As stated elsewhere on this website, God is the Father from Whom all fathers take their example, and from Whom all fatherhood is named.
 
Nurture is one key aspect of excellent Fatherhood. While nurture is usually not asked for by children
its more an assumption than a request — because Father God has given you free will, He knows whether you desire His nurture or not.

You can find many key verses proving your Father God’s desire to nurture you ― to go before you with favor and to stand beside you with support and encouragement as He trains and educates you ― in these sections: His Wisdom, He Counsels and Leads, He Gives Us Vibrant LIFE, His Favor, He Establishes, and He Partners With Us. God your Father will do all these things for you ... if you ask.
 
Before a Father can nurture, He must pay close attention to His child so that He can better help His child achieve his and her highest potential. Since the foundations of the world, God your Father has paid close attention to you. You'll find proof of that in the sections He Hears, He Sees, and He Prays For You. He has shown compassion to you as His child by not always giving you what you want, but in His wisdom, always giving you what you need.


One dictionary gives these meanings to the word “nurture”: 1.to feed and protect: to nurture one's offspring. 2.to support and encourage, as during the period of training or development; foster: to nurture promising musicians. 3.to bring up; train; educate. 4.rearing, upbringing, training, education, or the like. 5.development: the nurture of young artists. 6.something that nourishes; nourishment; food.

As your loving Father, it is His desire to lead you, counsel you, and establish you with His favor. He role-models Fatherhood by setting down guidelines for living that will not only establish financial and material prosperity but will also establish relational prosperity ― relational peace and rest.
 

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God, Who names Himself your Father, makes these promises to you and your loved ones as He overviews the guidelines that ensure this prosperity:
 
Deuteronomy 28:1-14
    1If you will listen diligently to the voice of the Lord your God, being watchful to do all His commandments which I command you this day, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth.
    2And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you if you heed the voice of the Lord your God.
    3Blessed shall you be in the city and blessed shall you be in the field.
    4Blessed shall be the fruit of your body and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your beasts, the increase of your cattle and the young of your flock.
    5Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading trough (bowl for making bread dough).
    6Blessed shall you be when you come in and blessed shall you be when you go out.
    7The Lord shall cause your enemies who rise up against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.
    8The Lord shall command the blessing upon you in your storehouse and in all that you undertake. And He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God gives you.
    9The Lord will establish you as a people holy to Himself, as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways.
    10And all people of the earth shall see that you are called by the Name [and the presence of] the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you.
    11And the Lord shall make you have a surplus of prosperity, through the fruit of your body, of your livestock, and of your ground, in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you.
    12The Lord shall open to you His good treasury, the heavens, to give the rain of your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hands; and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.
    13And the Lord shall make you the head, and not the tail; and you shall be above only, and you shall not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you this day and are watchful to do them.
    14And you shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right hand or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.
 
Leviticus 26:3-8
    3If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments and do them,
    4I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase and the trees of the field yield their fruit.
    5And your threshing [time] shall reach to the vintage and the vintage [time] shall reach to the sowing time, and you shall eat your bread to the full and dwell in your land securely.
    6I will give peace in the land; you shall lie down and none shall fill you with dread or make you afraid; and I will clear ferocious (wild) beasts out of the land, and no sword shall go through your land.
    7And you shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword.
    8Five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight; your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.
 
Leviticus 26:9
    9For I will be leaning toward you with favor and regard for you, rendering you fruitful, multiplying you, and establishing and ratifying My covenant with you.
 

Even as you seek abundance from I AM, He counsels:
 
1 Corinthians 1:30-31
    30But it is from Him that you have your life in Christ Jesus, Whom God made our Wisdom from God, [revealed to us a knowledge of the divine plan of salvation previously hidden, manifesting itself as] our Righteousness [thus making us upright and putting us in right standing with God], and our Consecration [making us pure and holy], and our Redemption [providing our ransom from eternal penalty for sin].
    31So then, as it is written, Let him who boasts and proudly rejoices and glories, boast and proudly rejoice and glory in the Lord.
 
Jeremiah 9:23-24
    23Thus says the Lord: Let not the wise and skillful person glory and boast in his wisdom and skill; let not the mighty and powerful person glory and boast in his strength and power; let not the person who is rich [in physical gratification and earthly wealth] glory and boast in his [temporal satisfactions and earthly] riches;
    24But let him who glories glory in this: that he understands and knows Me [personally and practically, directly discerning and recognizing My character], that I AM the Lord, Who practices loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth, for in these things I delight, says the Lord.

 
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God your Father wants to reassure you of His steadfast love toward you and toward those you love. The section called He Is Your Stability further explains His steadfast love toward you.
 
Remember, Father God never changes. His love for you, and His willingness to nurture you, is steadfast, faithful, unwavering, unmoving ― from generation to generation and age to age.
 
Exodus 20:6
    6But showing mercy and steadfast love to a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep My commandments.
 
Luke 1:50
    50 And His mercy (His compassion and kindness toward the miserable and afflicted) is on those who fear Him with godly reverence, from generation to generation and age to age.
 
Deuteronomy 5:10
    10And showing mercy and steadfast love to thousands and to a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep My commandments.
 
Deuteronomy 7:9
   9Know, recognize, and understand therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, Who keeps covenant and steadfast love and mercy with those who love Him and keep His commandments, to a thousand generations.
 
Psalm 105:8
   8He is [earnestly] mindful of His covenant and forever it is imprinted on His heart, the word which He commanded and established to a thousand generations

 
Speaking of generations, be comforted by this verse:
 
Isaiah 41:4
    4Who has prepared and done this, calling forth and guiding the destinies of the generations [of the nations] from the beginning? I, the Lord—the first [existing before history began] and with the last [an ever-present, unchanging God]—I AM He.

 

The Apostle John, who was named The Beloved Disciple because he enjoyed one of the closest relationships with Jesus while Jesus dwelt on the earth as a Man, had this to say:
 
John 21:25
    25And there are also many other things which Jesus did. If they should be all recorded one by one [in detail], I suppose that even the world itself could not contain (have room for) the books that would be written.
 

This verse clearly summarizes the task of compiling all verses which showcase the wisdom of I AM as it is evidenced in His nurture. As you read, be aware that your Father God’s wisdom undergirds all His nurture.
 
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The Books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes were designed by God to impart His wisdom. Note that many verses are addressed to “my son.” No matter your gender, God your Father has placed you in the position of highest honor ― the position of son.
 
With sonship in mind, you will want to read the section named Our Position As Sons, which focusses on our change in status through Jesus from slaves to sons.
 
You’ll also be interested in the section named Our Inheritance, which focusses on our change in status through Jesus from orphans to heirs.
 
No matter the circumstances of your birth, you have a glorious inheritance that is guaranteed through Jesus!
 
Let’s look at Proverbs and Ecclesiastes first.
 
Proverbs 1:2-7
    2That people may know skillful and godly Wisdom and instruction, discern and comprehend the words of understanding and insight,
    3Receive instruction in wise dealing and the discipline of wise thoughtfulness, righteousness, justice, and integrity,
    4That prudence may be given to the simple, and knowledge, discretion, and discernment to the youth--
    5The wise also will hear and increase in learning, and the person of understanding will acquire skill and attain to sound counsel [so that he may be able to steer his course rightly]--
    6That people may understand a proverb and a figure of speech or an enigma with its interpretation, and the words of the wise and their dark sayings or riddles.
    7The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning and the principal and choice part of knowledge [its starting point and its essence]; but fools despise skillful and godly Wisdom, instruction, and discipline.
 
Proverbs 1:23
    23If you will turn (repent) and give heed to my reproof, behold, I [Wisdom] will pour out my spirit upon you, I will make my words known to you.
 
Proverbs 1:33
    33But whoso hearkens to Me [God’s Wisdom] shall dwell securely and in confident trust and shall be quiet, without fear or dread of evil.
 
Proverbs 2:1-11
    1My son, if you will receive my words and treasure up my commandments within you,
    2Making your ear attentive to skillful and godly Wisdom and inclining and directing your heart and mind to understanding [applying all your powers to the quest for it];
    3Yes, if you cry out for insight and raise your voice for understanding,
    4If you seek [Wisdom] as for silver and search for skillful and godly Wisdom as for hidden treasures,
    5Then you will understand the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of [our omniscient] God.
    6For the Lord gives skillful and godly Wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
    7He hides away sound and godly Wisdom and stores it for the righteous (those who are upright and in right standing with Him); He is a shield to those who walk uprightly and in integrity,
    8That He may guard the paths of justice; yes, He preserves the way of His saints.
    9Then you will understand righteousness, justice, and fair dealing [in every area and relation]; yes, you will understand every good path.
    10For skillful and godly Wisdom shall enter into your heart, and knowledge shall be pleasant to you.
    11Discretion shall watch over you, understanding shall keep you,
 
Proverbs 2:20-22
    20So may you walk in the way of good men, and keep to the paths of the [consistently] righteous (the upright, in right standing with God).
    21For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the men of integrity, blameless and complete [in God's sight], shall remain in it;
    22But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the treacherous shall be rooted out of it.
 
Proverbs 3:1-4
    1My son, forget not my law or teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments;
    2For length of days and years of a life [worth living] and tranquility [inward and outward and continuing through old age till death], these shall they add to you.
    3Let not mercy and kindness [shutting out all hatred and selfishness] and truth [shutting out all deliberate hypocrisy or falsehood] forsake you; bind them about your neck, write them upon the tablet of your heart.
    4So shall you find favor, good understanding, and high esteem in the sight [or judgment] of God and man.
 
Proverbs 3:5-10
    5Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
    6In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.
    7Be not wise in your own eyes; reverently fear and worship the Lord and turn [entirely] away from evil.
    8It shall be health to your nerves and sinews, and marrow and moistening to your bones.
    9Honor the Lord with your capital and sufficiency [from righteous labors] and with the firstfruits of all your income;
   10So shall your storage places be filled with plenty, and your vats shall be overflowing with new wine.
 
Proverbs 3:11-26
    11My son, do not despise or shrink from the chastening of the Lord [His correction by punishment or by subjection to suffering or trial]; neither be weary of or impatient about or loathe or abhor His reproof,
    12For whom the Lord loves He corrects, even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.
    13Happy (blessed, fortunate, enviable) is the man who finds skillful and godly Wisdom, and the man who gets understanding [drawing it forth from God's Word and life's experiences],
    14For the gaining of it is better than the gaining of silver, and the profit of it better than fine gold.
    15Skillful and godly Wisdom is more precious than rubies; and nothing you can wish for is to be compared to her.
    16Length of days is in her right hand, and in her left hand are riches and honor.
    17Her ways are highways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
    18She is a tree of life to those who lay hold on her; and happy (blessed, fortunate, to be envied) is everyone who holds her fast.
    19The Lord by skillful and godly Wisdom has founded the earth; by understanding He has established the heavens.
    20By His knowledge the deeps were broken up, and the skies distill the dew.
    21My son, let them not escape from your sight, but keep sound and godly Wisdom and discretion,
    22And they will be life to your inner self, and a gracious ornament to your neck (your outer self).
    23Then you will walk in your way securely and in confident trust, and you shall not dash your foot or stumble.
    24When you lie down, you shall not be afraid; yes, you shall lie down, and your sleep shall be sweet.
    25Be not afraid of sudden terror and panic, nor of the stormy blast or the storm and ruin of the wicked when it comes [for you will be guiltless],
   
26For the Lord shall be your confidence, firm and strong, and shall keep your foot from being caught [in a trap or some hidden danger].
 
Proverbs 3:32
    32 For the perverse are an abomination [extremely disgusting and detestable] to the Lord; but His confidential communion and secret counsel are with the [uncompromisingly] righteous (those who are upright and in right standing with Him).
 

Proverbs 3:33-35
    33The curse of the Lord is in and on the house of the wicked, but He declares blessed (joyful and favored with blessings) the home of the just and consistently righteous.
    34Though He scoffs at the scoffers and scorns the scorners, yet He gives His undeserved favor to the low [in rank], the humble, and the afflicted.
    35The wise shall inherit glory (all honor and good) but shame is the highest rank conferred on [self-confident] fools.
 
Proverbs 4:5-17
    5Get skillful and godly Wisdom, get understanding (discernment, comprehension, and interpretation); do not forget and do not turn back from the words of my mouth.
    6Forsake not [Wisdom], and she will keep, defend, and protect you; love her, and she will guard you.
    7The beginning of Wisdom is: get Wisdom (skillful and godly Wisdom)! [For skillful and godly Wisdom is the principal thing.] And with all you have gotten, get understanding (discernment, comprehension, and interpretation).
    8Prize Wisdom highly and exalt her, and she will exalt and promote you; she will bring you to honor when you embrace her.
    9She shall give to your head a wreath of gracefulness; a crown of beauty and glory will she deliver to you.
    10Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings, and the years of your life shall be many.
    11I have taught you in the way of skillful and godly Wisdom [which is comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God]; I have led you in paths of uprightness.
    12When you walk, your steps shall not be hampered [your path will be clear and open]; and when you run, you shall not stumble.
    13Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go; guard her, for she is your life.
    14Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.
    15Avoid it, do not go on it; turn from it and pass on.
    16For they cannot sleep unless they have caused trouble or vexation; their sleep is taken away unless they have caused someone to fall.
    17For they eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence.
 
Proverbs 4:18
    18But the path of the [uncompromisingly] just and righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines more and more (brighter and clearer) until [it reaches its full strength and glory in] the perfect day [to be prepared].
 
Proverbs 4:19-27
    19The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know over what they stumble.
    20My son, attend to my words; consent and submit to my sayings.
    21Let them not depart from your sight; keep them in the center of your heart.
    22For they are life to those who find them, healing and health to all their flesh.
    23Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.
    24Put away from you false and dishonest speech, and willful and contrary talk put far from you.
    25Let your eyes look right on [with fixed purpose], and let your gaze be straight before you.
    26Consider well the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established and ordered aright.
    27Turn not aside to the right hand or to the left; remove your foot from evil.
 
Proverbs 8:1-36
    1Does not skillful and godly Wisdom cry out, and understanding raise her voice [in contrast to the loose woman]?
    2On the top of the heights beside the way, where the paths meet, stands Wisdom [skillful and godly];
    3At the gates at the entrance of the town, at the coming in at the doors, she cries out:
    4To you, O men, I call, and my voice is directed to the sons of men.
    5O you simple and thoughtless ones, understand prudence; you [self-confident] fools, be of an understanding heart.
    6Hear, for I will speak excellent and princely things; and the opening of my lips shall be for right things.
    7For my mouth shall utter truth, and wrongdoing is detestable and loathsome to my lips.
    8All the words of my mouth are righteous (upright and in right standing with God); there is nothing contrary to truth or crooked in them.
    9They are all plain to him who understands [and opens his heart], and right to those who find knowledge [and live by it].
    10Receive my instruction in preference to [striving for] silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold,
    11For skillful and godly Wisdom is better than rubies or pearls, and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.
    12 I, Wisdom [of God], make prudence my dwelling, and I find out knowledge and discretion.
    13The reverent fear and worshipful awe of the Lord [includes] the hatred of evil; pride, arrogance, the evil way, and perverted and twisted speech I hate.
    14I have counsel and sound knowledge, I have understanding, I have might and power.
    15By me kings reign and rulers decree justice.
    16By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges and governors of the earth.
    17I love those who love me, and those who seek me early and diligently shall find me.
    18Riches and honor are with me, enduring wealth and righteousness (uprightness in every area and relation, and right standing with God).
    19My fruit is better than gold, yes, than refined gold, and my increase than choice silver.
    20I [Wisdom] walk in the way of righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation), in the midst of the paths of justice,
    21That I may cause those who love me to inherit [true] riches and that I may fill their treasuries.
    22The Lord formed and brought me [Wisdom] forth at the beginning of His way, before His acts of old.
    23I [Wisdom] was inaugurated and ordained from everlasting, from the beginning, before ever the earth existed.
    24When there were no deeps, I was brought forth, when there were no fountains laden with water.
    25Before the mountains were settled, before the hills, I was brought forth,
    26While as yet He had not made the land or the fields or the first of the dust of the earth.
    27When He prepared the heavens, I [Wisdom] was there; when He drew a circle upon the face of the deep and stretched out the firmament over it,
    28When He made firm the skies above, when He established the fountains of the deep,
    29When He gave to the sea its limit and His decree that the waters should not transgress [across the boundaries set by] His command, when He appointed the foundations of the earth--
    30Then I [Wisdom] was beside Him as a master and director of the work; and I was daily His delight, rejoicing before Him always,
    31Rejoicing in His inhabited earth and delighting in the sons of men.
    32Now therefore listen to me, O you sons; for blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are those who keep my ways.
    33Hear instruction and be wise, and do not refuse or neglect it.
    34Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.
    35For whoever finds me [Wisdom] finds life and draws forth and obtains favor from the Lord.
    36But he who misses me or sins against me wrongs and injures himself; all who hate me love and court death.
 
Proverbs 9:1-11
    1Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn out and set up her seven [perfect number of] pillars.
    2She has killed her beasts, she has mixed her [spiritual] wine; she has also set her table.
    3She has sent out her maids to cry from the highest places of the town:
    4Whoever is simple (easily led astray and wavering), let him turn in here! As for him who lacks understanding, [God's] Wisdom says to him,
    5Come, eat of my bread and drink of the [spiritual] wine which I have mixed.
    6Leave off, simple ones [forsake the foolish and simpleminded] and live! And walk in the way of insight and understanding.
    7He who rebukes a scorner heaps upon himself abuse, and he who reproves a wicked man gets for himself bruises.
    8Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you.
    9Give instruction to a wise man and he will be yet wiser; teach a righteous man (one upright and in right standing with God) and he will increase in learning.
    10The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning (the chief and choice part) of Wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight and understanding.
    11For by me [Wisdom from God] your days shall be multiplied, and the years of your life shall be increased.
 

Proverbs 11:20
    20 They who are willfully contrary in heart are extremely disgusting and shamefully vile in the eyes of the Lord, but such as are blameless and wholehearted in their ways are His delight!
 

Proverbs 11:25
    25The liberal [generous] person shall be enriched, and he who waters shall himself be watered.
 
Proverbs 12:18
    18There are those who speak rashly, like the piercing of a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

 
Proverbs 12:22
    22 Lying lips are extremely disgusting and hateful to the Lord, but they who deal faithfully are His delight.
 

Proverbs 13:7
    7One man considers himself rich, yet has nothing [to keep permanently]; another man considers himself poor, yet has great [and indestructible] riches.
 
Proverbs 13:22
    22A good man leaves an inheritance [of moral stability and goodness] to his children's children, and the wealth of the sinner [finds its way eventually] into the hands of the righteous, for whom it was laid up.
 
Proverbs 14:22
    22Do they not err who devise evil and wander from the way of life? But loving-kindness and mercy, loyalty and faithfulness, shall be to those who devise good.
 
Proverbs 14:30
    30A calm and undisturbed mind and heart are the life and health of the body, but envy, jealousy, and wrath are like rottenness of the bones.
 
Proverbs 15:4
    4A gentle tongue [with its healing power] is a tree of life, but willful contrariness in it breaks down the spirit.
 
Proverbs 15:6
    6In the house of the [uncompromisingly] righteous is great [priceless] treasure, but with the income of the wicked is trouble and vexation.
 

Proverbs 15:8
    8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination, hateful and exceedingly offensive to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright is His delight!

 
Proverbs 15:13
    13A glad heart makes a cheerful countenance, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken.
 
Proverbs 15:15
    15All the days of the desponding and afflicted are made evil [by anxious thoughts and forebodings], but he who has a glad heart has a continual feast [regardless of circumstances].
 
Proverbs 15:30
    30The light in the eyes [of him whose heart is joyful] rejoices the hearts of others, and good news nourishes the bones.
 
Proverbs 16:2
    2All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirits (the thoughts and intents of the heart).
 
Proverbs 16:3
    3Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.
 
Proverbs 16:6
    6By mercy and love, truth and fidelity [to God and man--not by sacrificial offerings], iniquity is purged out of the heart, and by the reverent, worshipful fear of the Lord men depart from and avoid evil.
 
Proverbs 16:7
    7When a man's ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
 
Proverbs 17:22
    22A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.
 
Proverbs 19:17
    17He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, and that which he has given He will repay to him.
 
Proverbs 20:9
    9Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?
 
Proverbs 20:22
    22Do not say, I will repay evil; wait [expectantly] for the Lord, and He will rescue you.
 
Proverbs 21:2-3
    2Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs and tries the hearts.
    3To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.
 
Proverbs 21:5
    5The thoughts of the [steadily] diligent tend only to plenteousness, but everyone who is impatient and hasty hastens only to want.
 
Proverbs 21:20
    20There are precious treasures and oil in the dwelling of the wise, but a self-confident and foolish man swallows it up and wastes it.
 
Proverbs 21:22
    22A wise man scales the city walls of the mighty and brings down the stronghold in which they trust.
 
Proverbs 21:31
    31The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but deliverance and victory are of the Lord.
 
Proverbs 22:1-2
    1A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold.
    2The rich and poor meet together; the Lord is the Maker of them all.