Training the Child- Issues of the Heart!

“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)
I wanted to share this list with you, I put it together so that I can refer to these scripture when my girls are displaying a “behavioral” heart issue (I use them for myself a lot too). It reminds me that most of the behavioral issues the girls have ultimately stem from the heart. The outside might appear as if they are having a tantrum but the heart is displaying a different issue. I don’t necessarily use these scriptures in the “heat of the moment” with them- I would never want to appear to use the Word as punishment. But we might look at these verses later, or use them as memory verses, etc.. It might not sink in immediately with kids, but over time it will train them to memorize and refer back to scripture in hard times. I cannot tell you how many times I use Phil 4:6 or Jer 29:11 in my own life, it is such a blessing to have the Word of God to turn to in tough times and find peace in His promises. I want my girls to have those same tools as they grow up. I view these as little “tools” to send with them as they are in school and in life when I am not around. Hope this blesses you, feel free to share with others! 

1. Anxiety: 
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6)
2. Fear
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)
3. Disobedience: 
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right (Ephesians 6:1)
4. Selfishness: 
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves (Philippians 2:3)
5. Lack of Motivation:
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)
6. Lack of Self Confidence:
For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10)
7. Moody: Irritable 
He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy. (Job 8:21)
8. Ungratefulness: 
Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
9. Unforgiving: 
For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. (Matthew 6:14)
10. Impatient: 
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up (Galatians 6:9)
11. Discouraging others:
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness. (Hebrews 3:13)
12. Disrespect: 
He who scorns instruction will pay for it, but he who respects a command is rewarded. (Proverbs 13:13)
13. Dishonest:
" 'Do not steal. " 'Do not lie." 'Do not deceive one another. (Leviticus 19:11)
14. Lack of Self Control:
So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled. (1 Thessalonians 5:6)
15. Anger:
...Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry (James 1:19b)
16. Gossip: 
A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret. (Proverbs 11:13)
17. Guilt:
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1John 1:9)
18. Pride:
For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. (Matthew 23:12)
19. Jealousy:
A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. (Proverbs 14:30)
20. Laziness: 
The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied (Proverbs 13:4)
21. Lying:
A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who pours out lies will not go free. (Proverbs 19:5)
Here are my some of my favorite Parenting Scriptures: 
1. 2 tim 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2. Genesis 18:19 19 For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just, so that the LORD will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him."
3. Deuteronomy 11:19 Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
4. Proverbs 29:17 Discipline your son, and he will give you peace; he will bring delight to your soul.
5. Ephesians 6:4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
(All scripture taken from the NIV Bible)
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