Raising children requires a lot of responsibility and patience. These qualities are especially true if you plan to introduce children to practice God’s word.
If you happen to be in a middle of a storm, here are some practical tips to inspire hope in your little ones.
1. Assure them with God’s word.
Assure your children through God’s word. Parents can do this step by opening the bible or providing colorful storybooks based on the bible to them. During this step, let them know they are not alone because many of God’s believers also suffered similar circumstances!
2. Ask them about their fears and feelings.
Children are vulnerable. The sounds of roaring thunder and howling winds could inspire fear in them, which could lead them to cry. If that happens, comfort your little ones and keep them safe and warm in a secure place. Talk to them through their fears and worries and ask them to articulate their feelings once they have calmed down.
3. Lift their spirits with songs and stories.
Many people have lived through hard times by finding something to celebrate. If the power is out and you hope to save some energy, try lifting their spirits through song and stories. You can even play word games to help pass the time!
4. Encourage them to pray and talk to God.
Teaching your children to establish a relationship with God through prayer is very important. This lesson teaches them to relay their fears and worries to God. You can also guide them through prayer or pray with them, so they become more confident talking to God.
Nurturing your children to be faithful can be incredibly rewarding. Once you have taught them the power of prayer and faith, you’ll find they eventually gain the strength to weather through more storms (literal and personal) in the future!
Troubled times can be anything, whether it involves a storm or a personal struggle. It can be hard to stay hopeful when these events happen because it almost seems like the misery never ends!
Fortunately, you are not alone. Here are some gentle reminders to stay hopeful during troubled times.
1. Pray to God.
Suffering and pain are temporary. Like Jonah trapped inside a giant fish—when darkness consumes us, we need to turn to God for help. His strength and wisdom are the only answers to what is best for us.
2. Seek companionship.
I found refuge with my neighbors during Hurricane Katrina as we waited for rescue. Despite the troubles that have plagued the neighborhood, we managed to find joy even during troubling times.
If you are in a similar situation, sometimes it helps to venture out and talk to someone. Whether it involves phoning your mom or talking to a neighbor, you’ll find that companionship can be incredibly healing.
3. Read His Word.
The Bible is a manual to life and a great map of reference. When we feel lost or need to seek answers, God has provided us with a key to these questions. Some helpful verses include:
“The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.”—Psalm 9:9-10
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” —Romans 8:18
“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.”—Joshua 1:9
Personal struggles can affect one’s hope. Fortunately, these troubles are not permanent. After all, God is there with you.
What are some of your favorite verses to read during challenging times? Consider leaving a comment so others can find it as well.