Archive for July, 2013

Celebrate July

Key Verse: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”
(Philippians 4:6-7)

Our hope is for our kids to:Our hearts are what matter to God


(Open the bible and read to your child 1 Samuel 16:1-13) Saul and his son Jonathan had many victories over the Philistines and other enemies. However, Saul had once again disobeyed the Lord when they defeated the Amalekites and took valuables from them, some of which were idols. As a result God wanted to rise up a new King, and used Samuel for the task once again. Samuel was directed to go to the house of Jesse. Once there everyone, including Samuel, was expecting God’s choice to be someone tall and strong. When all the sons were passed up, they sent for the youngest who was out tending sheep. David, who was likely twelve at the time, was chosen to be the next king of Israel.

(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Share with your kids about an ethical dilemma you’ve faced in the past, maybe at work or in one of your relationships. Talk about the circumstances and how you decided what the right thing to do was. Then present an ethical dilemma to your kids, such as having to choose between lying to protect a friend or being honest knowing the friend will feel betrayed. Talk about how you would decide what to do, and then ask your kids what they think God would say to do. Remind your kids that God knows where their hearts are when they have to make tough decisions and that God can help them make those decisions.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
As a family, tell one another, “I love you, and God loves you. One reason I love you so much is because you have a heart full of ______.” Make a heart for each member of the family, and list the things your family thought were great about each person’s heart. Maybe someone has a heart full of love for other people, and someone else has a heart full of kindness and honesty. In the middle of each heart, put a picture of the family member. When you’ve finished making the hearts, spend a few minutes thanking God for each person. Place the hearts on the refrigerator as reminders of all the wonderful qualities every family member has.