Reading the Bible together can not only be a sweet, memorable time for your family; it can also be an integral practice of discipleship for both your children and you as you discuss and memorize God’s word and promises. The following is a list of 30 verses that can be helpful as you begin memorizing scripture with your children.
1. James 1:27 – “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”
2. Psalm 145:9 – “The LORD is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.”
3. Joshua 1:9 – “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
4. Philippians 4:4 – “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!”
5. Matthew 22:39 – “And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
6. Numbers 6:24 – “The LORD bless you and keep you.”
7. Colossians 3:2 – “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”
8. Colossians 3:16 – “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”
9. 1 John 5:3 – “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.”
10. Proverbs 30:5 – “Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.”
11. Hebrews 13:8 – “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.”
12. Psalm 150:6 – “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD! Praise the LORD!”
13. Proverbs 3:5 – “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.”
14. Romans 10:13 – “For ‘everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.'”
15. Romans 3:23 – “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
16. Matthew 5:14 – “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.”
17. Psalm 139:14 – “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”
18. Colossians 3:20 – “Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.”
19. James 1:17 – “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”
20. 1 John 1:5 – “This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”
21. Ephesians 4:32 – “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
22. 1 John 3:23 – “And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us.”
23. Psalm 56:3 – “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”
24. Psalm 118:24 – “This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
25. Psalm 119:105 – “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
26. Psalm 136:1 – “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.”
27. Luke 6:31 – “And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.”
28. Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
29. Psalm 138:1 – “I give you thanks, O LORD, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise.”
30. Isaiah 30:15 – “For thus said the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, ‘In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.'”
Children are precious to God, and their care is essential to him. Today, there are millions of children in the world who have been orphaned. This is a global issue. It crosses international borders, racial divides, and economic classes. It impacts children from every walk of life.
While the needs of orphans are both varying and complex, there are three key issues Show Hope seeks to address:
The Financial Barrier: The average cost of adoption can range between $25,000 and $50,000. That is outside the financial reach of most families.
The Medical Barrier: Many children who have been orphaned live with mild to acute healthcare needs, requiring access to medical and therapeutic intervention.
The Knowledge Barrier: Many who have the ability to make a difference in the lives of waiting children do not take action because they are unaware of the need or feel helpless to do anything.
Show Hope exists to care for orphans by engaging the Church and reducing barriers to adoption. This mission is made possible with God working through the hearts of individuals, families, supporters, and donors. Will you prayerfully consider how you can join Show Hope in reducing barriers to adoption? As our Co-founder Mary Beth Chapman often says, “Not everyone is called to adopt, but everyone is called to do something.” What will you do?
To learn more about ways you and your family can help make a difference in the lives of waiting children, read more about ideas on Show Hope’s “Your Part” page.