Just last week the "scary monster" seemed to be stalking the perimeter of his room, because, you know, it never appeared when I went in the room.
Our third child has also seen her share of bedtime monsters, and she found great comfort in the prayers we said together. I use II Timothy 1:7, "God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind." I would pray for God to take away her spirit of fear and replace it with one of power, love, and sound thinking.
Scripture, prayer, and snuggles, and she usually returned to bed with little resistance.
Now, Nathan doesn't seem to have that same assurance, yet. He needs something he can see to chase them away. So, we made signs.
We wrote "Go AWAY!" And, in case the monsters don't read English, I also wrote it in big-scary-monsterish. (that's the squiggles above and below)
He finds comfort in something to hold up, kind of a physical defense against those one-eyed, twenty armed furry creatures that vaporize in light or parental eyesight.
I have heard other ideas that work for others and we will keep in our arsenal if needed:
- Spray bottles
- Checklist of hiding places
Scripture carries the most power, and prayer carries more weight than that silly sign we scribbled on a file folder, but for Nathan, he needs something in his hands to remind him that the power is on his side. A physical reminder that God is with Him, and has more power than anything else he might think he sees.
More Works for me Wednesday.