Children love birthdays, especially their own. These annual occasions offer wonderful moments for recognizing the young people we love, as we bestow special greetings and gifts on them. How can we make children’s birthday cards and greetings more memorable? What can we do to make birthday salutations more special and personal? Why not include an appropriate Bible verse or two to encourage and affirm the birthday child?
Here are 10 top Bible verses for kids’ birthday cards and greetings.
Choosing personalized passages from the Word of God is a super way to make a child’s birthday card or gift both unique and meaningful. Consider these 10 favorite Bible verses that may be particularly appropriate for children’s birthday greetings. These verses are listed here in biblical order.
1. A child’s birthday promise
“Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4, NIV)
A child’s birthday offers an excellent occasion for recalling and recounting the many blessings of the Lord and affirming that child’s faith in the providence of God. This Scripture promise points readers to the truth of God’s love and His desire to carefully for those who trust Him. Surely, those who trust in the Lord will be amazed to see their own delights and desires becoming transformed, as they seek God’s will for their lives. Along the way, they will witness the miraculous love and providence of the all-powerful Heavenly Father. What a wonderful reminder for a birthday child.
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2. A child’s birthday benediction
“May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and earth.”(Psalm 115:15, NIV)
This simple statement of blessing, or benediction, is a most appropriate tagline for a child’s birthday card. Who would not want to be blessed by the Lord, particularly while celebrating another year of life? Included in a child’s birthday card, this Scripture offers a clear prayer for blessing for the recipient.
3. A child’s birthday intercession
“I pray that the Lord will bless you . . . as long as you live.”(Psalm 128:5, CEV)
Although we may not always realize it fully, the greatest gift we can give one another (at birthdays or anytime) is intercession. Promising to pray faithfully for a birthday child is truly offering a gift that continues to give, all year long. Praying for the lifelong blessing of the Lord, as this Scripture demonstrates, is the most valuable gift one might offer a birthday celebrant.
4. A child’s birthday affirmation
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”(Psalm 139:14, NIV)
This familiar Scripture verse offers a wonderful affirmation of self-image for all who read it. God, the all-knowing and all-wise Creator, formed each of us in His perfect skill. What a super reminder of self- worth for a birthday child. God makes no mistakes!
5. A child’s birthday faith-builder
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not depend on your own understanding. In all your ways remember Him. Then He will make your paths smooth and straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6, NIrV)
The perennial Sunday school memory verse, this Scripture passage offers a benchmark for life for the believer. Including these lines in a child’s birthday card actually presents the special child with an exhortation to faithfulness and a promise of God’s guidance and protection.
6. A child’s birthday encouragement
“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart.”(Jeremiah 1:5a, NLT)
Children love to hear their birth stories, particularly on their birthdays. This Scripture verse recounts God’s personal involvement in a child’s origin and reinforces the truth of God’s everlasting care. By adding this Bible verse to a child’s birthday card, you can remind the birthday boy or girl that God has a personalized plan for his or her life. What a super comfort for a birthday or any day.
7. A child’s birthday comfort
“I will be with you always, even until the end of the world.”(Matthew 28:20b, CEV)
This Bible verse quotes Jesus, as He promises His everlasting presence to His followers. Jesus vows to be with those who love Him, in good times and bad, in safety and in peril, and in triumphs and struggles. What child might not be comforted by hearing this Scripture statement, particularly on a special birthday?
8. A child’s birthday goal
“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”(Philippians 1:6, NASB)
Children are works-in-process. Aren’t we all? This often-quoted Scripture, penned by the Apostle Paul, clearly declares the Lord’s commitment to growing His followers to complete maturity. Certainly, the process may take a lifetime to complete, but God will persist. Putting this Bible verse into a child’s birthday card offers an excellent affirmation and motivation for a young person to depend on the Lord for continued growth and learning.
9. A child’s birthday exhortation.
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”(Philippians 4:4, NIV)
Children’s birthdays are times of rejoicing. What fun such celebrations are for everyone! This Bible verse serves as a reminder that the Lord is the most important source of our joy and our reason for rejoicing. How appropriate such a Scripture sentiment is for a child’s birthday card. As you enjoy the happy occasion, how apt it is to recount how the Lord has blessed the birthday boy or girl and to rejoice in the Lord.
10. A child’s birthday instruction
“Grow in the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Get to know Him better. Give Him glory both now and forever. Amen.” (2 Peter 3:18, NIrV)
The Apostle Peter wrote this admonition to young believers, “scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia” (1 Peter 1:1b, NIV). Still, his statement applies equally to us all, and especially to young people. Adding this Scriptural urging to a child’s birthday card is most appropriate. Birthday celebrations are wonderful times to reflect on the past and to look forward eagerly to the future. Children love to be reminded of how much they have grown and encouraged to continue towards maturity.
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Choose a favorite Bible verse.
Many additional Scripture passages may be suitable for kids’ birthday greetings. A Bible concordance or online Bible search site can help you to locate additional appropriate Scriptures. What a wonderful way to make a child’s birthday memorable and create a lasting legacy.
Abbreviations of Scripture translations used:
- AMP = The Amplified Bible (Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation).
- CEV = Contemporary English Version (Copyright © 1995 by American Bible Society).
- KJV = King James Version (Public Domain)
- MSG = The Message (Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson).
- NASB = New American Standard Version (Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation).
- NIRV = New International Readers Version (Copyright © 1996, 1998 by International Bible Society).
- NIV = New International Version (Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society).
- NLV = New Life Version (Copyright © 1969 by Christian Literature International).
- NLT = New Living Translation (Copyright © 1996, 2004 by Tyndale Charitable Trust. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers.).