Right now we all need to take God’s peace in the midst of the storm, just like the bird in the picture above. This is the cover of a book called Deep Inner Peace by Jack Hartman. I highly recommend it at this time. Our children need to see us taking God’s peace.
Share the story in Mark 4:37-40 with your children. Act it out in the bath tub with lots of splashing 🙂 Emphasize that Jesus was peaceful and calmed the storm (stop splashing) He asked the disciples why they were afraid. Point out that the Bible tells us 365 times in the Bible to not be afraid – that is one time for each day of the year.
Another book that I think is appropriate right now is Divine Healing by Andrew Murray. God is our healer! And here are some verses concerning healing that should bring us peace. Talk about these with your children and pick out some to memorize with them:
Proverbs 4: 20-22 Keep God’s word in your heart for his words are health to all your flesh.
Proverbs 15:30 A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.
Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul and health to the bones.
Proverbs 17:2 A merry heart does good like a medicine; but a broken spirit dries the bones.
Psalm 91:9-10 Because you have made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, your habitation; There shall no evil befall you, neither shall any plague come near your dwelling.
Psalm 103:3 God heals all your diseases
Psalm 107:19-20 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses. He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
Isaiah 33:24 …the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick.
Isaiah 58:8 Then your light shall break forth like the morning, Your healing shall spring forth speedily, And your righteousness shall go before you; The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
Exodus 15:26 If you will diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and will do that which is right in his sight, and will give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that heals you.
Jeremiah 30:17 I will restore health unto thee and I will heal your wounds.
Keep your thoughts on Jesus and rest peacefully. Memorize Isaiah 26:3 with your children, “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” Sing songs about peace with your children. Put Bible verses to familiar tunes or make up your own.