What Are/Were You Afraid of?
When you were a kid and the lights went out at night, what frightened you? Did you fear there was someone under the bed? Did you hear noises in the closet? When you opened the door to your closet when your parents weren’t home did you open it s l o w l y? Having nighttime fears is a common occurrence for most children. I slept in the basement for much of my youth and there were nights that I ran from the door and jumped into bed making sure that my feet couldn’t be grabbed. Our daughter had “night terrors” and would wake up screaming and crying. She couldn’t tell us what was causing them but she continued to have them periodically for a number of years. Eventually she grew out of them (man were we thankful). There’s not a lot you can do and there isn’t much you can do about them. I read that you aren’t supposed to wake them during the night terror…oops. (a note to Jaclyn, we hope waking you up during your night terrors didn’t have any lasting effect ;).
One of the things that we made sure our kids knew was that there was someone that was greater than all of their fears. God. And, we continually told them we were always right there if they were afraid of anything. Isn’t that like us, even as adults.? We all have our fears. Most of our fears end up being unfounded, just like the nonexistent Boogey Man or ghost in the closet. But, like a child afraid of things that go bump in the night, if our fears aren’t dealt with head on and dismissed early and dealt with often, they become bigger and bigger in our lives and overcoming fears becomes much more challenging. Whether it’s a fear of the unknown, starting a business, having a family, getting married, etc., our fears are almost always ill conceived and vacuous. But, they are real. How we learn to deal with those fears is much more important than acknowledging they are there. Let’s just admit we have them. Then, we can face the fear with truth and create a plan for overcoming fears in our life. For our kids, we can help them face their fears by letting them know we are there and won’t leave them…ever. And, more importantly, they need to know that God is ALWAYS there for them. How do you help your children face their fears and help them overcome fear? Do you know what their fears are?
Here are this week’s Legacy Journal questions:
- Did you ever milk a cow or spend time on a far or in the country? Tell me about it.
- What places in the world would you still like to visit? Why?
- Is there any childhood fear that still haunts you?
- How do you enjoy helping people? Share about a time when you helped someone in need.
- If you could carve one more face on Mt. Rushmore who would it be? Why?
- In what ways are you like your mother? Father?
- Looking back in life, what one thing would you have done differently? Why?
- Share some tips on having a great vacation.
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