Q: What does my child need? Part 3

A: My child needs peace!

 John 14:27 – “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

 In my previous blogs I talked about the top needs of every child (and every adult for that matter).  Number one, I need Jesus.  Without Jesus everything else is meaningless and temporary, I am lost and nothing else matters. 

 Number two, I need love.  In Christ, I have perfect love.  Love that is unconditional and unshakeable.  As a parent, it’s Christ love we draw on to know and to show love to our children.

 Today, I’m going to talk about a third need…peace.  A lot of things can make us anxious and worried.  Children need to know that they are safe and secure.  Children need to feel protected and cared for.  Once again, Jesus perfectly fills this need.  He takes away fear because he has fixed our relationship with God.  No longer do we need to fear God’s judgment, rather we get to take joy in our salvation.   In addition, the one who is powerful enough to be the creator of all things is also the one who loves you enough to die for you.  Children need to be assured, that no matter what happens Jesus is in control and that he has a good and wonderful plan.

 So how can I share that peace with my children?  Let them know daily that you love them and so does Jesus.  Provide routines and structure that help them to feel secure.  Don’t unload adult concerns on children.  Children don’t understand and process things the same way adults do.  Children don’t need to be shielded from every stressful situation; however, strong adults in their lives need to help them put things in perspective and draw strength in God’s promises.  Model this for your children in the way that you deal with stress.

Most importantly, talk about the peace that surpasses understanding.  Show your faith to your children.  Let them see you relying confidently on your Savior.