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.

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)!

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