Helping Kids Face Their Fears (Activity)

Kids have fears.

When I was a kid I was weirdly afraid of the reservoir we passed every time we went into town. Not sure if one of my parents happened to mention that the water was low and I was afraid we’d run out of water or exactly what, but I would always close my eyes when we passed it.

Your child might be afraid of spiders, snakes, dogs, storms, the dark or an imaginary monster who lives under her bed. Or she might be afraid of something totally unexplainable like a peaceful mountain reservoir.

IMG_9473One of the things I did when my kids were little, was make a poster for their wall which combined a verse about fear and a picture of the object of their fear. (Of course, you don’t want to make the picture too scary – then they’ll be afraid of the picture.) We often read the verse together so they associated the verse with the situations.

Here are some great verses to teach your children about overcoming fear because the Lord is with them.

Joshua 1:9 – Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Psalm 27:1 –The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 56:3 –When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.

Isaiah 12:2 –“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.”

Isaiah 35:4 –Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not!

Isaiah 41:10 – Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God I will strengthen you, I will help you,  I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Matthew 28:20b – And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

John 14:24 – Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

Hebrews 13:5b  –“I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

I have posted a example of a very simplified poster for your child’s wall. You can make this as elaborate or as basic as you desire. You could also use a small chalkboard.

Seeing the picture everyday will help your child remember God’s words of comfort every time she faces the fear.

 

 

 

 

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