COVID-19 is having a negative effect on children and adults worldwide. Changes to our regular routines, living situations, time spent with friends and family, access to medical treatment, engagement in physical activities, what we’re eating, and the use of technology, are profoundly influencing our emotional and intellectual wellbeing. For children in particular, new protocols in schools can be an additional source of anxiety.
Recognizing some unease at the school where she teaches, my wife recently selected some children-relevant scriptures she could use to encourage her Christian students. It’s a great idea. While there are many quotes and good things we can say to inspire and reassure children, there’s nothing better than sharing God’s Word with them.
So, here are Karen’s 20 verses (below). Use them to encourage your children. And think of creative ways to share them. Maybe write one on a post-it note and stick it on the bathroom mirror, include one in a lunch box, make a card, or send one as a text if you have older children.
You are the pride of your parents (Proverbs 17:6).
You are the crown of your grandparents (Proverbs 17:6).
You are a gift from the Lord (Psalm 127:3).
You are a real blessing! (Psalm 127:3).
Nothing makes me happier than hearing that you’re walking in the truth! (3 John 3:4).
I am like a joyful warrior because you are my arrow (Psalm 127:4-5).
You’re wonderfully complex and marvellously made (Psalm 139:14).
God will reveal His ways to you (Luke 10:21, Matthew 11:25).
You are the pride and joy of the kingdom of God (Luke 18:16).
Jesus said that the kingdom of heaven belongs to little children (Mark 10:14).
Jesus is with you always (Matthew 28:20).
You are the apple of His eye (Psalm 17:8).
You are God’s masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10).
You are more valuable than a whole flock of sparrows (Matthew 10:29).
All the hairs on your head are numbered (Luke 12:7).
You are God’s special possession (1 Peter 2:9).
You are a delight to God (Psalm 149:4).
You are a treasure (Deuteronomy 7:6).
You make God sing! (Zephaniah 3:17).
Things will go well with you when you obey your parents (Ephesians 6:1-3).
Durbin, Kara. Parenting With Scripture: A Topical Guide for Teachable Moments, Moody Press, 2001
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