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When I was a little girl I was terrified of the dark. I used to have 13 night lights. And if one went down then I was up in my parent’s room trying to sleep in between them in their bed.
I always wanted my door left open at night. I had 43 stuffed animals to cope. And I did N-O-T not like that our house was 4,000 years old and made all kinds of creaks and groans that kept me awake imagining what was climbing up the stairs to eat me.
Thankfully, I don’t need the nightlights anymore (and my husband wouldn’t let me keep them after we got married hahaha).
But I have found something so much better –
In John 8:12 Jesus says, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Because we have Jesus, we never have to walk in the darkness or lie awake in it worrying that something is going to turn us into dinner. We have the LIGHT OF LIFE. Inside of us! All the time!
This good news is something we get to give to our children. Being afraid of the dark is a normal part of childhood and most kids will encounter some of these feelings along the way, so here is a fun and simple way you can be prepared and point their hearts to Jesus!
By far the most powerful weapon we have against fear is God’s Word.
One of my favorite verses that I have taught my boys is Psalm 56:3 –
“When I am afraid, I will trust in you.”
We recite this verse often together before bed, but I wanted to make something that would give them a more permanent reminder of God’s truth to hold on to throughout the night.
First, I purchased some glow in the dark puffy paint from HERE (affiliate link).
Then I wrote out the verse on a piece of cardstock (FREE download for you at the end of this post!).
Next I traced the letters with the puffy paint and let it dry.
Finally, we hung it over Jet’s bed.
When we turned out the lights the verse glowed and reminded us of God’s good Word!
Psalm 119:105 says, “Your Word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path.”
Giving our kids God’s Word when they feel afraid of the dark is like handing them a flashlight to help them see clearly and live courageously.
Would you like to make a Glow in the Dark Bible Verse Poster for your child?
Click HERE for your FREE Printable of Psalm 56:3!
Always such a pleasure to serve you sweet mamas!
Thank you so much for this lesson. I am the children’s director for our church and was looking for an object lesson and craft on fear and I found your lesson! It is excellent! Thank you for sharing!!
Esmeralda O. Cepeda
This was a perfect activity for this verse.
My daughter and I made it together but I am sharing with some of my Sunday school students. Thanks for sharing. Blessings!
Bless you and thank you for this!!! My toddler recently started experiencing fear of the dark and I started scouring the internet for short but powerful scriptures a toddler could remember. You nailed it! Thank you!