15 Inspirational Christian Quotes About Raising Children

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Inspirational Christian quotes about raising children are helpful and needed for all parents. The best source of these parenting quotes and direction comes from the Bible. God’s word is sharp and penetrating and us parents need it to guide us in raising a family. I have four kids at home and know the challenges of day to day life. Parenting is difficult and I often feel like I am failing but I know if I trust in God and call out to Him for help and guidance that He will show Himself strong. Parents need to pray. Christian parents need to get others also to be active in prayer for their children. My prayer is that these Bible verses and Christian quotes on raising kids will spark some thought and action in your life today!

Inspirational Christian Quotes on Raising Kids from The Bible

A child needs both to be hugged and unhugged…

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Proverbs 29:15 The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.

Genesis 18:19 For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice, so that the LORD may bring to Abraham what he has promised him.”

Matthew 7:12  “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

Deuteronomy 6:7  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. 

Inspirational Parenting Christian Quotes for Raising Children

“The family should be a closely knit group. The home should be a self-contained shelter of security; a kind of school where life’s basic lessons are taught; and a kind of church where God is honored; a place where wholesome recreation and simple pleasures are enjoyed.”~ Billy Graham

“A child needs both to be hugged and unhugged. The hug lets her know she is valuable. The unhug lets her know that she is viable. If you’re always shoving your child away, they will cling to you for love. If you’re always holding them closer, they will cling to you for fear.” ~ Polly Berrien Berends

A wise person truly said, “It ought to be as impossible to forget that there is a Christian in the house as it is to forget that there is a ten-year-old boy in it.” ~ Roger J. Squire

I believe that if an angel were to wing his way from earth up to Heaven, and were to say that there was one poor, ragged boy, without father or mother, with no one to care for him and teach him the way of life; and if God were to ask who among them were willing to come down to this earth and live here for fifty years and lead that one to Jesus Christ, every angel in Heaven would volunteer to go. Even Gabriel, who stands in the presence of the Almighty, would say, “Let me leave my high and lofty position, and let me have the luxury of leading one soul to Jesus Christ.” There is no greater honour than to be the instrument in God’s hands of leading one person out of the kingdom of Satan into the glorious light of Heaven. ~ Dwight L. Moody

Ask your children two questions this Christmas. First: “What do you want to give to others for Christmas?” Second: “What do you want for Christmas?” The first fosters generosity of heart and an outward focus. The second can breed selfishness if not tempered by the first. ~ Anonymous

We do not develop habits of genuine love automatically. We learn by watching effective role models – most specifically by observing how our parents express love for each other day in and day out.  ~ Josh McDowell

You want to mess up the minds of your children? Here’s how – guaranteed! Rear them in a legalistic, tight context of external religion, where performance is more important than reality. Fake your faith. Sneak around and pretend your spirituality. Train your children to do the same. Embrace a long list of do’s and don’ts publicly but hypocritically practice them privately… yet never own up to the fact that its hypocrisy. Act one way but live another. And you can count on it – emotional and spiritual damage will occur. ~ Charles (Chuck) Swindoll

Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children. ~ Charles (Chuck) Swindoll

Parents, you will teach your children more by scheduling regular times to nurture the relationship between husband and wife than you would ever teach them through a lecture on committment. Although it is important for you pray to for your child, seeking the Lord for that perfect spouse for them, it is equally important that you teach them through your example how to cherish the future gift of a companion that the Lord has in store for them. ~ Katherine Walden

Let no Christian parents fall into the delusion that Sunday School is intended to ease them of their personal duties. The first and most natural condition of things is for Christian parents to train up their own children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon

I pray these Christian quotes and Bible Verses about raising children will inspire you to become a more biblical role model and parent to your child. I know I need to read through these often to be reminded of this!

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Julia K March 29, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Wow what a great selection. Do you have an account on http://www.quotista.com so I can follow your quotes?


Jack March 30, 2011 at 8:41 pm

When children are the worst, they are absolutely the most difficult ever, you feel like screaming or giving up and the hardest to ever love at that point…is exactly when children need the love the very most. The most effective way to respond to children who least deserve love is to give them exactly what they need the most. That is your unconditional love. Love and praying for them when you feel it is the most impossible to do so is the very time that they need it the most.

When they are at their worst and seem to give us the most grief is when they need love more so. It is like they are screaming out in their souls…”I am hurting, I am confused about life, and I can’t handle all of this that is called life so I will take it out on you”, the parent.


lindsey April 2, 2011 at 4:00 am

what a great post…love it!! just stopping in via UBP!!


Jeevan Stephen December 31, 2011 at 3:24 pm

We as parents ought to train up our kids in the manner in which he/she should go. Trust God and do your part without WORRYING about the future of your child. There’s a line in a beautiful song about a baby. “but greater still the calm assurance, this child can face uncertain days because HE lives”.
The kind of assurance this gives me as a father of 2 kids is tremendous & beyond description.


Silipa January 5, 2012 at 4:24 pm

I’m very motivated by the quotes of inspiring Christian believers that I hear about on the radio and it’s really true. The world is getting more and more complicated and leading children and youths on this earth is very hard. Parents are truly trying there best to bring up there children the right way but it takes alot of fasting and praying for God to give strength to each and everyone. I, for one, has really struggled in my life and I thank God for giving me great parents who have uplifted me and have encouraged me even though I’ve done wrong. I always feel much closer to God whenever I’m with my physical parents and I know that He will always be there for me whenever I need Him. At times, we might be misled by things out there in the world, So I pray that the faith that I have will carry me through all the obstacles in life. Thankyou again for your wisdom in sharing with us about our children.


mary February 3, 2012 at 12:02 pm

children are a heritage from the lord and the fruit of the womb is the reward


Jack February 3, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Thank you Mary for your comment. I agree with your comment. Josh has recorded many of my very favorites. We appreciate your comment and hope that you will return again soon.


LaTonia February 6, 2012 at 11:40 am

This site has truly been a blessing! As a single mother raising a 14yr boy, it has been very difficult to raise him alone, and teach him the aspects of life. But today I was truly encouraged!


Jack February 6, 2012 at 3:30 pm

LaTonia, this is perhaps the greatest reward and greatest responsibility for one person to have. Oh, how your boy will respect you later in life. Truly single mothers have to be both mom & dad and I know you must have great difficulties but God truly says that pure religion (James 1:27) is visiting the orphans and widows in their affliction (like you are a spiritual widow). I am so glad this article could encourage you because you have the hardest job in the world. May God be with you in your walk with the Lord. May God be a Father to you and your son (Psalm 103). Thank you for visiting the website and please come back again soon.


Angels with Faith Ministries 501c3 charity November 7, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Christmas is a very magical & happy time of the year,the joys of shopping to get just the right gifts,thinking about the excitement on Christmas morning when the kids open their presents.Those magical moments build a lifetime of lasting wonderful memories.The kids hope & dream & wish for weeks about what Santa will bring them & when they tear open all of those presents it makes all of the shopping so well worth it,just to see those happy smiles on your childrens little faces is amazing.For those who are blessed to be able to shop & share in that wonder & excitement it is pure magic.

As the director of a charity that helps to provide Christmas to children in need I am very blessed to experience that joy & excitement in an entirely different yet still magical way that most people never get to experience. I get to hear the relief in a mother voice as she tells me in tears that no matter how hard she works she won’t be able to provide Christmas to the kids that she loves so much.She works as hard as she can just to keep a roof over their heads,food on the table & to keep the bills paid which she can barely do,there is no extra money to make Christmas dreams come true.I get to tell her that she is not alone,we can help & the tears turn into tears of joy. Today I got a call from a grandmother whose 28 year old daughter had just died from cancer & left her with 3 young children to raise,the father was killed in Iraq.She is barely getting by on her tiny social security check & can’t even afford her medication that medicare doesn’t cover.These children need & deserve that Christmas miracle so desperately but she has no way of making it happen,could you turn her way?We can help & her tears turn into happy tears. I got a call yesterday from a hospice worker who is taking care of a 26 year old mother of 3 who is a domestic violence survivor that found out she had advanced stage cancer when she was rushed to the hospital after being beat severely,it is too advanced to treat.She has no way possible of providing that Christmas miracle to her 3 children ages 2,3 & 5 & this will be her last Christmas with them,could you turn her away?that was my second hospice call this week.I have received calls from many military spouses whose husband or wife is overseas fighting or has been permanantly injured or killed in the war,benefits take a long time to start they have very little or no income but thank GOD we are able to help.We have a little 6 year old girl who was just diagnosed with cancer,her parents had to quit their jobs to be with her & their 2 other kids during her treatment but they won’t have to worry about Christmas because we can help take that worry away. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ, a time of miracles & love.Children are Gods little Angels & there are so many of them living in poverty,illness, etc all year long that barely get what they need & rarely ,if ever, get what they dream of or want.They go to school & hear the other children talk about what Santa will bring them & how excited they are to open all of their presents on Christmas morning,the poor child just cries.He wonders why Santa forgot him last year when he tried so hard to be good & wonders if Santa will forget him again this year.Its not just the children who cry whose hearts break on Christmas morning when they wake up to nothing,I talk to parents,grandparents,guardians etc who cry themselves to sleep every night because no matter how hard they try they know that they won’t be able to make those Christmas dreams come true,it breaks their heart when those little angels tell them what they hope Santa will bring them because they know that he wont be coming again this year.I get childrens actual Santa wish lists every year asking for Food,Warm clothes,blankets,heat,a new job for mommy or daddy,for daddy to come home from teh war,for Santa to help mommy smile,my heart BREAKS & I definately cry alot of tears. I started this charity 4 years ago to make a difference,God led me to help people my whole life & there was a need for a real true charity that would give 100% back into the community to really help,not to pay salaries & overhead with all of the donations & we do just that any costs come from our own pockets.I have been so blessed just to be a part of peoples lives when they are in need,alone or need hope because I know that we can & will find a way to help,especially at Christmas.We receive no funding,no corporate gifts,we just count on our Faith & the tax deductible donations of Angels in our community yet we have never had to turn a family or child in need away,what a blessing!It is truelly hard work day & night for months on end trying to bring in the donations to fill every need but God sends Angels every year & we never have to let a child go without Christmas. This year when you are out shopping & trying to remember everyone on your shopping list,think about that little angels tears on Christmas morning that Santa forgot & add him to your list.Start a wonderful family tradition & adopt a family for Christmas,you get to actually meet & work with that family personally & choose the family you want from a list,what a blessing it is to knwo that you turned a childs tears into smiles on Christmas morning,you made a difference.We all have the power to make a difference & change so many Christmas tears into Christmas smiles,to be a Christmas Angel& to teach our children the blessing of giving.Donate a toy or toys to charity,even if it isn’t our charity,every toy is an angels happy smile on Christmas morning & a blessing to all involved. My Christmas magic is just knowing that because charity exists 1000s of childrens Christmas memories will be happy smiles & not tears,joy instead of sadness,that Gods little Angels will have that Christmas miracle that they so deserve,what a blessing to be a part of that!! YOu can be a Christmas Angel & wipe away so many tears & be a part of Christmas miracles & smiles & Blessings,God will smile too! God has blessed me ! Be a Christmas Angel this year wherever you live,adopt a family in need for Christmas,donate toys to charity,1 person can make a difference & I am living proof of that. Please visit our website at http://angelswithfaithministries.beep.com for more information We can only help families in Georgia right now but hope & pray someday to help in more states,this is our 4th year & the blessings grow every year,Christmas has ALWAYS been very important to me,my birthday is December 19th & the BEST present I will ever get is to know that a child will wake up on Christmas with a huge & happy smile because he was blessed by Christmas Angels.It isn’t about the commercialism of Christmas,or greed,these are Gods little Angels & their Faith keeps them hoping & dreaming of Christmas morning,if that Faith is broken they can grow up to have trust issues,lack of Faith & so much more but we have the power to change that 1 child at a time.


Heather B August 26, 2014 at 10:31 pm

This is a great post. Thank you! We have a 7-year-old son and are doing everything we can to give him the foundation he needs to succeed in his faith in this world. I found a great new resource by Dr. Tony Evans called “Raising Kingdom Kids.” He says, “It’s far easier to SHAPE A CHILD than to REPAIR AN ADULT. Raising kids who recognize and retain their identity as children of the King launches healthy adults who have the capacity to stand strong in their faith.” There are free downloadable samples on his website. I highly recommend it!


Pst Amaka Stephen Ogidi February 25, 2016 at 10:50 am

I am truly blessed to have found this site. I am a Pastor but having problems with my children, they don’t seem to obey any instruction. Now I know an understand that they may be rebelling against something. I will take time now to relate with them in love, Patience n understanding.
Thank you again Jack, you blessed my heart. God bless you.


Pst Amaka Stephen Ogidi February 25, 2016 at 10:50 am

I am truly blessed to have found this site. I am a Pastor but having problems with my children, they don’t seem to obey any instruction. Now I know an understand that they may be rebelling against something. I will take time now to relate with them in love, Patience n understanding.
Thank you again Jack, you blessed my heart. God bless you. I am writing from Nigeria West Africa.


Jack Wellman February 25, 2016 at 11:49 am

Hello Pastor. So good to hear from you brother. May God richly bless you sir.


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