Unsung Heroes – Family Devotions: ABIGAIL (August 5-9, 2019)

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This weekend, Pastor Kris preached on Abigail from 1 Samuel 25. Here are some ideas that you can do as a family to take that teaching into your home this week. Even if you only do one or two of the days you’ll be helping your kids really absorb the truths from the message.

Please note that this devotional is intended for kids in grade 1-8, but it may need a bit of on-the-fly adapting for your kids!

The One Thing To Remember this week is
“God makes us wise to save others.”

Day 1: The Story in Context

As we learned on the weekend Abigail became one of David’s wives. In the Bible times men were allowed to have more than one wife, but today that no longer happens. (It was a bad idea back then too; it caused a LOT of trouble for the husbands and lots of jealousy for the wives.)

Today we want to just get to know David a little bit better. I mean, who was this guy who fell in love with Abigail

We are going to do this in two ways. If you have little kids, watch the first video from “The Bible App for Kids.” This is the story of David and Goliath. You can also download the app for your phone or tablet which allows kids to interact with the story a bit more.

For older kids, watch the second video from “The Bible Project.” This video is an overview of 2 Samuel and David’s life. It is more graphic.

From www.bibleappforkids.com

“Stones, Slings, and Giant Things” discussion

Remember, God makes us brave to save lives.

  • Who did David save in this video?
  • Do you see any similarities between what David did as a little boy and what Abigail did?
  • Can you think of any other heroes in the Bible that saved lives?
  • Spend time thanking God for these heroes.
  • Optional: Draw a picture of another hero in the Bible.
From www.thebibleproject.com

“Samuel part 2” discussion

This video describes David as a king in the years after he met Abigail, but it tells us about what he was like as a king.

  • AWhat parts of the story stuck out to you? Why?

When Abigail enters the story of David’s life he is just coming back from a really hard event.

Read: 1 Samuel 25:1.

  • We know from the video that David was a man of BIG FEELINGS! How might David have felt on the way from Ramah (verse 1) to the wilderness of Paran (verse 2)?
  • How might this have affected his response to Nabal?
  • Do your big feelings ever affect how you treat people? Share a time when your big feelings affected someone negatively.

Prayer: Ask God to help you to be the master of your feelings, and not let your feelings be the master of your life.

Now we know a bit more of the context of the story of David and Abigail!

Day 2: Great Courage!

Today we are going to talk about courage. The actions of Abigail required great courage!

Parents, share a story from your life (or your parents’/grandparents’ life) that required them to be very courageous.

Kids, share a story from YOUR life when you did something that you need courage for. It doesn’t matter if you think it was small or big… if you needed courage, that’s what matters!

This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9 (NLT2)

The Bible promises that God is with us at all times and that is why we can be courageous. Ask Jesus to show you where He was when you needed courage!

Pray for one another that you would have great courage this week!

Day 3: Memory Verse Day!

Spend some time going over the first verse of the memory verse from the message series. Make up some actions for the different parts of the verse.

The LORD is my strength and my song; he has given me victory.

Psalm 118:14 (NLT2)

End by listening to your favourite song worship together as a family!

Day 4: Activity Day

Today you can choose your own adventure. Remember, devotions doesn’t need to look the same every day! Just because you aren’t going to read a bunch of scripture today, doesn’t mean that what you are doing doesn’t honour God!

Here are some ideas!

  • Make date squares. If you need a recipe and don’t have time to phone Grandma (or Pastor Kris…) try Mennonite Girls Can Cook. (Incidentally, did you KNOW that date squares are called Matrimonial Cookies? Good grief.)
  • Draw a comic strip of story of David and Abigail.
  • David was a poet. Write a poem about courage. (Or look some up.)

Make sure you post any poems, artwork, or date square fails to the comments section or Southland’s Facebook page!

Day 5 – God the Unsung Hero of the Bible!

Who is the greatest hero in the Bible?

David? He was brave, but there is someone braver!

Abigail? She was awesome! But she’s not the bravest!

It’s Jesus of course! And I think that God was the most courageous when He died on the cross for our sins.

There’s a famous saying that goes something like this, “Courage doesn’t mean we don’t have fear; courage is acting even when we are afraid.”

Did you know that Jesus was very afraid of the pain He was going to suffer (Matthew 26:39)? But Jesus still did the unthinkable thing of dying for us!

Read Philippians 2:1-11 and spend time thanking Jesus for His incredible courage!

See you again next week!

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