If someone had told me a month ago I’d be living in a world of social distancing, self-quarantine, toilet paper hoarding, and cancelation of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament (among other things), I would have asked what silly futuristic movie they’d recently seen. Talk about absurd.
But here we are.
If we feel off balance at the tsunami of change in our lives, how do our children process their “ordinary” being upended?
We all have them—times that our feet get knocked out from under us. But although it’s unusual to be confined at home due to a national health crisis, various hardships are inevitable, and we can feel blind-sided by disappointment, pain, or sorrow.
When a family experiences difficulty, parents can forget that young ones are walking a similar path. Children may not be aware of every detail of a situation, but they are sensitive to tension and mood changes in a home.
As adults, when we hold to God’s promises—when we cling with a desperate faith, throwing ourselves at the foot of the cross—we show our offspring how to stand strong in life’s storms.
And as we seek God’s Word and pray together, each family member will benefit from the peace that infuses our homes.
In times of stress, the following verses can be a great source of comfort for the family who gathers to share burdens and to pray to the One Who is willing and able to carry those burdens:
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you,
all whose thoughts are fixed on you.
· Isaiah 26:3 (NLT) ·
Father, we may not understand everything that is happening around us. But Lord, in faith, we’re going to fix our thoughts on You. Help us to focus on Your heart and character and to remember the vastness and depth of Your love. Even in this storm, we claim Your promise of perfect peace.
Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray.
Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers,
letting God know your concerns. Before you know it,
a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good,
will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens
when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life
· Philippians 4:6–7 (MSG) ·
Father God, we have doubts and worries. The enemy whispers that You have forgotten us. Help us, Father. Guide us as we shape our worries into prayers. Let our hearts overflow with petitions and praises, crowding out the voice of the evil one. With all our hearts, Lord, we long for You to displace worry at the center of our lives. Thank you for your promise of peace and wholeness.
When anxiety was great within me,
your consolation brought me joy
· Psalm 94:19 (NIV) ·
Lord of all creation, in spite of this present storm, we know that You are our Everlasting Father, Rock of Ages, Prince of Peace, Savior, Master, Eternal One. You give joy, hope, and stability in the midst of chaos. You do not change. You are solid ground. Thank you, Jesus. We love You.
Teaching our children to reach for Jesus in all circumstances will enable them to walk with confidence, even as they leave the shelter of home. And as we teach, God works in our lives, drawing us to Himself.
What are your family’s go-to verses in difficult times?