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 the Weekend…
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, so Sarah did become pregnant when she was in her old age. 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.
1. God always keeps His promises
"God's way is perfect. All the Lord's promises prove true.” Psalm 18:30
3 Activities that Help Us Learn That God Always Keeps 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 attaching 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”.
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?
- Does God keep His promises?
3. Movie Night
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.
God thank you for the story of Abraham and that we can see you fulfill your promises through his story in the Bible. We pray you would help us to have more confidence and trust in you as we wait on your promises in our lives. Thank you that you are always with us, even in the waiting!
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