It was a mother’s neighborhood Bible study gathering. To help us get to know one another, a roll of paper towels was passed around our circle. We were to each tear off the next paper towel on the roll when it was our turn. On each piece of paper towel was a different question to answer.

The question I received went something like this: “What is the hardest thing about being a parent?”

My heart readily knew what answer I would give: “Being the example God wants me to be before my children.” That is a privilege, but it is also hard! I have so much growing to do. Yet I know that God understands, forgives and helps me as I call out to Him.

Can you identify with me on any of the following heart cries?

“I don’t know how to help to my child with this concern.”
“I don’t know what to do next as we endeavor to spiritually nurture our children at home.”
“I am so tired……”
“Oh, no, I didn’t speak in love, or listen with love, or instruct in love.”
“I know that I was not the example God wanted me to be before my children in that situation.”
If you can identify with me, be assured, God cares and is ready to help.

Isaiah 40: 11 says, “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.” We can look to God to gently lead us as we care for our children. Isn’t that wonderfully reassuring?

One way we can look to God for His leadership in spiritually nurturing our children at home is to talk to our gentle Shepherd, using the truth of God’s Word to guide us. In our last post, we talked about using Bible verses as we pray for our children. Thankfully, oh so thankfully, we can also use Bible verses to guide us as we pray for ourselves.

Let’s take a look at a few of the many verses we can use in prayer for ourselves as we endeavor to spiritually nurture our children. We will look at the verse first, and then comment on how the verse can be used in prayer.

Matthew 6:33 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

We can ask the Lord to give us a heart that puts the spiritual nurturing of our children at the top of the day’s to do list and as priority over our children’s academic curriculum.

James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”

We can ask the Lord for wisdom and direction with our Bible Time. He knows our children far, far better than we do and He knows what they need. There were times when our daughters were growing up when I didn’t know what to focus on next in Bible Time. But when I prayed for directions, God was so faithful to guide me.

Psalm 141:3 “Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.”

We can ask for God to put a guard over the words of our mouth.

1 Corinthians 13:4a “Love is patient, love is kind.”

We can ask that we would love our children in a patient and kind way.

1 Kings 3:9a “So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong.”

We can ask for a discerning heart to distinguish between right and wrong as we train our children.

Job 21:2 “Listen carefully to my words; let this be the consolation you give me.”

We can ask that we would listen carefully to what our children say and that as we do, they would find comfort in our listening.

And then….we can pray some more!

What is a favorite Bible verse you like to use in prayer as you prepare to spiritually nurture your children at home? Would you be willing to take a minute and share it with us? It could be just the verse one of us would like to use in prayer today!

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.