As a child, one thing my mom always kept handy was a Bible. Whether she opened it very often or not is another topic, but there was never a time that we couldn't go to different places in our house and locate a Bible. My maternal grandmother on the other hand, is someone that I know for sure always opened her Bible, and always had the right scripture or proverb to administer out to me for every situation. Though it was my grandmother, and not always my mother, she always had the most amazing proverbs that every parent should read.
Whether it was for disobedience, discouragement, or reminding me of God's promises, my grandmother always knew the right things to say and the right prayers to pray. Now that I'm older and have discovered my own ability to do as she's done, I find myself thanking her and my mother for what they instilled in me as a child. Although my mom didn't quote scripture to us on the regular, the way she carried herself and brought us up, were ways that only a woman confident in herself could do. I see those same qualities in my sister, who is now the mother of my beautiful 2-year-old niece. All of who I am now, who my sister is, and who my niece will become has to do with the things that my parents and my grandparents invested into me and my spiritual strength as a child.
Being a parent can be tough ― I'm sure ― but having all the right inspiration to revert back to when you feel at your lowest, when you feel drained, or when you feel like your children are rebelling, can help you stay strong. If you're not sure where to start, try keeping these 15 proverbs on standby to always revert back to.
"So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." ― Matthew 6:34
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." ― Philippians 4:6
"Train up a child in the way he should go; Even when he is old he will not depart from it." ― Proverbs 22:6
"And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, 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." ― Deuteronomy 6:6-7
"Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord." ― Ephesians 6:4
"Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged." ― Colossians 3:21
"Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, The fruit of the womb a reward." ― Psalms 127:3
"Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him." ― Psalms 103:13
"But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever." ― 1 Timothy 5:8
"Correct your son, and he will give you comfort; He will also delight your soul." ― Proverbs 29:17
"Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right." ― Ephesians 6:1
"Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good." ― Romans 12:9
"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." ― 1 Corinthians 13:13
"Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love." ― Ephesians 4:2
"Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised." ― Proverbs 31:30