Confronting Scary Dreams

“For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;” – Ps 91:11

I was walking home from spending a little time with me, myself and I last night at Barnes and Nobles, reading Mary Beth Chapman’s book “Choosing to SEE” and thinking about how much I want to use all the amazing things happening in Amelia’s life for God’s glory.  I had a nice blog post forming in my mind.  Then I opened the door to our apartment and soon after, Micah started screaming and crying.  I ran into his room to comfort him.  Not only was he burning up from a fever but he also repeated a few times, “he’s trying to hurt me!”  I almost started to cry because he was so shaken up and I’ve seen Micah like this before but it’s been a while (approximately a year and a half) and I thought these dreams and this “man” were forever gone. 

Backing up several hours, Micah informed us yesterday morning that he had a very scary dream…all the bad people ate up all the good people.  A little boy tried to push the bad people away but they ended up eating him. 

So, he wakes up scared and goes to bed, only to be scared again.  NOT the sort of thing you want you child to have to go through.  Scary dreams are one thing.  Dreams that seem to be intruded by a level of evil are another thing.  Every night when our children go to bed, I pray that God would protect them from scary dreams and that they would always have assurance of His presence.  Nights like this remind me of why it is so important to pray that with fervency and not just like a casual habit.

Our boy ended up in our bed, body angled so that he took up the whole right side of the bed while Rick was on the left side.  I decided against curling up on the foot of the bed and chose the couch instead.  One thing is for certain…before he went back to sleep, we prayed that the name of Jesus would triumph over any evil spirit seeking to scare our son and that Micah would know that God is BIGGER and more powerful than any person, place or thing.  That God would give Him the comfort and peace only He can give. 

Dear Lord, would this “man” never have any place in Micah’s dreams again and would you protect all our children as they sleep!  They are so defenseless and easy prey for the evil one but Psalm 91 boldly proclaims,”Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty…He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.”   NONE can come near us with God as our shelter!

Would they find their dwelling place in Your shelter oh God and would they learn to run to You when they are scared, knowing that You are their comforter and the only one who can be there for them every second of every day!

“In the quiet, in the stillness
I know that You are God
In the secret of Your presence
I know there I am restored

When You call I won’t refuse
Each new day again I’ll choose

There is no one else for me
None but Jesus
Crucified to set me free
Now I live to bring Him praise…”


 P.S.  Another positive day with Amelia!  I will write another update soon!



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6 Responses to Confronting Scary Dreams

  1. Megha says:

    Poor Micah! It had never occurred to me that the enemy would choose to attack our little ones in this way – but it makes perfect sense, as kids are so frightened by bad dreams and have trouble separating them from reality. Taran sometimes “dreams scary,” and it breaks my heart. Let’s indeed pray not only for our children’s daily needs and future, but also for their hearts and minds!

    This attack is likely also be a sign that God is doing amazing things in his young heart!

  2. Kate says:

    We have children’s musical versions of Psalm 23:4 and Psalm 56:3-4, which we always sing when any of my crew wakes with scary dreams. I want to protect them from scary dreams, but also equip THEM to deal with them for the future. So sad when you can’t get them to rouse from a dream though!

  3. Grace says:

    Poor little guy. I hate that he’s having bad dreams again. Is he feeling better today? Fever gone?

  4. Jo says:

    A few nights ago I was battling demons in my dreams again. . . Yes, it is a recurring thing. In these dreams they rush me and a mighty weight of oppression presses on me but I cry to Christ and they flee. I always wake up strengthened in the Truth of our Victory.

    Love, Jo

  5. Miriam says:

    I’ve never thought to pray against bad dreams… I must add this to Hayden and Haylee’s bedtime ritual (and when they’re not with us). You are such a wise mommy, Susanna. I’ve said a prayer for Micah, and I’ll continue to pray for peaceful sleep for him. May goodness saturate his dreams, with no room for evil.

  6. Susanna says:

    JO, thank you for your openness! I’m sure these demons are battling you because you are such a fearless warrior for Christ! You are a threat to them!

    Miriam, thank you!

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