By Kellie Tipton
One very early morning I was woken up by this startling scream! As I made my way out of my bedroom I realized it was coming from one of my children's rooms and quickly entered to find them sitting up in their bed. The weird thing was that they were screaming and crying and waking up all at the same time.
I didn’t really know what to do, but I said a quick prayer, sat down next to them and said their name gently while I touched their shoulder. As the screaming and crying slowed down to silence I felt them relax and lean toward me. As I prayed over them and quoted scripture they fell back asleep. This was to be one of many moments that this child struggled with what I learned much later to be night terrors.
As we walked through this season with them, one thing I knew was that when I entered the room and began praying it ceased. They could never really tell me what was scaring them, they just knew they were scared!
It caused for some very restless nights and a lot of praying. What a season though spiritually! I began pouring into my children more intentionally specific scriptures and some I would write them out or print them out and post them on their wall.
I instructed them that when they woke up scared to begin praying and put their hands on the scriptures.
In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.
The Lord is my light and my salvation whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
The Lord is my shepherd…
I noticed the early morning screams becoming less and less and I watched my child becoming stronger and not as fearful as they had been in other areas of their life. There would be many more challenges that they had to overcome, but the fruit of this season is so evident in them as I watch them as a young adult.
Have you ever been paralyzed by fear? I know that I have walked through some seasons that I was tempted to give into the fear that was trying to overtake me. As I struggled I was reminded of those scriptures that were a lifeline years ago and found peace in knowing that God was with me and He had me in His hand.
Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.