Free Devotional Helping Children Overcome their Fears
Focus: 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?” (ESV).
Sea Kids Story
The Sea Kids are frightened by a storm. However, their teacher, Miss Sally, assures them they are safe. She explains that it is okay to be afraid because Jesus’ disciples were also terrified by a storm. Later on the playground, Carter admits that he is afraid of heights and June denies that she is afraid of anything. That night, June, January, and Mandy are fearful during a sleepover, so June and January’s dad offers up a prayer to Jesus, asking for help to overcome the girls’ fears. The next day, Mandy overcomes her fear as she swims into the dense seaweed to retrieve a soccer ball and Carter overcomes his fear of climbing to the top of the monkey bars. The Sea Kids learn faith can overcome fear.
Watch and Read Together
Pure Flix offers a free trial, where you can get all 26 Sea Kids episodes! Watch Sea Kids episode, “Scaredy Crab.” Then, read Psalm 118:6 and Proverbs 16:22.
Everyone is afraid of something. It could be spiders, storms, heights, or even being afraid of shadows. It’s okay to be fearful. Sometimes it is a good thing because it can protect us from harm. If you’re not afraid to touch a hot stove, you could get burned. Jesus is always there to help us overcome our fears. Praying to Jesus can turn your fears into faith! Discuss what makes you fearful so the adults in your life can help you overcome your fears.
Answer these questions together. Have an open and honest discussion and learn how each family member can be respectful to each other and other people, as God’s word directs.
- What are you afraid of sometimes?
- What is an example of good fear?
- What is an example of imagined fear?
- What do you think adults are afraid of?
Finally, Pray Together!
Set a time each day to pray, asking the Holy Spirit to fill you with the Fruit of the Spirit.
- As you pray for the Holy Spirit to fill you, look for opportunities to exhibit, in your actions, one Fruit, in particular, that day and another fruit the next day, until you have exhibited each Fruit of God’s Holy Spirit.