11 perfect father’s day verses for cards

My father’s birthday falls right around Father’s day. Some years, they are on the day same. Ever since we were young, he always insisted on getting separate gifts and separate cards. Since I love my dad, I was more than happy to oblige. But, if you are anything like me, you like to add bible verses for cards but always come up blank. So, to help you out, I want to share with you 11 perfect Father’s day verses for cards.

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11 Father’s Day Verses for Cards

1. Joshua 1:9‍

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9

This is my favourite Father’s day verse for cards. It’s an encouragement to all parents to stand firm.

Being a mom is one of the hardest jobs I have ever had. There have been so many times I have felt scared and unsure. During those times, I have remembered that God is always with me. That truth brings me so much comfort. I know my husband feels the same.

2. Joshua 24:15

“But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

Joshua 24:15

The Bible tells us that men are the spiritual leaders of the home. One of the best moves a man can make is to choose to follow The Lord. This is a daily choice he makes to follow God and lead His family to worship and honor The Lord.

3. Proverbs 14:26‍

“Whoever fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for their children it will be a refuge

Proverbs 14:26

One of my favorite verses is Psalm 46:1 which tells us God is our refuge and strength. This verse tells us that those who fear God have that refuge. Not only that, but a parent’s fear of God will also be a refuge for their children.

As Christian parents, we make different choices for our children than other parents may make. In our family, it means saying no to certain movies, TV shows, and access to social media. They are some of the only kids in their school that don’t have their own tech devices. Our kids don’t love it, but they know we set those rules because we love them and we are protecting them from an ugly online world.

By having those boundaries in our home, we offer them a safe place to land after a long school day. They escape all the school stuff and get rest, love, and feel renewed for the next day.

***These boundaries work for us and we don’t judge other parents who make different choices. We make that clear to our kids. Not all families work the same and we encourage each family to make decisions that work for them in the season they are in. ***

4. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14‍

Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. 14 Let all that you do be done with love.

1 Corinthians 16:13-14‍ NKJV

The context of this verse is encouraging Christians to stand strong in their faith. As parents, this verse can also encourage us because it’s our job to watch out for evil things and protect our children from them. It’s our job to stand fast in our faith so we can be an example of Christian living and what that looks like on a day-to-day basis (even when life is hard). It’s also our job to parent with love so that our children don’t see rules and regulations but relationships and worship.

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5. Psalm 127:3-5‍

“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.”

Psalm 127:3-5

My mothering journey started out extremely hard. I haven’t always loved it and when I would read this verse, I would get upset. I didn’t understand how children could be a reward. Rewards are supposed to be good, and I felt everything but that.

It took me years to understand how children could be a blessing.

Through many hard circumstances, I understand that, for me, the blessing comes from what I have learned about God.

Becoming a parent has opened my eyes to who God is as our Father. There have been so many spiritual lessons I’ve learned as a parent that I never truly understood before.

The journey hasn’t always been easy, but I would never trade it for the world, because not only have I gotten to know God more, I now love my role as a mother and am so glad God carried me through to where I am now.

6. Psalm 128:3-4‍

“Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. Yes, this will be the blessing for the man who fears the Lord.”

Psalm 128:3-4

These father’s day verses for cards are ones that took me a while to understand.

When most people read these verses, they think that the fruit the wife has is many children. That makes sense, but I don’t read it that way. When I read it, I think the fruit the woman produces is spiritual fruit.

There is this saying that if you ask God for patience, He won’t give you patience, He’ll give you an opportunity to practice patience.

Being a mother or father is a series of opportunities to practice patience, love, kindness, self-control, and all the other spiritual fruit.

7. Proverbs 23:24  

“The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.”

Proverbs 23:24

There is no better feeling than when you watch your children make good decisions.

My youngest child is 6, and he is very busy trying to figure out the world around him. Unlike my 2 older girls, he is happy to share with me his thought process and why he did or didn’t do something. It’s an insight into his mind and it always brings a smile to my face.

For example. Today, I went to the grocery store, and I asked him if he wanted to come. He was more than happy to say yes and was a good helper the whole trip. On the walk back to the car from the store, he said: You didn’t say thank you for coming. Usually, you thank me for coming. I said yes because I didn’t want you to go alone.

It’s such a simple thing, but I took joy in it today. He loves me so much that he doesn’t want me to be lonely and thinks I should always have help.

There are so many of these tiny moments in parenting. It’s easy to miss them and not realize how they can bring joy. But for me, these are the moments I hang on to because I know there will be hard moments to come. These joyful moments will help me through and remind me why I love being a mom.

8. 3 John 1:4

“It is the greatest joy of my life to hear that my children are consistently living their lives in the ways of truth.”

3 John 1:4

If I could wish one thing, it would be that all 3 of my kids would ask Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins and live lives that would honor Him.

It is my deepest desire.

My oldest daughter is 12 and sometimes, at church, all I can do is rejoice when I watch her sing and worship God. It gives me so much joy to see her choose to worship God and do it with all her heart. When I see that, my prayer is always the same: that she would continue to worship God all the days of her life.

The best thing we can do for our children is to pray for their salvation and bring them to The Lord daily.

9. Psalm 103:13

As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him.

Psalm 103:13

God is so big and sometimes hard to understand. But, I see the love and compassion my husband has for our children and I marvel God feels that way about us.

I know how much we love our children and am reminded that God’s love for them is greater than that. It’s immeasurable. There really is no comparison, but our love for our children is the closest example we have. Because there is nothing I wouldn’t do for our children and God has given us everything- even the death of His son. Every time I think about that, it blows me away.

10. Proverbs 20:7

The righteous who walks in his integrity— blessed are his children after him!

Provers 20:7

Kids are little parrots. They will copy and mimic those around them. If we want our children to follow The Lord, then we need to be living our lives in a way that shows that to them. When a father walks with integrity, his children will follow.

This is not a promise, because I know it doesn’t always happen, but it’s an encouragement. It’s a reminder of the important job we hold as mothers and fathers.

Our children will follow us- so where are we taking them?

11. Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Philippians 4:6 ESV

The last father’s day verses for cards I want to share with you is Philippians 4:6.

Before having kids, I would not call myself an anxious person. But, as soon as I was pregnant for the first time, the worries came as well.

There are so many times in our children’s lives when we will feel anxious. This verse isn’t telling us to stop being anxious. It’s telling us what to do when we do feel anxious— bring it all to The Lord.

When we go to The Lord, it’s a shoulder to cry on, feet to lay our burdens down, comfort and safety when we need it most.

It’s not a promise that the anxiety will go away, or that the situation will go away- it’s a promise that God is with us and wants us to come to Him with ALL OF IT.

I am so thankful for my father, and my husband. Both are men who love The Lord and have lived these verses. In the comments below, share your favourite father’s day verses for cards.

What does the Bible say about fathers?

My husband and I have been married for 15 years and one thing that made me fall in love with him was his love for kids. On Sundays at church, I could always find him holding a baby and volunteering in the nursery. Even though he loved kids, he didn’t have the greatest father figure growing up, so he watched godly men parent. Another way to learn how to be a godly father is to ask: What does the Bible say about fathers?

The Bible has so much wisdom to share about life and fatherhood. Continue to read and discover what The Bible says about fathers.

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What does the Bible say about fathers?

Fathers should discipline their children

As parents, it is our job to discipline our children. But we have warped the meaning of discipline. In the ancient Hebrew of Proverbs, discipline means to instruct, correct, chastise, or rebuke. It does not mean punish or beat.

We see many verses that encourage parents to discipline their children, comparing how God treats us to how we should treat our children.

Proverbs 3:11-12 ESV My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights

This verse clarifies that any discipline given should be done out of love for the child. The father delights in the child and loves him, so he wants to correct him and show him a better way.

Proverbs 19:18 ESV Discipline your son, for there is hope; do not set your heart on putting him to death.

The Bible makes it clear that discipline is important. If we don’t teach our children and come alongside them, they may make choices that lead them to death. By showing our children how to follow The Lord, they see an example of what it means to follow God.

Proverbs 1:1-4, 8-10 These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel. Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise. Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair. These proverbs will give insight to the simple, knowledge and discernment to the young. 8 My child, listen when your father corrects you. Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction. What you learn from them will crown you with grace and be a chain of honor around your neck. 10 My child, if sinners entice you, turn your back on them!

Proverbs 1:1-4, 8-10

Hebrews 12:11 ESV For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

Hebrews 12:7 ESV It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline?

No one likes to be corrected, but it’s necessary.

Matthew 7:9-11 ESV Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

Children are a blessing

Psalm 127:3-5 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

Psalm 127:3-5 esv

We have 3 kids, 12, 9, and 6. Each of them is a blessing, and we are so thankful to have them in our lives.

Day-to-day parenting can be hard, and it’s easy to take our eyes off the big picture of what we are doing in the home. Our goal is to train our children, so they decide to believe in Jesus and decide to follow God on their own once they leave the house.

4 Things Fathers can do to lead their child to God

1. Don’t provoke your children to anger

Ephesians 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

As a parent, it’s easy to make our children upset. Our oldest daughter is 12 and wants more freedom and fewer boundaries. When we set boundaries, she gets angry and frustrated. This is not the type of anger this verse is talking about.

Do not provoke can also mean not to irritate, exasperate, excite, or stir up your children. There are many ways parents can provoke their children, but I want to focus on one that I see in our house regularly.

I love my kids, but sometimes they get on my nerves. I ask them to settle down 1 or 2 times, but then my irritation increases and I snap at my kids. I raise my voice, or speak with more frustration. My increased emotion usually scares my kids, hurt their feelings and stirs them to anger. There was no reason for me to be angry. It’s my job to communicate properly with my kids. I need to be better at calming myself down and bring the emotions down, not up.

2. Love your wives

Ephesians 5:25-33 ESV Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, …

Kids learn how to navigate the world through the examples they see in their day to day. If kids see dad treat mom badly, then they learn it’s ok to treat someone like that as well. So raising children that treat others well, then it’s important to live out our faith through the things we do, and the way we treat people.

3. Teach your children about The Lord

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 ESV And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, 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. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

As parents, we have so many things on our plate and “things we need to do”. It’s easy to take our kids to church and let the church teach our children about who God is.

But that’s not what The Bible encourages us to do. Scripture tells us we should teach our kids diligently about The Lord. We need to share our faith and the things God has done for our lives.

It’s not always easy to take the time to teach our kids about God, but it’s as simple as reading the Bible and praying with them just once a day. In our house, we have a short devotion time after dinner.

4. Walk in a way worthy of God

1 Thessalonians 2:11-12 ESV For you know how, like a father with his children, we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.

Think about the people that frustrate you the most. For me, that are people who say one thing and then do something else. This leads me to lose trust in them and I stop listing to what they have to say.

The same thing can happen with our kids. If we tell them to do something and we don’t do it, they might stop listing to us.

As humans, we all have moments of hypocrisy. Don’t let those moments discourage you. Admit your faults, ask your kids for forgiveness, and give your children the same chance to ask for forgiveness and try again.

A Father’s Intension

As parents, it’s important that we are intentional about what we say to our kids, what we do with them, and the way we live our lives. Everything we do, our kids see and store it in their memory.

The bible encourages us to be intentional, attentive and loving. These are not always easy to do, but something we can all do better at.

Proverbs 4:1-4 ESV Hear, O sons, a father’s instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight, for I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching. When I was a son with my father, tender, the only one in the sight of my mother, he taught me and said to me, “Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments, and live.

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 ESV If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; …

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The Bible is really practical. There are so many things we can learn through reading it.

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