10 Verses For When You Struggle with Parenting

Are you a weary mom?

Do you struggle with how to parent your children?

God has given our children to us for a short time – they are a gift. Some days are so rewarding.

And then…there are days when the sacrifice and patience that it takes to train them does not feel like much of a reward and I am reminded – God is not just doing a work in their lives – but he is using them to do a work in my life.

God’s Word brings help and strength to our weary hearts. It will also give you the purpose, strength, joy, hope, and the love you need to complete the tasks God has given you in your parenting journey!

Let’s take a look together at what His Word says.

Here’s 10 Verses for When You Struggle with Parenting-

1. God has given your children to you- you are the best mother for them. He wants to lead you and guide you as you raise them.

He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young. ~Isaiah 40:11

2. Allow your parenting struggles to drive you to your knees in prayer- rather than try to do it all on your own strength.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. ~Psalm 46:1

3. Raising children requires a lot of patience. Are your standards too high for them? Remember that they are not adults- and they are not going to act like adults.

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. ~Romans 12:12

4. Fear will make you do crazy stuff…yell, scream, say harsh words, threaten, –it makes you desperate to get through to your kids. Do not be controlled by fears and worries- surrender them to God.

Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. ~Matthew 6:33-34

5. Do not lean on your own wisdom- ask God for His wisdom.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. ~James 1:5

6. Do not approach your children with anger or a bad attitude. You will have to be strong, consistent, and gentle in your explanations and instructions as you guide them.

Do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. ~Ephesians 6:4

7. Do not be a distant or distracted parent- we must discipline our children when it is needed. It does not feel pleasant to do so, but it is good for their growth and character.

For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. ~Hebrews 12:11

8. You can focus on what kind of role model you are to your children- but ultimately, you can’t control how they act. The measure of your parenting is not based on your child’s behavior.

Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned. ~Titus 2:7-8

9. Our role as a parent is not just to discipline and train them- we must also encourage them. Look for opportunities daily to build your children up.

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. ~1 Thessalonians 5:11

10. God wants you to rejoice, pray, and give thanks during this parenting journey- this is His will for you.

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. ~1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Motherhood is not a sprint, it’s a marathon.
We will not train our children for life all during the pre-school days.  It’s a minute by minute, hour by hour, daily, yearly process and we must be patient.  We must do the right things at home where no one can see.   Read God’s word to them, love them, kiss them, nourish them and discipline them over and over and over and over.  And in time, the fruit of our labor will begin to show. 

It can take for what feels like an eternity for your “behind closed doors” training to reveal itself “in public”.  But even if it doesn’t – that does not make you a bad mom. It makes you a NORMAL mom!!!

Dear weary mama, do not give up. Keep sowing the seeds of righteousness in your children’s lives.  The fruit of your labor is coming!  I can’t tell you when you will see it – but I now know that all of those talks and many tears are a part of the journey.

Keep walking with the King!

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One Comment

  1. Deuteronomy 6:6-7 – “And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”

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