This weekend, Pastor Thom preached on Miriam focusing on the story of her watching over baby Moses in the river (Exodus 2:1-10).
The amazing thing we learned is that even though Miriam was a pretty ordinary person, who made some poor decisions in her life, God’s plan for Israel and Moses still succeeded. God always wins and that’s awesome. But what is INCREDIBLE is that He chooses to use us ordinary, (and sometimes pretty sinful,) people to win.
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’s plans never fail.”
Day 1: Big Feelings
When we read our Bibles, it fun to use our imagination to experience the story. How do you think Miriam felt while she was watching over her brother (Exodus 2:1-10), or how she felt after Israel crossed the Red Sea (Exodus 15:20), or when she felt angry towards Moses (Numbers 12)?
Pick one and talk about it!
Feelings are a big part of life. You can’t avoid them; God made you that way! But some feelings get us in trouble.
Ask: Can you think of stories in the Bible where feelings got people in trouble?
Here are some examples:
- Anger: Moses when he struck the rock instead of speaking to it (Numbers 20).
- Jealousy: Cain and Abel (Genesis 4), Joseph and his brothers (Genesis 37).
- Fear: Sarah lied about laughing (Genesis 18 – especially verse 15), Saul rejected as king because he feared the people (1 Samuel 15:24 – especially verse 24).
Talk about: Which feelings tend to get you in trouble?
The problem isn’t that we have feelings, the problem is we sometimes let our feelings control us.
Pray and ask God to help you with your big feelings so that you can do the mission that He has for your life!
Day 2: Who is the real hero?
Who is your favourite superhero? Why?
If you could have any super-power which one would you choose? Why?
Most superhero movies have amazing people or creatures that are heroes, but that isn’t real life. In real life, the real hero is God, exactly like He was in the Bible.
The awesome thing about the Hero of the World is that He uses ordinary people. He sometimes helps us to do such amazing things that people look like the hero instead of God!
What are some of the amazing things that God did in the Bible through ordinary people?
Read James 5:17. What kind of a man was Elijah? What kind of a kid are you? God uses ordinary people! Amazing!
Has God used you to do something amazing for Him? (Did He help you overcome fear? Did He give you courage to help someone? Did He help you at camp? Did He help you to pray or worship when you just didn’t feel like it?)
Spend some time thanking God for being a GREAT hero, and for helping YOU do amazing things for Him.
Day 3: Memory Verse Day!
Spend some time going over the second verse of the memory verse from the message series. Make up some actions for the different parts of the verse.
Songs of joy and victory are sung in the camp of the godly. The strong right arm of the LORD has done glorious things!Psalm 118:15 (NLT2)
What is your favourite JOYFUL song? Listen to it together!
Day 4: Activity Day
Today you can choose an activity that will connect to the story.
- How about doing some weaving? Make a little basket out of paper and put a stuffy in it to see if it floats. Here is a YouTube video with instructions.
- Here’s another basket craft that you could do with littler kids. Make sure you see if it can float!
- If your kids are a bit older here’s a great crocodile craft you can do together. You know, cause there were crocs in the Nile.
- Finally, here’s a really cool optical illusion to try. Technically, these are t-rex’s but they are close enough to crocodiles. (We set up a bunch of these in the Southland office and it was AMAZING!) A YouTube video of the final product is here. And the downloadable image is here.
Day 5: Where Was God in Your Week?
Discuss this with your kids: Did you make God the hero of your week? How?
Do some listening prayer together as a family. Ask the Lord where He was a hero for YOU this week!
- Was He close by when you were afraid at night?
- Did he help you show kindness to your siblings?
- Did He remind you to do your chores without complaining?
This isn’t complicated! We often think that God isn’t involved with the small ordinary things, but those little moments added together show a GREAT God!
If you need some help navigating listening prayer with children here are some past blogs on the subject.
Want to see that AMAZING Miriam animation again? Here it is!
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