Monday, December 30, 2013

14 Bible Verses For Parents in 2014

New Years can be a time for reflection.  A time to think about the way we live our lives.  God's Word is the best source to guide us in any goal, resolution, or change that we might decide to make in the New Year.  Here is a list of Bible verses to help light your path as you think about your family in 2014. (I did 14 verses, because 2,014 verses would be a little cumbersome as a blog post!)

1. Proverbs 1:7
"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction." 
As parents we need knowledge.  Also, so much of our children's lives is spent acquiring knowledge.  It is great to know where we both should begin, having awe and respect for God.  Check out this related post.
2. Psalm 145:4
"One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts."
What a delight to teach our children about God's amazing power and mighty works.  Check out Psalms 78 for more about teaching our children about God's power and might. Check out this related post.

3, 4, & 5. Ephesians 6:1-3
"Children, obey your parent in the Lord: for this is right. Honor thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth."
As a parent many of my desires for my children's lives can be boiled down to: for it to be well with them and for them to live long on the earth.  Teaching obedience is work, but it has great results!

6. Proverbs 29:17
"Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart." ESV
Correcting my children takes effort and work, but in the end there is great rest and delight.

7. Proverbs 16:24
"Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones."
By working on speaking pleasant words, I am giving my family something that is sweet to the soul and healthy for them also! Read more here.

8.  Psalm 128:1
"How blessed is everyone who fears the LORD, Who walks in His ways." NASB
As we fear, reverence, the LORD God and walk in God's ways we will be blessed this next year.  Continue reading the rest of Psalm 128 to see how the whole family benefits.

9. Psalm 127:3
"Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward."  ESV
Teaching, training, feeding, clothing, and loving children takes a lot of work, but they are also such a wonderful blessing from God.  Continuing reading Psalm 127.

10. Deuteronomy 6:7
"You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk to them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise." ESV
With the beginning of the year, it is a great time to decide to be diligent this next year in teaching our children throughout daily life.  Check out this related post.

11, 12, 13, &14. Proverbs 6:20-23
"My son, keep your father's commandment, and forsake not your mother's teaching.  Bind them on your heart always; tie them around your neck.  When you walk, they will lead you; when you lie down, they will watch over you; and when you awake, they will talk with you.  For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the ways of life" ESV
This is such a beautiful long term goal we can have for our children.  For what we teach them this year to be held onto in their hearts.  And then in the years to come God's Word to lead them in life.

© Brigette Hill, 2013

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