a look at these posts:

More Bible Verses for the Family

As your children grow, so should your supply of Bible verses to present to them as often as you can. We continue with adding scriptures to our parenting that will help our children understand what they are dealing with in their life, and why we believe what we believe.

One of my favorite verses for our family is “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” I have several other ones that I share in my top 10 verses for a family to memorize.


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When our children are reaching their teen years, we like to point out what the Bible says about ‘gifts’, and draw their attention to the God-given gifts within them. We have also used these printable Bible verse cards at Christmas time, to put the focus on spiritual gifts more.

We have our children work on Bible verse memorization early, and we do that with scripture cards. I have put 32 of our most used verses in one resource for other families to quickly and easily learn how to implement these into their own home.

As our children move into high school, we focus on teaching the Bible differently then we have in all of the earlier years, and we do it with the Charlotte Mason way as our guide. Our desire is to have our children own their faith, and never feel that our faith was focused on them. With two adult children who openly share their faith with others, we believe these changes at this time in their lives has been instrumental in these results. 

I share a lot about how we have raised Christians from their babies years and beyond while highlighting the keys that I feel were instrumental in growing a true faith in our children that they called their own as adults.

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Bible Verses for the Woman of the House

Staying strong in ones faith is always a hard job, but with the right tools in place, it makes it easier to accomplish.

I share some of my favorite verses in these two posts:

I found out that my dad had lung cancer, I felt that fear that is ever present during this eye-opening diagnosis. I’m a positive person by nature, but when it comes to my family, fear can really get my negative thinking working. I knew I needed scripture to keep me positive and relying on God through his treatment and healing.

It was during this time that I wrote 31 Bible Verses for Families Affected by Cancer. I wrote that post for myself, and my family to have scripture every day of the month to build our faith and keep our eyes on our Healer. This post has been one of my top posts since writing it, and as I see the number of people reading it, my heart says a prayer as they know too well the fear, and struggle to walk by faith. My prayer is that these verses are a comfort to them, as they have been to us.

I pray that these resources help you to pass on the legacy of your faith to your children in a way that feels natural and has lasting effects.

 

31 Bible Verses for Families Affected By Cancer

Cancer. This word brings so many emotions when it is used in the same sentence as the name of someone you love and hold dear. It isn't a stranger to me by no means, as it has taken the lives of several family members and friends and we have known it to be beat by many as well. It is during these times, when cancer is mentioned, that we all desire some positive thinking, so why not use Bible verses for families affected by cancer? We use Bible verses for all parts of our lives, all the more reason to use them now.

In February 2015, we heard this word in the same sentences as my dad. I won't lie, my earth felt like it was falling out from underneath me and the 400 miles that separates us feels like thousands. Add that with the words ‘inoperable’ or ‘incurable‘ and things start to spin in your mind and fear grips your heart and our mind races at such a high speed.

It was in this time of overwhelmed concern that a friend stated, “Cancer isn't a death sentence.”  It was the thing that made me look at my faith and stand on the scriptures that I know to be true and need as my encouragement.

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31 Bible Verses for Families Affected by Cancer

Matthew 10:30-31 – And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Isaiah 41:10 – So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

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

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Psalms 62:6-8 – Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.

Exodus 14:14 – The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.

Proverbs 18:21 – The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

Deuteronomy 31:6  …Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.

Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Psalms 55:22 – Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.

I Peter 5:7 – Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

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Isaiah 58:8-9 – Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.

Malachi 4:2 – But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves.

Psalms 138:3 – On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased.

Romans 15:4 – For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.

Psalms 103:2-4 – Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion

Romans 8:28 – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Matthew 11:28-29 – Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Psalms 33:20-22 – Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you.

Psalms 34:9 – Fear the Lord, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing.

Psalms 46:1-3 – God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

Hebrews 11:1 – Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

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Matthew 17:20 – “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

James 1:3 – because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

James 5:13-14 – Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.

Hebrews 11:6 – And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him

I Peter 1:21 – Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.

I Peter 4:19 – So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.

Romans 10:17 – Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.

I Corinthians 2:4-5 – My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power,so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

I hope these verses build your faith, as they are building mine!

Staying Positive During Cancer

I've heard it said that fighting cancer takes 90% positive thinking and 10% plan of attack.

I know how true that has been in my Dad's fight against cancer. I wanted to help my readers learn how our family has discovered how to stay positive during cancer, even when we thought our Dad was slipping away.

I pulled 9 things we have been doing into one FREE resource to help others on their fight against cancer.

Here's a free download that can help you, or a loved one, stay positive during cancer.

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Cancer Resources

Are you looking for more resources to help you during a cancer trial? If so, these resources may help you as well.

In the beginning of December 2016, I was sick in bed with a high fever when I got a phone call from my parents. They asked me to three way my youngest sister because my other siblings were working and they had something to tell us.

Once my sister was on the phone with us, my parents began to tell us that my Dad was given 4-6 weeks to live and that hospice was the next step.

I can't even begin to explain the grief that shock me to the core. I muffled my cries, attempting to stay strong and positive for my parents and my devasted sister that was bawling.

The moment I got off the phone, I cried until I had no more tears.

My sickness kept me in bed for a few days and I spent the first 36 hours after that call manufacturing tears on the slight thought of my Dad's grime death sentence. I was spiraling into depression and feeling hopeless.

I'm the type of person that finds the silver lining in everything, so my family didn't know how to help me.

That is when I recommended my verses above. I began to use them to overcome my grief again and it worked.

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I started to remember the power of journaling, as I began to feel the power of positive thinking returning into my own life. I knew that journaling through cancer was something that would help us in that place.

Still sick with the flu, I called my daughter who does my book designs into my room. I told her I wanted to create a journal for those who are dealing with cancer and give it as gifts to my family for Christmas, as we faced losing our father and husband.

We started pouring our attention in creating a cancer journal for myself, and my family, as well as families touched by cancer. My children were all helping me find the right quotes on health and healing to fill these pages, while my daughter went to work putting it all into a journal that was building our faith in the process.

Before I did, I knew that my Mom was exhausted with the care of my father. I wanted to relieve her stress so she could spend time just being with him.

I excepted the offer of help from two of my friends and we went to work on creating freezer meals for my mom to just put in her crock pot in the morning. I wanted to do all I could for both of them but the 400 miles between us proved a challenge and this was a way that I could accomplish this.

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Other friends started pouring their love on me, asking how they could help. It was through this out pouring that I created a list of things for people to help those battling cancer.

We had decided that I was going to head to my parents on my own and spend some time with them, helping my mom where I could, while my husband and children joined me a few days before Christmas.

Before I left to go to my parents, the journal was done but I still needed to proof the printed copy before it was available for other families like ours that were hit with the fears of cancer. I ordered enough copies to help us through what felt like a ticking time bomb for my father.

I arrived to my parents and filled their freeze with the labor of love of friends and myself for our parents and awaiting the package of love from my own family that we all desperately needed.The 31 Days of Journaling Through Cancer arrived at my parent's house for my approval and I had tears running down my face, as I handed my parent's their own copy first.

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They were so emotional and thankful for the act of love.

Over the next few days, as I had to rush my Dad to the emergency room in the middle of the night, our family spoke the verses and quotes to each other for encouragement and faith building.

As we celebrated Christmas day, with my Dad asleep in his chair highly medicated for pain, we sat around him discussed just how these words were going to help us through this trial.

When my Dad finally woke up but still obviously feeling the effects of the drugs because his speech was slow and his head drooping, he told us that he wasn't done fighting.

My Dad is still with us and his tumor is shrinking as our faith is growing.

Most days he goes without his oxygen and is even doing home improvements around the house when he has the energy.

We know that one day will come when we will have to say a final goodbye to my Dad, but when we do, we will know that our faith fought the battle when doctors gave up home and set him home with medicine to make it easier on his passing.

If you or your loved one isn't ready to give up your cancer fight, I want to encourage you to use journaling to fight cancer with positive thinking but sometimes it does work.

31 Bible Verses for Families Affected by Cancer

Top 10 Bible Verses for Your Family to Memorize

Raising a Christian family in today’s culture can be overwhelming to say the least. There is no better way to raise them up than to help them memorize Bible verses from the time they are young all the way through high school. Our favorite way to bring in scriptures is to do it in our parenting, as our children are dealing with things that make them struggle daily.

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Top 10 Bible Verses for Your Family to Memorize

There are so many verses that I could pull from, however these seemed to be the ones that we used a lot to correct and encourage our children, and ourselves as we learned to walk our faith daily.

Joshua 24:15b – “…as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Ephesians 4:32 – “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.”

Luke 6:31 – “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

Romans 3:23 – “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Romans 8:28 – “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

Philippians 4:8 – “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

Psalms 19:14 – “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 – “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

Mark 12:30 – “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.”

As our children become more and more accustom to the verses that we use in difference situations, I’m amazed how easily they are able to share with us verses that are relevant for our situation or theirs.

Making a focus on Bible verses memorization is always a beneficial thing for a family, but I know it isn’t always the easiest thing to do.

10 Verses Every Moms Should Memorize

Moms, we are the biggest influence in our children’s lives. The biggest by any comparison. It is so important to keep our hearts filled with good things, so when it is a difficult day, we demonstrate character to our children. Having a good supply of Bible verse resources is how I work to fill myself up, and below are some of my favorite verses every mom should memorize.

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10 Bible Verses Every Mom Should Memorize

Some of my favorite verses for motherhood are listed below, and I hope you find them as encouraging and prove to help you in your position as a mom.

  1. Titus 2:4 ~ “That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children“.
  2. Proverbs 22:6 ~ “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old he will not depart from it“. 
  3. Isaiah 40:29-31 ~ “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
  4. Deuteronomy 6:6-9 ~ “These commandments that I give you today 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 hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”
  5. Philippians 4:6-8 ~ “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
  6. Colossians 3:23 ~ “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.” 
  7. James 1:3-5 ~ “Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
  8. Matthew 6:30-34 ~ “Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”
  9. I Thessalonians 5:15-17 ~ “See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing.”
  10. James 1:19-20 ~ “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.”

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You may also like 10 Verses Wives Should Memorize!

Have you ever felt like life was just robbing your joy? I have, and it did!

Well, the truth is that I allowed my own reflections to rob my joy, but at the time, I really felt it was my life as a wife and mother, and that just really confused me.

Thankfully, I used scripture to give me the insight to what was really wrong with my joy, and more importantly, how I got it back! I would love to share my journey with you, and help you identify your own level of joy, and how to increase it.

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Would you like to have your family memorize scriptures together but you have multiples ages and you feel lost at the idea? If so, you can download my free Bible Verse Planner that color-coordinates age-appropriate verses for ages 1-teen. Just click here to get Bible Verse Planner for FREE in your inbox.

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10 Bible Verses Every Wife Should Memorize

Memorizing verses is so important for any Christian and that includes those who are wives.  A marriage can really experience so many challenges because Satan just doesn't want strong Christian homes to continue and he does all he can to ruin what God has joined together. A strong family starts with Bible verses at the foundation. I want to share the verses every wife should memorize to help you get started.

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10 Bible Verses Every Wife Should Memorize

Here are the verses that have helped me in my 21+ years of marriage and I know that they will continue to be priceless throughout our marriage.

  1. Ephesians 5: 22-23 ~ “Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.”
  2. Colossians 3:17-18 ~ “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.”
  3. I Peter 3:1-3 ~ “Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes.”
  4. Titus 2:3-5 ~ “Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.”
  5. Proverbs 31:26-31 ~ “She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
  6. Psalms 19:14 ~ “May these words of my mouth and this mediation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”
  7. I Thessalonians 5:17 ~ “Pray without ceasing.”
  8. I Thessalonians 5:18 ~ “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
  9. I Peter 4:8 ~ “And above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”
  10. Luke 6:37b ~ “Forgive and you will be forgiven.”

In addition to memorizing Bible verses to help in my marriage, I also strive to memorize verses for my motherhood, because there are times that scriptures is what carries me through.

 

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When I was in my early 30’s, I lost my joy in what should have been my perfect life. I literally had everything that I had hoped for but I faced everyday with less joy than the day before. It was through scripture that I not only identified the problem, but was able to correct it.

I shared my journey in an ebook for other women who struggle with their personal joy, and desire to live life with joy they would expect to have.

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Would you like to have your family memorize scriptures together but you have multiples ages and you feel lost at the idea? If so, you can download my free Bible Verse Planner that color-coordinates age-appropriate verses for ages 1-teen. Just click here to get Bible Verse Planner for FREE in your inbox.

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Top 5 Bible Verses for Toddlers and Preschoolers to Memorize

Parenting toddlers and preschoolers can be very hard, even in the rewarding times. There is so much to teach and train them and as much as we love it, it can still be very overwhelming. One of the best things I did in my parenting was focus on Bible verses to train our children from their earliest years through high school.

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The toddler and preschool years can be some of the greatest years for molding character and forming strong Christian faith.  Since my oldest daughter, now an adult, was as young as one years old, Bible verses were a part of our parenting.  I thought I would share with you, 5 Bible verses for toddlers and preschoolers to memorize, which will impact their Christian walk and make parenting a little easier.

5 Bible Verses for Toddlers and Preschoolers to Memorize

These verses are going to be the ones that this age group will will benefit from to overcome the natural tendencies that are demonstrated often during the toddler and preschool ages.

Children Obey Your Parents

In Ephesians 6:1, it reads, “Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

This verse has been used so many times in our home. I’m almost certain it has been the most used verse. I have always thought that if we could teach our children to be attentive to our voice first and far most that teaching them to be obedient would be very easy.

Well, in theory, that would be the case.

However, there is always the thing called choice. Once children learn that they have a choice to obey or disobey, they will exercise that right more than any parent would expect possible.

I’m so thankful for this easy verse because it has been because of it that I have been able to point my children’s direction to Him. By let them know that obeying their parents ‘is right’ and because it is that way, disobedience is wrong became an easy concept for them, allowing us to help them make godly decisions early.

Be Kind to Others

In Romans 12:10, we find, “Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another;”

Children are born sweet and loving. In fact, the moment they can share their food, they do and happily.

However, sinful nature quickly makes their way into a child’s heart and before you know it, it is really hard for them to share with other kids. Often time, this is the age that aggression starts because they don’t know how to use their words to express their feelings, so they retaliate through actions.

It does take intentional parenting to teach a child how to be kind once this behavior starts, so always staying on top of it will help curb these natural behaviors and give them other tools to communication their feelings.

Teaching our children this verse, and giving them plenty of opportunity to do sharing activities, they quickly learned what it meant to be kind to others.

Loving One Another

In John 13:34, we are commanded, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

Also, in Romans 12:9, we are exhorted, “Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.

Teaching our children to love others is something that is better taught through example, because love is something that is from the heart.

The best way we were able to do this with our children was to not allow them to be physically mean to the other, or to speak meanness to each other.

I remember many of times that I would have my children stand in the center of the room hugging each after a sharp word was said, or an argument broke out. I required them to continue to hug until love was evident in their face and their body language.

Sometimes the hugs went on and on, but as they learned how our words and actions reflect our hearts, and why it was so important for us to love each other, this became less and less needed.

Do Unto Others 

In Luke 6:31, we are instructed, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.

This verse is one that we still use often in our home, because let’s face it, we need to be reminded of this truth of Scripture.

I find that this verse is mostly recited when someone is losing self-control in their behavior, and this one verse helps them gain ground of how we all wanted to be treated with love and respect.

There are so many levels to this verse that I don’t know if it would ever leave our home, because on days when we all could use a little more patience with the other, it is the verse that comes to my mind when I know that I need more patience from my own family.

Forgiving Others 

In Ephesians 4:32, in states, “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.”

Forgiveness isn’t an easy thing for a lot of grown-ups, and I know it is because they weren’t taught to forgive others in their lives.

In many cases, the opposite can also be said that they weren’t taught to ask for forgiveness, either.

In our home, we don’t say ‘I’m sorry’ when we have hurt someone. We literally say, “Will you please forgive me?

There is such a difference in these words, and we have found that you can say them, like you can with ‘I’m sorry’ without a true feeling behind the words.

Leading our children to a strong faith has always been our focus in our parenting so we make intentional decisions on how to get to their heart from a very yearly age.

It amazes me how quickly children learn these verses without really having to completely focus on formally teaching them. After just a few weeks of introducing our children with these verses, we are able to ask them what the Bible says about what they are doing, and they are able to quickly recite the verse pertaining to their action.

Read my post How to Implement Bible Verses for Memorization to see how my toddlers and preschoolers learn scripture at such a young age.

Now with children in their adult years, and a teenager, we are often asked how we raised our children for them to be such good Christians.

I will tell you openly and honestly that we did it with a LOT of mistakes, and failures.

However, with these mistakes and failures, we learned to demonstrate the scriptures of repentance with our own children, and got their forgiveness. There is nothing more powerful for a child to grow up in a home where they see their parents failing (and trust me, all kids notice and remember) but coming back with an apology for what we failed them in.

I share more about our key things that we have done to raise Christians. I would love to share them with  you, and pray that they encourage you on the most rewarding job on earth… parenthood!

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