10 Bible Verses to Encourage the Exhausted Parent
Having the responsibility of raising a child who loves the Lord and makes godly choices isn’t easy and has become even more difficult in the times we have now. Sin has always been here, but now it’s widely accepted as normal and even brave.
Encouraging your children to make wise decisions and helping them realize that their choices not only impact themselves and the people around them, but their future as well, can be exhausting; but it’s so important!
I pray these Bible verses will encourage you.
1) “One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24
And as we grow, each person goes through different seasons of life (marriage, parenthood, etc.) at different times, contributing to the hardship of keeping reliable friends.
But we can take rest in knowing “there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Jesus is with us always, and we can cling to that knowledge for comfort.
2) “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord”. Psalm 27:14
Professing your trust in God can bring you peace. Communicating with God calms the soul and brings peace.
Many times, we expect different things for our children and they end up not happening. Or maybe the things we want for them don’t happen when we expect them to.
But God has His own plans and timing. Trust in Him.
3) “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29
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4) “I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.” Jeremiah 31:25
The Lord can give you rest and comfort if you trust in Him.
Give Him your heart and you’ll find the relationship with Him refreshes your weary heart.
5) “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
Paul was in prison when he wrote these words. Anxiety is a very common feeling and I’m sure Paul had many things to be stressed about. But Paul still knew the Lord works all things together for good and he tells us to trust God, even when we naturally feel anxious.
When you are feeling anxious or worried about your child or their future, remind yourself that prayer and thanking God for what He has already given you, will do much more good than worrying.
6) “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34
When you’re tempted to worry about your child and their future, place your trust in the Lord.
Pray for your child and ask yourself, “How can I help my child grow closer to God?”
7) “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” Isaiah 40:29
Parenting is stressful. In fact, life itself is stressful. But we can take comfort in these words.
Parents, God gives strength.
8) “Train up a child in the way he should go; so even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
Proverbs 22:6 is often misinterpreted; a child who grows up with good instruction and love for God, isn’t guaranteed to never stray into sinful circumstances. And many parents whose children have grown and lost their love for God, will look at this verse and place blame on God for the way their child has turned out.
However, it is quite natural for people to look for answers in the wrong places. So if your child is doing that, pray for them. And take heart in knowing that most children, even when raised with good instruction and love for God, do return to a place of knowing right from wrong.
Proverbs 22:6 is also telling parents that if children are not brought up knowing right from wrong, it is much more likely they will live a more sinful life. This verse tells parents that it is their job to correct their children’s sinful behavior and steer them to make wiser choices.
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.” Deuteronomy 6:6-7
Moses tells us to talk with our children about God. But more importantly, Moses tells us that God should be talked about intentionally throughout the day.
Study the Bible with your children and listen to Christian music with them. To make learning about God’s Word more fun, try a Bible coloring book or purchase the Bible set up similar to a comic book like the one below.
And tell your children that you are thankful God blessed you with them. 🙂
10) “Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward.” Psalm 127:3
Take a moment to remind yourself that your children are a blessing from God!
And take heart! You have the strength to continue and by going to God with your troubles and stresses, you’ll find peace and comfort.
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