As a parent, one of the greatest gifts God could bless us with is the love of our children. We are their protectors and their biggest cheerleaders. We kiss their boo-boos, we tuck them in at night with bedtime prayers, and we sacrifice so they won’t go without. God has entrusted us with these amazing individuals, and we are to raise them in the way God intends for us to. We are to instruct them concerning who God is, who they are, and the Good News for those who trust in Him. We are to teach them right from wrong, how to be a friend, how to respect their elders, and how to love.
Eventually times will come when they will have to decide how to live in light of what we have taught them and done for them. There will be moments when we will not be there to kiss the boo-boos or make the sacrifices for them. In those moments, and in every moment, there is One who will ALWAYS be enough. Life is not always easy, but for those who love God it is entirely worthwhile and purposed. So we should endeavor to point our children towards their Creator, to instill them with values based on His expectations, and to trust and thank Him through both the hard times and the good times.
So in my first post I wanted to share a list of what I believe are some of the most important verses for my children to learn while they are still young. These are certainly not the only verses I will teach my children, and they should be taught according to their correct context and application. My hope though is that my children will learn from these verses treasured and stored in their hearts and will be able to turn to Christ in every moment.
1) 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.
2) Ephesians 2:4-5 — But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—
3) 1 Timothy 4:12 –Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
4) 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 –But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
5) Proverbs 31:30 –Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
6) Proverbs 31:25 –She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.
7) Psalms 61:2 –From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
8) Psalm 46:5 –God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.
9) Matthew 17:20 –He replied, “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.”
10) Psalm 56:3 –When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
11) John 13:7 –Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
12) Romans 12:2 –Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
13) Mark 5:36 –Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”
14) James 1:17 –Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
15) Ecclesiastes 3:11 –He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
16) Proverbs 31:8–Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.
17) Esther 4:16–“Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”