This past weekend, Pastor Thom told the stories of three women warriors; Rahab, Deborah, and Jael. Rahab and her family were the only people from Jericho who survived Israel’s siege of the city. She was spared because she hid the Israelite spies and helped them escape the city before Joshua led Israel across the Jordan River. Deborah was a prophetess and Israel’s only female judge (judges lead the people of Israel before they had their own king). She lead the Israelites into war against the Canaanite king Jabin. Jael was an assassin who killed Sisera a great Canaanite general and enemy of Israel.
These women were all tremendously courageous and didn’t let the culture tell them what they could and couldn’t do. The amazing thing is that women didn’t usually lead in Israel at that time. And Rahab and Jael weren’t even Israelite’s!
But that’s the point, God always wins and it doesn’t matter who you are, if you are willing to cooperate with His plans, He’ll include you! There is room for everyone in His family!
Below 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 will need a bit of on-the-fly adapting for your kids!
The One Thing To Remember this week is
“Everyone is welcome in God’s family!”
Day 1: Are You in God’s Family?
It’s a really good idea for parents to tell their children when and why they become Christians. Why don’t you take some time to share that story with your children today. (See Deuteronomy 6 and Psalm 78 if you need the rationale for doing so.)
If your kids have also given their hearts to Jesus have them tell you that story as well. If they haven’t here is your chance to help them make Jesus the Lord of their lives!
End your time together with thanksgiving, but that’s it for devotions today! Easy!
Day 2: Who is Your Neighbour?
Jesus was once asked, Who is my neighbour? His response was to tell a story.
Read Luke 10:25-37. Or if your kids are a little younger, you can also watch the video below by Saddleback. (Aw, just watch it with your older kids too…)
Here’s the question, what kinds of people are difficult for you to love?
Discuss what makes them hard to love too. You might even share names, because let’s be honest, when your kids say, “Well there’s this short dark-haired kid that hangs out at gramma’s who really gets on my nerves…” EVERYONE’s going to know he’s talking about cousin Pete.
Now ask Jesus to show you how HE feels about these kinda, sorta, annoying people in your life.
Finally, pray for them and ask God to show you a way that you can be kind to them this week.
Day 3: Memory Verse Day!
Ok! It’s time to review the whole verse! You can do this!
The LORD is my strength and my song; he has given me victory. 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 118:14-15 (NLT2)
Day 4: Activity Day
Here we go! A fun day for parents and kids! Laughing together is a great way to strengthen your relationship so make pick an activity and build some joy together.
- Well if your kids like the little trick I did at the beginning of the message I have something special for them! Here’s a video of five GREAT tricks that kids can do! Plus it’s SUPER cute. CLICK HERE. Then read Proverbs 15:20 and discuss how fun like this brings joy to your life!
- Make a pop-up card for someone in your life who could use some joy. (Maybe someone of your list of hard-to-love people.) Instructions and printable sheets can be found HERE.
- (Make sure you see the warning at the end before you do this one!) Pastor Thom did all the illustrations on the weekend using a computer program called Rebelle 3. It’s a pretty cool program and anyone can experiment with it online for FREE! Just CLICK HERE to go to their online demo site. ONE WORD OF WARNING! This site has art work that wouldn’t be appropriate for kids. Just be careful that they don’t click around to see the sample pieces.
Day 5: It’s not fair… or is it?
There are many things that we feel aren’t fair. Some of these things are little and some of these things are VERY big.
What are some little things that feel unfair? Make a list. (Getting picked on, doing chores, watching a little kids movie, etc.)
Now think for a minute about the world. There are many things that happen that are really awful. Can you think of any? (If you have older kids take them to a news website like the BBC and look for new stories that particularly affect kids.)
What are some of the difficulties that face kids in the world today?
When you look at those BIG difficulties, does it change how you look at the list of things that you find unfair?
Look, the truth is, lots of things in life feel unfair, and there are plenty of things that happen which really ARE unfair! But God has promised that He is in control of everything that happens whether it’s fair or not.
Isaiah 41:10 tells us that God is always beside us.
Philippians 4:6-7 tells us that we can bring anything to God, big or little, and He will give us peace.
And Psalm 75:2 tells us that people do bad things to us, that God will one day judge them. Even if it feels like God is taking a long time to make things right, one day, everyone will answer for the unfair things they did.
Spend some time giving your “that’s-not-fair” feelings to God. Make sure you name each thing and ask God to replace that feeling with peace!
Want to look at the water colours Pastor Thom did on the weekend again? You can find them HERE.
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