April 25, 2021

Reconnect: Build the Bridge

LIFE APPLICATION | Peace – Proving you care more about each other than winning an argument

MEMORY VERSE | So let us do all we can to live in peace. And let us work hard to build up one another.

Romans 14:19, NIrV

Grove Kids | Sunday Notes

BIBLE STORY

The Peacemaker

Abigail Intervenes

1 Samuel 25: 1-35

BASIC TRUTH | I should treat others the way I want to be treated.

We finish the month in 1 Samuel 25:1-35, where we find a story about woman named Abigail, but it starts with King David. He was furious with a man who mistreated his soldiers. He decided to get revenge, until the man’s wife, Abigail, intercepts him with gifts to make peace and apologizes. Her peacemaking skills stopped something that could have been horrible. Even though she was not responsible for her husband’s offense, she realized she could play a role in making peace.

Bottom Line: You can show you care about others by being part of the solution. Peace is often about helping stop an argument before it can escalate into something worse. Acting as a peacemaker between others will take time and energy, but God can give us the strength to help others make peace. Sometimes our outside perspective is what someone might need to see a peaceful solution.

Message to Parents

Are you a better morning parent or bedtime parent?  I would bet most of us are better in the morning…why?  Because we’re exhausted by the end of the day…let’s be real, by 3:00 most days!!!  Here’s some inspiration to let you know that you’re not alone and that you have the grit to make it through every bedtime routine!!!

I’m A Good Morning Mom, But Bedtime Mom Is Tired 

Now for your Kids...

Grab your Bible, French fries without salt, a salt shaker, scotch tape and paper and get ready to experience Jesus with your kids!  Here’s your theme…Peace means proving you care more about each other than winning an argument.

Make some French fries as a snack and ask them, “Have you ever tasted French fries without salt? Let’s try some.  What do you think?  Are they missing something?”  Add some salt to a couple fries.  “Did the salt make them taste better?  Did you know that God talks about salt in the Bible, let’s see what He says.”

Read Mark 9:50 with your kids.

Share with them, “Just like salt makes those fries taste so much better, peace makes our relationships better! When there is a conflict, it’s much better to work towards peace, to find a solution. It’s impossible to agree on everything but you can work towards peace, even when you have a different point of view.” 

Now with your kids, make a Peacemaker Salt Shaker. Create a label by wrapping a piece of paper around a salt shaker from your kitchen and write “Be A Peacemaker” on the label.  Then tape it to the shaker so everyone can see it.  Tell them, each time anyone in your family grabs the salt this week, we can remind them to be a peacemaker!”

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