Anxiety in the Home

A Note from Pastor John

As parents and caregivers, our heart is to help our kids navigate this unique season in our community. Our children are prone to the same stress and anxiety that some of us may be feeling as we learn to manage the societal and personal restrictions now present before us. But BE ENCOURAGED: Our God is bigger than this moment and is ever-present to help us through this short term!

FILL OUR MINDS WITH THE WORD OF GOD through Scripture. For me personally, I have memorized and pray Philippians 4:6-7, because these verses fill my mind in Holy Spirit ways and remind me of Who to turn to when times are tough to understand. A children’s version of this comes from the NIrV: “Don’t worry about anything. No matter what happens, tell God about everything. Ask and pray, and give thanks to Him. Then God’s peace will watch over your hearts and minds. He will do this because you belong to Jesus Christ. God’s peace can never be understood.” God makes His peace available to us simply by speaking with Him about the anxious things in life, supported by our faith in Him to answer our prayers (1 John 5:14-15; James 1:5-6). These verses can be taught first, phrase by phrase, and memorized as you go. This teaching can open the door for our kids to express what they are feeling, giving us guidance on how to direct them. This, in turn, strengthens our faith, and allows the LORD to guide our steps. Our LORD is here for us, and desires to direct us at all times, and now is no different. May the Peace of God guard YOUR heart in this season.

-Pastor John

HOW TO HELP KIDS DEAL WITH STRESS

  • Pray with and for your children- scheduled prayer times can be so helpful, at meal times, before bed, during family worship time, but it can also be so beneficial to model prayer in moments of anxiety, stress, or even frustration. Model for your children going to the Lord with our fears and worries.
  • Memorize Scripture- Find a few verses that your family can memorize together that can bring comfort to your kids and your own heart
  • Have your child keep a journal- where they can just let all their feelings out. It can be a prayer journal, too, if desired.
  • Listen to worship music- Here is a great Spotify Playlist for kids.
  • Create predictability- a schedule and routine can be a source of comfort for kids. A combination of structure and nurture is helpful.
  • Exercise- physical activity is a great way to reduce stress. Go outside when possible.
  • Give kids a purpose- create a chore list or daily tasks for your kids to complete, enlist their help in cooking meals.
  • Open the conversation- allow your kids to share daily how they are feeling about everything that is going on in the world around them. Affirm their feelings and share similarities, always allow those conversations to point them back to our hope and trust in God.
  • Model stillness- teach kids the joy of 'me time.' Built in quiet time allows for their imagination to grow. There is time in your day for both 'me time' and 'we time.'

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