In a recent post about blessing your child, we mentioned that reading Scripture to them and over them can be an easy first step. Using Scripture to encourage your child is also a great way to instill the importance of God’s Word and teach them a reliance on God. We studied through the book of Psalms in our small group last year, diving into a variety of themes and circumstances the different psalmists deal with.  One of my favorite things about the Psalms is the examples they give us about how to deal with different emotions and how to talk to God about how we are feeling. While these Psalms can be a great source of encouragement for you as an adult, sharing the Psalms with your kids can be a great way to help them understand that it’s OK to be angry, sad, frustrated, lonely, mournful, etc. and how to Biblically respond to those emotions. Check out the seven Psalms below you can use to encourage your children in whatever situation life throws at them, and add to our list by commenting below. Note: all Scriptures are from the NIrV version of the Bible, a lower reading level version of the NIV.

What are some Scriptures you've used to encourage your children? What other Psalms would you add to this list?

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