How often do you tell God that you trust Him but then do the opposite of what you know you should do? It is fairly simple to say the words but so much harder walk it out; to find that courage to do what we know we should do.
For me personally, I find it most difficult when I am trying to be brave on my own. I know I should do something because it is what God wants so I tell myself to suck it up and just do it. Sometimes that works, but not always. God doesn’t want us to just trust Him. He wants us to trust Him because He is right there with us. How much braver are we when we are with a friend? And God is that friend that will always be by our side.
In our story this week, Moses’ mom had to make a difficult choice on what to do to save her son. But she trusted that God would protect Moses and that gave her the courage to do what needed to be done.
Here is a snapshot of what we will show the kids this week:
Bible Story Focus: God is with me so I can be brave. (Moses’ Mom • Exodus 1:22–2:10)
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 God was always with Moses, even when his mom hid him in the tall grass. Moses’ mom couldn’t see God, but she believed that God was always with her and that God would always be with her baby, Moses. That is what helped her be brave enough to safely hide Moses in the tall grass. Was God with Moses in the tall grass? (Pause.) Yes, He was!
“God is always with us because God loves us. God loves you, and [Basic Truth] God loves me! So anytime someone asks ‘Who is always with you?’, you can say, [Bottom Line] ‘God is always with me!’ Let’s try it! Who is always with you? (Together.) [Bottom Line] God is always with me.
“He sure is!And I have the perfect Bible verse for us to learn to 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.)
“Moses’ mom was brave because she knew God was always with her and always with Moses. Let’s make a list of things we need to be brave to do. Maybe you need to be brave to sleep in the dark, or maybe you need to be brave to go to the dentist. Sometimes we have to be brave to talk to a new friend. God is always with us and will help us be brave. (Have each family member list something.)
“This is such a good list! 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, You are so amazing and wonderful. There is no one else like You. Thank You for loving us and always being with us. Thank You for helping us be brave so we can (read the list your family made). We love You, God. 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.”
Angela Moody is the Preschool Coordinator at Abundant Life.