Week 1- Fear
One of my favorite Mr. Rogers’ quotes is “Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting and less scary.”
We are living in a time where fear and anxiety are spreading like a wildfire across the world. Kids take their emotional prompts from the adults in their life. When parents, teachers, authority figures are afraid, young kids are exceedingly vulnerable to fear.
As a parent you might be genuinely worried about your family’s finances, groceries, work…How you handle these concerns in your heart, in private and in front of your children is critical. We have to choose to not be overcome with worry and infect our homes with fear.
This week, take advantage of moments to speak truth to fears. This doesn’t mean we don’t acknowledge how we feel, but it is very important we speak out what we know.
As Christian families, we have hope, faith, assurance and power to combat whatever is thrown our way. Spend some time this week meditating as a family on what we know!
Make the choice to walk together in faith not fear.
-choose to guard your heart
-choose to renew your mind
It’s a privilege to get to teach our children to choose well. It’s powerful to walk it out together with them.
The Word is alive. Speak it out loud over each other. Declare it over your home.
Day 1- Psalm 56:3
1. Write down what you are afraid of. Notice it doesn’t say “If you are afraid,” but “when you are afraid.”
2. Ask God what He thinks about those fears. Take time to wait on hearing Him. Write down what you hear beside the things that you wrote you’re afraid of.
Thanking God for His presence, for His word, for His Spirit that lives in us, so we don’t have to be afraid. Pray for others that you know are hurting, sick or struggling.
Day 2- John 14:27
1. Draw a picture of what peace looks like to you. If you don’t like to draw, write down some peaceful things that come to your mind. Ex. Worship songs, a pretty spring day, the ocean, a quiet house…
Thank God that He gives us His peace. We don’t have to rely on the world to bring us good news for us to be at peace. Repent of being worried and renew your mind with the Word.
Day 3- Proverbs 12:25
1. Who are some people you know that could use some kind words? Take some time today to call, text, write a note, to whoever God brings to your mind.
2. Our voice is the voice we listen to the most. What is your self-talk like?
Pray the word back to God and tell Him you will not be weighed down by fear. Speak to your own soul and tell yourself to cheer up.
Day 4- Isaiah 43:1
1. Have you ever read the word like it was written to you? IT IS WRITTEN TO YOU! God knows our name and He calls us by name. Meditate or write down some verses and put your name in them. Ex. Therefore Leanna, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34
Turn some praise music on in your room or in your house. Turn your tv and video games off. Devote a certain amount of time for worship today.
Day 5- Isaiah 35:4
1. Do you know what a testimony is? A declaration of truth or fact. Evidence given by a witness. If you know Jesus, you are a witness to everyone around you, even your parents and grandparents. When we share the truth about God’s love and what He has done for us, we are using our testimony.
2. Make a list of the first 10 things that come to your mind that God has done for you and your family.
With the list you made, take some time to thank God for what He has done for you, your family, your church, school and community. Pray with the purpose of just being grateful.
Day 6- Romans 13:1
1. Take time today to pray for our President, Government officials, our local Mayor and City officials. All of these people are handling the decisions and issues of the Coronavirus.
2. Pray for health professionals and all those who are working to contain the virus and take care of the sick. If you know a nurse or a doctor you could write them a note or draw them a picture, to show them you are thankful for them.
3. Pray for your Pastors and church leadership. God uses the tithe of His people to run churches, and when churches don’t meet, it makes this difficult. Pastors are having to make hard decisions for a lot of people. We pray for their peace and for wisdom from Heaven.
Day 7- Luke 12:22-26
1. When was the last time you were thankful for some ordinary things? Take time to think about things you do every day; such as brush your teeth, turn on a light switch, get a glass of water, turn on the tv, put on shoes, grab a snack from your kitchen… We can easily take these things for granted. A grateful heart is aware that everything we have that is good is a gift from God.
Thank God for the little things, and choose to not be worried about the things that seem bigger. He has been providing for you and your family all along.
Thank Him for your parent’s jobs. Your parents work hard and you need to be grateful to them for providing for your needs.
Possible activities to incorporate into your week:
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You so much for the true story of Gideon. He may have thought Your instructions were crazy, but he followed You! Help us to listen and follow You, too, because we know You’ll show us the right way. We know You’ve got this! In Jesus’ name, amen.