Archive for November, 2014

Isaac is Born

Our hope is for our kids to: Thank God for his gifts

Key verse:
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: rejoice!”
(Philippians 4:4)

(Open the bible and read to your child Gen 21:1-6) It has been twenty-five years since God promised Abraham and Sarah they would have a son. Well the time has finally arrived for Isaac to be born. At his birth Sarah was very pleased and rejoiced! In fact, the name Isaac means, “ he laughs” Having kids was certainly a joyous occasion, but to have kids at this age was certainly a laughing matter! Abraham was 100 and Sarah was 90. God’s promise had come through like always!

Think about a gift that gave you immense joy. Tell your kids about that gift and your experience in receiving it. Then ask them to tell about the greatest gift they’ve ever received. What made it great? What about receiving great gifts reminds you of receiving God’s gifts? Discuss what you can do to show God your joy and thanks for his gifts.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
This week, spend time laughing together. Perform a not-ready for-prime-time family comedy show. Tell jokes. Do as much as you can to laugh and express joy together. Then talk about how God brings you joy.


God makes a Covenant with Abram

Our hope is for our kids to know that: God has good plans for us

Key Verse:
“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’”
Jeremiah 29:11

(Open the bible and read to your child Gen 15:1-18) Abram and Lot were now separated, and after some time Abram received a vision from the Lord. God told Abram once again that he would have a son, and his descendants would be numerous. Although Abram was growing restless, he believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness. The Lord made a covenant with Abram according to tradition. However one thing was changed, God put Abram in a deep sleep so the covenant (contract) was unilateral. All the work was up to God, and Abram didn’t have to do a thing! This surely is God showing his grace and mercy to Abram.

Tell about a plan you made that didn’t go the way you thought it would but turned out for the best. Maybe your occupation isn’t what you thought it would be as you were growing up but you’re happy in what you’re doing. Or you’d made plans to travel the world and have adventures and then your kids became a greater adventure than you could’ve planned. Why are you satisfied with the way things turned out despite not being exactly what you planned? Invite your kids to tell about plans they’ve made for their future. You can invite God into all of your plans and trust that if plans change along the way, God always has the best for you in mind. Even when life is difficult, God has a plan for good things to come through hardship.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
Have a family planning hour. Quiet the noise in your house, and have family members list the things they want to do in the next week. Discuss how God can help family members to accomplish their plans. Make a family commitment to follow God’s leading as these plans unfold. Have each family member pray for another family member this week so everyone has a prayer partner.