They are the trifecta of insecurity and when you are a tween (or, let’s be honest… an adult). They can be consuming.
You worry about what to wear. You fear what friends might be saying about you when you’re not around. You’re anxious about getting good enough grades. And then the cycle starts all over again with a new set of issues… Worry about being the “right” height and weight. Fear about looking foolish if you try something new. Anxious about being selected for the team or club or (fill in the blank).
As parents, it can be difficult to navigate these insecurities for two reasons.
1) You forget how big they all feel when you’re a teen.
2) You feel ill-equipped to be a proper encouragement.
I get it!
Remember, HE is the only one who can carry our burdens, take our anxieties and properly calm our fears. No trouble is greater than He can handle. No worry more than He is willing to bear. No anxiety bigger than the abundant life He gave to us when He was sacrificed on the cross.
So, as my daughter came to me with her worries, fears, and anxiety, I did the only thing I knew how to do: point her to Jesus. We visualized each of her worries as a package that she would hand over to Jesus. And then, she watched in her mind’s eye as they each disappeared from His kind, able hands. Then, He embraced her… and so did I. Because we are the hands and feet of Jesus to the world and especially to our own children.
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
How do you usurp fear, worry, and anxiety in your own life and the lives of your children?
By Jenna Hallock
Wife to Mark, Mom of two
1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team Member
Family Time Training