Have you ever wondered what it is that God has called your child to? More than just what they will do when they grow up, have you thought about the unique challenges, joys, sufferings, or purposes that God will call your little one to? Ephesians 2:10 says that long before your child was in existence, God had prepared the good works that He would call them to as a part of their unique design.
The story of Samuel provides a wonderful framework for helping our children grow in trusting God’s voice and His Word so that they might respond in obedience as Samuel did. Take advantage of this simple story to teach your children that God has spoken to us through His Word and that we can trust and obey Him when He calls to us.
HIGHLIGHTS from Sunday…
This week we learned about Samuel. Samuel lived with Eli the priest because his mother, Hannah promised the Lord that she would give her son to the Him. One night while Samuel and Eli were sleeping, Samuel heard a voice. He responded to Eli, but Eli told him he did not call and to go back to bed. Again Samuel heard the voice call him and he ran to Eli. But Eli again said he did not call him and to go back to bed. Samuel heard the voice a third time. This time Samuel said, “Yes, Lord, I am listening.” Like Samuel, God wants us to listen and obey. God told Samuel all the things He was about to do. It was not easy to hear because it had to do with punishing Eli’s two sons who had been very disobedient. When Eli woke up the next morning he went to Samuel and wanted to know everything that God had said to him. Samuel did not want to tell Eli because it was not good news, but he knew that God wants us to listen and obey. So he did obey. (1 Samuel 3)
- God wants us to listen and obey.
“Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.”
Here’s a simple song to help your child (and you) memorize this week’s memory verse!
3 Activities that Remind us How God is All Powerful
1. Reward Jar
Find fun ways to reward your child for being obedient the first time. Try little rewards like stickers, jelly beans or gummy bears. For older children, you can have a jar that holds a marble for each act of obedience. When the jar is filled to a designated point, have a larger reward for which they can cash-in their jar.
As he is earning rewards, talk with him about being obedient using these questions.
- How is being obedient to your parents showing your obedience to God?
- Are there things that Mommy and Daddy ask you to do that you don’t want to do sometimes?
- Even if we don’t want to, do we still need to obey God, even when it does not make sense to us? Is it hard to do that?
2. Listening Song
Teach your child about listening to God by learning a new song to the tune of ―Hokey Pokey‖
Put your hand in
Put your hand out
Put your hand in and shake it all about
You do a little dance and you turn yourself around
That‘s how you listen to God!
Continue the song with other body parts – foot, head, or whole body.
3. Ears to Hear
Make a headband with large ears to emphasize that Samuel listened to God. Cut a white paper plate in half. On each side draw a large simple ear and let your child color it. Grab a pipe cleaner and bend it into an arc. Staple each end of the pipe cleaner to the top of each half of the paper plate. Let you child wear the ears like a headband.
God, thank you that we can listen to you. Help us obey your commands even when it is hard for us. Amen.