Family Time May 24-30
Psalm a Day
The Book of Psalms is a collection of poems, hymns, and prayers.
Praise and encouragement draw us closer to God. If we find ourselves in a good or a hard place our first response needs to be turning to God. We turn to Him for thanksgiving and we turn to Him for help.
But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy.
Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.
When kids praise God, the enemy is silenced.
I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters.
Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be forsaken.
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise – in God I trust and am not afraid. What can man do to me.
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story.
We all have a story. The more your kids hear your story of God’s faithfulness they will see Him and draw nearer to Him.
Here are some activities you can do with your children this week:
Ask what sponges are used for or what they do. Talk about what it feels like to be “squeezed” in life. Allow time for answers and thoughts; these will vary for different age of children. They may include – when others (friends, parents, children, teachers, spouse, etc.) pressure us to do something, when we let anger or frustration build up until we can’t hide it any longer, when we have too many obligations or responsibilities, when bad or unexpected things happen in our life, etc. This squeezing is also known as a trial.
So if we get “squeezed”, what comes out? What comes out of a sponge when it is squeezed? Tie in answers to eventually conclude that whatever is in the sponge or in us, that which has been soaked up will be what, comes out. If we have bad attitudes and negative thoughts, “the squeeze” will bring out angry and hateful words and actions that do not bring God glory or honor. However, if we spend time being filled with His goodness and grace, “the squeeze” will bring out good things like love, joy, peace, patience, and other fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23.
Whatever is being “squeezed” out of us whether good or bad, affects those around us. Think of some ways our actions & attitudes, good or bad, can affect those around us. Examples: Our anger at someone can cause them to be angry or hurt. A younger sibling may be watching and copying what we do. Someone may see kindness and love in us and be drawn closer to God.