Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. ~ Ephesians 5:15-17
Why am I doing this?
For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.
Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one's youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; They will not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.
He lifted his eyes and saw the women and the children, and said, "Who are these with you?" So he said, "The children whom God has graciously given your servant."
And again, “I WILL PUT MY TRUST IN HIM"
And again, "BEHOLD, I AND THE CHILDREN WHOM GOD HAS GIVEN ME."
Then He said to them, "Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's; and to God the things that are God's."
"Moreover, you took your sons and daughters whom you had borne to Me and sacrificed them to idols to be devoured. Were your harlotries so small a matter?
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. "You shall teach them diligently to your sons 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 up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
2 Corinthians 10:5
We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,
All your sons will be taught of the LORD; and the well-being of your sons will be great.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.
3 John 4
I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.
We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ. For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.
"Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.”
Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not conceal them from their children, but tell to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and His strength and His wondrous works that He has done.
Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.
Hear, my son, your father's instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching;
Encouragement to continue:
For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. ~Hebrews 10:36
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. ~Philippians 4:13
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” ~Matthew 7:7-8
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. ~Proverbs 3:5-6
Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. ~2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. ~1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
In the day of prosperity be happy, but in the day of adversity consider-- God has made the one as well as the other… ~Ecclesiastes 7:14
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 4:4-7
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. ~Psalm 51:10
"But in their distress they turned to the LORD God of Israel, and they sought Him, and He let them find Him.” ~2 Chronicles 15:4
The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him. ~Lamentations 3:25
"Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; For the LORD GOD is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation." ~Isaiah 12:2
So that we confidently say, "THE LORD IS MY HELPER, I WILL NOT BE AFRAID. WHAT WILL MAN DO TO ME?" ~Hebrews 13:6
Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me, for my soul takes refuge in You; And in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge until destruction passes by. ~Psalm 57:1
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. ~Psalm 23:4
And looking at them Jesus said to them, "With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." ~Matthew 19:26
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. ~Psalm 46:1
My soul waits in silence for God only; From Him is my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken. ~Psalm 62:1-2
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord. ~1 Corinthians 15:58
"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you; when you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you. ~Isaiah 43:2
There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven-- ~Ecclesiastes 3:1
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. ~James 3:17
Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. ~Galatians 6:9
The end of a matter is better than its beginning; Patience of spirit is better than haughtiness of spirit. Do not be eager in your heart to be angry, for anger resides in the bosom of fools. ~Ecclesiastes 7:8-9
"…nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on You." ~2 Chronicles 20:12
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." ~Joshua 1:9
'Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. ~Jeremiah 29:12-13
'Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.' ~Isaiah 41:10
"Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry, and He will say, 'Here I am' If you remove the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger and speaking wickedness and if you give yourself to the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then your light will rise in darkness and your gloom will become like midday. And the LORD will continually guide you, and satisfy your desire in scorched places, and give strength to your bones; and you will be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail. ~Isaiah 58:9-11
casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. ~1 Peter 5:7
Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary. ~Isaiah 40:31
Thus says the LORD, "Restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears; for your work will be rewarded," declares the LORD… ~Jeremiah 31:16
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. ~James 1:2-3
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. ~Romans 8:28
O LORD, be gracious to us; we have waited for You. Be our strength every morning, our salvation also in the time of distress. ~Isaiah 33:2
But he said to her, "You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?” ~Job 2:10
He said to them, "Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?" Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm. ~Matthew 8:26