Grove Kids -November 13, 2022

Give Thanks - Trust God with what you have and what you don't have.

This Month’s Memory Verse:

1 Thessalonians 5:14b-18
encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

This Month’s Virtue:

Gratitude – Being Thankful in all life situations

Remember God's provisions.

The Israelites cross the Jordan | Joshua 3

In week two of our Gratitude series, we turn to Joshua 3. The Israelites had already seen numerous miracles performed by God to rescue them and show them He has not forgotten them and that He will not let them go

I can trust God no matter what.

Bottom Line

Be Humble and give thanks in all circumstances

You can be humble and thankful in all circumstances. It may seem easier said than done, but God calls us to rejoice always. He even says to do it again (Phil 4:4). In our pain, in our suffering, in times of desperation, God wants all of our hearts. Not some of it; all of it. When we humble ourselves, we remember that we serve a mighty God. None of us is too far from God’s reach. None of us is too hurt for God to heal. None of us is too broken for God’s salvation.

Message to Parents

Do you tell the clay pot, “Nice job, you really put yourself together well, and wow, you’re not even leaking!” Or do you find the Potter and let them know your humble opinion (assuming you are not a professional maker)? I’m guessing the latter. I won’t lie though, there have been plenty of times, I’ve seen personal success and I’ve not given my Maker a second thought. It humbles my heart to say that out loud. I have just enough unrighteous pride in me to feel slighted when my husband tells someone else how he’s taught our children to read when I feel I’m the one who’s done the work. I am their homeschool teacher, after all. If you ask the kids, they would say they did the hard work to learn it. We all would be missing the greater point. God is the One who gave us all the talents and understanding to do what it takes to learn and even to teach. In this week’s Bible lesson the Grove Kids will learn the story of the ten men who meet Jesus and His Jewish disciples on the road. Luke 17. First of all, the men are all Samaritans. Jews and Samaritans did NOT get along. Second, the men all have leprosy. A leper was highly contagious and was thought to be forever unclean and believed to have been cursed by God. They would very often be forced to stay away. In fact, they were often thrown out of town. As these ten lepers approached Jesus with some old-time-social-distancing, they cried out to Jesus for healing. Jesus answered their prayer and did. Heal that is. Only one of the ten thanked their Maker for the physical healing he received. Jesus told him his faith had saved him. How is your faith saving you these days? Maybe you are like me and need a little encouragement to thank God for the work He’s doing even before I see human success. Check out this link for that kind of encouragement. 

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