Today our elementary kids took a look at the story of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane the night He was arrested. He knew what that night would bring but instead of giving in to His anxious feelings, He said “yes” to God’s will. Jesus knew God’s way was the only way to save us. Because of that, Jesus chose to respect and obey God by dying on the cross for our sins. By looking at Jesus’ example, we learned that it may not always be easy but we can honor what God says is true about Himself thru the choices we make every day.
Read Isaiah 53, a passage from God’s Word that Jesus would also have known and read when He was on Earth. Make a list of all of the things from that chapter that came true in Jesus’ life. Isn’t it amazing to think that God had Isaiah write down all of these things hundreds of years before Jesus was born! God had a perfect plan all along and we can trust that His way is always best!
Our 2nd – 5th graders went home with a page of truths that God says about Himself in His Word. Read through this list of truths with your kids. What are some of your favorite things God says about Himself? Are there any that are harder for you to believe? Can you think of any more things God says is true about Himself? How does believing these things help you respect Him more?
For this activity you will need old magazines and/or newspapers, scissors, glue and construction paper. Look through the magazines with your kids and try to find pictures or words that represent each word from our memory verse, 1 Peter 2:17 NLT. Cut the pictures/words out and glue them in order on the construction paper. Hang your collage in a place you will see often and use it to help you memorize our verse for respect this month.
Pick one of the truths from the God Always Says page every day this week and thank God for it. Ask Him to give you the courage and strength to respect and follow His plan, even when it’s tough. Thank Him for being in control of all things and, most of all, for Jesus and what He did on the cross for us.
What are the ways in which you as a parent are actively teaching your children to show respect for God and His Word? How do you model this for them? Leave a comment and let us know!