Finding God in the Midst of Crisis

 

D uring this time of a global pandemic, it can be easy for adults and children to be anxious and fearful about what might happen. It can also be difficult to know how to talk to your children about what is happening and know how to calm their fears. Children might not understand why they can no longer go to school, to BSF or to Grandma’s house. They will definitely need reassurance that life is not out of control because God is always in control.

These are unprecedented times. We will not always fully know how to handle everything that happens. We will make mistakes. We may temporarily give in to fear. But through it all, we must remember we have a gracious, loving heavenly Father who knows everything and who controls everything. Our God is unstoppable!

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Take the following steps to guide your children through this time.

Click on the text below for scripture references and helpful tips.

Listen to your children's fears.

Then validate those feelings but assure them that believers in Christ do not need to be afraid, because God is sovereign. Explain that Christians do not need to fear death. For the believer, death is not the end. “Death has been swallowed up in victory” (1 Corinthians 15:54). Jesus came to save us from our sins. When we trust in Him, we know we will have eternal life with Him in heaven when we leave this earth.

Know what is true.

Many details are being disseminated in the news media and social media. Some are true. Some are not. Rely on experts and established organizations such as your federal health department and the World Health Organization (WHO). Communicate these facts to your children in a way that is appropriate for their age and emotional capacity. Explain that these are the reasons life has changed in such drastic ways.

Limit your news consumption.

While much of what official news outlets report is true, it is often sensationalized. This can increase your children’s fear and anxiety, as well as your own. If your city, state or nation hosts an official news conference, tune in, but limit little ones’ exposure to the details.

Follow the guidelines.

Romans 13:1 says, “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.” If your federal government says to stay inside, stay inside. If your city says to not gather in groups of more than 10 people, follow the rule. Wash your hands. Enact social distancing.

Love your neighbor.

Whether you need to stay home or not, there are ways to love the people around you. Check on elderly people who might need food or medicine delivered. Call someone who is stuck at home alone. Video chat with grandparents to keep them connected. Don’t “panic buy” things that other people might need more than you. Take groceries to someone who has lost their job. And do not take risks that might expose you to the virus that you might then pass on to someone more vulnerable than you. Involve your children in these activities in safe ways.

Pray with your child.

Use some of these options or come up with your own creative prayer ideas:

Popcorn Prayers

Pray one-sentence prayers.

A-B-C Prayers

Take turns praying for something or someone that starts with A, then B, etc.

Bag of Prayers

Write names of family members or friends on slips of paper and put them in a bag. Pull one out before each meal and pray for them.

Picture Prayers

Draw or paint a prayer.

Remind your children of God’s Attributes.

Click on the text below to read more about each attribute.

Sovereign

God controls all things. There is nothing outside of God’s wise control, even the exact time and place for each person to live.

Omnipotent

God has unlimited power, authority and influence. Nothing can stop God. Evil and death will not win. God has promised a day He will raise all His children to life that does not end, and God has the power to keep that promise.

Omniscient

God knows all there is to know. God knows the past and the future. He knows the number of our days and all the plans He has for us. Only God knows all things.

Immutable

God does not change. We can count on Him always to be good, always to be faithful, always to love us. Because God never changes, we can trust Him always.

Merciful

God in His mercy does not give us what our sins deserve. He limits the extent of pain. God seeks those who are lost, alone, hurting and in need.

Good

God’s children experience His goodness even when bad things happen. God promises to make all things work together for our good.

97 Comments

  1. Thank you for such a practical and effective way to stay fixed on God and His character during these challenging times! ❤️🙌

  2. I value the on-target instruction of BSF leadership. As an elderly widow with no children, my neighbors have offered assistance with anything I need. I’m blessed to have all I need right now—in fact, I have enough to share. I take the advice of my local government. I KNOW that God is in control, and I believe that He is exposing things that we as a people must acknowledge to ensure goodness prevails.

    • This is very timely.Thanks bsf

  3. Thank you! This is so helpful!!1💖🙏💕🙏

  4. Thank you Ron. May you and your family continue to be blessed.

  5. Thanks BSF, the notes and discussion group, leaders and sisters. I am praying for God’s mercy and Grace be with everyone.

  6. I do so love the teachings of BSF. Thank you for sharing these thoughts today.

  7. I loved this article. It’s very informative and encouraging. I’m grateful to BSF and the impact it continues to have on my life. May God continue to bless your efforts to keep us informed , encouraged and connected!

  8. Indeed God will always give us wisdom on how to deal with every situation ain’t nothing too big for God.

  9. What a blessing to be able to have such tool! God bless you!
    Thanks for allowing us to share it!
    Already sent to many friends and relatives!

  10. This is very informative. I love the different ways to pray .Thanks

  11. Thank you, will share
    with my whole household🙏

  12. Thank you I will with my whole household🙏

  13. As my husband and I shared this resource, he replied as he read the attributes, thinking as child, he is a pastor & therapist…..Sovereign: “God is in control? why doesn’t he stop this? or Does that mean, God caused the disease to start? we are grandparents of 7 & 6 year old grandchildren.
    At what email could he share his thoughts with HQ?

  14. Thank you!!!

  15. Perfect timing! Thank you for the encouragement

  16. Love it. Thank You!

  17. This is good not only for little children but older children and young adults who do not know God.

  18. This is great for adults as well as children. This was awesome. Thank you and God is good all the time and all the time God is good.

  19. Thank you for this awesome resource. I don’t have children but this will help me as well. I will pass this on to friends and family who have children.

    Our God is Unstoppable.

  20. Thank you for the encouraging message. Our God is unstoppable and in control.

  21. Such an on time message of encouragement. Thank you for aiding the shift of focus onto our unstoppable God and His unfailing Word. God bless you all

  22. As always, BSF encourages & challenges us through God’s Word. I will be sharing these ideas with young parents in my small group at church.

    Praise be to our unstoppable God!

  23. This is timely and encouraging. God be with you too.

  24. Praise the Lord and thank you for encouragement to all of us including the Children in Christian Love.
    In the Midst of Crisis which we are experiencing today, we are assured of His continued presence.

  25. I love bsf, it has changed my life tremendously.

  26. I just happen to see this in my email. Have not started but I know BSF has something good in store for HIS people.
    Many thanks to you and entire team of BSF admin, leaders, staffs and members!

  27. Great resource! I will be sharing with my granddaughter! I love the prayers idea! Thank you BSF!

    • Have no children of my own, but what a beautiful way to explain & calm children, especially in this current situation. Our faithful God is always in control. Thank you.

  28. Thank you

  29. It’s real comfort especially in the time like this! Thanks be to God and Bsf.

  30. thank you for this very timely , at this time we want to strengthen our relationship with God .be blessed

  31. Love this! Thank you for the res ok sources and encouragement

  32. Very well done. Good information.

  33. Tank You so much Susie and BSF Headquarters in San Antonio ! We need The TRUTH ! And BSF is in love with The TRUTH ! Trustworthy is our GOD! Through BSF we are anchored,rooted in The SCRIPTURES ! So we live ! ALLÉLUIA ! Abraham,Daniel,Joseph,Rahab,Jesus as a man on earth,all were victorious through terrible Time! Esther what a Queen ! My BSF LESSONS were so helpfull for me to stand firm in faith through all the struggles in everyday of life during hardships ! Thank You dear Susie for this vidéo You prepared to encourage us ! May our LORD PROTECT YOU till His RETURN !

    • Thank you so much for the children materials. They’re timely provisions as most of the children are now out of school.

  34. Thank was lovely , I used to attend BSF . Very comforting & biblical .
    Be well, God bless,

    • Thank you so much for the children materials. They’re timely provisions as most of the children are now out of school.

  35. This was so Beautiful! Thank you, I am sharing this with others who could benefit from such sound, Godly advise.

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