Archive for October, 2013

Harvest the Wise

Key Verse: “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5)

Our hope is for our kids to: Trust God completely

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child 1 Kings 17:7-24) During the reign of King Ahab, a drought fell over Israel. This drought was a result of a line of kings who did evil, as well as a way for God to show that Baal was powerless. Baal was the false god that the people of Israel worshipped that was responsible for rain. Well the prophet Elijah met a poor widow in the town of Zarepath. We aren’t sure if the widow was a believer, but we know she chose to obey Elijah. She gave up her last bit of food, did as Elijah requested, and was rewarded by having all the food she, Elijah, and her son needed. Later, when the widow’s son grew ill and died, she blamed Elijah and God. Elijah saw this as an opportunity for God to lead the widow in her faith journey. So acting on faith, Elijah cried out to God, and God brought the child back to life.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk with your children about a time you trusted God completely. Tell your children why you needed to trust God and what God did for you as a result of trusting him. Then allow your children to share any areas where they need to trust God. Maybe they’re worried about passing a class in school, or maybe they’re concerned about a relationship they have. Encourage your children to think about how trusting God can help in these situations.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
This week when you’re all together as a family, tell each family member to think of a challenge or problem they are facing this week. Then take turns sharing. Commit that you will pray for each other. Talk about trusting in God completely for this issue or problem, and then share results sometime in the future.

Harvest the Wise

Key Verse: “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5)

Our hope is for our kids to know that: We become wise from following God’s Word

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child 1 Kings 11:1-13) When David was king, he made preparations for a temple to be built, and he commissioned his son Solomon to make sure that it happened. Once it was built, Solomon dedicated it to the Lord, but then he began to make mistakes. He took many wives and concubines, many of whom worshiped false Gods. Eventually these wives lead him astray, and Solomon began to worship other Gods himself. He lost his devotion to God, and soon found himself being devoted to these false Gods. This decision of leaving a God who will never leave you resulted in the Kingdom being torn away from Solomon’s son.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk about something you’re really devoted to. Maybe you’re passionate about your job and spend a lot of time working at it. Or maybe you have a hobby that you know everything about and that takes up your time and attention. Then ask you kids to think about something they’re devoted to, such as a sport of computer game. Encourage your kids to think about what it would be like if they spent the same amount of time and attention on God. Talk about ways your family could be more focused on God. Praying together, serving others, and going to church are all possible activities that could help.

Activity/Challenge for Families: This week suggest one activity each day that would focus your family’s attention on God. Write these daily activities on a calendar, and keep them like you would a doctor or dentist appointment.

 

Harvest the Wise

Key Verse: “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5)

Our hope is for our kids to know that: We become wise from following God’s Word

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child 1 Kings 4:29-34; Proverbs 1:1-7) Solomon was very popular because of his wisdom. Much of his wisdom was written down, and most of these writings are in the book of Proverbs. The reason that Solomon wrote these Proverbs is so that people can live better lives. Solomon knew that to become wise you had to follow God our creator.  God is all knowing, so it makes sense that we look to Him for guidance. Wisdom is more than just knowledge, it is following God’s plan for your life, putting what you know into practice.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Tell your children about the wisest person you know. Explain how you’ve seen this person be wise. How have you seen this person follow God’s Word? Discuss the choices this person made and why those choices showed wisdom. Talk about what you’ve learned from this person. Ask your children to tell you about the wisest people they know—and why. Encourage your kids to share with you any areas where they need God’s wisdom this week.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
To celebrate wisdom this week, place a party noisemaker or a bell on your kitchen table. Anytime you make a wise decision or hear a wise decision, use the noisemaker to celebrate. Everyone who hears should cheer and join in the celebration. Each time you sit down at the table to eat, review together any wise decisions made since the last time you ate together, and celebrate with the noisemaker again! Talk about the importance of each of those decisions and the possible consequences and bad decisions.