Grove Kids - January 23, 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
Choose Your Words Carefully | Proverbs 12:18
In week four, we discover more about Proverbs 12:18. Solomon talks about the power of our words. We want kids to learn that by choosing the right words in a difficult situation, those words can bring healing to the situation.
I need to make the wise choice.
Think before you speak.
When faced with a stressful situation, it can be too easy to blurt out the first thing that pops into our heads. However, thoughtless words can cause situations to get worse. We hope kids will learn to think about the words they use with others. We pray the words they use will help others and point them to Jesus.
Message to Parents
Have you ever said, “Please put down your phone” to your kids? If you have, you’re in good company since the screen time battle is a struggle for most parents. What if we could interest them in something else, just for a little bit? Here’s 19 ways to get them off the screen without you having to scream…or offering them ice cream or… Ok, I’ll stop.
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Now for your Kids...
Grab your Bible, index card/piece of paper, pen/pencil 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.
Read Proverbs 12:18 with your kids.
Ask you kids, “Have you ever gotten an itty bitty teeny tiny paper cut that hurt so bad you wanted to cut off your whole finger?”
Share with them, “Words are kind of like paper cuts. Just a few thoughtless words, spoken without thinking first can cause a lot of harm. According to our verse, the words from careless people can cut like swords. But the opposite is also true. Carefully chosen words can actually heal. They can help.”
Sword vs. Bandage
1. Grab an index card or small scrap of paper.
2. Draw a sword on one side and a band-aid on the other.
3. On the sword side, write the first part of the verse (“The words of thoughtless people cut like swords.”)
4. On the band-aid side, write the second part of the verse (“But the tongue of wise people brings healing.”)
5. Set this card on the kitchen table. Show your family the card and read the verse. Talk about how thinking before you speak can help you make sure your words are thoughtful and healing instead of thoughtless and hurtful.
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