Table Talk: What do you do when you’re scared?

The Table Talk Question for the week is:

Is God in control of the scary things in the world? What is scary to you?

No matter what age we are, we all face scary things from time to time. The Table Talk question for this week can help kids verbalize what they’re afraid of and provide an opportunity for you to show them how our relationship with God helps us with our fears.  Be prepared to share some stories about when you were scared as a kid.  What did you do?  What do you do when you’re scared now?  Here are some thoughts you can share:

**When you are scared, do you get more scared or less scared when you think about what you’re scared of?  Next time you’re scared, try to make yourself think about God and the fact that He is in control of all things, even when you don’t feel or think He is. Our feelings or thoughts change with our circumstances, but the truth about God never changes.

The truth is God is more powerful than anything we’re afraid of.

The truth is God is with us every minute of the day and night.

The truth is God love us and watches over us.

The truth is He is faithful to keep His promises and He will never, ever let evil win.  Again, sometimes it may seem like good is losing, but in the end, God always wins.

The truth is there was never, ever a time—past, present, or future—when God said, “Oops, I didn’t mean for that to happen.”

When we are scared, we must remind ourselves—and each other—that God is in control of the scary things too, even when we can’t understand them.

Action Point:  Is there something you can do to remind you that God is King and you don’t have to be afraid?  (Memorize a Bible verse, keep your Bible by your bed, find something small you can carry with you to remind you of God when you see it or feel it…)

He existed before anything else, and He holds all creation together.

-Colossians 1:15, 17, Discover God Bible, NLT

What the kids say…

“God is in control of everything because He is so big and cool and

awesome. No scary guys can stop Him from His powers.”

~8-year-old girl

“God is in control of the dark, spiders, snakes, and Satan (of course,

everyone’s scared of Satan, but God’s in control of him).”

~6-year-old boy

“Another scary thing is dying. Not scary for you if you are going to Heaven, but scary for your friends because they might not know you are in Heaven. Some of your friends might be scared of dying if they don’t know if they are going to Heaven. Dying is a good reminder for us to tell our friends how to go to Heaven, and not be scared.”

~6-year-old boy