There are so many Scriptures to teach our children as they grow and develop into godly men and women. One of the greatest ways we can give our children a solid biblical foundation is to teach our children the powerful truths in the Word of God.
So where do we start?
There are so many wonderful Scriptures in the Bible that we can teach our children, and it can sometimes be overwhelming.
Here are seven powerful Scriptures that we can teach our children TODAY as they grow and develop into amazing, God-honoring leaders of tomorrow!
1. Teach your Children to Love God’s Word Using Psalm 1
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. Psalm 1:1-2
Since I was a young girl, the words of this Psalm have guided my path. I truly believe this is due to the work of the Holy Spirit, and the godly influence of my mom.
My mom taught us Scripture, read Bible stories to us, and taught us tons of Bible songs that I still remember to this day.
The words of Psalm 1 can instill in us a love for God’s Word and a desire to live a godly life.
2. Teach your Children to Pray without Ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
My mom always kept journals around the house where she would write her thoughts and prayers.
Many times I remember waking up as a teen and going downstairs to find her on her knees in prayer.
My mom is still a praying woman, and even though her children are now adults, she never ceases to pray for us.
Are you an example to your children of how we are to pray without ceasing? Do they see you turn to God in prayer when the storms of life rage around us?
The best way we can teach our children to “pray without ceasing” is to– pray!
3. Teach Your Children to Read the Word Daily (Deuteronomy 6:4-7)
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 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. Deuteronomy 6:4-7
For years my mother owned the older version of the Ryrie Study Bible–I still remember the gold lettering and red logo printed on the front cover.
Over the years, my mom used this Bible so much that her treasured book became worn and tattered. This was proof of the countless hours my mom spent (and still spends) in the Word of God on a daily basis.
We must teach our children to read God’s Word by reading it ourselves.
Allow them to see how much you love and treasure God’s Word. Open God’s Word together at the dinner table and read Scripture before meals.
Teaching our children Scripture as we go about our daily lives is a powerful way for the Word of God to become rooted and planted in their hearts.
4. Teach your Children to Encourage one Another Daily (Hebrews 3:13)
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. Hebrews 3:13
Back in the days before blogging was popular, my mom wrote, printed, and mailed a monthly newsletter to friends and family called The Encourager.
In those newsletters my mom wrote stories, shared Scripture, and gave godly encouragement to others through the Word of God.
Many people expressed how grateful they were to receive these special newsletters crafted with love.
My siblings and I often helped her fold and stamp these letters, never realizing that one day I would become inspired to write my own blog to encourage others!
Our children are watching us, and will follow our examples. Brainstorm ways you and your family can encourage others, and make it a family project.
Send letters to a friend.
Call a family member.
Send a gift to someone.
These are powerful ways we can teach our children to be a blessing to others!
Here is a printable postcard that you can download to send to others to make their day special. You can use these as Mother’s Day cards, or greeting cards any time of the year!
5. Teach your Children to be Hospitable (1 Peter 4:9)
Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 1 Peter 4:9
I remember my parents hosting many gatherings at our home. Our house was a warm haven for others, and always welcomed family and friends.
My parents hosted Bible studies in our home for several years, and I always enjoyed the aroma of freshly brewed coffee that filled the house as we waited for guests to arrive.
We were also excited to have company over because that usually meant my mom would make one of our favorite desserts–raspberry cookie bars!
Teach your children to value the gift of godly hospitality.
It is a wonderful way to reach out to others, and to teach your children to serve their guests with a heart of love.
6. Teach your Children that God is our Provider (Philippians 4:19)
And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
When my dad died back in 2000, my mom taught me and my siblings what it truly means to trust the Lord with all your heart.
I saw her gracefully learn to lean on God as her source of comfort and strength, and to rely upon Him to be her provider and protector.
The Lord continually provided for our every need, and we learned to trust and depend on him for everything.
As we navigate through life, we will experience loss, illness, and other unexpected circumstances.
It is essential that we give our children a solid foundation of faith, so that when life is difficult, they can stand firm on the Word of God.
Praise God that he is our Jehovah Jireh, and will provide for our needs!
7. Teach your Children that All Things Work Together for Good (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. Romans 8:28
In the years after my dad’s death, things weren’t always easy.
My mom had to learn to raise three adolescents as a single mother-but Romans 8:28 was one of her favorite verses, and she often quoted it during the challenging times.
She trusted and believed that God would work the difficult moments of life together for His good, pleasing, and perfect plan for our lives–a powerful truth I find myself returning to often.
As I reflect on my childhood, adolescence, and adulthood, I am truly thankful for my mother. The biblical truths I have learned from her have shaped me into the person I am today.
I pray that as I raise my own children, they too will one day rise and call me blessed.
As we raise our children in this world that can be filled with trouble and uncertainty, it is imperative that we equip our children with the truth of God’s Word by teaching them these powerful Scriptures.
I pray that as we instill these powerful truths within their hearts, they will not depart from God’s unshakable truth!
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