Trusting Your Guide
Word of the Week: Trust
Bible Verse: Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Proverbs 3:5a
Story: Peter Walks on Water (Matthew 14:22-32)
Prayer: Lord, I pray that I will put my trust in You daily because I know You can help me. I want to come to You first when I need help. Remind me to stop and pray to You when I don’t know what to do. Thank You for loving me. Amen
Parents: Start a prayer journal (personally or with your family). Write down your prayer requests then record when a prayer is answered. Be encouraged that we can trust God for every detail!
Toddlers: Take out your child’s baby book or some baby pictures. As you show them pictures, talk about how you took care of them when they were a baby. Tell them that God gave them to you as a gift and that you love them. Also tell them you will always love and take care of them because they are your child.
Age 3 – Kindergarten: Play a game with your child to teach them what the word “trust” means. Tell them that they will have to trust you to play the game, then ask them to close their eyes tightly and lead them around the house carefully. Instruct them when they need to step over something, turn or walk up steps. When you have finished, have them to open their eyes to see where they ended up. Explain that they had to listen to you and to trust you to get to the new place without looking. God wants us to trust Him also, even when we can’t see Him.
Advent is here and we are preparing our hearts as we anticipate the arrival of our Savior!
This week in Bright Beginnings, we had a special visit from Mary and Gabriel, the angel.
Our Bible verse for this first week of advent is “For his Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts and tells us that we are God’s children.” Romans 8:16
And here’s our prayer: “Dear Jesus, thank You for being the perfect gift. Thank You for choosing me to be a part of Your family. Help me to trust You and be willing to do whatever You want me to do. Amen”
Mary trusted God and was willing to do whatever He wanted her to do!
Bible Verse: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.” Proverbs 3: 5,6
Bible Story: Elijah and the Drought (I Kings 17:1-9)
In this story, Elijah did what God asked him to do–he told King Ahab about the drought that was coming. And then God gave Elijah directions to a place where he would provide bread and water for him–a flowing brook for water, and birds that brought bread and meat to him every morning and every night! Later, when the brook dried up, God gave Elijah more directions. He told him to go to Zarephath where there was a widow who would feed him!
Prayer: Dear God, I am glad that you are so much bigger than I am. You know all about my life. You see everything that goes on around me. You know what things worry or bother me before I even tell anyone. I am glad that I believe in you. Help me to trust you more each day. Amen.
What can you do with bread?
Try bread painting at home! You can find easy instructions at Busy Bee Kids Crafts.
Or try another kind of “bread” recipe: ICE CREAM MUFFINS.
All you need is a pint of vanilla ice cream and some flour. Bake up some yummy muffins for a treat!Click here for the Ice Cream Muffins recipe..
Share your own creation with us! We might want to try it too! Leave a comment here on the blog or go to our Bright Beginnings page on Facebook and show us what you made!
Do you think the praying mantis really prays?
Today was a special day in Bright Beginnings! We celebrated together and worshiped God. Think about ways that you can worship God this week with your attitude, time and thoughts. Telling God thank you, that we love Him, and that we want to follow Him, are all ways to worship Him.
Bug: Praying Mantis
The praying mantis’ folded hands can remind us that we can worship God through prayer!
Bible Verse: Love the Lord your God with all your heart. Mark 12:30
Story: King Asa (1 Kings 15:10-24 & 2 Chronicles 14-16)
Prayer: Dear Jesus, I want to make You the center of my life. I will show You how much I love You by worshiping You. Thank You for loving me. Amen
We teach children that worship is surrendering to God. The next time your child pushes your patience, remember to surrender the moment to God. Take a minute to calm your anger by stepping away (mentally, if not physically!) and surrender it to God. You will instantly teach a life lesson by your actions!
Birth – Age 2:
When you ride in the car this week, sing “Jesus Loves Me” with your child. Tell your child that God loves to hear us sing to Him. This is worship!
Age 3 – Kindergarten:
Worship is not just something we do at church. We worship God at home, school, the park – everywhere! Each time you see your child singing to God, sharing toys, reading a Bible story or
being kind to others, remind them that they are worshiping God!
C is for Character
The lesson this week in Bright Beginnings was: Have a good attitude!
Verse: Be strong in character and ready for anything! James 1:4
Story: Daniel 6: 6-23 “Daniel in the Lions Den”
Prayer: Dear Jesus, help me to have a good attitude in everything I do. Help me to trust in you so that I will be ready for anything. Amen.
Here are some ways to take the lesson home this week!
You are a model of Christ to your child. Pray with your child daily, teaching them to say “thank you” to God. Children will learn to trust in Jesus by watching you. And remember, you can do this in Christ’s strength–not your own (Philippians 4:13).
Have your child help you act out the story of Daniel and the lions. Ask them to roar like a lion while you pretend to be Daniel. (You can even make a little blanket fort as your cave)! Kneel on the floor with your hands folded and pray. Show your little one how to trust in God so that they will be ready for anything!
Invite your child to help you with a simple chore around the house, then sing a song as you do it together. Remind them that God wants us to have a good attitude in everything we do, and singing can help us do just that! What else shows that you have a good attitude? See what your child comes up with (smiling, sharing, helping others).
The Recipe this week was “Pretzels from Heaven”. Can you guess what the Bible story was?
The Word: TRUST
Bible Verse: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.” Proverbs 3:5
Read the Story: Elijah and the Drought (I Kings 17:1-9)
Prayer: Dear God, I am glad that You are so much bigger than I am. You know
all about my life. You see everything that goes on around me. You
know what things worry or bother me before I even tell anyone. I am
glad that I believe in You. Help me to trust You more each day. Amen
Write down three situations in which you need to trust God
right now in your life. Each time you start to worry about
them this week, start praying instead.
Each time you pray, you are modeling your trust in Jesus.
Your child will learn that you are looking to God for help,
guidance, strength and wisdom as they hear your prayers.
Make mealtime and bedtime prayers important as well as
all throughout the day. Intentionally allow your child to
hear you talk to Jesus!
Play a trust-building game as a family.
Blindfold one person, then have another
person lead them around the house on a trust
walk (take them around furniture, over and
under items, up and down stairs, etc). After
the trust walk ask them questions such as,
“How did it feel to not be able to see where
you were going?” “How much did you have to
trust your guide?” “In real life, do you always
know what is going to happen next?” “Who
can you trust to guide you through life?”
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NIV)
The Bright Beginnings Community is celebrating the Giroux Family Reunion this week! We are so grateful that Brody is home with his Mom and Dad. We rejoice in the way God has been at work in this difficult situation, and the Truth that God is at work in each one of our lives. We give all praise to God who works for the good of those who love him! And we love you too—Brian, Billie, and Brody.
When you can’t trace His [God] hand trust his heart. [Lyrics from Babbie Mason’s song: “Trust His Heart”]