Use God’s Word to guide you as you raise your children with these Bible verses about parenting. Are you a parent who longs to honor God with by raising Godly children? Are there days when you simply feel overwhelmed by the task at hand? One of the most important ways you can keep your focus on God while leading your children is to look to God’s word for guidance.
Use this 30 day Bible reading plan of scriptures about parenting as you grow in wisdom, strength, and understanding. You’ll become a mom or dad who serves Jesus as you raise your children.
What Does the Bible Say about Parenting?
I love what Got Questions says here,
“Being a good parent can be a difficult and challenging venture, but at the same time can be the most rewarding and fulfilling thing we ever do. The Bible has a great deal to say about the way we can successfully raise our children to be men and women of God. As a good parent, the first thing we must do is teach them the truth about God’s Word.
Along with loving God and being a godly example by committing ourselves to His commands, we need to heed the command of Deuteronomy 6:7-9 regarding teaching our children to do the same. This passage emphasizes the ongoing nature of such instruction. It should be done at all times—at home, on the road, at night, and in the morning. Biblical truth should be the foundation of our homes. By following the principles of these commands, we teach our children that worshiping God should be constant, not reserved for Sunday mornings or nightly prayers.”
Grab my free printable list of Bible verses about parenting below to encourage you as you instruct your children in God’s Word.
What does the Bible say about mothers?
In Titus 2 we see an insightful Biblical definition of mothers. Being a mother is one of the many important responsibilities in the life of women who chose to be a mom.
In his letter to Titus, Paul says that women are to love their children, love their husbands, be pure, care for their home, and be kind.
I know this can feel overwhelming (as a mom of 5 kids, I so often fall down in all of these areas!) but I trust that the Holy Spirit will continue to grow me in faith and help me improve as a wife and mom.
What does the Bible say about the parent and child relationship?
There are no quick and easy answers for how to navigate the parent-child relationship.
However, the Bible does provide wise guidance about these important relationships. Take comfort that God is the perfect father who disciplines in love and promises to be with us always.
When your children are small, do all you can to invest them and attention to them. Sometimes it’s hard to pull yourself away from important work and household tasks, but paying attention to what is important to them when they are small makes it so they will trust you in the later years when they are older and need your wisdom.
As your children become adults, your relationship will change and you will need to adapt, but you will always play and important role in their lives.
What does the Bible say about strict parents?
Focus on the Family has a series on disciplining children, here is an excerpt:
“Parents can learn how to best discipline their children by taking note of how the Bible says God disciplines us. Any time you see God operating as a parent in Scripture, or see Bible Verses About Parenting, take note. If you’re the kind of parent to your children that God is to His, you’re right on target.
When you consistently discipline your child and do it with the right attitude — compassionately, under wisdom, with consistent boundaries and consequences, and focused on the child’s best outcome — you are expressing love exactly as God sometimes expresses His love. It may seem uncomfortable both to you and your child at the time, but in the long run, it’s the most selfless, compassionate thing you can do to set your child up for happiness in life and fruitfulness in God’s Kingdom.”
Finding the balance between correction and permission is a challenging task. There will be times you mess it up but remember you are doing your best. Pray and ask God for wisdom in parenting decisions and He promises to provide it.
What does Proverbs say about parenting?
Here are helpful verses from Proverbs about parenting.
The fear of the Lord: Proverbs 1:7-9 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck.
Trust in the Lord: Proverbs 3:1-6 My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man. Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths straight.
Wisdom: A Life or Death Issue: Proverbs 13:14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death.
Proverbs 15:24 The path of life leads upward for the wise to keep him from going down to the grave.
Use these verses from Proverbs to guide you in your parenting choices.
Meaningful Bible Verses About Parenting
Here are 30 days of Bible verses for parents. We put these together in sections to make it easy to focus on the verses you need most.
Read one verse per day alone or with your spouse and reflect on how you can grow in your parenting skills as you look to God for guidance.
Bible Verses About Raising Godly Children
Day 1 – Deuteronomy 6:7 “You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.”
Day 2 – Ephesians 6:4 “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”
Day 3 – Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go,
Even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Day 4 – Isaiah 54:13 “All your sons will be taught of the Lord;
And the well-being of your sons will be great.”
Day 5 – 3 John 1:4 “I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.”
Bible Verses for Parents to Trust God
Day 6 – Proverbs 3: 5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Day 7 – Psalm 46:1-3 “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.”
Day 8 – Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Day 9 – 1 Corinthians 16:13 “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.”
Day 10 – Matthew 6:33-34 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Bible Verses for New Moms
Day 11 – 1 Samuel 1:27 “For this child I prayed, and the LORD has granted me my petition that I made to him.”
Day 12 – Psalm 46:5 “God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.”
Day 13 – Psalm 56:3 “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”
Day 14 – Psalm 127:3-4 “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth.”
Day 15 – Proverbs 31:28-30 “Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”
Bible Verses for Fathers
Day 16 – Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Day 17 – Psalm 103:13 “As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;”
Day 18 – Genesis 2:24 “That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.”
Day 19 – Joshua 24:15 “But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”
Day 20 – Proverbs 3:11-12 “My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.”
Bible Verses for When You are Overwhelmed
Day 21 – Matthew 19:26 “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, with men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”
Day 22 – Isaiah 40:31 “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
Day 23 – Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”
Day 24 – Philippians 4:6-7 “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Day 25 – I John 4:4 “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”
Bible Verses about Patience as a Parent
Day 26 – Galatians 6:9 “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.”
Day 27 – Psalm 27:13-14 “Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living. Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.”
Day 28 – James 5:8 “You, too, must be patient. Take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near.”
Day 29 – Proverbs 16:32 “Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city.”
Day 30 – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
How to Use this Bible Reading Plan for Moms and Dads
As much as we all desire to be Godly parents, it’s easy to let daily parenting tasks get in the way of deeper study. That’s why we are giving you this list of bible verses about parenting children in a month-long format.
As a busy mom, I know exactly how hectic the days can be. As the saying goes, the days are long but the years are short.
I encourage you to set aside a short amount of time each day (5-10 minutes) to read the day’s verse, reflect, and pray for God’s direction. If you have time, use a journal for Bible study such as this printable notebook to write about what you learn.
These Bible verses are designed so that you can use them alone or with your spouse. There’s nothing more meaningful to your marriage than praying together for your children.
Single parents can use these verses, too, and grandparents can pray for their adult children or grandchildren.
30 Day Bible Reading Plan about Parenting – Free Printable PDF
Download the printable version of these bible verses about parenting and discipline to grow stronger in your parenting as you learn to raise up a child according to God’s guidance.
What are your favorite Bible verses about parenting? Let us know in the comments below.
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