Day 16

Parents and Children

from the Proverbs reading plan

Proverbs 1:8-9, Proverbs 10:1, Proverbs 14:26, Proverbs 19:18, Proverbs 23:22-26

BY She Reads Truth

The book of Proverbs is a guide for pursuing godly wisdom in our daily lives. In this four-week study, we will read a selection of topical proverbs covering different aspects of wisdom, from how to interact with our friends, families, and neighbors, to fearing God and keeping His commands. No matter the subject, these proverbs urge us to wrestle with and reflect on our own response to them. To help you better engage with the proverbs in this reading plan, we have provided you with a short introduction and reflection questions for each day.

The last words in the Old Testament tell us the Messiah will “turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers,” healing what is broken between them (Malachi 4:6). Few relationships carry greater room for pain or influence than the parent-child relationship. The book of Proverbs does not assume this relationship is easy or naturally healthy, but it does acknowledge that it has the capacity to shape a young person’s life in beautiful and lasting ways. 

Reflection Questions:

Looking back, how did you see the wisdom in these verses modeled for you or not modeled for you when you were younger? What can you learn from that now? 

Read Proverbs 10:1. Why do the actions of a child have so much impact on the hearts of his or her parents? 

In what ways can the parent-child relationship uniquely cultivate understanding of the gospel in our lives? 

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37 thoughts on "Parents and Children"

  1. Denice says:

    My husband and I put Christ at the center of our home and naturally taught and obeyed His teachings to our children. Both of our children came to know Him at a young age. Our son couldn’t remember actually giving his life to Christ so at 12 years old he nailed it down and was later called into the ministry. He now serves Christ in the church and teaches me. Our daughter is now an adult, married a young man that was not brought up in the church but professed to be a Christian. He has strong family ties and he is a good person. However, the last few years we have seen that their views are contrary to the Bible and Christ’s teaching. They were attending church but not really involved. They haven’t been since last March because of the pandemic. I wonder if they will ever come back. It breaks my heart that we had all those years to influence her and in just a short time as an adult we realize she has been influenced by others so much that she supports what is wrong and has forsaken some of the teachings of Christ. When we are together we have to be careful about what we talk about. She maintains a respectful attitude towards us, but stays away for the most part (she lives a mile away). I don’t want to lose her, but we are becoming strangers and it is breaking my heart. There are so many of my friends that have this same story to tell. It is easy to question what we did wrong, but being brought up in a non Christian home I know that it ultimately comes down to free will and when God calls who will make the choice to follow him.

  2. Brittany Reimers says:

    Growing up, my parents were not religious. I remember going to church with my grandparents for a few years and I had fond memories of that but honestly my mother was a really poor example. She made derogatory comments about god and religion and really warped my view of it. It wasn’t until recently that I had Godly people enter my life and they have opened up a whole new side of me and now we are all growing in God together. My husband and I have been watching livestreams of a community church and we have gotten our kids involved in a type of Sunday school. My 3 year old will tell you that “God is good” and I could not be happier. We plan to continue to grow our children’s faith so they will always have a relationship with God

  3. Joyce Walker says:

    I believe should lead by example fully. Realizing every one makes mistakes. That we are as scripture train our children in the Lord in the word and take to Sunday school and church. Study word at home teach to pray. Equip them and when possible keep from making the same mistakes you made because all experiences are not profitable. Help them understand the most important relationship they will ever have or need is with God.

  4. Brandy Deruso says:

    Lord help me to always seek you lord cause you are worthy. Hallelujah!

  5. Carol Burlew says:

    Hi Caroline, thank you for putting your honesty out there. Have you had a chance to listen to any of the She Reads Truth podcasts? They are helpful to me for further insight and understanding. Also, check out the videos and podcasts from the Bible Project. Lots of helpful, simplified yet not “dumbed down” information that brings the words of Scripture in a more visual way.

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