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Inspirational Poems, Prayers, Quotes, and Scriptures for Moms and Dads

Updated on May 11, 2014

A Word of Hope For Parents When You're Frustrated With Children, Overworked, or Just Need Some Encouragement

Being a good parent often requires long hours, gray hairs, and lots of prayer. One of the hardest parts about the job is that you usually have to wait for years and years to be truly appreciated for what you do. Along the way, however, children do warm our hearts, show us love, and strengthen our spirits when we see them growing and benefiting from all that we do. Yet, when times get rough or just when we feel underappreciated, the right word can give us the boost we need to keep going.

More Than Just for Mother's Day or Father's Day

The following inspirational poems, prayers, quotes, and scriptures can be used to create Mother's Day and Father's Day greetings, but you shouldn't wait until those times to use them. If you want to honor your parents, do it when they are on your heart. If you are a parent, take some time to relax and enjoy what's here for your encouragement and upliftment. Your job is one of the toughest in the world, and sometimes it makes a big difference to read or hear something that gives you the strength that keep going another day.

Being a mother or a father brings great joy, but it can also bring stress, frustration, and even grief. In those times, we all need to hear something that will open our understanding and give us hope. I hope that you can find some in the offerings below.

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"All that I am or hope to be I owe to my angel mother. I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life."

- Abraham Lincoln

"The debt of gratitude we owe our mother and father goes forward, not backward. What we owe our parents is the bill presented to us by our children."

- Nancy Friday

"Any mother could perform the jobs of several air-traffic controllers with ease."

- Lisa Alther

"The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom."

- Henry Ward Beecher

"Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love."

- Stevie Wonder

"My mother said to me, ""If you become a soldier you'll be a general; if you become a monk you'll end up as the pope."" Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso."

- Pablo Picasso

"Nobody loves me but my mother,

And she could be jivin' too."

- B. B. King

"Mothers are the most instinctive philosophers."

- Harriet Beecher Stowe

"The watchful mother tarries nigh, though sleep has closed her infants eyes." - John Keble

It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding.

- Erma Bombeck

"My mother never gave up one me. I messed up in school so much they were sending me home, but my mother sent me right back."

- Denzel Washington

"The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness."

- Honore de Balzac

"But the mother's yearning, that completest type of the life in another life which is the essence of real human love, feels the presence of the cherished child even in the debased, degraded man."

- George Eliot

"Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws."

- Barbara Kingsolver

Poem: Mothers Are The Gardeners

Mothers are the gardeners

Of wind-blown wild flowers.

They water them with happy tears,

Happy with them many years,

Even as the hours

Ring with sweet, sad melodies

Sighing through their bowers.

by Nicholas Gordon

Poem: Tribute To Mother

You painted no Madonnas

    on chapel walls in Rome

But with a touch divine

    you lived one in your home

You wrote no lofty poems

    that critics counted art

But with a nobler vision

    you lived them in your heart

You carved no shapeless marble

    into some high soul design

But with a finer sculpture

    you shaped this soul of mine

You built no great cathedrals

    that centuries applaud

But with a grace exquisite

    your life cathedraled God

Had I the gift of Raphael

    or that of Michelangelo

Oh, what a rare Madonna

    my mother's life would show

by Frances Johansan

Scriptures For Mothers

John 16:21

A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.

Psalm 127:3

Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

Proverbs 1:8-9

8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: 9 For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.

Video Tributes To Mothers

It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father.

- Pope John XXIII

"That is the thankless position of the father in the family -- the provider for all, and the enemy of all."

- J. August Strindberg

"Sundays too my father got up early

and put his clothes on in the blueblack cold,

then with cracked hands that ached

from labor in the weekday weather made

banked fire blazes. No one ever thanked him."

- Robert Hayden

"Sometimes you struggle so hard to feed your family one way, you forget to feed them the other way, with spiritual nourishment. Every body needs that."

- James Brown

"My father instilled in me the attitude of prevailing. If there's a challenge, go for it. If there's a wall to break down, break it down."

- Donny Osmond

"My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me."

- Jim Valvano

Every father expects his boy to do the things he wouldn't do when he was young.

- Kin Hubbard

"My father taught me that the only way you can make good at anything is to practice, and then practice some more."

- Pete Rose

"Certain is it that there is no kind of affection so purely angelic as of a father to a daughter. In love to our wives there is desire; to our sons, ambition; but to our daughters there is something which there are no words to express."

- Joseph Addison

A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again.

- Enid Bagnold

"Fathers and sons arrive at that relationship only by claiming that relationship: that is by paying for it. If the relationship of father to son could really be reduced to biology, the whole earth would blaze with the glory of fathers and sons."

- James Baldwin

"My father had always said there are four things a child needs: plenty of love, nourishing food, regular sleep, and lots of soap and water. After that, what he needs most is some intelligent neglect."

- Ivy Baker Priest

"When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years."

- Mark Twain

Fatherhood is pretending the present you love the most is soap-on-a-rope. "

- Bill Cosby

When I was a boy I used to do what my father wanted. Now I have to do what my boy wants. My problem is: When am I going to do what I want?

- Sam Levenson

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.

- Theodore M. Hesburgh

"It's only when you grow up, and step back from him, or leave him for your own career and your own home it's only then that you can measure his greatness and fully appreciate it. Pride reinforces love."

- Margaret Truman

Poem: My Hero

As I ponder the love that I saw in his eyes,

A Godly love, given without compromise....

I recall many times that he stood by my side,

And prodded me on with great vigor and pride.

His voice ever confident, firm and yet fair,

Always speaking with patience, tenderness and care.

The power and might of his hands was so sure,

I knew there was nothing we couldn't endure.

It's true, a few others provided insight,

Yet, he laid the foundation that kept me upright.

He's the grandest of men to have lived on this earth,

Although he's not royal by stature or birth.

He's a man of great dignity, honor and strength.

His merits are noble, and of admirable length.

He's far greater than all other men that I know,

He's my Dad, he's my mentor, my friend and hero.

by Debbie Hinton Young

Poem: Fathers Are Wonderful People

Fathers are wonderful people

Too little understood,

And we do not sing their praises

As often as we should...

For, somehow, Father seems to be

The man who pays the bills,

While Mother binds up little hurts

And nurses all our ills...

And Father struggles daily

To live up to "his image"

As protector and provider

And "hero of the scrimmage"...

And perhaps that is the reason

We sometimes get the notion,

That Fathers are not subject

To the thing we call emotion,

But if you look inside Dad's heart,

Where no one else can see

You'll find he's sentimental

And as "soft" as he can be...

But he's so busy every day

In the grueling race of life,

He leaves the sentimental stuff

To his partner and his wife...

But Fathers are just wonderful

In a million different ways,

And they merit loving compliments

And accolades of praise,

For the only reason Dad aspires

To fortune and success

Is to make the family proud of him

And to bring them happiness...

And like Our Heavenly Father,

He's a guardian and a guide,

Someone that we can count on

To be always on our side.

by Helen Steiner Rice

Scriptures For Fathers

Proverbs 17:27

He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.

Ephesians 6:4

And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Hebrews 12:7

If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

Video Tributes To Fathers

Prayer: "Serenity" (Expanded Version)

God grant me the serenity

To accept the things I cannot change;

Courage to change the things I can;

And wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;

Enjoying one moment at a time;

Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;

Taking, as He did, this sinful world

As it is, not as I would have it;

Trusting that He will make all things right

If I surrender to His Will;

So that I may be reasonably happy in this life

And supremely happy with Him

Forever and ever in the next.

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      5 years ago

      Beautiful quotes for parents. Great tribute for them. Sundae ;-)

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      Nithya Venkat aka Vellur 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      Great lens and enjoyed reading.

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      Nithya Venkat aka Vellur 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      Great lens and enjoyed reading.

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      6 years ago

      I'm always looking for a pick-me-up when I put the kids to bed. Thank you!

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      6 years ago

      Great Lens! For those inclined I found this site

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      Sher Ritchie 

      6 years ago

      I found this lens for Mother's Day - thanks for sharing!

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      6 years ago

      Thank you for your site. My heart was touched by the words of encouragement. Something else to be grateful for.

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      6 years ago

      What a wonderful and inspiring lens, Here is one of my tweets for my ministry that I made a plaque of: God goes above and beyond~where NO Man can take you # PoeticalChristian I wish to include this on my own lens. Blessings on this lens, thanks.

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      6 years ago

      !esnel taerg

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      Todayhaspower LM 

      7 years ago

      Wonderful lens! :)

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      Todayhaspower LM 

      7 years ago

      Wonderful lens! :)

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      7 years ago

      Good lens, thanks... we all need a lift

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      7 years ago

      That's a very nice lens.

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      Renaissance Woman 

      7 years ago from Colorado

      Such lovely inspiration. A beautiful tribute and encouragement to parents everywhere. SquidAngel **blessed.** Thank you!

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      7 years ago

      Wonderful lens. Visiting your lens is truly a blessing.

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      franstan lm 

      7 years ago

      This lens is truly inspiring. Blessings from a SquidAngel

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      7 years ago

      I visited this lens quite some time ago and am pleased to come back to grant an angel blessing. Absolutely beautiful lens!

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      7 years ago

      What a beautiful lens!

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      7 years ago

      Like this lens much. A good lens for parents to read. It teaches more on parents kids relationships. Thanks to the author. ASP.NET Hosting

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      7 years ago

      Beautiful hub! Truly inspirational quotes are great source of wisdom, confidence and assurance. In fact, our lenses too emphasize on presenting inspirational wisdom to parents to help them enjoy stress-free parenting and inspire their children towards greatness

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      Wedding Mom 

      7 years ago

      Reading this just warms the heart. It truly is lovely. Thanks for this Beautiful Lens!

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      7 years ago

      Nice lens.Thanks for sharing. Work Plan Platform

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      akumar46 lm 

      7 years ago

      Great lens for parents.

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      7 years ago

      Wonderful poetry! Blessing this lens and putting it on my poetry review lens!

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      Cheryl Rogers 

      7 years ago from Tampa, FL

      Nice job here. I pray you are blessed.

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      7 years ago

      Both my parents have now passed away. They were married 51 years, and were committed to each other and devoted parents. They were just ordinary people, but wonderful parents. I appreciate your lens about mothers and fathers and how it is that their constant love and devotion that teach and inspire us.

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      7 years ago

      A lens of shiny wisdom to share - thumbs up and lensrolling!

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      7 years ago

      Awesome Lens! Thank you!

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      Nightowl John 

      7 years ago

      These are wonderful inspirational poems and quotes for moms and dads! Thank you for putting this together. Squid Angel blessed.

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      8 years ago

      Beautiful lens, and such an important message. I've found that when I'm tired or overwhelmed, connecting to my own earthly mother and mother earth, helps to feel renewed, refreshed, inspired. Exercising, breathing deeply, meditating, seeing pictures of nature,or walking outdoors. It grounds as well as expands.

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      8 years ago

      I definitely enjoyed my visit! I really enjoyed some of the quotes mentioned and you've presented your lens well. It's engaging and pleasant to the eye.

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      lasertek lm 

      8 years ago

      This lens is indeed inspiring and uplifting. Being a parent is a big responsibility that exhausts our strength, energy and patience but if we learn to appreciate and embrace what we are going through, we will be able to find joy.

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      8 years ago

      Very Impressive lens your images are awesome,I enjoyed reading your lens.

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      8 years ago

      What a truly beautiful lens. It really made me smile. 2 thumbs up and a favorite from me :-)

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      8 years ago

      Very encouraging. We must always cover kids with prayers.

      It makes a lot of difference now and in the long run.

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      8 years ago

      Think you GOD for my sweet baby Grace,every day I want to do something alittle greater to make her life better,that way when my day has come,maybe in the end all things will be great.....

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      9 years ago

      Now you can light a candle at the Church of Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem

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      9 years ago

      I've enjoyed my visit to many of your lenses today. You are a blessing. Please visit my lenses here and comment. I write spiritual poetry. 5*


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      9 years ago

      Hi there again! Another great lens. I gave your lens another five stars and lensrolled on another five spiritual lenses. God bless! :)

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      9 years ago

      I love this the fathers scriptures were put on my dad's fathers day card.

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      9 years ago

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      9 years ago

      This is a great lens. I think ill put some of the quotes on my sons bedroom door, hopefully it will keep the stress n putting him to bed.

      I love that you have included quotes for dads as we are often forgotten, which is the main focus of my own lens.

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      9 years ago

      This is a great lens. I think ill put some of the quotes on my sons bedroom door, hopefully it will keep the stress n putting him to bed.

      I love that you have included quotes for dads as we are often forgotten, which is the main focus of my own lens.

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      Stephen Carr 

      9 years ago from Corona, CA

      Very inspirational lens and is what many families, including mine, need more of. Thanks.

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      9 years ago

      Wonderful collection of thoughts. I'll come back to it regularly for inspiration.

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      9 years ago

      Great lens. Proverbs 31 was always an inspirational passage to my mom.

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      9 years ago

      lovely lens and inspiring too!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Beautiful and inspirational lens and I thoroughly enjoyed. This has been a great way to start my day! Thank you!

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      9 years ago

      Wonderful! Thank you for sharing! :-)

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      10 years ago

      Great lens! Very inspirational and heartwarming! 5*Fav

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      10 years ago

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      10 years ago

      I was inspired. Thanks for sharing it to us.

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      10 years ago

      I had to use these myself today.

      The past couple of days were really hard (inlcuding my birthday, which STINKS) and I had to encourage myself - some of the content here really reminded me of how blessed I am to be a parent and how loving through the tough times will help my kids to grow into phenomenal people.

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      10 years ago

      A very uplifting lens! I loved the poem 'Tribute To Mother'. Excellent!

      Lensrolled, 5 stars, and favourite :)


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      Webcodes LM 

      10 years ago

      Wonderful, marvelous lens 5*.

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      Ges LM 

      10 years ago

      This is a fantastic lens. Very inspiring and (mostly) true. If I could have given it 6 stars i would ;)


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      Teacher Adez7 

      10 years ago

      Hi Ivo,

      Very uplifting and inspirational lens, I like it! Good job! :) *****

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      10 years ago

      Very uplifting lens 5*


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