God has amazing plans for each of us. He wants to bless us in ways we can’t even imagine! In spite of our own brokenness and doubt, God loves us with a passion and we are called to trust Him and ask him for help when needed. As you explore and enjoy these activities with your kids this week, share with your kids in simple ways how you see God working in your daily life.
HIGHLIGHTS from Sunday…
This week your child learned that Isaac and Rebekah have two sons; twins, Esau and Jacob. Jacob tricks Esau into giving him his “birthright” and tricks his father, Isaac, into giving him Esau’s blessing. To protect Jacob from Esau’s anger, Isaac and Rebekah send him away to live with his uncle, Laban. On the way Jacob has a dream. The Lord appears at the top of a ladder reaching up to heaven and God confirms the promise He made to Jacob’s father Isaac and his grandfather Abraham. Jacob makes plans to reconcile with Esau but is fearful of Esau’s response and prays for God’s protection. The night before Jacob is reunited with Esau he wrestles with the Angel of the Lord and receives a blessing as well as a name change. God changes Jacob’s name to Israel.
- God’s plans are better than our own.
- God wants us to ask Him for help.
- God loves us even when we do wrong.
“God’s way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises prove true.”
Here’s a simple song to help your child (and you) memorize this week’s memory verse!
3 Activities that Remind us How God ALWAYS Keeps His Promises
1. Walking the Path
Head outside and draw a line down the driveway with chalk. Then set your child at one end of the line, blindfolded. Go to the other end and call his name and tell him to walk in a straight line towards you. Inevitably he will start to stray a little bit off the line. When he does, use your voice to correct him and help him walk straight to you. If needed help lead him by using your hand as a guide. When he makes it to the end of the line, read the story of Jacob from the bible and talk about how Jacob strayed from the path God had for him. Use these questions to discuss God’s plan for Jacob with your child.
- How did Jacob trick his father?
- Did God love Jacob even though he tricked Isaac?
- Does God love us when we make bad choices?
- What do we need to do when we make bad choices?
2. All in a Name
As God changed Jacob’s name to Israel, change your child’s name for an afternoon. Brainstorm different qualities you see in your child, choose one, and pray for him to continue to grow that quality. Lastly, call him that for the rest of the afternoon. For example, call him “Brave” and pray that God would help your child to be brave in circumstances that may seem scary.
3. Build a Ladder!
Cut two lengths of celery stalk roughly the same length. Help your child pipe in icing to the inside of each celery stalk. Using pretzel sticks as the rungs create a ladder by sticking the pretzels into the icing. Use a couple of gummy bears or teddy grahams as the angels and let your child move them up and down the ladder.
Pray these things for your child this week:
- That they would learn to trust that God’s plans are always better than their own.
- That they would KNOW God loves them, even when they do wrong.
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