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Nehemiah Rebuilds the Wall

Our hope is for our kids to know that: God helps us face challenges

Key Verse:
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” 
Colossians 3:23

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Nehemiah 2:11-6:19) Nehemiah had a difficult task ahead of him. Rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem would not be easy. He inspected the walls in secret because he knew he would be facing opposition. After this inspection he gathered the Jewish officials told them his plan, and with God’s blessing along with the king’s help, they were ready to start building. Everyone worked with all their heart which made the project work. Half the men worked and the other half stood guard so their enemies would stay away. All attempts to trick or deceive Nehemiah failed as the wall was completed in only 52 days! This shows that with God’s help we can overcome the challenges we face.  

Share:
With your family, discuss the biggest challenges each person faces in the coming week. Then talk about ways each person can invite God into the challenge (such as talking to God about uncertainties and asking for help in discovering the solutions). Then pray together about those challenges.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
As a family, accept a challenge that would be good for your family to accomplish, such as spending some time together without electronic devices, taking a walk or bicycle ride in your neighborhood to get some exercise, or working together to make a home-cooked meal. Before you begin your challenge, ask God to help you and to be with you. After you meet your challenge, give each other high fives and thank God in 

prayer.

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Nehemiah Seeks God

Our hope is for our kids to know that: We seek God

Key Verse:
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land”
2 Chronicles 7:14 

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Nehemiah 1:1 – 2:9) Nehemiah was upset to learn that after twelve years the walls of Jerusalem were still not rebuilt. This upset him so much that he wanted to do something about it, so he prayed for four months about it. Afterwards he went to the king for help. Nehemiah wanted to take time off and materials to go to Jerusalem to rebuild the wall. When Nehemiah prayed and humbled himself before God, God answered!

Share:
Tell about a time you needed to seek God in your life. Encourage family members to talk about times they’ve sought after God. Then talk about how God wants a relationship with us and how it is important that we seek Him, because He is always there.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
As a family, seek God’s guidance for everything. To tie in to Nehemiah planning to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, make a giant “wall” to record your prayers. Tape several pieces of paper up to resemble the stones in a wall. Then, inside each stone, write something you need to seek God’s for.