I love being a mommy and I certainly love my children, but parenting is hard. The day I became a parent, I was introduced to a whole new level of fear the moment I realized I was now responsible for these fragile little babies that were completely dependent on me. Are they eating enough? Are they nursing right? Are they sleeping the right way? Are they pooping like they should? Even the funny noises they made while sleeping were reasons for me to worry.
There is a whole new level of guilt too. Indeed, the more I read about parenting, the more I realize I am not alone on this one. Whether we feel guilty about having to go to work, or not pursuing our careers, letting them cry themselves to sleep, or over-parenting… There is enough guilt for everyone!
At our house, there are often days when nothing goes as planned. The kids are fighting all day, there are toys and clothes scattered everywhere, meals to be prepared, a pile of laundry to be done, and my patience is gone by lunch. By the time I finally get to bed at night, I feel like a huge failure.
Do you have those days too?
Before my children were born, as I was reading one of my all time favorite parenting books, entitled The First 7 Years by Kay Kuzma, I came across a helpful list of reassuring Bible promises intended to encourage parents during these difficult days. At the time, they were not as relevant to me as they are today and I confess I had forgotten all about this list for a while. However, I am so happy to have found it again. As I was reviewing the promises for myself these last few days, I realized this was too good to keep to myself so, here it is:
Bible Promises for Parents From The First 7 Years by Kay Kuzma
(Paraphrased from NKJV)
When you are exhausted…
And don’t think you have the strength to pick up your fussy baby one more time, try Nehemiah 8:10:
“‘The joy of the Lord is my strength.'”
When you’ve had a challenging day with your children…
Remind yourself of their value by repeating Psalm127:3:
“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of my womb is a reward.”
When you feel the devil is causing bedlam in your home…
Stirring up strife and chaos, claim Isaiah 49:25:
“‘For I will contend with him who contends with you, and I will save your children.'”
Pray this promise. Ask the Lord to contend with the devil as He says He will, and claim the promise that He will save your children. Then when you’ve given Him the mess of your life, go to bed and get a good night’s sleep!
When you start the day praying, “Lord help me be the very best teacher for my child today,” and then at bedtime you feel like a failure…
Remind yourself of Isaiah 54:13:
“All my children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of my children.”
Claim this promise. Ask the Lord to fill in where you’ve failed.
When the round of daily activities starts getting to you…
And you’re tempted to think there is no escape from the endless loads of laundry and the stack of dirty dishes, remember Jeremiah 29:11-13:
“For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”
Then remind yourself, there is a future beyond young children!
When your children have just done what you vowed they would never do…
And they’re being influenced by questionable peers, maybe it’s time for Jeremiah 31:17:
“There is hope in your future, says the Lord, ‘that your children shall come back to their own border.”
When all your resolutions about being a great parent fly out the window…
And in anger you’ve said things to the kids you wish you’d never said. Philippians 1:6 is a great promise:
“He who has begun a good work in my children will complete it.”
When you’ve got the flu, the baby’s crying, the phone is ringing, your spouse is away on a business trip…
The kids just spilled cereal all over the kitchen floor, and the dog is whining to be let out, it’s time for Philippians 4:13:
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
When you’ve been up all night with a sick child…
And you’re desperate for a hot bath and a little sleep, but you’re too busy parenting to even think about your own needs, remember Philippians 4:19:
“My God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
When you don’t know what to do…
Hold on to James 1:5, and tell yourself:
“If I lack wisdom and ask God, He’ll give it to me.”
These promises have been so encouraging to me I decided I needed to have them in a place I could easily find throughout the day. With that in mind, I created a PDF file that contains all of these promises neatly organized in one page that I can print and stick to my refrigerator or carry around in my bag. If you would like a copy of this file, you can download it for free by clicking on the link below. Once you have it on your computer, you can print it for yourself and share with all your friends who might also need these powerful words of encouragement.
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