Wednesday, August 12, 2015

10 Bible verses to encourage your student-athlete

While I'm Waiting...10 Bible verses to encourage your student-athlete
Are you a volleyball, football or golf mom?  You might be a cheerleader or cross country runner mom.  No matter what sport(s) our student-athletes participate in, they all need little doses of encouragement along the way.

My son's football practice will soon start at 6:30 am followed by a long day of school.  The earliest that I will get to see him will be 4:30 pm.  During those long hours a lot of life takes place and sometimes they need a little pick-me-up.

How can I encourage him and fill his soul with truth?  With little nuggets of truth from the Bible!

I've put together a list of a few verses that I can share with him during the upcoming football season.  I know these few verses will motivate and encourage him just when he needs it most.  Do you have certain verses that you share with your children during specific times they might be going through?  Please share them with me so that I can add them to my list!

You'll notice a couple of verses from both the New International Version and The Message - I love the way The Message translates some of the verses so I had to include both!  :)


Philippians 2:3-4 (NIV)
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

The Message translation:
If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.

2 Timothy 2:5 (NIV)
Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules.

Ephesians 6:13 (NIV)
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (NIV)
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

The Message translation:
You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You’re after one that’s gold eternally.  I don’t know about you, but I’m running hard for the finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No sloppy living for me! I’m staying alert and in top condition. I’m not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself.

Deuteronomy 31:6 (MSG)
“Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you.”

Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)
but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Matthew 19:26 (NIV)
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Philippians 4:13 (NIV)
I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Colossians 3:23-24 (NIV)
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

The Message translation:
Servants, do what you’re told by your earthly masters. And don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you’re serving is Christ. The sullen servant who does shoddy work will be held responsible. Being a follower of Jesus doesn’t cover up bad work.

1 Timothy 4:8 (NIV)
For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

So, how can we incorporate these verses into their everyday life?  We can:

*use a dry erase marker and write on his/her mirror

*jot a note and tape it to the back of their school id

*put a sticky note in their binder/spiral

*and, the obvious - you can always send them a text!

Do you have special ways that you like to encourage and motivate your student-athlete? I would love to hear ideas of what other moms do to let their kiddos know they are thinking about them.  The older they get the harder this becomes so I need extra help in this department!

And, to help you out with even more back-to-school ideas, I'm joining up with an awesome group of bloggers for our Back-to-School Blog Hop!  Be sure you "hop" over and check out their posts too!
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Thanks so much for stopping by!

I hope you are having a fabulous week!  Gig 'em and God bless! 
Holly

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Much appreciation goes out to Jennie from The Diary of a Real Housewife for featuring my 10 Bible Verses to Encourage your Student-Athlete! What an honor!  Thank you so much!
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34 comments:

  1. Awesome scriptures for this topic Holly.

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    1. Thank you, Michelle! I was surprised by how many verses refer to athletes! It's like a little wink from God when you are looking for something and find more than you need!

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  2. These are great verses. Thank you for sharing. I'm stopping by from women with intention Wednesdays.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Stacey! I'm so glad you found me! I hope these verses will encourage and inspire you or an athlete you know! Have a super day!

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  3. Wow! This was awesome. Even as a non student athlete ;) Caleb and I work with the youth at church so these are good to remember. I try to text a lot of them encouraging quotes and scripture throughout the week so these will help. Thank you!!

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    1. I'm so glad these could help, Kayla! Love when it feels like God is speaking directly to us and these verses are great for encouraging! Thanks for stopping by! And, thank you for loving on those kiddos!

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  4. Love the verses and the ways your communicating hope with that little athlete! They really do respond to our encouragement, don't they!

    And, I can think of no better words to use than scripture to give our kids hope!

    Mine aren't in sports anymore, but I regularly send them text messages letting them know I am praying for them. Sometimes I'll ad a verse or a quote or a picture from Pinterest. This seems to work with with this age of kids!

    Hope you have a great day today~
    Melanie

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    1. I love that, Melanie! Our kids, both big and little, need to know that their parents are thinking about and praying for them! I'm so glad you stopped by!

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  5. These verses are amazing! My girls are both done with sports now, but there were many times they were frustrated or upset and these would have helped them keep going. I am pinning them to keep for any other situation they might be needed for. Thanks for posting!

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    1. Thanks for pinning, Pam! I hope these verses will encourage your girls! If you find any more, please share! I could always use a few more for those really trying times!

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  6. I love this! Random story: when I was in high school each one of us in the youth group were picked each week to read a scripture in "big Church" on Sunday morning. Well I got picked first and I was determined to find a verse that was "not as well known" so I looked for scripture that talked about athletics. It was 1st Corinthians 9:24-27 and it is still hanging up at my house. I love it! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I love that verse! Especially The Message version! I loved your story! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  7. HI! I just wanted to let you know I already used one of these verses. There is a sweet lady from my church in the hospital and I texted her Deut. 31:6, the Message Bible version.Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us.

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    1. That is so sweet, Pam! I'm sure that text was a huge source of encouragement for her! Thank you so much for sharing with me! It's fun knowing that God planted the seed for this post and knew just the way He wanted others to share His words! God is so good!

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  8. Love these verses! They are encouraging for kids in so many ways.

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    1. They really are, Keri! Some times the Bible can seem so...well, difficult, but when you find verses that apply directly to your situation - it's a complete wow moment! I love those! Thanks for stopping by and for organizing the hop!!!

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  9. And though I'm not an athlete, I like these verses. They're very inspiring and encouraging.

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    1. Yes, great for the athlete and non-athlete. We are all running a race - either literally or not. So glad they inspired and encouraged you! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  10. My son played football in High School and loved it. I so loved watching him play. I miss those days. These verses are a great encouragement.

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    1. It is so much fun watching your kids do what they love! And, it's even better knowing that we can encourage and motivate them with scripture. I'm so glad you stopped by!

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    1. I've already had the chance to text one - love when God puts something on my heart and I can share it with others!

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    1. Thank you!!! :) It was fun putting together with all my new-found knowledge!

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  13. Love these Scriptures, Holly! Thanks for taking the time to put them together for us. This is my first visit to your blog, and I love it. I will definitely be back for more. :)

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend. <3

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    1. I'm so glad you found me, Kelsey! Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet words! Hoping you have a fantastic weekend!

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  14. These are great, Holly! Thanks for linking at Women With Intention Wednesdays!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and for hosting, Jenny! Hope you have a super day!

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  15. Great verses! I love the idea to encourage your athlete with scripture. Thanks for linking up!

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    1. Thank you, Moriah! I found your link up through Keri! Looking forward to linking up each week. Thanks for hosting!

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  16. Those a perfect passages for the child athlete. I love your ideas. I would never have thought to write on a mirror. Yes. I am blind.

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    1. Haha! You'll start to rely on desperation on how to reach your kiddo the older they get - you'll even start writing on mirrors if it means they'll "hear" you! :)

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  17. I love these sccriptures, and with so many kids involved with sports/extra activities right now.. these are perfect!
    I also blogged about 10 things this Tuesday https://sheridanjohnson.com/2016/05/03/10-things-i-dislike/
    please head on over for a visit! :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Sheridan! I love being able to jot one of these verses down and slip in their backpacks or simply text it to them before a game! I'm so glad you stopped by! Hope you're having a great week!

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