Flowers and Faith – A lesson for Children Dealing with Fear
Our children feel scared sometimes. It’s just a fact of life. If we’re honest, it’s not something that really changes that much when we grow up. We are still scared of things, they’re just different (please note, I have never heard my kids say they are scared they won’t have enough money for their retirement…). Last week my oldest son had an audition for something and he was feeling nervous about it. I couldn’t blame him! I was nervous on his behalf. But, I thought it would be helpful to do something that would be a visual reminder for him of the strength and peace that God could give him.
Not only did my son do great at his audition, but we’ve gone back to the flowers a couple times since then. When he was afraid to get back on his bike after falling off and needing stitches last month, we went and looked at the flowers. Yes, he acknowledged, God would be with him. Even tonight when the thunderstorm outside was making him nervous at bedtime, the flowers served as a reminder that he does not need to be controlled by fear.
You might also be interested in this post I wrote about helping your child understand that God can give them peace. I figure I want to present the truth of God’s word in as many ways as possible, so that my kids will be able to remember and hang on to it when they need it!
How do you encourage your children when they are afraid?