I’m awakened from a sound sleep by a girl standing by my bed, frightened by their lingering effect.
One of our daughters has been visiting the land of scary dreams for the last week or two. While I appreciate still being needed for comfort and security, these fears have been causing both she and I to lose sleep. I try a solution that has been successful in the past.
Never underestimate the power of God’s Word. Some time ago, I worked with my other daughter as she spent many nights unable to fall asleep. We used a strategy of reciting certain Bible verses about sleep at bedtime and that has made a huge difference.
For the current situation, Psalm 56:3 seemed to fit perfectly. “What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee.” After saying this together just before I tucked her in for the night, we sang the following chorus from a song by Ron Hamilton:
“How can I fear? Jesus is near.
He ever watches over me.
Worries all cease; He gives me peace.
How can I fear with Jesus?”
Two of the last three nights have been nightmare-free. Another benefit? My husband was out-of-town for several nights this week, and the Scripture verse and song were just as much a comfort to me as they were to her!
What ideas have you found useful in helping your children overcome scary dreams or other situations which frightened them?