Proverbs are short phrases that provide godly wisdom for life. In the Bible, the Book of Proverbs was written mostly by King Solomon as a way to teach his son to fear the Lord and live according to God’s commands.
This week, encourage your children—and teens—to respond to Scripture and apply it to their own lives. These journal prompts from Proverbs will invite them to do so as they think about virtues such as wisdom, patience, and hard work.
1. A Foolish King
How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver! ~Proverbs 16:16
Write a story about a king who had piles of gold and silver, but no wisdom or understanding.
2. Hold Your Tongue
When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise. ~Proverbs 10:19
Have you made someone angry or hurt their feelings because of something you said? Write about a time you wish you had been more careful with your words.
3. Patience Is a Virtue
A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel. ~Proverbs 15:18
Write about a situation in which patient words could prevent or end an argument.
4. Talk Is Cheap
All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. ~Proverbs 14:23
Write a story about a hard-working young man who hardly ever speaks a word and his loud but lazy older brother.
5. Take My Advice
The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice. ~Proverbs 12:15
Without using the words listen or listening, explain some of the things “listening” might mean in this verse. Include a personal example about a time you chose to listen to wise advice.
Hope you enjoy these journal prompts. Be sure to check back each week for more Writing Prompt Wednesdays!