Grove Kids -September 04, 2022

High Wire: Daring to Trust

This Month’s Memory Verse:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not depend on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5, NIrV

This Month’s Virtue:

Trust—Putting your confidence in someone you can depend on

Unforgetful You

Abraham and Isaac | Genesis 15:1-6; 18:1-15; 21:1-7

For week one, we pick up where we left off last month and continue with Abraham’s story. In Genesis 15, 18, and 21, we discover that God’s promise to Abraham takes longer than Abraham might have thought. This tests Abraham’s trust in God, but God renews Abraham’s covenant. Abraham learns that he can trust God. Eventually, Abraham and Sarah have a son and name him Isaac. God’s promise to Abraham is coming true.

I can trust God no matter what.

Bottom Line

Trust God even when you have to wait.


Waiting can be difficult. When we find ourselves in a moment where we have to wait, it can be easy to complain or get angry. However, we can discover a different way to wait. When we remember how God has been faithful to us in the past, we can find the strength to trust God with our current situation. We pray that kids understand they can trust God with whatever they’re experiencing.

Message to Parents

What would you do for a Klondike Bar? Would you put away your dishes as Pete Herman did? Would you make monkey sounds in public? Would you honk like a goose? Maybe dance at the office to I’m a Little Teapot? These are only a few of the things people did in the commercials in the 1980s and 90s for that chocolate-coated ice cream bar. I remember the commercials as a young child. I always thought they could have threatened harder dares for the free ice cream bar. But I also didn’t like Klondike Bars. I do now, though. Something about that crunch… Well, this month the Grove Kids are learning about taking bigger dares, even if they don’t like it. Not in a threatening way, but in an encouraging way; and not in the test-God-kinda-way either. God calls us all to take the plunge to trust Him, even when we don’t know the outcome or the deadline. Time and Time again, I feel like God waits till the eleventh hour to answer my prayers. Given more time, I realize His timing was actually just right! All He was really daring me to do was trust. Each time, while I waited, my faith grew (not to mention, my humility). “Are there margins of quiet in your life? Are there at least a few times in your day when all is quiet—no phone, no Spotify, no podcast, no earbuds—and there’s no one else around? If your life lacks “white space,” if there is no space for the Lord to speak into the quietness of your thoughts, how will you hear him? Could it be that he has been speaking to you just lately—steadily, lovingly, patiently—but you haven’t heard him through the noise?”

Keep reading as Joni Eareckson Tada encourages all of us to wait.

 

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