I look into their faces and hear their melodious laughter and they make me swoon.
I want more than the world for them. I want the eternal world for them.
And I jolt back to my own experiences and reality. The hurts from other women. The pain from a divorce. The consequences of bad choices that are always forgiven but can still haunt me on the days I forget who I am in Him.
I realize at this moment when the innocent and authentic collide, that I can’t keep them in a bubble.
They’re going to be hurt by other women. They will make bad choices. I pray from the depths of my soul they don’t experience divorce – but they might.
Much will change as they grow older and unfortunately, it’s inevitable that the innocence will begin to chip away.
But what won’t change? His truths. He was and is and is to come. He’s the same. Always.
The comfort this brings me is overwhelming.
So while I believe ALL of scripture is sacred and God-breathed, there are some verses I want my kids to have memorized before they leave my nest.
Ten Bible Verses I Want My Children To Know
1. Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” – Hebrews 13:5
2. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. – Psalm 139:13-14
3. Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. – Hebrews 11:1
4. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. – Joshua 1:9
5. I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness. – Jeremiah 31:3
6. A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. – Proverbs 15:1
7. Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you,leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift. – Matthew 5:23-24
8. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! – 2 Corinthians 5:17
9. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28
10. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. – Galatians 5:22-23
Who wants to join me in encouraging our kids to memorize scripture? I’ll be doing it right along with them. I plan to take each of these and put them on our “Bible tile” in the kitchen. Those who memorize it by the end of the week get to have an extra dessert on the night of their choice. Now THAT motivates my crew…What verse(s) do you want your children to memorize?
Love this tile from Dayspring!
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