Scared? Hurting? Comforting Bible Verses for the Baby Boomer Generation: Psalm 4:8

by Kaye Swain

God taught me to spend time each night reading encouraging and comforting Bible verses to ease my fears

When I was a young mom with three young children under the age of six, my husband had to work a night shift for several months. Not a 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. shift, mind you. It was 11 p.m. to 8 a.m.! For a young (very young) 20-something, who wasn't used to being home alone, this was a VERY difficult trial! In spite of the fact that I had been walking with the Lord for well over five years, I was a big fat (well, skinny really :) My baby boomer body wishes I still had that issue. :) ) CHICKEN! And not the cute country kitchen roosters and chickens kind of chicken. I was just plain scared! 

Of course, I couldn't let on to that for my children, but GOD KNEW. And He taught me some valuable lessons during that period. One was to make sure I was faithful in daily Bible study. During that period, instead of doing them earlier in the day, I started doing them at night so that God's Word would be the last thing I thought about when I went to bed. One of the most encouraging and comforting of my Bible verses came during those Bible studies. I can't tell you what a blessing it was to read, 

 In peace I will both lie down and sleep,

For You alone, O LORD, make me to dwell in safety. 

Ps. 4:8

After I discovered that verse, I underlined it, and wrote it on everything I could think of, and hung it on my kitchen and bathroom walls, and read it to myself the very last thing, every night before I went to sleep. And God blessed it! Overall I slept great during that lonely stretch of nights! But, I was SO glad when my husband went back to the day shift! :)
 
  Psalm 4 8 is one of the many comforting and encouraging Bible verses God has blessed me with through the years
 
That verse continued to be a blessing to me off and on through the years. Particularly on nights when he had to work late. Also, as he progressed in his career and had to travel for work, I would still remember to say those words of encouragement to myself as a benediction of love from God before I'd go to sleep. 
 
Then came that first night alone after he had gone to heaven to be with the Lord. Oh my, it was so hard. Once again, God had me being brave for my babies. And once again, God had His precious arms of love wrapped around me – good and hard! And once again, comforting and encouraging Bible verses flowed into my heart as I did Bible studies at night. And once again, I would cling to His precious words, 
 

 In peace I will both lie down and sleep,

For You alone, O LORD, make me to dwell in safety. 

Ps. 4:8

And once again, He would enable me to sleep peacefully, as He had prepared me to do over all the previous years. He is so good. I am much braver now (at least, until there's a funny noise or my metabolism acts up – the joys of the baby boomer generation:)  ).  And I am continually blessed by Him and through His precious Scriptures.

It took me a bit longer than usual to find just the right praise and worship music for this verse. I wanted something rather soothing for those who might be having difficulty sleeping due to being alone, or being scared of medical issues, or for any other reason. I finally discovered a delightful album full of lullabies – perfect for our grandchildren but also wonderful for us! It's by a fellow baby boomer who started singing praise and worship music about the same time I was going through this situation. I loved her music then and I love it now and I pray it will be a blessing to you as well.

Twila Paris Bedtime Prayers album is full of delightful praise and worship songs as well as Bible verses and words of encouragement for all ages from your youngest grandchildren to the oldest of your senior parents

Twila Paris' album, Bedtime Prayers: Lullabies & Peaceful Worship, is full of lovely songs such as God is All Around Us, Bedtime Prayer, Blessing, and more. I decided to go with TWO of her praise and worship songs as I couldn't decide between them. Enjoy this Smile eCard – just click on the arrow to play it. :)

 

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

See You Tomorrow is such a good way to end AND start a day – basically surrendering ourselves to the Lord!

Perfect Peace refers to us being His little lambs – and, as I said before, that's just as true for us as it is for our children and grandchildren. You fully realize that when you're lying in a hospital bed after an operation (side guards are just like a cradle), or in a dark bed all alone after the death of a loved one!

Definitely two good songs for the Sandwich Generation for our comforting Bible verses series focusing on Psalm 4:8. (To find out more about them, just click on their titles.)  And for more encouraging Bible verses and sweet praise and worship hymn songs, do visit Spiritual Sunday.  Also…

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Edie Dykeman

Scared? Hurting? Comforting Bible Verses for the Baby Boomer Generation: Psalm 4:8 via SandwichINK.com http://tinyurl.com/22r9jvw

2 Lisa notes...

I can be such a scaredy-cat, too. I love Psalm 4:8! And Twila Paris’ music. I didn’t know about this CD. I will have to listen to those songs. Thanks for sharing your wisdom and journey with us. It helps.

Thanks also for stopping by my blog and tweeting about my post on Alzheimer’s, and for praying for me. God is good.

3 Virginia

This verse brought great comfort to me also! If you have fears, worries, or doubts, read the Psalms and the Lord will dispel them all!
Sweet Blessings,
Virginia

4 Kaye Swain

Hi Lisa, Thank you :) Your site has some great resources for those caring for elderly parents with dementia symptoms from Alzheimers Disease, Parkinsons Disease, etc. And I so agree with you, God is GOOD! :) :) :)

5 Kaye Swain

Hi Virginia, Amen and AMEN! :) :) :)

6 Renee

This is so lovely. I too have had trouble staying alone over the years and have found this verse to be a great comfort. I love how you made it available to you at all times in your pillow shams, etc. Wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing this with us today.

7 Saleslady371

You are a sweetie to share such a wonderful find with us. It couldn’t come at a better time in my life.

8 Susan - Penless

There is a Bible verse from the living Word for each and every need we might have. This one was a great one for you.

9 amydeanne

that is a beautiful verse and story! thanks for sharing it!

10 Kaye Swain

Hi Susan, SO TRUE! It was! And continues to be. Enjoyed your roses pictures and analogy! :) :) :)

11 Kaye Swain

Hi Renee, Thank you :) I try to hang verses everywhere – walls, couches, etc. Deuteronomy 6! :)

12 Kaye Swain

Hi Saleslady371 – you’ve put a smile on my face and a prayer for you in my heart! :)

13 Ginger

What great music to listen to. How comforting this verse is.
Blessings,
Ginger

14 a collection of days

Very comforting verses.

15 Kaye Swain

Hi Ginger, Thank you :) :) :)

16 Kaye Swain

Hi Hip Chick, Thank you. Loved your flower picture! :)

17 Charlotte

You make such beautiful Smilebox videos. I remember when I was first married I was alone at night a few times (very few) but I was scared. (And I was married to a preacher). For some reason after our children came along I was no longer scared to be alone. That’s pretty silly because babies and little children would be no protection at all, unless, of course, God was protecting them which now as I look back on it, I believe he was protecting them and me too. I was young and there were a lot of things I didn’t understand.
Thank you for sharing your heart with us.
Blessings,
Charlotte

18 Kaye Swain

Hi Charlotte, Thanks for sharing with us. I’ve gotten a lot better. But you’re right, having the kids did help. I was still scared, but I had to be the brave one for them. It worked better with spiders, though, than strange noises for a LONG time. :) Now I’m better but, then again, I’m even better at jumping into God’s Word asap. So I think maybe it’s not so much I’m better – just that He is AWESOME and working on me! :)

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