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Our elementary curriculum builds on the biblical foundation laid for kids in preschool. We want elementary kids to see the excellent character of our all-powerful God and why He is the hero of every story. We do that by looking at 36 godly character traits – one per month – with weekly Finish Lines that teach kids about God, His Word, and how He can help us reflect His character to the world.
Our character trait for August is INITIATIVE! Check out the Monthly Overview for a snapshot of everything we will be learning about this month.
Use these activities to keep talking about and applying what you learned this weekend throughout the week.
Read or summarize Nehemiah 4. What are some of the ways God has helped you step up, speak out, and show initiative this month? What are some ways people can try to get you to stop doing the work you know God wants you to do? (They might try to discourage you, to make you believe the job is too big and you can’t do it. They might try to tell you to stop and be quiet “or else…”) When people try to stop you from showing initiative and trusting God, how can God help you, like He helped Nehemiah, to stand firm?
Remembering what is true about God helped Nehemiah and the Israelites trust God and stand firm. What are some of your favorite things to remember that are true about God? Try to name one character trait of God for each letter of the alphabet! (A - All-knowing; B – Beautiful; C – Compassionate, etc.)
Do you think there are people who don’t like it when we do what God wants us to do? Yes, sadly there are people who don’t know and don’t trust God. They don’t want to listen to and obey God. Are there any people in your life like that? Pray for those people now, that they will know how much God loves them and wants to have a relationship with them.
When Sanballat and his friends made fun of Nehemiah and tried to attack his work, Nehemiah prayed first and asked God for help. God protected Nehemiah, his friends, and their work. Praying first is always the best idea. Find a wall or window or area in your house to create a wall of prayer. Write prayer requests on index cards. You can have your kid(s) decorate the cards. Write the date of the prayer request on the corner of the card. Tape the cards to the wall/window/area and stack the cards like a tower or wall, similar to what Nehemiah might have built. Continue to look over these cards and pray together as a family over them. When prayers are answered, write the date on it and celebrate as a family by thanking God.
Father thank you for providing such a great exmaple of Godly trust with Nehemiah. Please help me to trust and obey in the work you have provided for me and the courage to continually step in.