What do you think of when you think of freedom? Do you feel peace? Joy? God loves us so much that he wants us to experience His love, peace and joy through the freedom of His way and His plan for our lives. As you do these activities with your kids this week, be encouraged that God has a perfect plan for each of us. We can rest in God’s peace and joy knowing that He has gone before us and set a path that is glorious.
HIGHLIGHTS from Sunday…
This week your child learned that God had a wonderful plan for a man named Abraham, a man who loved and trusted Him. God told Abraham to go to a new land with his wife Sarah. Abraham made his home in the new land where he remained faithful to God. God blessed Abraham and made a promise to him, saying, “You will have as many descendants as there are stars in the sky. I am going to give you a son, and I will give you this country for your descendants to live in.” This seemed crazy to Abraham and Sarah because they were over 90 years old and did not have any children. Sarah laughed when she was told she was going to have a baby. God always keeps his promises though, and Abraham and Sarah gave birth to a baby boy named Isaac. It was through this child that God kept His promise and made Abraham the father of many nations.
God always keeps His promises.
"God's way is perfect. All the Lord's promises prove true." Psalm 18:30 (NASB)
Here’s a simple song to help your child (and you) memorize this week’s memory verse!
3 Activities that remind us that God always keep his promises:
1. Star Mobile
Grab a paper plate and cut out several stars from yellow construction paper. On the stars draw or attach one person’s picture from your family, continue drawing or a aching pictures of family members until you have included everyone. Punch a hole in the top of each star and tie a piece of yarn to it. Also punch holes in the paper plate and tie the other end of the yarn to the paper plate. In the center of the paper plate write “God always keeps His promises” and discuss with your child that we are part of the family God promised to Abraham.
2. Abraham's Journey
Send your child on an adventure just like Abraham. Draw a map of your house/yard, let him pack a bag and follow the map to the “new land.” The map can be as literal or creative as your child’s level of ability. You can have a “tent” ready at the final destination where your traveler can rest and where you can ask a few questions about Abraham’s journey:
- Who asked Abraham to leave his home & go to a new place and what was Abraham’s answer?
- Imagine if you had to leave your home and your friends... what would that be like?
- Should we obey God, even when it is hard?
- What are some ways we should obey God that may seem hard?
3. Families One and All
Teach this chant to your toddler so he can learn about families.
Some families are big (spread arms out wide)
Some families are small (bring arms close together)
But God made our families (point up in the air) one and all!
Schedule a family movie night this week to watch Abe and the Amazing Promise. Make it an event by having your child help you plan a special movie menu, make invitations for each family member, or come up with other fun ideas, like making it a pajama party—be creative.
Thank you, God, for loving us so much! We know you are faithful to all your promises. Help us believe and obey just like Abraham. Amen.
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