Putting others first is not something that children do naturally – and neither do we. Sin stains all of us with an automatic “me first” mentality that has to be trained and disciplined out of us. This week’s activities are a great way to continue that training in your kids. Ask the Lord to give you opportunities to put others first this week, too!
HIGHLIGHTS from Sunday…
This week your child learned that God takes care of us as we take care of others. God is always with us even in unknown or scary places. In the story of Ruth, a young woman from Moab was married to one of Naomi’s sons. When Naomi’s husband and sons died, she urged her daughters-in-law to return to their people and their gods. One left for her homeland, but Ruth stayed. She wanted to remain with Naomi and take care of her. She followed Naomi to a land and a people unfamiliar to her. While in this new land, she cared for Naomi. She gathered grain and took good care of her mother-in-law. The Lord was with Ruth, and He provided for her. Ruth became the wife of Boaz, a relative of Naomi. Later, Ruth gave birth to a son. King David and later Jesus came from this lineage.
Where’s It Found?
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- We show others God’s love by putting others first.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind… And love your neighbor as yourself.”
Here’s a simple song to help your children (and you) memorize this month’s memory verse!
3 Fun Family Activities to Remind Us to Trust God
1. Follow the Leader
Remind your child that Ruth chose to follow Naomi when she went back to her homeland. Play follow the leader with your child (jumping, skipping, tip-toe, waving your arms etc.) while singing this song. (Sing to the tune of London Bridge is Falling Down.) Ruth followed Naomi where she went, Where she went, where she went. Ruth followed Naomi where she went, God took care of them.
2. Trust Walk
Go out on a walk with your child and talk about how Ruth chose to follow Naomi and help her. Ruth might have been scared to go to a new place, but God took care of her and Naomi. Have your child close his eyes and take your hand. Help him walk safely for several feet and then switch places and let him guide you. As you walk, discuss with your child how we should trust God to always take care of us, even when we are in new or maybe scary circumstances. Here’s some questions to talk about it afterwards.
- Did Ruth choose to stay with her family or go far away with Naomi?
- Did God provide for Ruth and Naomi?
- How can you show God’s love by putting others first?
3. Toddler Song
Sing the song with your child to the tune of Wheels on the Bus. Ruth helped Naomi by trusting God Trusting God, trusting God Ruth helped Naomi by trusting God All through the years
Lord, I love you. Help me to show my love for You by serving people around me. Help me to notice ways I can help my friends and family and show them Your love through my actions. Amen