Grove Kids - November 21, 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

In My Life

Israelites Long for Egypt  – Exodus 16:2-21; 17:1-7

In week three, we head to Exodus 16:2-21, 17:1-7 with a look at how God’s people responded while they were traveling through the wilderness. God had rescued them from slavery in Egypt, yet when they found themselves in uncomfortable situations, they complained that God didn’t care about them. They even said they wanted to return to Egypt! In spite of that, God continued to meet their needs in the wilderness and provided what they needed the whole time.

I can trust God no matter what.

Bottom Line

Don’t miss out on what you have now.

If we’re only thinking about what we DON’T have, we might miss out on celebrating the ways God is taking care of us. It’s all too easy to look at our present circumstances and think we need something else to make us happy. God has something different in mind for us. Contentment is finding the joy in what God has provided here and now. We pray that kids will start seeing the good in their lives rather than complaining and missing out.

Message to Parents

They say laughter is the best medicine.  I would agree…nothing gets our hearts and minds in the right place quicker than when we’re in a good mood.  So as we gather around the table this year to say our “Thankfuls”, here’s a few riddles to get their focus where it needs to be.

My favorite: Q: Why can’t you take a turkey to church?  A: They use fowl language. 

10 Thanksgiving Riddles For Your Kids

Now for your Kids...

Grab your Bible, a pen/pencil or crayon, a piece of paper and get ready to experience Jesus with your kids!  Here’s your theme…Contentment is learning to be okay with what you have!

Read James 1:17 with your kids.

When it comes to contentment, it’s important to stop and think about all the blessings God has given you. It starts with gratitude! If we’re always focusing on what we don’t have, contentment will be impossible! And because all good things come from God, it’s important to stop and tell God thank you.

Set a timer for one minute. Grab a piece of paper and pencil. Start the timer and make a “good things” list. These good things can be actual things like your bike or your new pair of sneakers. But they can also be people or pets or talents or abilities God has given you. For one minute, write down as many things as you can!

Because every good thing comes from God, we need to practice saying, “Thank you!” Go down your list one item at a time and thank God for every good thing He’s given you.

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