1. Pray for God to teach them how to give their worries to Him.
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"…Casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7
God wants us to bring our worries to Him. He wants us to throw them away from our hearts and into His hands!
I've known many people who didn't "cast all their anxiety" on the Lord because they felt like He had more pressing matters like wars and famines to tend to. But nothing could be farther from the truth! If God knows how many hairs are on each of our heads, He is more than capable of juggling the significant needs of the world along with the less historical matters of our life. But more often than not, the concept we struggle with most in following through with this Scripture passage is how to cast our anxieties from our hearts. We pray about them, but then as soon as we've said "Amen!" they are right there demanding our attention again.
When I was a single woman and then as a wife, I had a certain series of exercises I would go through to process out my worries and struggles with God. It worked for years, and I had a lot of victory over anxiety. I was so grateful! And I also thought that was the delightful end of that chapter in my life.
Then the most precious miracle was added to our family! And then there were demanding health issues and big changes in our family that made some of those great ways I used to process worry unreachable. And the chapter of learning how to cast my anxiety on God was reopened. New lessons were learned.
All that to say, the process of learning HOW to give your troubles to God will change throughout a lifetime. So the way your child needs to learn to navigate stress right now might be different than how they need to process it when they're twenty. But valuing and praying for that all too often elusive "how" for your child is vital! Also, teaching them that this is an area God has victory for them is crucial too! Sometimes, it might be hard to do, and there might be a lifetime of learning involved in this short instruction, but it is meant to be part of their story with God.
Pray something like this for your child:
Lord, please teach ______________________ (name of each child) how to cast his/her anxieties on You. Grace him/her with the practical "how" of doing this necessary task. Our worries are so heavy and so sticky, sometimes it is too hard to pick them up and throw them to You, so please teach them how to do this in practical, everyday ways. Reveal Yourself to them in ways that make them know You care about them so they will trust you with their anxieties.
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