our God is faithful | 12-29-13

The word this week is faithful.

Bible Verse
“The Word of the Lord is right and true; He is faithful in all He does.” Psalm 33:4

hortonandtheeggSimeon, Anna and Horton?
Pull out Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hatches An Egg and you will read a fanciful tale of an elephant who shows courage and patience, trust and faithfulness. I meant what I said and I said what I meant; an elephant’s faithful 100 percent.

Open God’s Word to the Gospel of Luke and you will find Simeon and Anna, in the temple, holding the baby Jesus, and proclaiming that God has been faithful to bring a Savior. These two had been waiting for God to show himself faithful to Israel, and when they saw the baby Jesus, they knew who He was. They take him in their arms and worship God for keeping His promise, by sending this baby Jesus.

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Prayer
Dear God, Thank you for being faithful and keeping your promises to us. Help us to be faithful in keeping our promises to you. Amen.

Parents
The best way to teach your child about God’s faithfulness, is to keep your own promises and trust in God! Just like Simeon, Anna (and Horton), be patient and courageous; wait for God to do his work and praise him when he shows himself faithful.

Toddlers – Focus on God’s Word
Get out your children’s bible and read the story of Simeon in the temple with baby Jesus. Talk about how how great it is that God keeps his promises! Help your child recite Psalm 33:4 one line at a time: The word of the Lord is right and true. He is faithful in all he does.

Age 3-Kindergarten – The Faithfulness Jar

  • Find a jar and label it the “Faithfulness Jar”.
  • Talk with your child about what it means to be faithful and how God is always faithful (remember Simeon, Anna and even Horton).
  • Every time your family experiences God’s faithfulness (an answered prayer, unexpected blessing, provision, guidance etc.) take a moment with your child to write it down on a piece of paper and put it in the jar.
  • Each month, take a moment to sit down with your family and read through all the times God was faithful!
  • At end of the year, you might want to have a big celebration as you read of the many times God showed himself faithful to your family.

celebrating | 12-8-13

joyful_121813Can you guess what the word is this week?

Bible Verse:  “Thank God no matter what happens.” I Thessalonians 5:18

Story: Paul and Silas in Jail (Acts 16:22-34)

Paul and Silas were men who loved Jesus and traveled around telling people about God. Once they were talking about God and some men who didn’t like what they were saying took them to court and had them put in jail. Even though they were beaten, put in chains and locked into a prison cell, they decided to worship God!

Instead of complaining, they prayed and sang songs to God! And guess what? Late that night, there was an earthquake that shook the jail and caused the doors to open and the prisoner’s chains to fall off! Because of this, the jailer decided to follow Jesus too! God made something bad turn into good.

Take it home

Pray: Lord, Even when bad things happen, I know that you have a plan. You can make the bad things turn into good! Help me not to whine and complain when things don’t go my way, but to be thankful and happy for all the blessings you have given me. I love you Jesus. Amen.

Parents
I will be praying Romans 12:12 for you this week, “…that you may be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” (Ryanne)

Birth-Age 2
Trace our child’s hand on a piece of paper. Help them think of five things that bring joy to their lives and write one on each “finger.” If you want, you can add legs, eyes, a beak, etc. to turn the hand into a turkey and allow your child to add color. Say a prayer with your child – thanking God for all of his blessings!

Age 3-Kindergarten
Plan a celebration party one night this week. Make cupcakes together and share them with the rest of the family after dinner. Before eating the cupcakes, each person must share something they are thankful to God for (examples: family, bedroom, toys, pet, teacher, sibling, friends, food for dinner, or even cupcakes)!