A typical night of bedtime routines was quickly thrown off course with an unsettling outburst from one of my daughters. “I don't want to go to bed!” she yelled. With arms folded, she stood with her feet firmly planted in place. Something wasn't right though. Her outburst was completely out of character. Going with my intuition, I gently asked her, “Why not?” “Because,” she began, “Because of something scary.”
Wanting to understand a bit more, I invited her to sit next to me. Then, I listened. I didn't dismiss her emotions. Rather, I empathized with them because the Lord knows the weight of fears I'm continually battling in my own life.
We all face fear. Little hearts are no exception. Their fears are just as real as ours. How will our children know how to overcome fear if we do not teach them? We must model a Biblical way to help them overcome fear for now and later on. God's Word provides all the guidance we need.
Guard their eyes.
Psalm 101:3a says, “I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless. . .” First of all, we must model how to guard against evil by monitoring what our children are exposed to. If they are old enough, we can explain the rationale for making our decision. We won't be able to control everything they are exposed to, but we can make some God-honoring strides in the right direction.
Direct their mind to Christ.
Isaiah 26:3 says, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” The way out of fear is Jesus. Look back at the verse. When our minds are on him, he keeps us in perfect peace. Jesus is our peace, (2 Thessalonians 3:16).
In order for children to keep their mind on Christ during moments of fear. . .