Anxiety, worry, fear - these are all emotions that come with having a family! We are told that God cares for us and because of that, we should cast all of our anxiety on Him.
It is easy for parents to get anxious about how our children will behave, worry about how they'll turn out, and get nervous about the job we're doing as parents. Cast that anxiety on Jesus.
What about your kids? What makes them anxious?
This is a great topic in our series on prayer.
Read 1 Peter 5:7 and Philippians 4:6.
How can you teach your children this week about praying through worry and anxiety?
Here are a couple of resources and ideas:
Continue to work on the memory verse: Philippians 4:6. Hiding this in your heart will serve as a constant reminder to bring our cares to our Creator.
Just talk it out. Ask your children what they worry about - Read the above Scriptures and find some others on the topic. What does it mean to "cast all your anxiety on Him?"
Lead by example. Model trust and prayer to your kids. Share some of the things that you get anxious about and pray so that they can see you. Check out https://www.morelikegrace.com/10-bible-verses-for-stressed-kids/ for one blogger's story about sharing her worries with her children.
Why do your children get stressed? Here is a good read with an infographic to boot https://www.sharefaith.com/blog/2017/09/seven-ways-help-anxiety-in-children/
Philippians 4:6 is preceded by encouragement to rejoice and followed by a prescription to think about excellent and praiseworthy things. The verse itself tells us to pray with thanksgiving. As a family, make a list of the stressful, worrisome things in your lives then next to each thing listed write an association that can help us to be thankful, joyful, and/or thinking positively.
This guy from iFindSermons on YouTube has got tons and tons of object lessons, here is one on stress: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6E_ex24LPA