Have each member of your family find the passage in their Bible. It’s special watching young ones flip through the pages of their Bibles and pointing their fingers to the right verse. If possible, have each person in the family read one verse out loud. If you have older children, have them look up the verses in different versions (ESV, NIV, NKJ, and The Message) and read the five verses from these versions.
“Do not be anxious about anything but in everything by prayer and petition with thanksgiving present your requests to God. “ When anxiety creeps in, that is a call to prayer. You can pray while walking down the hallway, in the car, or at your desk. Pour it out to Jesus and let Him take it over. As a family, we should encourage each other to share our anxieties and concerns and pray for each other. Take a moment and each person share something that makes you anxious or nervous.
“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” It’s time to take control of our thoughts and when worry or concerns creep in, focus on the Truth. As a family create an octagon, basically a stop sign, and in the middle of the sign write in big bold letters “Stop and think on these” on each line of the octagon write these: true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, and praiseworthy. Post this somewhere in your house as a reminder of where our minds need to be.
Finish by praying out loud as a family, having each person pray specifically for one person and the concerns they shared earlier.
Keith & Jessica Wenrich