I’ve been part of a Bible in 90 Days reading group over at Our Good Life since February 1, 2012 and some parts of it have been hard. It’s a lot of reading. It’s about an hour a day, and I’ve been behind several times already. But lately we’ve been in Psalms and Proverbs, which are some of my favorites parts, so I’m right back on track again.
There are just so many treasures in the book of Proverbs! You just can’t even read it without being convicted. There’s so many good ones I couldn’t even begin to pick a favorite! And every time I repeat one to our family, I can feel it echoing in my heart. They’re applicable to every single one of us!
For my little Cowboy, we’ve been using Proverbs 20:11 to praise and encourage him when we see him doing something great. God loves to see His little boys helping with the groceries, letting ladies go first, or doing their homework cheerfully.
“Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether is be right.” (Proverbs 20:11, KJV)
And we’ve been using Proverbs 25:28 to help try to teach him some self-control over his temper.
“Hs that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.” (Proverbs 25:28, KJV)
For the Ladybug’s struggles at school, we’ve started reminding her of Proverbs 21:5.
“The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.” (Proverbs 21:5, KJV)
And I find myself repeating Proverbs 16:24 over and over to myself when dealing with getting her school work done!
“Pleasant words are as honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.” (Proverbs 16:24, KJV)
And our little Speedracer? Proverbs 15:3 is easy for him to understand and take to heart (and memorize!).
“The eyes of the Lord are every place, beholding the evil and the good.” (Proverbs 15:3, KJV)
We also talk with him about the sluggardly ant (Proverbs 6:6-11), but the actual King James Version language in those verses is a little difficult for a 4 year old.
That’s one reason I love the Proverbs-based children’s books that Elizabeth George wrote with her husband Jim. God’s Wisdom for Little Girls is a fun rhyming storybook based on the Proverbs 31 woman. No “sugar and spice” here–God’s little girl is prayerful, cheerful, diligent, kind, creative…all the wonderful traits I look up to myself in the Proverbs 31 woman. God’s Wisdom for Little Boys is based on other Proverbs verses and is equally meaningful but kid-friendly. God’s little boy is brave, prayerful, responsible, cheerful…and always in the company of an adorable little yellow lab puppy. I bought them both almost two years ago and my kiddos still don’t mind reading them again and again. (These two books and the Llama, Llama books are the ones we always give as gifts to friends and family.)
Do you have a favorite proverb or bit of wisdom you use in parenting?