David, the man after God’s own heart, went through lots of stuff in his lifetime. In his younger days, he was surrounded with the bleating of sheep on a hillside.
As the years rolled by David found himself seated on thrones, hiding in caves, encompassed by wars, running for his life, dancing before the Ark and handling numerous affairs in his extremely dysfunctional family.
There were times when David was encircled with supporters, counselors, and people who loved him. And there were plenty of times that he sat alone.
Having ridden the waves of this bipolar life over and over again, David developed strategies to help him survive and succeed. Somewhere along his rollercoaster-of-life ride, David was forced to ride the front coaster seat alone, and that is where he looked to his right and then to his left and realized if he were to be encouraged, he was the only one around to do it. That is the moment that David drew from all his inner strength and past experiences and stood up to himself and said, “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, and you will yet praise him, my Savior and my God!”
Our kiddos need to know that there will be plenty of times in their lives that God will surround them with comfort from friends, sound advice, and good counsel.
They also need to learn that there will be just as many times that they are gonna feel lonely, left out and separated. It’s in those dark and scary times that we can pre-train our children to start talking to themselves and keep talking to themselves until themselves listens.
Show your kids in the Scriptures how David did that. Read them his examples. Teach them that David encouraged himself in the Lord (1 Samuel 30:6) and so can they. Put the Psalms in their heads along with other mama words of wisdom, encouragement, and truth so that when the time comes, they will have a resource to draw from. Pray to the end that your kiddos will become professionals at strengthening themselves in the Lord. Set a good example of this yourself and then watch and see what the Lord shall do!