Calming Fears in the Midst of Storms
Many families will go through a time when all seems lost due to an unexpected death, tornado, hurricane or experiencing a broken family. When these physical storms and storms of life hit, your children may not see a clear way out and can lose hope for a better future. Talking with your children about these events will allow them to get a perspective and begin to have hope in devastating life events. Many times your children will respond more positively as they see their parents respond with words of life and hope. These questions will allow you to begin to help your children see the rainbow after any kind of storm.
What does the word restoration mean to you?
Help you children understand that after traumatic life events many families look back and see how what was once a bad situation, has turned into something amazingly good over time. God does not want you to suffer and in His way of restoration is to take you to where He has always meant for you to be which is always better than anything we could do on our own.
What should we begin to pray for?
Praying is a way to begin to see hope as you take your mind off the current situation and pray for what you can envision for the future. Pray with your children and write them down. As each prayer is answered celebrate it with thankfulness.
How do you think others have done in similar situations?
This will help your children understand that they are not alone. You might even be able to talk to others who have gone through similar events and hear how they made it through and prospered.
When we coach families about storms of life we tell them that our children need to be prepared for when their storms come, because they will come. Sometimes being intentional in just talking about situations that are hard for your family brings relief and peace and begins the healing. Your children need reassurance from us as parents as we look for hope of a better future.