God’s Plan Is Unstoppable Creative and Active Activity

In our Midweek Children’s program, we are learning about how God’s plan is unstoppable.  We used Acts 5:12-42.

After the lessons our teens come down and lead kids into a creative or physical activity.  Here is this week’s activities.

Creative Group

Items Needed: Dominos

Do: Today we head that “nothing can stop God’s plan” and when I think of unstoppable, I think of falling dominos.  I love seeing the huge setups of dominos and thinking how are these domino’s going to fall.   And when the first domino goes, I hold my breath thinking “is it going to make it.”  And when it does, it’s incredible.  

Today, in our creative, we are going to work together and set up dominos and see if we can make something cool.  

**Afterward**

Ask: Did you know that your design was going to work?  Why or Why Not?  

Say: Trusting God at the moment can we hard, the apostles were in prison (which was bleak), but nothing can stop God’s plan.  So even in the moment of hard times, we can trust that God’s plan can’t be stopped.

 

Active Group

Needed Items: Bag of Balloons

Do: We are going to play a game in which you will work together to keep up balloons.  We will start with one balloon, and periodically, we will add more balloons.   

**Afterwards**

Ask: Was this game hard or easy for you?  Why or Why not?

Say: Today we heard that, “nothing can stop God’s plan,” in the game you should be able to handle keeping the balloons in the air, but if we can’t adding more and more balloons, eventually it will be overwhelming.  The apostles could have felt overwhelmed by being imprisoned for sharing the good news, but God’s plan cannot be stopped.  We can trust that God’s plan cannot trust, so even when we are overwhelmed, we can trust in God.  

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Helping Your Child To Trust In God And Not To Fear

I love being scared, which makes October one of my favorite times of the year.  Before I was a Christian and a parent, I spent a lot of time watching horror films. Even though, I no longer indulge in horror movies, there is something about being scared that I still love.  Whether it’s from entertainment, roller coasters or even a haunted house. And while I like being scared on purpose, I do not like to be scared unintentionally.  I don’t like normal people jumping in front of me trying to get me to jump back.  It’s not fun. If I am going to be scared, it has to be my choice.

No one wants to be fearful for real.  There is a different type of fear when you are in a haunted house or watching a scary movie, than having fear in your real life.  It is scary when something jumps out in front of you, but having fear of losing your job is terrifying.  Freddy Kruger is scary, but the bank wanting to foreclose your home is worse.

As adults, we know the difference between real fears and ones that are made up.  We know Freddy isn’t real, but you can lose your home.  Because one is real and one is fake, we are able to put up safeguards so the real fears don’t happen.  But, your children do not know the difference between things they should be fearful or and things that are fake.  They do not know that a scary movie is fictitious and cannot harm them.  As a parent it can be difficult to shelter your children from fictitious fears during this time of year,  While watching football, scary previews are shown during the commercials.  Neighbors put up Halloween decorations that may not be the most kid appropriate.

 

So what can we do, if our child gets scared?

Whether it be a real or fictitious fear, there are some scriptures we can use to limit our fears.

1. Trust In God

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”
Psalm 56:3 (NIV)

David was being pursued by his enemies and instead of fear taking over his life, he put his trust in God.  There is nothing in this world, that should make us fearful.  Trust in God fully, and fear will leave.

2. Give Your Fears To God.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

We can give our fears to God with thankfulness, no matter what the situation is.  And then God’s peace will guard your life.  It won’t keep fear away, but when it does come back, we simply need to pray with thanksgiving and the peace that passes understanding will be back in  your life.

3. God Is Always With You

“Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV)

The Israelites were afraid to enter the land that was promised to them by God.  Our fears can cause us to not fully trust God.  However, we can know that no matter what happens, God is always with us.

 

Something to Try

Here is a simple game you can play with your child.  It’s called “Trust Walk”.  All you need is a blindfold and a good size space to walk around in.  If you have a messy playroom, that will be perfect.  Blindfold your child, and tell them to follow your commands and to trust your words.  Lead them around the area of obstacles  for a short period of time and make sure they stay away from anything that is harmful.

Once you’ve navigated them safely around the room, take off their blindfold and show them the path you took them through and the obstacles they avoided.  Explain that they were able to make it through because they trusted in your voice.  Then make the point, even though we can’t see God, we can trust in Him to lead us through life.

Tweet: Even though I can’t see God, I can trust when I am afraid that He will lead me through life.

Those verses not only apply to our children, but can be applied to us as well.  We can allow our realistic fears to take over our life.  Some fear is good, because it prevents us from crossing dangerous lines, but too much fear restricts us from God’s blessings in life.

Teach your children to trust God fully, but also apply that same teaching to your own life.

As A Parent: The Importance Of Having A Spiritual Community

When my child goes to school, he is surrounded by sixty plus students from a variety of backgrounds. Each child comes from a wide range of families. Everyday when he comes home, we get to hear about the lives of his classmates. Sometimes it can funny and sometimes it can be heartbreaking. Every once in awhile, we get “Can I go to _______’s house?” When I hear this question, I honestly don’t know how to respond because I don’t want him to know about my reservations.

Now those reservations are for his school, but when it comes to church our reservations are a little different. If a family is a member of the church, we have known them better. So when my child asks that same question, my reservations are limited.

Why is this? Am I an elitist?

It is different, and no I am not an elitist. The difference is, for the most part, people in my church are on the same page of values and morals. They may raise their children different, like small things like bedtime, but when it comes to values and morals, I don’t need to worry as much. I give more leeway to the families in the church.

As my children grow up, I want them to be around people that want to build them to be godly men. Church people, for the most part, want their children to grow up the same way, so we are in this together. To have your children with other families that have similar morals and values, creates a connection of spiritual community that has a better chance of building up those morals and values.

When it comes to my children and their friends in school, I always learn about their family life before I commit to sending my child to their house. I can learn a lot about a family when I ask my son about video games and movies of their friends. A young child who is playing video games or watching movies that are way past their maturity level is a sign that we have different values. I don’t want my child to be playing those games or seeing those movies at his age. Often times, we invite their child to come over to our house instead, which is often permitted without reservations.

I don’t shelter my child from outsiders, but I am wise about other families. When my child goes to someone’s house, its because I trust that they will not be exposed to material that is adult. When my child goes to someone’s house, its because I they will be helping my child become more of a godly person. It’s not a shelter issue, its a trust issue.

I want my children to have friends and to know other people, so I rather have them come to my house and play Mario, then go to someone’s elses to play Grand Theft Auto V.

Adjustments In Marriage

No person will be perfect the moment you meet them, and you won’t be perfect the moment they meet you. Marriage isn’t about marrying the perfect or the right person because nobody is perfect or right for each other.

Successful marriages aren’t successful by two people being the right match, but when those people are able to adjust to each other. Married life has a lot of adjustments. Some adjustments most married couples face deal with children, parents, and jobs. Although those are common they are not the only ones. Every couple is different, but they all must adjust.

How do you adjust successfully?

The best way is to make sure you both have respect for each other to make a strong bond of commitment. Marriage needs to have a trust and to have trust; both of you need to know that through those adjustments periods, you are committed to each other.

I know that sounds like common sense, but many marriages are easily broken because they are unwilling to be committed during adjustment periods.

Marriage isn’t easy all the time, and there will be moments when the person you married won’t look like the greatest person in the world. But you didn’t marry a perfect person because no one will ever be perfect. To stay strong during those moments, you need to be willing to be flexible and committed. Those times will pass. Remain committed to each other, and your marriage will be stronger.

Building Godliness: Honesty

Honesty is a behavior, both action and words that directed toward being truthful. Honesty is an essential characteristic of God. For the Bible is to be completely true, God would need to have honesty, for if the Bible had a little dishonesty, and God must be liar.

In Isaiah 45:19b, God says “I the Lord speak the truth: I declare what is right.”

Honesty is a needed quality in all Christians, and one that a Christian family needs to have in their homes.

For parents, being honest with our children builds trust. If you are dishonest with your kids at an early age, than as they get older they will not be able to trust yous. If you are continually breaking promises or lying to them, how do you expect them to trust you. Honesty is an important element in your relationships.

How to Be Honest?

First one must show and have integrity. Integrity is saying and doing what you believe. If you tell your child, church is important for them, but for you its okay to skip. Then your words and actions are not matching, which shows little integrity. Words and actions must match.

Honesty is also being fair. Fairness in the family is not sameness. A parent should not treat all their children the same for a variety of reason. Your children have different variables like gender, love languages and temperaments. It is immature of us to think we can treat different children the same. Fairness is about deservedness. If your child deserves praise, give them praise. If your child deserves to reprimanded than reprimand.

Side note about honesty. “Brutally honesty” is not honesty, it is rudeness. Edmund Burke once said, “Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.” Never be rude to your children. You will cause more harm pain to your children and is the exact opposite of building godliness.

Next is Building Compassion