Today, you get to meet one of the nicest bloggers that I know!

When I was first starting out in blogging, this girl was so kind and helpful to me. She gave me all sorts of ideas, suggestions, and time. I really appreciate her generous spirit.

Her name is Holly; she’s a beautiful mom of three who lives in Texas. And, she has a heart to serve and to train her children to serve.

You can follow her on a regular basis at www.iwillservewhileiwait.blogspot.com.

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!

10 BIBLE VERSES TO ENCOURAGE YOUR STUDENT-ATHLETE #student #athlete #parenting #encourage
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!


Howdy, I’m Holly!  (I don’t really go around saying “howdy” – it’s just an Aggie thing!)  I was born and raised in the piney woods of East Texas but have lived in Aggieland for 20 years. I’ve lived here longer than I’ve ever lived any place else – it’s home and I can’t imagine living anywhere else!

I’m been married to Mike for the past seventeen plus years and we have three kiddos – Colby-age 13, Holden-age 10 and Hope-age 4.  I’m a stay at home mom which is funny since I’m hardly ever home!

Let’s see – I love God, my family, my friends, chocolate, chips & queso, college football, sleeping late, crafting, making people smile, planning events, volunteering, online shopping, Target, Chick-fil-A, and road trips – just to name a few!

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  1. My little ones are too young for sports but my oldest can not wait until he gets to play football-I’ll be pinning this post so I can come back to it when we get there!

    1. Hey Ana,

      Thanks for stopping by to leave a good word today! And, when you little one gets big enough to play sports – you will want to take Holly’s advice about sharing verses with him!

      Sounds like you are a great mom!

      Enjoy those little people while they are small~

  2. Thank you, Holly, for sharing your heart and some of your great parenting suggestions! I love the idea of giving our kids Bible verses to inspire them as they play, compete, learn, and grow!

    This is a great post, and I’m so glad to share it with my friend today!

    Hope you have wonderful weekend!

    Thank you for being a blessing to my life~

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