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Sweet Sleep During Unsettled Times

Sweet Sleep During Unsettled Times

Materials Needed:

A pillow

Scripture Reference:

Psalm 4:8 – I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.

Are your children sometimes scared by what is going on in the world? Are you?  How do you calm your children’s fears when you can’t control the circumstances? How do you answer their questions?

The world we live in is changing rapidly and we are touched by violence in some way almost daily. Technology has opened the door for news media and social networking to reveal what is going on around the world.  Sometimes if we are not careful, the only thing we think about is what we have heard from these sources and fear gains a foothold, even in the lives of faithful followers of God.

Moms and dads, I have some good news today to share with you and your families. My news has come from a far country, but it is the same story that has been told through the ages. God is in complete control and there is nothing happening that He has not allowed. His plan is in motion and when the time arrives that God has preordained, believers in Christ have the hope of a divine departure from this evil world. God’s Word reminds us that God is not dead nor does He sleep. (Psalm 124:4)

This brings me to the main point. Because our God is alive and actively caring for His dear children we can lie down in the midst of trouble and have sweet, peaceful sleep. (Proverbs 3:24) Outside of God’s protective hand, fearfully would be the only way in which anyone could live, but as believers in Christ, we can lie our heads on our pillows and sleep in fearless peace. Our safety depends on God alone.

There are going to be times where tragedies come and we may feel in danger, but God cannot lie and His promises are enough to sustain us until He takes us home. It is imperative that we study God’s Word, and practice trusting Him daily, so that when fear is planted in the soil of our hearts, God’s Word is already rooted, growing, and producing fruit. Fear will have no ground in which to cultivate.

Let’s pray as Paul did in II Timothy 1:7, that God will replace our spirit of fear with the spirit of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Action steps:

  1. Talk to your children about their fears.
  2. Write their fears on paper and give those sheets of paper to one of your children. Have him (or her) go outside the room and then mom or dad should stand in the doorway, blocking the entrance. Show your children that for whatever is written on their papers to get into the room, it would have to come through you first. And then discuss how nothing can get to us without coming through God first.
  3. Learn some (or all) of the verses mentioned in this post. Those verses will come to memory when your children are afraid or going through tough times.
  4. Pray together. Ask God to keep you safe and to calm your fears.

Additional Scripture:

Leviticus 26:6; Deuteronomy 31:6; I Samuel 22:23; II Kings 6:16; II Chronicles 20:17; Psalm 29:11, 34:14; Proverbs 16:7;Isaiah 26:3; 41:14, 43:1; I Peter 5:7, Matthew 11:28-30

By: Lydia Cox

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