Nightmares in Fourth Grade

When Matt was in public school fourth grade, he began having nightmares.

He said his bad dreams were about the scary stories he had to read in school!  They were not in a textbook, but were handouts that he brought home.  I looked them over and discovered they were stories about the occult!  They were about witches, magic and casting spells.

I wrote a letter to Matt’s teacher explaining that in my opinion the stories were inappropriate, and why.  The next day after school, I hand-delivered the letter to the teacher and asked him to read it while I waited outside.

He apologized when we talked later.  He said he’d never thought of the stories as improper, or unsuitable, but rather fascinating and exciting.

I explained that as Bible believing Christians the occult is something we believe is evil and harmful.  I assured him that I am not alone in this matter, that many families in this school share our faith and would be equally alarmed if they were aware of what their children were reading.  He said he appreciated me coming to him and assured me that he would change to another curriculum!

I came away quietly praising God that Matt’s teacher did not appear threatened or angry at my concern.

A few days later Matt said his teacher had asked him where we attend church.  The following Sunday we were introduced to his wife.  They were sitting across from us in church!  A short time later they joined our church and were baptized!

“Thank You Precious Lord,  for using me to influence not only a change in curriculum, but a change in a teacher’s life.”

  •  Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.    2 Timothy 2:15
  •  See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.    Colossians 2:8
  • As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do.                           1 Peter 1:14-15
  • SONG:  GOD IS READYMusic by Kathleen
This life is temporary.  This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/  and  http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity

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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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8 Responses to Nightmares in Fourth Grade

  1. Liana says:

    Reminds me of ‘weeping may endure for a night; but joy cometh in the morning’ … from your son’s nightmares turning into a teacher’s salvation. Praise God for His wonderful works.

  2. Kathleen says:

    Yes, Liana, God’s works ARE wonderful!

  3. Katie says:

    This is a precious testimony of God’s Amazing Love! Thanks for sharing, Kathleen. Hugs, Katie

  4. Mark says:

    Praise God that you were able to be an example – a light to the world! If Christians, including myself, lived by your example, we could change the attitude of schools regarding our faith! God bless!

  5. fking1371 says:

    You are right; he could have responded another way. God must have had His hand in the meeting. Further proof of that is that the teacher joined the church where you attend.

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