Grove Kids - January 9, 2022
The Choice Is Yours
This Month’s Memory Verse:
“God’s power has given us everything we need to lead a godly life.”
2 Peter 1:3a, NIrV
You Need to Calm Down
Broken-Down Walls | Proverbs 25:28
In week two, we focus on a word picture Solomon uses in Proverbs 25:28. Solomon uses the idea of giant city walls keeping people safe as an example for people to understand the importance of living with self-control. Kids will discover why ancient city walls are a perfect picture of how self-control can help us.
I need to make the wise choice.
When you lose control, it can cause trouble.
When you choose to remain in control, you keep yourself out of danger. We hope kids discover the value of relying on God to help them choose self-control even when it’s difficult.
Message to Parents
Have you decided on your New Year’s Resolutions? Eating better? Working out? Saving money? All great things to get rolling with for the new year but what about your kids? Have you made any resolutions about raising your kids? Here’s five quick ideas to get you AND your kids on the right track to kick off the year!
Now for your Kids...
Grab your Bible, pencil/pen, piece of paper, a cup or jar and get ready to experience Jesus with your kids! Here’s your theme…Self-control is choosing to do what you should even when you don’t want to.
Say to them, “Wouldn’t it be cool if you could capture all the things you think about in a day and put them in a jar? That jar would probably be full of some pretty random stuff.”
Like…“Is lunch time yet? “Does my breath stink?”
“Okay, those thoughts are kind of silly. But what about negative thoughts?”
Like…“I’ll never understand this math homework.” “No one likes me.”
Now share with them, “Part of having self-control is controlling our thoughts. The key to stopping those negative thoughts, is to trap them. When those negative thoughts creep in, we need to remember what Jesus has done for us. That will help us focus our thoughts on what is true, noble, right and pure, lovely and worthy of respect.”
Read Philippians 4:8 with your kids.
Parents: Write down a positive thought you’ve had as an example for them. Now, have them write down a positive thought they’ve had about themselves on the same piece of paper. Rip it off and place it in the cup.
Now, both of you write down a negative thought on the paper. Read today’s verse again and ask God to help you both trap those negative thoughts as you focus on Jesus. Crumple up the negative ones and throw them in the trash. You can do this every day for a week and at the end of the week review the positive notes and thank God for all the blessings in your life.
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