Last month, our memory verse was Proverbs 3:5-6, which is all about trusting God even when it’s hard. Trusting God sometimes is hardest when God asks us to do something that makes us afraid. In times like this, it is so important to remember WHO God is, and that He is trustworthy! Instead of just wanting God to take away anything scary, our focus can shift to a thankful heart as we remember the character of our God. He is good, and He is in control!
THANKFULNESS: A grateful heart that comes from trusting God
MEMORY VERSE: “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NLT)
This Week’s Finish Line: We can be thankful for who God is!
The story of Moses and the burning bush is a familiar story to most of us, but what happens after Moses sees the phenomenon of a bush burning without actually burning? Look at Exodus 3. God gives Moses a clear calling (can you imagine if God spoke to you this way?!), and Moses was terrified. Looking back a couple of chapters in Exodus, it’s clear that Moses had some reasons to hesitate. Why would God choose him to set the Israelites free? He was the most unlikely candidate for the job. God responds to Moses’s insecurity with a strong reminder of who He is, and the assurance that He can use anyone for His glory!
- What does God ask Moses to do? (Exodus 3:10)
- What was Moses’s first response? (Exodus 3:11) Why do you think he responded this way?
- What did God remind Moses?
- What qualities about God stand out in this story?
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TEACHER: Practice the Memory Verse
At dinner this week, practice this month’s memory verses (1 Thessalonians 5:16-19) together as a family. Read through it a few times, and maybe post it up where everyone can see it. Play a game where each person has to say one word of the verses until it’s complete. Try to go as fast as you can! Be sure to point out a couple of keywords in these verses, like “always,” “never,” and “all.” Discuss with everyone why those words are so significant here.
FRIEND: Cultivate a Thankful Heart
Start some conversations this week about plants and trees with your kids. As you’re driving in the car talk about the trees you see, and discuss how those trees got to be so tall and strong. At some point, they had to be cultivated! The same is true if we want to follow 1 Thessalonians 5:18 to “be thankful in all circumstances.” It doesn’t always come natural to be thankful! Just like with a small plant or a small tree, it takes starting with thanking God for small things to cultivate a strong thankful heart.
COUNSELOR: Remember the Character of God
During bedtime this week, take turns listing qualities of who God is with your child(ren). It might help to start with this story in Exodus chapter 3. Try to focus less on what God does, and think of just WHO He is. Pray together and thank Him for how He reminds us of His character, and that He keeps His promises.
COACH: Thankful Tree
Start a Thankful Tree with your family this week! Have your kids gather some sticks from the backyard or a nearby park and place them in a tall container. Cut out some leaf shapes from construction paper, and each day have everyone in the family write one thing they’re thankful for on a leaf. Tie them onto the “tree” with some yarn or twine, and watch your thankfulness grow all month!
Thank God for simply who He is and His character. Thank Him for what He has shown you about Himself. Ask Him to help you be more thankful for who He is than for His stuff and what He can do for you.
Next week we will continue talking about thankfulness, and we will continue the story of Moses in Exodus 4.
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