Grove Kids - November 7, 2021
Contentment—Learning to be okay with what you have
This Month’s Memory Verse:
Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against wanting to have more and more things. Life is not made up of how much a person has.”
Luke 12:15, NIrV
Be Content/Paul in Prison – Philippians 4:11b-13
In our first week, we start in Philippians 4:11b-13. In this letter, Paul is writing to the church at Philippi to help them understand more about what it means to follow Jesus. Paul shares how they can be content and even have joy regardless of their situation in life. This is something that Paul has had to learn from experience. His example of contentment in the face of difficulty is a great lesson for all of us.
I can trust God no matter what.
God can help you be content.
We can’t promise kids that when they follow Jesus, everything in their life will work out just the way they want it to. However, we CAN promise them that even if life isn’t okay, God can help them be okay with their circumstances. We pray that no matter what kids are facing, they’ll learn to trust that God can give them what they need to get through it.
Message to Parents
How many times have you heard yourself say, “What are you thinking’, ‘Suck it up!’ or ‘Are you kidding me?!” when we’re frustrated with our kids? Unfortunately, every time we do that it destroys their self-esteem. Here’s an article to help all of us manage/hold our tongue…
Now for your Kids...
Grab your Bible, a piece of paper, pen/pencil/crayon and get ready to experience Jesus with your kids! Here’s your theme…Contentment is learning to be okay with what you have!
Ask your kids, “What do you really want for Christmas?” Now, set a timer for one minute and have them draw their top five Christmas presents on the piece of paper.
Ask what they drew and is it something you can buy at a store?
Read Psalm 37:3-4 with your kids.
Tell them, “This month in Grove Kids is all about contentment, learning to be okay with what you have. When we think about what we have, we tend to think about our ‘stuff.’ But contentment is about more than things you can buy or own. Contentment is really about trust! When you trust God to provide for you and choose to do good in the world around you, you’ll want what God wants. His desires will become your desires. Remember, God can help you be content, with or without what you drew in the box.”
Pray with them and enjoy this time with your kids!
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