In this audio talk, Julie Lowe argues that fear in children exists on a wide spectrum. This workshop aims to address some of the common mistakes made when trying to address these fears and to explore a better option. Fears can develop in children from both external and internal sources. How we help depends on the child in front of us – each child is different. One mistake is to offer a misplaced comfort (relationships, daydreaming, retreat, self-soothing, etc.). The thing that offers temporary comfort can often develop into an unhealthy dependence on that thing – the distraction can become more important than addressing the fear and bringing in the gospel. We need to provide incarnational comfort – with the comfort that we have received (2 Corinthians 1). There is a difference between replacing the Lord and incarnating the Lord to our child. Lowe ends the session offering practical ways to help children address their fears.
Key Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 1; Psalm 17; 23; 34