Archive for June, 2012

June Theme – Summer Days

Key Verse: “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).


Our hope is for our kids to believe that: God uses hard times to help us grow

(Open the bible and read to your child Genesis 29:15-30) This week we learn that life isn’t always easy or fair. We see in this story that Jacob whose name means deceiver, was deceived himself. He saw Rachel who he fell in love with and wanted to marry her. Her father Laban (who Jacob worked for) told Jacob that after seven years of work he would let Jacob marry Rachel. However, when that day came for him to marry Rachel, Laban had sent in his daughter Leah instead. This was at night time and there was no electricity in those days, so the darkness made the deception a success. Jacob still wanted to marry Rachel so he worked for Laban another seven years. Jacob learned that although hard times may come, how we respond to them may influence how God helps us trough them. As we trust in Him, He will never let us down.

(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Tell your children about a hard time in your life when you dealt with something that just didn’t seem fair. Explain what happened, how you dealt with it, and in the end how you think God may have been using that experience in your life. Ask your children to tell you what they think is unfair or hard about their own lives. Finish your discussion by reading Romans 8:28 as a family, and think about what good might come from those tough situations.

Activity/Challenge for Families: As a family or individually, write a letter, poem, or song to God. In the letter, tell God what you’re going through and ask him to help you.