Our children discover their value and worth in the mirror of those closest to them…by how much they are looked at, listened to, touched, by what we say to them and say about them, and how much time we make for them.
Norman Wright and Gary Oliver
From the book “Raising Kids to Love Jesus”
Parenting Scripture References
Nurturing Your Child’s Spirituality
Love the Lord God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give to you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them upon your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, and when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads: Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained in it.
Knowing Your Children
My sheep listen to my voice: I know them, and they follow me.
By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established: through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.
Loving Your Children
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trust, always hopes, always perseveres.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Teaching Your Children
Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not turn from it.
Living Joyfully for Your Children
The Ephraimites will become like mighty men, and their hearts will be glad as with wine. Their children will see it and be joyful; their hearts will rejoice in the Lord.
God Nurtures You to Nurture Your Children
He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; He gently leads those that have young.
Some Fun Family Devotional Ideas
The Compliment Plate
Each night as you sit down to eat supper with your family give one person a special plate. This is the compliment plate. Whoever receives the compliment plate that night gets a compliment from everyone at the table. Rotate the plate so each night someone different will get the special compliment plate (including mom and dad). When asked why we do this, read Ephesians 4:29.
A Reminder to Pray
Parents, when you take your shoes off each night put them under your bed. So, when you wake up and get dressed in the morning you will have to get on your knees to reach your shoes. While you are there on your knees pray for your children and their day. 1Thessalonians 5:17
Jesus is the Comforter
On a cold winter night lay a comforter from your bed down on the floor. Roll your child up in it. They usually love this. Ask the children if they feel warm and snug. You might also ask does it feel good to be warm and snug. While they are immobilized by being wrapped in the blanket tell them to stay there, get your Bible, and read about Jesus being the comforter. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Water Balloon Fights with Your Children are Biblical
Set up a time for a special water fight with your kids. Use hoses, buckets, etc…challenge your children to take you on. Bring the neighborhood kids in as well. Have fun, laugh, throw water, etc. When there is time for a break, explain that because of God and Jesus you have a love and joy for life and they are a part of that. Read Zechariah 10:7 and understand that the joy you communicate will be reflected in their heart.
Encouraging Stories for Younger Children
Tell the story of your child’s day. However, to reinforce positive attributes only, mention the positive things your children did. For example, once upon a time a little boy named _________ got up this morning and put his clothes on all by himself. He did a great job at school and even made a new friend by being kind to someone, etc. (go into detail in the story). Feel free to incorporate God’s presence into the story. Psalm 139:7-10
Place a jar or container on your kitchen table and fill it with small cards with short scripture verses on them. At dinner draw a card out, read the scripture, and take a few minutes to discuss the verse over your meal. Rotate who gets to draw the card out each night. Deuteronomy 6:4-8
Classic Movie Night
For something fun on a cold winter’s night, rent some movie classics, get out your fluffiest blankets and your slippers, and snuggle up. During intermission make some indoor snowballs to eat. Talk about the movie with your children. Talk about what is right and wrong, helpful harmful, etc… Proverbs 22:6
Indoor Snowball: Quickly roll scoops of hard ice cream in mounds of shredded coconut. Serve snowball on a chilled platter with chocolate sauce, nuts and sprinkles on the side.
Homemade cards add your family’s touch to special occasions like Christmas, Easter, and Valentine’s Day (be sure to make up your own holidays). Turn card making into a party by having treats and drinks for all your hard workers. Have plenty of construction paper, stickers, stamps, glitter, and so forth on hand. Encourage everyone to use their creativity and to put their name on the back of the cards they make (just like Hallmark!). Ephesians 5:1-2
For the Birds
Decorate one of your outdoor trees with food for the birds. Frost pine cones or jar lids with peanut butter and tie them to the tree with colorful ribbons. Fill orange rinds with birdseed and nestle them among the branches. Use a squeeze bottle to drizzle honey over branches. String popcorn or cranberries and drape on the tree. These are the treats your feathered friends will cherish! Psalms 24:1
Surprise your hard-working student with a homework holiday! Instead of doing homework in the usual place, head to the sandy shores of a sun-kissed beach or lake, or choose a quiet retreat under some shade trees at a local park. Later, after the homework is finished, take some time to play. Both you and your child will benefit when you begin to find creative ways to add simple pleasures to everyday life. Galatians 5:22
Family-Room Camp Out
Bring out your sleeping bags and pillows and set up your campsite on the family-room floor in front of the fireplace (or use a candle in a jar as your campfire). Turn out the lights, sing old campfire songs, tell funny stories, make shadow puppets and see who can make the silliest face while shining a flashlight under their chin. Proverbs 24:3-4
Lay out one night with your children and look at the starts. Try to give all the stars names. You should have trouble coming up with names for all the starts you can see. Grab your Bible and read Psalms 147:4. Let your children know that God placed all the starts in the sky and He knows them all by name.
Summer Means Staying Up Later…Staying Up Later Means Pillow Fights
Stop your kids and ask them to come into the bedroom and sit down. Read Ephesians 6:12 (For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms). Explain this scripture in simple terms discussing how Satan wants to take away your relationship with the Lord. Explain how Bible study, faith, prayer, and a personal relationship with God can stop Satan. Take some time to pray. Then explain how mama and daddy can win in a giant pillow fight (make a no hitting in the head rule).
Summer Means…Taking a Walk at Night with Your Flashlights
Take a walk at night around your neighborhood with a flashlight. Find a stopping point, sit down, and read this scripture, “Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path” Psalm 119:105. Have fun teaching your children the Bible is their guide and their light.
Summer Means a Time for “Anointed” Super Power Wrestling in the Yard or Pool
Read in Acts Chapter 2 of how the Holy Spirit came to the disciples and empowered them to do wondrous signs and miracles. Explain that everyone who accepts Jesus as Savior has access to the Holy Spirit and is given special gifts to use for the Kingdom of God. Help your children begin to learn and understand their gifts (1 Corinthians 12). Then wrestle but give your children super power so even the slightest touch will send you flying across the yard. Use this as a means to show how God empowers you to be like Jesus.