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).

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

Read:
(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.

Share:
(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.

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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).

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Our hope is for our kids to know that: We can seek God’s direction through prayer

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Genesis 24:1-67) In this story we see that Abraham’s wife (Isaac’s mother) Sarah has passed away. Abraham was about 140 years old and Isaac was about 40 years old and had not yet been married. Abraham wanted Isaac to be married, so he sent his servant Eliezer out to look for a wife for his son. Eliezer went back to Abraham’s homeland and prayed for God’s help in this task. Before he had finished praying Rebekah appeared! Rebekah agreed to marry Isaac, which showed a great deal of faith on her part. Rebekeh was giving up an elaborate wedding near her home, she was giving up everything familiar to her, she was promising to marry a man she had never seen, and she as committing to live nearly a thousand miles away, likely never to see her family again. God doesn’t always make his plans clear to us as he did to Eliezer, but God will always provide the direction we need when we seek it.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk about a time you had difficulty knowing God’s leading. For example, maybe you were unsure about taking advantage of a new job opportunity or you weren’t sure if you were supposed to move your family to another part of the country. Share how you discovered which direction God was leading you in. What was the result? Then talk about concerns that each family member has and would like God’s direction for right now.

 

Activity/Challenge for Families:
Use a big sheet of newsprint or poster board to make a family map. On your map, draw or write about times in the past God has led your family in making decisions. Then draw or write about decisions your family will face in the future. Hang your map in a prominent place, and remember to thank God for giving you wisdom and direction.