Biblical Encouragement for Parents of Spirited Children

This post is part of the Parenting a Spirited Child series.

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Today I am pleased finally be continuing this series by sharing with you this guest post by Jenna from Call Her Happy. It came in at the perfect time as my own spirited little girl has kept me away from the computer a bit. I hope you will be encouraged by it! :)


If you’re following the Jenni’s series, you now know what constitutes a spirited child and reasons to be grateful for these qualities. But, in the heat of the moment, in the day-to-day grind, you might need a little extra encouragement to get through some of those “spirited” moments. I have found that memorizing a few Bible verses to recite in between deep breaths is just the remedy for the times when you feel like your child’s temperament is more of a burden than a blessing. Take a look at a few that I recently found…


Psalm 55:22

“Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.”

Be unmoved in moments of chaos. Remember that the Lord has designed each and every moment of your life to be to your benefit. This moment is making you a stronger member of the Body of Christ.

Proverbs 18:10

“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and are safe.”

Maybe some moments make you want to run and hide – make you want just a moment to yourself when you can’t get one. Run to the name of the Lord and find comfort in Him. Breath His name in and out.

Isaiah 65:23

“They shall not labor in vain, or bear children for calamity; for they shall be offspring blessed by the Lord— and their descendants as well.”

All of the teaching, all of the discipline, all of the redirecting and encouraging is paying off. It may not seem like it right now, but the Lord does not make you toil in vain. This is all part of His plan for your family.

Ecclesiastes 3:1

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”

Remember, this is all temporary. Every beautiful moment and every difficult moment is fleeting. Think about how much your child has changed this month alone.

Proverbs 25:15

“With patience a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue can break bones.”

Look at moments of difficulty as moments of practice; when you work on your skills of patience and kindness, you become more and more powerful through the Lord.

Start with one that stands out to you and add more to your arsenal later. Write them on sticky notes to place around the house. Recite them out loud or as you breath deeply. Maybe you already have a verse or two that you find helpful. If so, please share in the comment section below. And remember, “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7. Oh look, a bonus one!

About the Author: Jenna is a stay-at-home mom to her 15-month-old daughter, Ellen. She and her husband Mike live in the Midwest and are expecting #2 in May 2013. She spends her days taking care of her little one and creating content for her blog, Call Her Happy.

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  1. says

    Love this Jenna! As a mom to a spirited little girl (and 4 others) – this really was great timing. It can be difficult at times – but I know that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. My favorite verse to hang onto when the house gets crazy!
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  2. says

    Hi Jenni, I’m Anne from Life on the Funny Farm (, and I’m visiting from Mom’s Library Link-Up.

    These are great! As a parent to several “spirited” children, I know that you definitely need words like these in your corner at all times!

    Anyway, thanks for posting this. If you’ve never visited yet, I hope you can pop by my blog sometime to say hi…

  3. says

    I came through from the Fellowship Friday link-up.

    We’ve been going through a phase with my six-month-old that involves waking up around 1am for a Mum & Baby Party that lasts around two hours almost every night. It’s… so frustrating, and sometimes all you can do is pray to keep down the crazy. It’s nice to have some Bible verses on hand. It feels like reassurance from the Father.
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    • says

      OH, I have been there Carlie. So glad these verses will help you! And yes, pray pray PRAY! God will give you the strength your need. Blessings!

  4. Gima gimenez racho says

    I’m so glad I found this site…it helps a lot to a mother like me….specially my children become spirited children…God bls….

  5. says

    Psalm 27:13-14King James Version (KJV)
    13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
    14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

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