We live in a world that can be pretty scary. We need to talk to our young children about stranger safety and fire safety and the danger of drugs and …..
In preschool they practice fire drills, and tornado drills, and terroristic threat drills and …..
Even our young children can learn to be afraid of what could happen to them during any given day.
Encouraging them to memorize Bible verses can help them overcome their fear.
We don’t have to be afraid. Aware yes. Afraid no. God has not given us a spirit of fear.
We need to reassure them that the world is not in a free-fall.
Our children need to understand that God is in control. He has a plan for each of them. They need to know that they have an anchor, a Savior. We know the end of the Book.
I had my children begin to memorize scriptures as young as 3 years old. I used CDs, flash cards, and played games with the words in the verses until each of us could recite the entire verse.
We talked about and memorized Psalm 48:1-2 and Hebrews 12:28-29, along with several others.
As they got older, they also memorized Psalm 91
God is our refuge and strength,
28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29 for our “God is a consuming fire.”[a]
I would love to read what you have done to help your children learn to walk in this world without fear.
This is part 2 of a post. You can read the first post here.
I’ve been learning to define how God wants me to live out Matthew 16:24
Denying myself doesn’t mean that everyone else defines my life, It doesn’t mean that I say YES to every request, no matter how godly the request sounds. It doesn’t mean that I am my children’s savior or martyr. It doesn’t mean that I surrender all of my hopes, dreams and desires, or forget who I am.
These are some of the things that I’ve been learning:
I wake up every morning knowing that I am about to embark on an assignment from God for the day. I am in His army, awaiting his instructions for the day.
I have the best attitude when I start my day with devotions, and I ask God to help me make wise decisions minute by minute throughout the day.
My goals for every day include praying for my family and for prayer requests from my prayer journal; affirming every member of my family; and reaching out to several people through social media.
I have planned times during the day to play with the kids. I usually play with them for 10 -20 ish minutes, for each of the planned times. I choose the game(s) or activities. I also have the authority and power to alter the rules of the games. Chutes and Ladders have been altered so that even chutes go up. In Candyland, I removed the three picture cards that send you back to a square near the beginning of the game. In Trouble and Parchesi, and other board games with movable ‘men’, I reduced the number of movable pieces from 4 to 2. The Game Police never found me, and Mom and children were happy.
I knew the children loved to be outside. I did also, but I didn’t enjoy pushing them on the swings for long periods of time. So, I reduced the time for each child to swing, and increased the time we spent working in the garden, and collecting bugs and caterpillars, and other things that I loved to do.
When it snowed, I would join the children outside to play,or sled, or build a snowman, but I set time limits. Sledding or being outside when it was cold for 15-20 minutes was plenty long enough for me, so it became long enough for them.
My girlfriends and I get together once a month for one hour. We go to a restaurant and gulp down a meal. It’s easy to find a babysitter for 60 minutes.
I also have a small group of girlfriends who travel to the beach together every summer for 2-3 days while our husbands and a village of helpers babysit our children.
My hubby and I go on cheap dates once a week. Sometimes it means that we are hiding behind our house for 20 minutes sipping coffee. When our oldest turned 11 years old, we would have him babysit his 6 siblings for 20-30 minutes and we would drive 2 miles to the closest Turkey Hill and share a Slushy on the curb in front of the dumpster. Now that our children are older, we can go on vacations for a week, which we do, and love.
Every weekday from 2:00-3:00 I read or work on craft projects or work in my gardens while my children nap or play quietly.
It feels very liberating to know that although it is a wonderful honor to be a wife and mom, those roles don’t define me. I am a Daughter of the King with a destiny to fulfill that ONLY I CAN. The chapters of my life will change. My hats will change. But I will remain a Christ follower and with God’s help, grace, and wisdom, I will follow God’s leading and bear fruit for Him as long as I have breath on this earth.
I’d LOVE to read your thoughts!
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