God Loves Me
This week we continue helping your preschooler “Learn to do what is right” (Is. 1:17). We take another look at Daniel. This time he is faced with grave consequences for even talking to God. He does it anyway. Darius throws him in the lion’s den and God shows up. Daniel is protected and Darius declares that his whole kingdom will worship Daniel’s God.
What an ending! Daniel did not know exactly how it would turn out. I am positive that he was nervous. Even scared. But Daniel had an unfailing confidence in God and knew his outcome would be good. That confidence came from knowing what God had promised in His word. It came from years of fellowship with his King. You and your preschooler can have that same confidence!
Create a Rhythm this week by using scriptures to remind yourself and teach your preschooler that the outcome when you serve God is ALWAYS good! Jeremiah 29:11, Psalm 1:1, Luke 18:7 are good places to start.
Elementary (K-3rd Grade)
Responsibility – showing you can be trusted with what’s expected of you
We continue to talk about responsibility this week. When you hear the word responsibility, what do you think about? What are you responsible for? Your marriage, your kids, your job, the trash, the dishes, the bills. The list can go on and on. Your student will learn that God is more concerned with how responsible we are with our love than He is with our stuff.
Jesus told the Pharisees the number one commandment was to “Love the Lord your God…”. He didn’t stop there though. He went ahead and gave the second one, “…to love your neighbor as yourself”. He really didn’t separate the two. What does that mean for us? When we are born again, we receive the capacity to love God, love ourselves, and love the people around us. Loving yourself may take time, depending on your history. The more you love God, the more you will love yourself. The more you love yourself, the easier it will be to love ALL the people around you.
Continue to Fight for the Heart this week by talking to your student about loving the people in their lives that are sometimes hard to love. Share with your child how much God loves them. Be responsible by loving the people around you. God expects it of us.
Club 45 (4-5th grade)
Everyone has different fears. What may cause one person to fear may not scare someone else. There is one thing we know for sure. Jesus came to deliver us from all fear! 1 John 4:18 tells us “There is no fear in love (dread does not exist), but full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror! For fear brings with it the thought of punishment, and so he is who afraid has not reached the full maturity of love [is not yet grown into love’s complete perfection]. (Amplified)
According to this verse, the only way to walk free from fear is to know perfect love. The only way to know perfect love is to know Jesus. The best way to know Jesus and His love is by knowing the Word. You can help your student overcome fear by leading them to scripture about God’s love for us. When they have an understanding of that Love and what Jesus accomplished at the cross, they will have no reason to fear.
Create a Rhythm this week by having each member of your family share a fear. Then spend 30 minutes a day praying and finding scripture that reveals Truth about fear. A great resource is www.youversion.com. See how Perfect Love casts that fear from your family!
As a side note….if you continue to indulge in activities that promote fear (movies, music, books etc.) it will be harder for you and your family to overcome. Use wisdom in what you expose your family to!