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.
- 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 This Week's Teaching Truths:
1. A Night With the Stars!
This is a great opportunity for the whole family to engage over the story together.If you live in the city, plan a night out or even a sleep-over with friends or family who live somewhere you can really see the night sky. Spend some time under the stars - you can try counting them, reading the story together and talking with your little ones about God’s promise to Abraham.Here are a few questions to get you started...
- What was God’s promise to Abraham?
- What was Abraham’s response?
- What are descendants? Are we Abraham’s descendants?
- Can we trust God to keep His promises?
- What does faithful mean?
2. My Family
Grab a sheet of black construction paper and write “My Family” at the top in white crayon.Have your child place large star stickers on the construction paper. Then, using a black permanent marker, write the names of family members on the stars. Talk about all the blessings God has given you and your family.
3. Journey Through the Neighborhood
Pretend to go on a journey, just like Abraham. Help your child pack a small bag with a snack and head outside on a walk. As you walk along, talk about the journey Abraham took and how God always keeps His promises. After you get to your destination or after a short while, stop and have a snack.
Pray a short, simple prayer thanking God for always keeping His promises.