For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
(2 Timothy 1:7)
Trauma - A response to a disturbing experience.
Ask your child if she/he would like to lead the family's prayer time. If not, pray a simple prayer and ask them to recite The Lord's Prayer when you are finished. Be sure to tell them that prayer is talking to God and that they can talk to God anytime about anything.
16 Then they journeyed from Bethel. When they were still some distance from Ephrath, Rachel went into labor, and she had hard labor. 17 And when her labor was at its hardest, the midwife said to her, “Do not fear, for you have another son.” 18 And as her soul was departing (for she was dying), she called his name Ben-oni; but his father called him Benjamin. 19 So Rachel died, and she was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem), 20 and Jacob set up a pillar over her tomb. It is the pillar of Rachel’s tomb, which is there to this day. Genesis 35:16-20
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
a quiet and calm state of mind.
Take a few minutes to watch and review the video about Philippians 4:6-7.
Ask the following questions:
What should we worry about?
What can we talk to God about?
What does God give us when we talk to Him?
What does God's peace do for us?
Read Philippians 4:6-7.
What should we be anxious about?
Why is it important to pray about everything?
What are we promised when we pray?
What does God's peace do?
Where do we need to be to enjoy God's peace?
If you had a nickel and someone offered to give you a dime in exchange for it, would you take it? You probably would. Even though the nickel is bigger, it is worth less than what the other person wants to give you. This is what Paul is saying happens to us when we pray. When we learn to pray about everything, God takes the anxiety and in return gives us peace that passes understanding.
How does Paul say we should pray?
Is your first instinct to pray about everything? Why or why not?
How do you know when you have peace?
Ask your children to repeat this prayer -
God thank You for always giving us peace. Sometimes we are affected by what happens to us in life. Help us to remember that You will always be there for us, even if it is very hard.