Bible Verses for Parents of College Students

Bible verses for parents of college students

Bible Verses for Parents of College Students


Sending your child off to college brings many emotions – worry for your college student's new life, anxiety about your empty or emptying nest, and a desire to pray for their success. This list of Bible Verses for Parents of College Students will encourage you as you embark on this new life without your son or daughter at home everyday.

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Bible Verses for Parents of College Students


Thanking God for Our Child


Even though the time has come for them to go off to college and live more independently, I thank God for the amazing gift of each of my children.


James 1:17

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.


When I am Worried about my Child or their Choices


That's what we mammas do; worry! I recently read the story of Hannah in 1 Samuel. It is so hard to imagine praying for such a long time for a child and then giving him to God's service as a very young child, but in faith, she was able to. As our children grow up and leave our nest, we have to give them more independence, but it does not mean we stop praying for them. We also have to remember that God may not be finished with them yet.


1 Samuel 1:27-28

I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.

Romans 8:28

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Lamentations 3:22-24

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”



My Child is Suffering


It is also no fun to get a call from our child and hear that they are currently miserable. These are verses we can share with our kids and also meditate on when we feel the need to rush in and rescue them.


Romans 5:3-5

…we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

Psalm 126:5

Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy.

James 1:12

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.



My Emptying Nest


Ecclesiastes 3:1

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens

Psalm 16:11

You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.


To Pray for My College Student


Colossians 1:9-12

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.



I am praying these Bible Verses for Parents of College Students over myself and my children. I am so thankful to God for the good and perfect gifts that they are. I pray daily for my children and I pray daily for my emptying nest and how I will be of service to the Lord in this next stage of life. 

Do you have any verses that are an encouragement to you as your children grow up and leave your nest? If so, I would love to read about them in the comments below.

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Welcome to Almost Empty Nest! I began this blog in September 2014 after leaving my oldest son at college and realizing that my nest was emptying. Join me on this journey as we explore the path of guiding our children to adulthood and rediscovering ourselves beyond the mom years.


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