As parents, your kids ask you all sorts of questions. Sometimes 20 questions in one sitting. Our kids’ minds are a brilliant and growing muscle and one way they exercise this muscle is by asking questions. They see you as an ‘all-knowing being’ which at times can be a little intimidating. You may feel comfortable answering questions like “Why should I not eat raw cookie dough” but how about when they ask “Where did God come from?” or “Why did my grandma die?” When your kids come to you with those more difficult questions, what can you do? You can be honest and say you do not know but you will look into it.
Saying you do not know is not a sign of weakness, rather it is showing strength and vulnerability to your kids. But you can also take a moment and pray for God to give you the words to answer your kids. Just as God was with Deborah, He is with you also and wants to give you the answers to train up your children. So the next time your children, or maybe even your co-worker, asks you a difficult question, take a moment to pray, trusting that God is always with you.
Here is a snapshot of what we will show the kids this week:
Bible Story Focus: God is with me so I can be wise. (Deborah • Judges 4 and 5)
Memory Verse: “We have the Lord our God to help us.” 2 Chronicles 32:8, NLT
Key Question: Who is always with you?
Bottom Line: God is always with me.
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 people would go to Deborah when they had hard questions. I don’t think they silly danced to Deborah though, because they had very important questions to ask her. Deborah had a very important job. She would listen to people then tell them the wise thing to do. Deborah was able to do this because she knew God was always with her, helping her be wise.
“God is always with us, too. That’s why when I ask, ‘who is always with you?’, you say, [Bottom Line] ‘God is always with me!’ Let me hear you say it. Who is always with you? (Together.) [Bottom Line] God is always with me.
“And the Bible verse we’re learning will help us remember that God is with us and wants to help us. It says . . . ‘We have the Lord our God to help us,’ 2 Chronicles 32:8. (Practice this verse several times with your kids.)
“Deborah needed help knowing the wise things to say and do. She knew God was always with her, helping her be wise. Today, we’ll make a list of things we need help with. We all need help, right? Right! (Have each family member list something.)
“Thank you for making this list with me. Let’s use it when we pray. Would anyone like to pray before I pray?” (Give your kid(s) an opportunity to pray if they want to.)
PRAYER: “Dear God, Thank You for the Bible. It is full of so many stories about people You have helped, like Deborah. You were always with her and helped her be a wise leader. We believe You are always with us and will help us, too. Please help [child’s name] with [what they listed], and [child’s name] with [what they listed] . . . (continue with each family member). 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.
“Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
Breanna is the Early Years Coordinator at Abundant Life.