As Christian parents, the Bible should be our main source of inspiration in how to correct our kids and guide them in righteous living. However, it never hurts to have some application and commentary from trusted Christian pastors, leaders and parents. I hope you find these quotes for Christian parents to inspire, encourage, and help you.
15 Quotes to Inspire Christian Parents
1. Get Parenting Advice from God’s Word
“Children are truly a blessing from God. Unfortunately, they don’t come with an instruction manual. But there’s no better place to find advice on parenting than the Word of God, which reveals a heavenly Father who loves us and calls us His children. It contains great examples of godly parents. It gives direct instructions on how to parent, and it is filled with many principles we can apply as we strive to be the best parents we can be.”– Adrian Rogers
There are so many example of godly parents in the Bible. I think of Moses’ parents bold faith, of Hannah and her prayers, and of Zechariah and Elizabeth who “walked blameless before the Lord”. The number one being our Heavenly Father who cares for us so well.
Beyond that, Paul gives us principles all through his letters on how to bring our children up in the Lord.
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2. Rest in God
“It is only rest in God’s presence and grace that will make you a joyful and patient parent.”-Paul David Tripp
There are so really hard parenting days, but when we remember to rest in God through His word, promises, and prayer, He can give us peace, joy, and purpose.
3. Teach Your Kids Respect
“A child who is allowed to be disrespectful to his parents will not have true respect for anyone.”-Billy Graham
Our kids learn to respect the Lord and others by first being held accountable by us and to us. Let’s be sure that we correct the way they talk, respond, and act toward us and their siblings so we raise children that are full of respect.
4. Focus on Your Marriage
“Focus on your marriage. Because that’s the nucleus of the home, whatever you do to restore its health and strength will naturally restore what’s broken among the other relationships. If you have no children yet, this will make a comfortable nest for them to begin life well. If you have children, the changes you make in your marriage will affect the rest of the household more quickly and dramatically than you think.”-Charles Swindoll
Marriage was designed by God to show a covenant bond like that of Christ and the church; to be a gospel witness, not just to outsiders but also to our children. They need healthy, united leaders of their home and a model to imitate.
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5. Prayer is Vital
“It is impossible to overstate the need for prayer in the fabric of family life.”– James Dobson
It’s impossible to make a list of quotes that inspire us as Christian parents and not have one focused on prayer. It seems simple but prayer is of the utmost of importance. Pray for yourself, pray for your marriage, pray for your kids, and teach your kids to pray. Be a family dependent on prayer.
6. Let Them See Your Worship
“Parents, what are your children learning from your worship? Do they see the same excitement as when you go to a basketball game? Do they see you prepare for worship as you do for a vacation? Do they see you hungry to arrive, seeking the face of the Father? Or do they see you content to leave the way you came?…..They are watching. Believe me. They are watching.”– Max Lucado
Your kids are watching. They need to see parents who put God first. They will imitate your behavior, good or bad. You lead them in the way you (and most importantly, God) want them to go.
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7. Make Them Feel Loved
“You may truly love your child, but unless she feels it—she will not feel loved.”– Gary Chapman
No one wants to guess whether or not they are truly loved. They need to feel it and never question it. Tell them often but show them always!
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8. Trust Your Children to God
” We don’t want to limit what God can do in our children by trying to parent them alone-Trust God to take care of them.”-Stormie Omartian
It’s so hard to remember at times but we are not alone in parenting our children. God loves them and cares for them more than we ever could imagine. Trust Him with their hurts, problems, and safety.
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9. Parenting is a High Calling
“You are as much serving God in looking after your own children, training them up in God’s fear, minding the house, and making your household a church for God as you would be if you had been called to lead an army to battle for the Lord of Hosts.”-Charles Spurgeon
Parenting is not a mundane task or babysitting job; we are raising little warriors for Christ. Keep in mind what a high calling and responsibility that you have.
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10. Father’s, Your Role is Critical
“The happiest and holiest children in the world are the children whose fathers succeed in winning both their tender affection and their reverential and loving fear. And they are the children who will come to understand most easily the mystery of the fatherhood of God.”-John Piper
Happy and holy children…who doesn’t want that? Fathers, your influence, your love to them and their mother, and your respect of God, add to these qualities in our children.
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11. A Godly Mother Teaches Her Children to Put God First
“What is a godly mother? A godly mother is one who loves the Lord her God with all her heart, soul, mind, and strength and then passionately, consistently, and unrelentingly teaches her child to do the same.”-Elizabeth George
Momma, put Jesus first. No matter if you are tired, busy, or overwhelmed, you need Him to energize and strengthen you so you can pour into your babies.
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12. Child Rearing is Important Work
“Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work.”-C.S. Lewis
It may seem like we have a million things to do and we can’t slow down. But, taking extra time to teach, lead, and play with our children is important work.
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13. Never Underestimate What Children Can Understand
“It is a masterpiece of the devil to make us believe that children cannot understand religion. Would Christ have made a child the standard of faith if He had known that it was not capable of understanding His words?”-Dwight L. Moody
Children observe, hear, and understand much more than many would believe. Be sure never to dumb things down for them or assume they can’t grasp concepts when it comes to the kingdom.
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14. Raise World Changers
“Imagine if we started raising generations of children who stood uncompromisingly on the Word of God, knew how to defend the Christian faith, could answer the skeptical questions of this age, and had a fervor to share the gospel from the authority of God’s Word with whomever they met! This could change the world.”-Ken Ham
We all want to raise children who change the world. The only real change comes from being transformed by the word of God. Let’s teach them to stand on the truths of the Bible and how to live by them.
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15. Our Words to Our Children Hold Power
“You may speak but a word to a child, and in that child there may be slumbering a noble heart which shall stir the Christian Church in years to come.”-Charles Spurgeon
Our words have power and children remember them. Speak life and truth that will encourage and spur them on to good deeds in Christ Jesus.
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Dear Christian Parents, I hope these quotes inspire, uplift, and stir you up toward godliness that sets an example and produces a godliness in the next generation.