In my last post I told you about the idea of a “God Box”. This is not my original idea. I heard about it in an Al-Anon meeting and it was very impactful for me. This is a great strategy to help us as hurting parents deal with our emotions of fear, worry and anxiety. It helps me trust God and let go a little more.
When you realize you’re worried, anxious or upset about something related to your child who struggles with substance abuse, self-injury, anorexia or bulimia, a mental health issue (depression, bipolar, etc.), is incarcerated, or suffers from thoughts of suicide, write it down on a piece of paper and put it in a “God Box”. Choose a box (any kind or size you want) and write “God Box” or “My God Box” on the top. For convenience I put a small notepad and pen inside.
I can’t explain it but there’s something cathartic about writing down what I’m fretting over and putting it in this little box. This simple process helps me recognize what I’m worrying and fretting over. Putting the paper in the box symbolizes surrendering it to God, placing my child in his hands, and letting them go.
It took me a few days to put my Christmas wish list in my box. There are so many distractions this time of year. I pulled out my God Box, got out my pen and notepad, wrote down my Christmas Wish List, carefully placed it inside and put the lid on it. It was powerful.
Writing down my fears. Putting them in the box. Leaving them there. Walking away and trusting God. It only took a few minutes, but it helps me find a little more peace. When I can be honest about what I’m feeling and put it into words, I feel a little less anxious and sad; a little less nervous and fearful. It’s such a simple thing and so easy to do, yet it has such a big result in my heart and mind.
I challenge you to give yourself this gift. Go find a box and get started today. I hope this simple process will help you find a little more peace, too, as you surrender your fears and anxieties to the One who can help.
This Christmas season the tragedies all around us are reminders that Jesus is our only real source of help, hope, comfort, strength and Peace.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6 CEV).”