Biblical Affirmations for our Children
This school year has come and gone so quickly! Looking back over the past year, I am eternally grateful for all of the teachers, assistants, volunteers and the administration for ushering our Weekday Schoolers along, instilling Godly principles within them, teaching them life and social skills, and making God’s word come to life in an exciting way. It is truly a gift they have given our children.
The thought of summer for me is both exciting (being able to step back a bit, rush a little less, and enjoy looser schedules) and daunting (thinking about how am I going to entertain my children for 3 months!). It seems like in my household, more concentrated time together makes for more discord as well. In case that happens in your house too, I wanted to share some Bible verses that we use as mantras in my family that keep us all aligned to God’s word.
Slow to anger, abounding in love
Psalm 85:15: But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.
We say this as a reminder of God’s character during a disagreement between my children, and truthfully, it helps me as a parent as well.
Bear good fruit
Colossians 1:9b-11: We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience.
My kids love the fruit analogy and envisioning a tree bearing good fruit (perhaps because they love eating it so much)! Sometimes we even pretend to be fruit trees, or talk about which kinds of fruit our tree will bear that day, and how we need to be sweet like the fruit on our trees.
Do not fear, for God is with you
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.
I seem to come back to this verse again and again because it is so applicable in so many circumstances. I love telling it to my children so they remember that when they feel scared during any part of their day, they know that God is with them and they are never alone.
Make a joyful noise
Psalm 98:4: Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.
When there is an abundance of complaining or whining, encouraging our children to choose joyful and happy noises instead helps them understand how important their words and tone are.
Build each other up
1 Thessalonians 5:11: Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
It’s so important to teach our children to encourage each other, and this mantra is a great reminder of that. Just as our children want to be treated with kindness, they should extend that to their siblings and friends.
Also, just as our children need to be reminded of these principles, we as parents do as well. I'm always humbled when I'm reminded that I need the very same lessons I'm trying to teach my children. I will be praying for a safe, fun, and joyous summer for your family!
Amy Mixson, Faith and Family Coordinator