My husband has been leading our family in some fun Bible studies that he found in the Family Night Tool Chest series from Focus on the Family. I got smart and grabbed my camera the other night so I could share one with you all!
The activity that goes with this study could actually be used to discuss two different themes so I've made a "Pinteresting" image for each in case you're wanting to save this and come back. (Keep reading...you'll find them!)
Jamie started out the lesson by sprinkling the contents of all our baby powder containers, as well as my new container of cornstarch, evenly over a square of sidewalk.
Then he instructed everyone to get to the other side of the powder without tracking any powder onto the clean part of the sidewalk. The grass on both sides was off limits.
After a very long time of contemplation, the kids decided there was no tricky way around this---so they tentatively began stepping out onto the powder.
Results---nope, not possible.
Everyone thought it was funny to see Daddy try too!
They decided to try running through it really fast to see if that would keep the powder from sticking---but no, there was no way around it.
Jamie used the activity to illustrate how there is only one way to God---through Jesus. Just like the only way the kids could get to the other side of the powder was to walk through it, there is only one way for us to reach Father God---through Jesus Christ. He read Exodus 3:1-6 and talked about the definition of holy. He likened the powder to sin and the clean square to holy ground. We couldn't be allowed near God with our dirty sin if it weren't for Jesus' sacrifice for us!
As Jamie was giving the lesson, I kept thinking about how we'd tracked that powder all over the place. Even though the kids all wiped their feet off on a wet towel before coming inside, I could still see white footprints here and there. Kynthia even had it on her face! It made me think about our good and bad moods and how contagious they are.
After Jamie was done with the lesson, I told the kids to imagine that powder was a bad attitude and that clean sidewalk was everyone we come into contact with in one day. I told them how our bad attitude can spread and cause others to catch it like a sickness. I explained the importance of keeping our attitudes in check and being careful to spread cheerfulness and kindness instead of grumpiness!
Let me know what you think of these devotion ideas---can you use them? If you all are liking them, maybe I'll put up some more!
I hope you'll join me for this week's Homemaking Linkup. I love to feature some of the neat posts that are linked up so please make sure and put my button or a text link on your blog so you'll be eligible to be featured!
Here are a couple of my favorites from last week's party:
I get a lot of questions about the hows and why of homeschooling, but the big FAQ is always: how do you homeschool with so many kids? Ha! Check out Daja's post from The Provision Room. Such a great article about the philosophy of homeschooling different age groups at once.
Audra's article on How to Drink Enough Water has really blessed me this week! Using this information, I figured out how much I need to be drinking each day and actually removed my wedding ring without the aid of lotion tonight! Woo Hoo!! Thanks, Audra!
Thanks to everyone for the great posts!
Now for the linkup. Please remember to return the favor by adding my button or a text link to your post. Have a great weekend!
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