I don’t know about you, but there are many times I find myself asking the question, “Do I have to adult today?”. When I have big decisions to make or big projects at hand, I would much rather sit in a blanket fort all day eating ice cream watching Hallmark movies. Bad news is, we cannot neglect our responsibilities. Good news, God is with us and has given us everything we need to make those big decisions and accomplish those big projects. All we must do is pray for His guidance and wisdom, and then step out in faith. So what big things are you facing today that you need to trust God with?
Here is a snapshot of what we will show the kids this week:
Bible Story Focus: God made me to do big things anywhere. (David Protects Sheep • 1 Samuel 17:34-37)
Memory Verse: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid . . . for the Lord your God goes with you.” Deuteronomy 31:6, NIV
Key Question: Who made you to do big things?
Bottom Line: God made me to do big things.
Bible Story & Worship
Watch the Bible Story Video with your kids so you can recap and discuss it with them in the “Bring Jesus To Their Level” section. Then join your kids in worship as we sing and dance for God.
Next, use the Memory Verse video to practice our monthly verse. We will practice this verse all month. Be sure to use the hand motions as it helps the kids to remember. Also, think of a fun reward you can give them at the end of the month when they are able to say it all by themselves. The activity sheet and coloring page are fun resources to help reinforce story and/or big idea.
Bring Jesus To Their Level
Finish up your church at home by recapping the story and practicing the memory again. Then say: “Our Bible story, today, was about how God made David to do big things anywhere, even taking care of sheep out in a field. It didn’t matter that David was in a field and no one was watching. God still had big things for him to do, like saving his sheep from a hungry lion! Yikes!
“God made you to do big things anywhere, too. It doesn’t matter where you are. God can use you to do big things! And the Bible verse we’re learning will help us remember to be strong and courageous so we can do the big things God made us to do. It says . . . Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid. For the Lord your God goes with you,’ Deuteronomy 31:6. (Practice this verse several times with your kids.)
“We go to a lot of places: church, school, the grocery store, the park, our grandparents’ house, our bedroom. We go to cities and beaches, mountains and deserts. Sometimes we even fly in an airplane! And the good news is, God made us to do big things, anywhere! And because God made us to do big things anywhere, let’s make a list of places we go and use it when we pray. (Have each family member list something.)
“These are some cool places! Let’s pray and thank God for making us to do big things in all of these places. Would anyone like to pray before I pray?” (Give your kid(s) an opportunity to pray if they want to.)
PRAYER: “Dear God, You are such a good, good God. You are so wise and powerful. There is no one more SUPER than You! Thank You for making us to do big things anywhere, like at (read the list your family made.) Help us listen to You and do what You say. You are the best, God, and we love You! In Jesus’ name, amen.”
As we wrap up, I would like to leave you with one of the kids’ favorite ‘good-bye’ songs:
Let Me See Your Alligator
Thank you for the opportunity to partner with you in the discipleship of your kid(s). My prayers are with you.
“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”
Jeremiah 29:11, NIV
Breanna is the Early Years Coordinator at Abundant Life.