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.

 

Teaching Children to Ask For Forgiveness

Teaching children to ask for forgiveness can take a much longer time, then teaching them to forgive.  No one likes to admit they are wrong, so apologizing can be a hard a thing, regardless of the age. It is especially true if asking for forgiveness hasn't been something that you have grown up doing.

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Teaching Children to Ask for Forgiveness

If you listen to people who aren't comfortable about admitting their wrong, whether it was intentional or by accident, they will tell you ‘I'm not good at apologizing'.

This response is one that I have heard time and time again. My own husband has said it to me many times when we were first married. The good thing about it is the more a person does it, the easier it becomes.

All this proves to me that ‘asking for forgiveness' is something that must be taught to be part of a person character. The longer a person ages without this ability, the more they struggle with the simple acknowledgment of being wrong, regardless of the motive or lack of one.

Teaching children to forgive is the best time to start, and is easier than you can imagine!

  • Identify what they have done wrong.  Many times children are not aware of what they have done wrong, until they have learned what is offensive to others. Each of us are created with selfish inclinations and it is only through focused learning that these traits can be identified. I would say something like, “Taking that toy away from your friend is being selfish. When you are selfish, you are not a good friend, because that has hurt their feelings.” This empowered my children to understand why not sharing could hurt their friend.
  • Ask them how it would feel if it was done to them. Young children live with their whole hearts involved in all they do.  Being aware of this, I have used this in asking my children what they would feel like if the same action was done to them. They are often quick to seeing why it hurt the other one and are more likely to work on being more kind because they have been able to associate with the feelings.
  • Start with God's forgiveness.  My children have learned at an early age that God's forgiveness is so important to making our actions better. When my children have hurt another, we have them ask God to forgive and help them to do better next time. When they have prayed and are forgiven they feel so much better.
  • Require a genuine apology. Once they have prayed for forgiveness, an apology is so easy for them to ‘ask for forgiveness'.  Our children have grown using, “Will you forgive me for __________?” verses the normal “I'm sorry” that is part of our culture. I may be silly in doing this with them, but in my experience a call for forgiveness is so much easier to walk through than a generic ‘I'm sorry'.  The harmony it brings between them proves it to me.
  • Examine Their Own Actions. As parents, we are quick to tell our children what they have done wrong. As my children grow past the formative years, I start letting them stretch their wings by having them identify what actions need to be apologized for and with whom they need to seek it. We call this ‘confessing your sins'.  It is always easier when someone points out to you where they offended you, but it is very important for people to learn to discern their relationships and how they interact with each other.

The best way to teach children to ask for forgiveness is to be an example. I can't tell you how often I have had to apologize to my children for my lack of self-control when raising my voice, or not giving them my full attention. When they see me apologizing, it makes it clear in their mind what it looks like, and how it makes the other feel for being cared for in this way.

I have even had my children overhear me apologizing to friends for my short comings, so they can see how it is done with people outside of our own house.

 


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Teaching Children to Forgive

Teaching children to forgive may not be something that you would think about when it comes to parenting. It may be just part of your day, or not anything you really spent time thinking about as a parent. Don't overlook the importance of teaching your children the purpose and meaning of forgiveness, and how it can be one of the best things they can do for their own happiness.

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Teaching Children to Forgive:

The younger you start teaching your children the better. The formative years (birth to five years) are the best time to introduce things that will make up their character.

With a few things in place, forgiveness will be something that becomes second nature for your children.

  • Use the vocabulary – The term ‘forgive' is a strong word, far different than the substitue ‘it is okay', which is used when an offender apologizes to the offended. Teach your child at a young age to say ‘You are forgiven' because this goes straight to the heart and softens the offended. 
  • Embrace each other – In our family, we hug each other when forgiveness is being given, as an act that goes further than words. When you teach children to forgive, they normally desire to embrace the other naturally, so encourage this precious act to further aid in the process.
  • Reinforce the Forgiveness – In a life of a child 5 year old and younger, the offenses usually comes from acts of unkindness, not sharing or in many cases, accidents. Some children have a hard time ‘forgetting' that they forgave the other person. This is okay, as we know the heart takes time to heal when it is offended. To teach children to forgive, we also need to help them walk through the lasting affects that may still linger if their hearts are still hurting. Reinforce this forgiveness by talking about the good things the offender has done for the hurt child and walk through the healing with them.

The more a child has the opportunity to use “I forgive you” in their own experiences, the likelihood of them walking through life without bitterness and hard feelings. Holding on to grudges and past hurts have been proven to more harmful to that person in the long run.

Your children's future will be happier from adding this one phrase to their own vocabulary, knowing how to do it on their own and making it a habit for life.


 

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Leading Your Child to a Strong Faith

Leading your child to a strong faith can be very difficult in today's culture. Knowing a few key things to do this from the start of their life can really help you teach them to look to God for all their needs.

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Leading Your Child to a Strong Faith

Parenting is hard work. It seems like we are always teaching our children something important. From sleeping through the night, potty training, eating their vegetables, coloring in the lines, sounding out words, reading, being kind to others, picking up their toys, how to dress themselves with matching attire, and the list just goes on and on.

It can be exhausting to think about every aspect of what we teach our children from birth through adulthood, and beyond.

One thing that we need to be intentional about through it all is leading your child to a strong faith. I know easier said than done.

It doesn't have to be that way. It really doesn't!

Our oldest two children are adults, and both of them have a strong faith in our Christian beliefs. In addition to these two children, our other two, one a teenager and the last one just starting out in his education career also have a strong faith.

None of our children hide their faith, and in fact, they are very proud to tell others that they not only believe in God the Father, but Jesus Christ our Savior. They freely share of their profound faith in the literal days of Creation, and can point out the differences in creation and evolution, where their peers are intrigued and persuaded to believe the opposite of what they have learned in school.

I would love to share with you how we have ensured our children have had a strong faith, and willing to stand up for what they believe in any environment.

Start Young

I always sang about Jesus when my children were babies. I would rock them to sleep singing “Jesus Love Me”.

God and Jesus have always been a part of our every day. They understood earlier that God sent His son to die for us, and that Jesus forgives us of our sins. They would hear me using these top 5 verses and have them memorized very early because of it.

Teach Them to Pray

Prayer is the most important thing you can teach your child to do at an early age. There is nothing like watching your child of only a few years, stop to pray to ask God to help find something or to be able to do something.

One area that we have really focused on to teaching our children is to ask for forgiveness through prayer.

Read Bible Stories Together

I have favorite Bible stories that I have taught to my children, some my daughter enjoyed best, while others were more enjoyed by my boys, although they learned them all.

There has been a lot of things that I have read to my children and have them read to me, but these are my favorite for this age, and early reading stages.


Teach Them About Creation Early

Stories of Creation, Adam and Eve and Noah's ark are more than just Sunday school stories. They are the foundation of the Christian faith that is being attacked and forgotten in our culture today.  The earlier the children learn about these aspects of the Bible, the stronger their faith will be, but you must continue on this learning especially in the middle and high school years.

Those who do not focus on their children understanding this part of the Christian faith can easily cause their children to fall pry to the evolutionist and atheist views of college professors.


Memorize Scripture

Memorizing Scripture is really important to a strong faith for any age. The more a child memorizes the more likely their faith will get stronger and stronger as they grow. I recommend these top 10 verses for families to memorize together.


Demonstrate Your Faith Daily

Children learn best when having the example of what it means to have strong faith played out in front of them. Recognizing when you are wrong, asking forgiveness for those around you and from God, and memorizing scripture are perfect ways to walk the talk for your children.


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Gently Leading Your Child Away From Lying

Lying starts young. As hurtful as it is to see your precious child being dishonest, every child does it. What is really important for parents is to learn how to accept it as a part of growing up, while teaching them the dangers of lying and guiding them to always speak the truth.

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Gently Leading Your Child Away From Lying

I will never forget the first time my oldest started lying. She was just four years old, and the reason she lied made no sense because it wasn't important either way. However, in her mind, she thought it was important to be dishonest to me.

It was very unsettling to see that without hesitation she looked me straight in the face and lied to me about something so trivial.

It made me wonder if I was just unaware of other times that she lied to me and I just wasn't paying close enough attention to her, giving her the courage to make it a habit. Sadly, lying was something that we had to work through for several years and it was always when she felt that she was going to be in trouble for her choices.

As our second child started this human reaction to undesired consequences, it became apparent that we needed to do something different on how we dealt with lying and the effects of them.

Those changes were just what was needed to make a lasting effect (and I will share them in a minute) but sadly, the lack of attention when our third child came along found that lies were left unchecked, and habits were growing deeply.

Once I realized that he was in fact lying (he was a master of it early, and I'm so hurt that I didn't see it sooner) about little things without any body language or hesitation, I knew that we had some work a head of us.

I sat down and had a heart to heart talk with him, shared scriptures from the Bible on the consequences of lying and how they can effect those that you are dishonest with on a continual basis.

It didn't take long for him to acknowledge that he lied everyday, about all kinds of things for no reason at all but to lie. It was only then that he accepted the damage that he has done to the trust that is so important. With that he acknowledged that it was his responsibility to rebuild the trust but not without the love and care of his parents who held him accountability for his choice to be truthful in all that he did or say.

It was during this same time that our fourth child was approaching his own trial of lying. We realized that the daily examples of lies from our third child had caused an example for him to feel it was acceptable for him to lie over the smallest things, as well.

As parents, it was time to roll up our sleeves and gently lead our children to truth.

How to Gently Lead Your Children Away from Lying

You can easily walk through the important aspects of ‘why truth is so important' and ‘why lying is so damaging' with the easy to remember VOWELS of Dealing With Lying.

A – Accept That Lying Is a Natural Reaction to Consequences 

Every person has told a lie, even George Washington and Honest Abe. It is part of life, and it starts early for most people. There would be absolutely no reason for a person to lie if it weren't for the natural reaction to the concerns of the consequences of an action. The more times that a person is unchecked by another, the easier it is for that person to resort to lying to avoid the consequences they dread.

It is really a natural reaction and it is very important that children understand that it is part of a human life. It is right, but it is normal.

It doesn't make them a horrible, wicked person because they tried to avoid consequences. It just makes them human.

Sadly, adults do this every day in their dealings with other adults. It could be that our observant children have witness someone else getting out of consequences by lying or fear itself drove them to do it.

Either way, you need to be sure to not shame your child into feeling different than you when you were a child.

E – Explain How Sin Can Grow When Left Unchecked

Lying is a normal reaction to consequences but it is still sin. A child needs to understand how sin can grow into habits when consequences aren't put into place to help them overcome this natural tendency.

It is imperative that parents understand their own role in unchecked lies and how easily they can grow when we remain busy and distracted by our other responsibilities. It is our responsibility to be discerning of our children's behavior, and reactions to the behavior.

Help them to understand that together you will work to break the habit of lies, and work to keep truth in all that you both do.

Setting up consequences that the child understands will be the result if they choose to speak lies in the future. Always have them repeat what the consequences will be, and if necessary right them down as a reminder for both of you.

Depending on how much of a lying habit your child has, you may want to consider reminding them of the consequences for lying when asking them a question that you feel may result in them wanting to lie to get out of other consequences.

Be discerning when you are talking to your child about subjects of previous topics that he or she would lie about.

Always speak in a loving and trusting tone, where you child feels safe confiding in you of their wrong actions. The more you demonstrate your love to them the easier it will be for them to open up to you with truth regardless of the consequences.

I – Introduce Your Child to ‘Trust' 

Children need to understand the power of trust and what it really means. They don't just need a definition of trust, but a demonstration of just how important it is in a relationship and when it is broken, how hard it is to put trust in another person.

The perfect way to show them this is having them stand in front of you with their back turn to you. Have them close their eyes and fall into your arms without them looking. Repeat this several times, always catching them. Point out how easier it is for them the more they do it.

Without them knowing, place pillows on the floor while they have their eyes closed and looking straight ahead (another parent may have to help do this part) and just like the other times have them fall back into your arms. This time, don't catch them.

Have them get back into position, and do it again. Only this time, keep the pillows there where they can see them, while ensuring that you will catch them and won't let them fall. Ask them how they feel inside.

Do this a few times until they are feeling more comfortable and trusting you again. Next, have them remove the pillows and get ready to do it again. Ask them how they feel now that the pillows aren't there.

Your child will have such a power demonstration of what it means to trust, and how it feels when trust is broken.

Take sometime to discuss how this is no different for those who are lied to again and again. It is just harder and harder to trust someone, when you broke the trust.

U – Understand That Lying Hurts the Liar

Once a child can completely understand how trust can be damaged or broken when a person is lied to, you need to turn the table to how it makes the person telling the lies, known as a liar, feel when his truthful words can't be trusted.

They need to understand how a habit of lying can change how others see you, and that hurts the liar more than anyone else.

It is harder for them to have friends for a long time, and even when they are telling the truth it is hard for others to really believe them because trust has been broken and not repaired quick enough.

A perfect illustration of this is the story of The Boy Who Cried Wolf.

O – Observe the Feelings of Guilt and Shame Verses Responsibility and Ownership

It is really important that children are able to identify their feelings. When a child first starts tries out lying, they feel a sense of guilt and shame. The danger is if a parent is too busy or distracted to pick up on this uncomfortable reactions a child has when lying, they begin to ignore these feelings and perfect their skill of deceit and dishonesty.

As important as it is for children to learn how to identify their feelings, but they should also understand why these feelings are there in the first time. To do that, they should be encouraged to observe how feelings make them react. When a child is happy, they jump or smile. When they are sad, they cry or frown. When they are scared, they seek security and a sense of protection. When a child feels guilt or shame, they often seek alone time or change the subject.

If they understand why feelings make us do certain things, they will understand why lying isn't something that they should do and their conscience already knows that by their reactions.

Also have them observe how they feel and react when they demonstrate responsibility or ownership for things that they do right and wrong. There is a sense of relief when someone knows that they did something that they were hiding. It is truly the beginning of healing, and it comes in the form of just ‘feeling better' about the situation. They need to understand that taking responsibility and ownership over something is healthy and always the better thing to do.

Check out this for more parenting advice about dealing with lying.


When these steps, or VOWELS of Dealing with Lying, are worked through with children of all ages it is one of the most gentle ways to lead your child to truth, and leave the habit of lying behind them.

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A Book List for Christian Girls

If you are anything like me, you are always looking for good books for your children. My daughter was our avid reader from an early age, and I could hardly keep up with reviewing books for her to read on her own. This book list for Christian girls should help you in your own journey. I love that this list is full of quality books, and void of twaddle to reflect our Charlotte Mason education. 

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A Book List for Christian Girls

As our daughter was approaching her teen years, we desired to fill her reading with inspirational books that would grow her faith, while giving her the joy of reading, both in homeschooling and in her free reading.

This book list for Christian girls is very much a list that has been formed from our experience, and maybe few other nuggets thrown in that were are finding recently that we weren't aware of during her teen years.

Beautiful Girlhood
The Companion Guide to Beautiful Girlhood
Beyond Beautiful Girlhood Plus Companion Guide
Before You Meet Prince Charming: A Guide to Radiant Purity
So Much More
Elsie Dinsmore
Journeys of Faithfulness
Stepping Heavenward
The Basket of Flowers
Amy and Her Brothers
The Children of Cloverly
Comfortable Troubles
Helen's Temper and Its Consequences
The Beggar's Blessing
Jessica's First Prayer
Jill's Red Bag
Lamplighter
A Lost Pearle
Mary Jones and Her Bible
A Peep Behind the Scenes
Rosa of Linden Castle
Trapped Beneath the Surface
The Wide Wide World 
The Wide Wide World II
Zuma and the Secret of Peru
Daughters of Destiny
Mother
Home-Making