Bed time is difficult for my youngest daughter. She seems to have a lot of fears and has a hard time sleeping. I remember going through this as a child. It's scary sometimes when you start to realize the world isn't full of sweet, well-meaning people who love you and would never want to harm you! This world has some not-so-nice people and some pretty horrific things happen and of course, the news focuses mainly on those bad things. Between house break ins, murders, bad weather and fires - her little mind is being completely attacked at night as her imagination ignites her deepest fears.
Do you have a little one who has fears like this? Or maybe it's you - maybe you, yourself, struggle with a wild & vivid imagination and have thoughts you wish would go away as you try to get some rest? As I told Peyton last night, the Truth of God's Word will always win out against these fears. Fears are, as we all know, False Evidence Appearing Real. But God's Word is Truth - and it's our weapon against bad thoughts that try to invade our minds.
If you or someone you love struggles with this, here is a list of scriptures I gave Peyton. I know there are plenty more, but these are the ones we used. By the time we were finished praying last night, she was fast asleep. Our God is powerful! Have your child (or you) read these out loud in the room and believe that God will do a mighty work in their mind as He transforms their thoughts and they rest in the Truth of His love: