take it home

Extreme Saying of the Week:  Don’t Love Money  (“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”  Mark 10:25

Bible Verse:  “Love of money causes trouble.”  1 Timothy 6:10

Story:  The Rich Young Ruler (Mark 10:17-22)

Prayer:  Dear Jesus, I want You to be number one in my life.  Help me learn how to be content with what I have so that I will not always want more toys and things.  Help me to think about money in a way that pleases You.  Amen

“Take-It-Home” Activities

Parents: As I was preparing this lesson, I couldn’t help but think how much I needed to hear it too!  Our children see what we buy, when we buy it and how freely we give what’s ours to others How in love are we with our stuff?  How in love are we with our money?  Are we willing to give any of it away at any time?  It’s always helpful for me to remember that everything we have has been given to me by God.  He’s entrusted me and blessed me with it and I am simply asked to use it to glorify Him, and that may mean using it for a time, then giving it to someone else.  What a freeing way to live!

Toddlers:  Children this age are, by nature, very self-centered.  You can help change that focus by encouraging sharing all the time!  When you are playing with your child ask “May I have a turn please?”  When they offer it up to you say “Thank You!” and after you have played with the toy then say “It’s your turn!”  Modeling how to share at an early age will help being to shape giving hearts.

Age 3 – Kindergarten: Take some time this week to talk with your child/ren about something they would like to give to someone in need.  There are many community agencies that are always taking donations, or you can bring them to our very own food pantry or clothing closet.  They could help pick out one of their toys, an article of clothing, or food from your cupboards.

Our friends in the Backyard took some time to think about what they have that they could give to someone else, and then were asked to draw about it.

img-922131605-0001Guess what this child is willing to give away?  🙂

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