March 28, 2021
Bake Off: It’s Worth the Wait
LIFE APPLICATION | Patience—Waiting until later for what you want now
MEMORY VERSE | Wait for the Lord. Be strong and don’t lose hope. Wait for the Lord.
Psalm 27:14, NIrV
Grove Kids | Sunday Notes
I Will Wait
BASIC TRUTH | I can trust God no matter what.
We finish the month with Palm Sunday. By this time, God’s people had been waiting hundreds of years for God’s promises of a Savior to come true. In Matthew 21:1-11, we see that people were really starting to believe that Jesus was that Savior. God’s promises were finally coming true. So when He entered Jerusalem on a donkey, just like the prophesy foretold, they celebrated and worshipped Jesus. Of course, this all turned out very different from what they expected and they’d have to wait a bit longer to understand, but they could find joy because God was faithful.
Bottom Line: You can celebrate even when you’re waiting. How we wait can show others how we trust God. Celebrating might feel like a strange way to wait. However, when we remember how much God loves us, that Jesus came to save us, that God will always be faithful, we can’t help but celebrate and have joy believing that God will do the same in the future. We pray that kids learn how to celebrate God while they wait.
Message to Parents
Where do we draw the line when it comes to telling our kids about the UGLY TRUTH? As parents we need to find that delicate balance of giving our kids the information they need to know in order to grow and flourish and also holding back in the “TMI” (too much information) department when it comes to their age, maturity level and what you feel comfortable sharing with them as their parent.
The true story of Easter is one of those truths we need to share with our kids but how much do we share to make sure they understand the importance of this day and the events leading up to it? Here’s an article that may help you with that…
Now for your Kids...
Grab your Bible, ingredients to make your favorite cookies and get ready to experience Jesus with your kids! Here’s your theme…Patience means waiting until later for what you want now!
Whip together your cookie mix with your kids and throw them in the oven.
Share with them, “Waiting for cookies to come out of the oven. Advancing to the next level of your favorite video game. Acing a test you studied hard for.”
“In each of these examples, it would be easy to be impatient or give up. But what happens if you pull the cookies out of the oven before the timer goes off (pull them out and show them)? What happens if you get so frustrated that you throw your video controller across the room? What if you decide not to look over you notes the night before the test?”
Read Galatians 6:9 with them.
Now tell them, “Everyone gets tired of practicing patience. But that’s when it’s most important to keep going. And there is some really good news. You can ask God for help, always. So, the next time you find yourself becoming tired, remember what you’re working toward. Just like a farmer can harvest a big healthy crop after months of hard work, patience pays off!”
“Did you know you can turn that weariness you feel into praise and celebration? It’s true. The next time you find yourself working hard towards a goal, stop and sing your favorite worship song. Think about a time when you worked hard before and it paid off. Thank God for his faithfulness to help you then and now. Because you can celebrate even when you’re waiting.”
Most of all have fun with your kids and don’t forget about the cookies!
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