May 6, 2014

Encouraging our Children with God's Word

When I'm caught up in the duties of life as a mother, I forget that my children are people.  They are not robots to program with obedience.  They are not burdens to bear until they move out.  They are not projects to work on and complete.  They are people, with desires, gifts, dreams, and emotions, like my friends and me.

They are more like me than they are different.

Yet when I see their fears, doubts, or anger bubble up to the surface, I can be dismissive, even rude - especially if it is after bedtime!

How quickly I forget what it is like to be a child.

Almost ten years old can seem so mature, but she comes to us with the fears that taunt her as she tries to fall asleep at night.

I was once that girl.

So I pray.  I pray for God to soften my heart and forgive me for my lack of compassion.  I pray for God to give me wisdom about how to encourage this not-so-little-anymore girl in our care.  I pray for practical ideas.

Here's the fruit of that last prayer, a ring of index cards about trusting God when we are afraid.  Maybe a little or big person in your life could use some encouragement like this.  All you need are some index cards, a hole puncher, a bible with a concordance, a pen, and a fastener.

I would never hesitate to use the Word to encourage a friend; I'm glad God clued me in to the fact that I can do the same for our children.  Be nice, I'm a slow learner, friends!

Have a lovely day!


  1. This is excellent. We are dealing with a or of fears with N. I'm copying this for sure. Would you care to share some of the verses you used?

    1. Great, Trista! Here are the references I included. I was thinking I can add to them as I come across others in my personal study and I can suggest that she do the same. Anyway, here they are: Psalm 4:8, 29:11, 56:3, 121:5-8; Isaiah 26:3, 43:1; John 14:1; Romans 8:37-39; Philippians 4:6-7; II Thessalonians 3:16.

    2. I finally started on this tonight. Thanks again

  2. This is fabulous. I am a newbie as I call myself. I came back to the church 9 yrs. ago but it wasn't til I lost my dad 2 yrs ago that it really sank in. My relationship with Christ is what gets me through. I am so going to do this for my kids. I have 7. Ages 17 to 2. thanks for this posting today. It really touched me. I sometimes forget that they are people, not just my children, who seem to drive me crazy at times. Thanks again

    1. Oh Amy, praise God for His work in your life! And I know you've got a house full of joy (and lots of laundry) with a crew of 7. Fantastic! You're very welcome for posting. Thank YOU for taking the time to comment. Have a great day!