This post is the final in our mini-series on helping our children conquer fear. If you have missed the others, be sure to check out:
One of the most comforting things we can do for our children is to read to them. Our physical closeness helps them to feel safe; the sound of our voices soothes them. Of course, any help we can offer when our child is afraid will be built on a foundation of loving interactions at other times.
But in the moment, sit close, hold them, hold their hand, pet their hair, or rub their back. Pray together… and read to them.
There is nothing like the powerful promises in God’s Word to encourage a fainting heart.
Here are seven particularly appropriate Bible passages to read — and even re-read — when your child is afraid. If you are unfamiliar with any of these, I encourage you to look them up and keep them in mind.
- Revelation 21:10–26 New Jerusalem
- Revelation 21:1–5 All things new
- Psalm 91 Under the shadow of the Almighty
- Genesis 1:1 – 2:3 The story of Creation
- Psalm 8 God’s glory & man’s honor
- Psalm 4 The bedtime psalm
- Isaiah 65:17–25 New heavens & a new earth
Note on Isaiah 65:20 — This verse is worded a bit oddly in King James. I believe The New Living Translation captures the intent quite well:
No longer will babies die when only a few days old. No longer will adults die before they have lived a full life. No longer will people be considered old at one hundred! Only the cursed will die that young!
When your child is afraid, seek to turn their (and your) thoughts Heavenward! There is power in the Word of God.
Is there another passage you would add to the list? Do you have fond memories of being read to as a child? Share with us in the comments! 🙂