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14. Self-Control

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Materials Needed

  • book or video tape where a character has little self-control (yells a lot, etc.)
  • plastic farm set (or some stuffed animals)
  • different colors of construction paper
  • glue
  • pencil

Setting The Stage

Let your family know that we all need self-control. With God’s help we need to refrain from doing things we should not be doing.

Project

  • Choose a book to read or short video to watch where a character continually shows no self-control.

Every time the character shows no self -control have everyone yell, “No self-control!!”

  • Bring out a plastic farm play set. If you don’t have one you can get the same results with different stuffed animals.

Have the children role play with the animals. No script is needed. Tell them they are to let the animals show no self-control. Examples: Pig eats all the food so that no one has any or sheep wanders off or cow gets angry when it has to be milked. When they are finished role playing explain to them how this is not a happy farm because the animals are not showing self-control.

Let them play with the farm again, this time showing self-control. Show how well the farm works, how everyone gets something and is happy when they all show self-control.

  • Rip three - four different colored sheets of construction paper into little pieces and place them into a bowl.

Let each child have a sheet of construction paper. For each one, draw the shape of the animal he/she used during the farm play time. Cover the inside shape of the animal with glue and let each child pick out the different colored ripped pieces of construction paper to fill in this shape. While the glue is drying, challenge each child to learn self-control as their animal did on the farm.

  • Sit together in a circle.

Share with one another one area in which you want to learn more self-control.

Examples:

Not crying when you are asked to clean up your room.
Not complaining when you have to eat something you don’t like.
Not getting angry when someone isn’t playing the way you want them to play.

Prayer

Pray for the area where you need the most self-control.

Memory Verse

I Thessalonians 5:8b
let us be self-controlled

Related Topics: Children's Training Resources, Parent Resources, Christian Education, Christian Home, Devotionals

15. Creation

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Materials Needed

  • one white poster board
  • multicolored food pieces (M & M’s, jube jubes or colored pasta)
  • glue
  • animal crackers (optional)
  • children’s Bible (optional)

Setting The Stage

God has made our world a beautiful one, but sin can mess up God’s creation. We need to learn to take care of God’s world and thank him for the beauty.

Project

Together you are going to create a picture of the Garden of Eden. This picture will be made with small pieces of colored food. You will want to cut the jube jubes so they are more easily glued to the piece of poster board. It will make things easier if you sketch the scene and then assign each person to an area or item on which to work.

Suggestions for the food:

green...

leaves and grass

red...

fruit on the trees

brown...

tree trunk

yellow...

the sun

The animals can be animal crackers or you can design some using the colored food pieces.

While you are gluing the picture in place you can share with your children the story of the Garden of Eden. You may do this from a children’s Bible or by retelling the facts in your own words. If you choose to do the latter, the following details should be included in your story.

These details come from Genesis 1-3.

  • The world was created in seven days (ask the children what it was that God created).
  • The Garden of Eden was perfect. There was no pain, no crying and no sadness.
  • God walked with Adam and Eve in the Garden.
  • There was only one rule. Adam and Eve were not to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
  • One day Satan took the form of a snake and came to Eve telling her she would become like God if she ate the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
  • Both Adam and Eve ate the fruit. This was the first sin.
  • Because they sinned they could no longer stay in the Garden of Eden.

When you are finished the picture and story, point out to the children how beautiful their picture of the Garden of Eden looks.

  • Take the time to discuss the beautiful parts of creation we see in our world.
  • Ask them to mention what makes our world less than beautiful.
  • Help them see that it is sin that makes our world a mess.

Song

“God made the ______”

(use the tune of “God is So Good” or a chant style with a catchy beat)

God made the __ , God made the __ , God made the __ He’s so good to us.

Allow each child to call out a part of creation that they love when you come to the blanks in the song. This can be sung over and over until you have exhausted their choices.

Prayer

Thank God for his beautiful creation. Ask God to help you keep it beautiful. Older children can say sorry to God for their sins that can mess up this world.

Related Topics: Children's Curriculum, Children's Training Resources, Parent Resources, Christian Education, Creation, Devotionals

16. Tower Of Babel

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Tower Of Babel

Materials Needed

  • set of blocks
  • television or radio
  • stuffed animals

Setting The Stage

The lesson you want to communicate to your children is that there is only one way to get to God and that is through Jesus’ death on the cross. In this story the people tried to get to God another way and it didn’t work.

Project

1. Take a set of blocks and lay them out on the floor. The object of the game is to try to build a tower, but the children are not to know this yet. Explain to them that for the next few minutes they are only allowed to talk gibberish, which is a made up language that no one else can understand. Say “Go” and have everyone talk gibberish at the same time while trying to do something with the blocks. When you say “Stop,” see what has been built. If they seem to be making good progress during the “gibberish” time, you might need to misdirect them a bit. The point to make is that when you can’t understand each other it is very difficult to build something. Now let them know that they were to be building a tower.

2. Move to a television or radio and turn it on to a station where a different language is being spoken, a language no one in the house can understand. It would be best if you had already located the station ahead of time so the children will not be distracted with the other programs. Point out to them how hard it is to understand what is being said in this other language.

3. It would be fun for the older children to learn the word “thank you” in several different languages. Here are some examples:

Spanish – Gracias
German – Danke
French – Merci
Italian - Grazie

4. Tell the story of the tower of Babel as found in Genesis 11. The people spoke one language and they decided they were going to build a tower to get to God their own way. God was not happy with this, so he caused them all to speak a different language. When they could not understand each other they had to stop building. Remind the children how they felt earlier when they could not understand each other while building. People who could understand each other grouped together and moved off to an area of their own. The lesson they needed to learn was that there is only one way to get to God and that is through Jesus Christ.

Memory Verse

John 14:6
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Sit in a circle with an adult holding the stuffed animal. Explain that when you are holding the stuffed animal it is your time to say the verse. When you toss it to somebody else it is their turn to say the verse. Continue the game, speeding up as you go along, until everyone can say the verse easily. Note: The three year old might have difficulty mastering the verse so the game will need to be slowed down for him or her.

Prayer

Thank God for sending Jesus to die on the cross for our sins. Let God know you understand that the only way to Heaven is by saying thank you for Jesus’ death. Note: The older children can also pray and say they are sorry for their sins. You may explain to the older children that it is not just saying the words “Thank you” but you also have to believe in your heart that you can’t get into Heaven by just being good; it is only through Jesus’ gift of eternal life.

Related Topics: Children's Curriculum, Children's Training Resources, Parent Resources, Christian Education, Christian Home, Devotionals

17. Lot’s Escape

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Materials Needed

  • Different colors of modeling clay or playdough

Setting The Stage

There are times when each member of the family is tempted to do something wrong. During those times we need to learn to say “No” and if necessary even run away from the temptation. In Genesis 19 we see Lot running and his wife looking back longingly.

Project

The first part of the project involves making people out of clay or playdough. These are the characters and items that need to be made. Use your imagination to make them come alive.

Lot

angel

Lots two daughters

house

Lots wife

hill

Now it is time for the adult to tell the story using your clay people.

Scene I (House, Lot and Angel)

Lot:

(beside the house) This city is so bad. No one obeys God.

Angel:

Yes, Lot, that is the reason why God is going to destroy the whole city with fire.

Lot:

What about me and my family?

Angel:

You are the only ones who love God, and so I am here to tell you to run out of the city as fast as you can and go up into the hills. The one rule is “Don’t look back as you run or you will turn into a pillar of salt.”

Scene II (Lot, Lots wife, Lots two daughters)

Lot:

We need to leave this city right away because God is going to destroy it with fire.

D.#1:

Okay, dad, we will obey God and go.

D.#2:

Do I have to pack all my toys?

Lot:

No, just pack your pajamas and a change of clothes because we can’t waste any time.

Wife:

Wait a minute, Lot, do you think that God really means what he said? I really love this house, and all my friends are here, and I really don’t want to go.

Lot:

Yes, he meant what he said and he even told us “Don’t look back” because looking back will show you really want to stay rather than obey God.

Wife:

Okay, I hear you.

Scene III (Lot, Lot’s Wife, Lot’s two daughters and hill)

(everybody is running up the hill)

Lot:

Come on and don’t look back!

Wife:

I can’t obey God because I really want to look back (she turns and looks back and freezes like a pillar of salt)

D.#1:

Dad, Mom is a pillar of salt!

D.#2:

Dad, shouldn’t we stop for Mom?

Lot:

I am sorry about your mother, but you both need to obey God and keep running. No, we will have to leave her there.

Story ends with Lot and his two daughters on top of the hill. The city does burn and Lot understands that it was good they ran away and obeyed God.

Song

Lot Must Run”

(use the tune to “Three Blind Mice”)

Lot must run, Lot must run. Run away from sin. Up the mountain he was to go, not to look back down below, he had to learn to say, “No!” Lot must run.

Prayer

Pray about something you are tempted to do but you know you shouldn’t. Ask God to help you say, No! to that temptation. Also ask God for the willingness to run away just as Lot did if that is the only way to obey God and not do something wrong.

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18. Joseph

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Materials Needed

  • large bowl of chocolate or caramel instant pudding (milk)
  • one large zip-lock bag or a large clear plastic bag with a twist tie
  • 8 1/2” X 11” piece of white paper
  • a small bowl and spoon for each person

Setting The Stage

In Genesis 37 and 39 - 45, we see how Joseph learned the three principles of patience, trusting God and forgiveness. As you tell this story you will want to emphasize when Joseph learned these principles and that we need to do the same.

Project

Ahead of time make the pudding following the directions on the box. Fill the plastic bag with three tablespoons of pudding and tightly secure the opening. Put the rest of the pudding in small bowls for each person to eat while the story is being told. Place the bag on the sheet of paper and smooth the pudding. The pudding should cover the entire surface. When you run your finger across the top of the bag, a white line should remain there. If this does not happen add or take away some of the pudding until you have the desired effect. Draw with your finger the designated picture on top of the bag as you tell the corresponding part of the story.

  • Joseph had eleven brothers. His dad liked him so much he gave Joseph a coat of many colors to show everyone that Joseph was his favorite son. This made the brothers very angry. To top it off, Joseph told his brothers twice that he had a dream where the brother bowed down to him as if he were a king or something. The brothers were so upset they decided to sell Joseph. Joseph became a slave in a far away land called Egypt.

  • Joseph worked hard and his owner liked him very much until one day the owner’s wife said that Joseph had done something he really didn’t do. Even though the wife was lying Joseph’s owner had Joseph thrown into jail.

  • While Joseph was in jail two men who worked for the Pharaoh (the Pharaoh was another name for a king) were also thrown into jail. While they were there they had dreams, and with God’s help Joseph told them what their dreams meant. When one of the men returned to the Pharaoh to continue to work for him, Joseph asked the man to remember him because Joseph was hoping to get out of jail. A long time passed and Joseph never heard anything or got any help getting out of jail. This would have been very hard on Joseph. During this time Joseph not only learned patience but also how to trust God. Joseph knew God had a plan for his life and that God had not forgotten him in jail.

  • Eventually Pharaoh started to have some dreams that really upset him. Pharaoh wanted to know what they meant. They were dreams about cows and baskets of bread with birds eating the bread. No one could tell the Pharaoh what the dreams meant until the man who had been freed from jail remembered Joseph.

  • Joseph told the Pharaoh what the dreams meant. Joseph even told the Pharaoh what to do so that in years to come they would still have a lot of food. The Pharaoh was so happy he made Joseph his right-hand man. Joseph was now like a prince.

  • Meanwhile in another land Joseph’s brothers had run out of food. They decided to go to Egypt and see if they could get some food. When they got there they were brought to Joseph. Joseph recognized his brothers right away, but the brothers didn’t recognize Joseph because they expected him to be a slave, not a prince. The brothers bowed down before Joseph (just as they did in the dream Joseph had a long time ago). Then the brothers asked for some food. Now the brothers had been very mean to Joseph, but Joseph decided to forgive them. That would have been a very hard thing to do, but it was the best thing to do. Joseph did forgive and they became a family again. They all lived in Egypt together.

Song

“Trust and Obey”

(use original tune or create own tune).

Trust and obey for there is no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey.

Prayer

Ask God to help you be like Joseph so you too can learn to be patient, to trust God and to forgive.

Related Topics: Children's Training Resources, Parent Resources, Christian Education, Christian Home, Devotionals

19. Baby Moses

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Materials Needed

  • brown construction paper (1 sheet per person)
  • glue
  • small bowl or round-bottomed cup
  • white paper
  • scissors
  • small scraps of material
  • crayons
  • children’s Bible

Setting The Stage

God looks out for us just as he did for baby Moses. As you are putting together the basket as well as making baby Moses, take the time to show each child that he or she is loved and cared for by God.

Project

The end product will be a brown basket lined with a scrap of material and a paper doll that serves as Baby Moses. While you are working on the project you can read the story from a children’s Bible or tell it in your own words. The story is found in Exodus 2:1-10.

Details To Include When Telling The Story.

  • There were so many of Joseph’s descendants, (called Hebrews) in the land of Egypt that the Egyptians decided to make them all slaves. Even so the Hebrews were still so many that the Pharaoh (not the Pharaoh from Joseph’s day) ordered all the baby boys to be killed.
  • Moses was born during this time and God was looking after Moses. Moses’ mother put him in a basket and hid him in the reeds beside a river. It was not long before the Pharaoh’s daughter came down to the river to take a bath. When she heard the baby crying she fell in love with the little boy and wanted the baby to be her own son.
  • Moses still got to go back to his own mother for a few years. During this time Moses’ mother taught him about God. Then it was time for Moses to go and live in the palace with the Pharaoh’s daughter.

The Way To Make The Basket And Baby.

  • Cut the brown construction paper into 1 inch strips
  • Weave the strips together making sure that you put a drop of glue wherever two strips touch each other.
  • Follow the diagram to make the weaving easier.
  • Continue the weaving until you have a large enough space to curve and form a small basket.
  • While the glue is still wet curve the woven paper over the bottom of the cup or bowl.
  • Cut out a small paper doll and color it to look like a baby.
  • Once the glue is dry, trim the excess brown paper to give the bowl the appearance of a basket.
  • Line the basket with a scrap of material and place the doll inside.

Memory Verse

Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD.

While reviewing the verse talk about the plans God has for each one of you and how he will look after us just as he looked after Moses.

Prayer

Thank God for looking after each one of you.

Related Topics: Children's Training Resources, Parent Resources, Christian Education, Christian Home, Devotionals

20. Moses The Leader

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Materials Needed

  • one hanger per child
  • construction paper in red, green, brown, black and white
  • a hole punch or sharp object
  • string

Setting The Stage

Moses did become the leader who freed the Jews from their slavery in Egypt. During this lesson you need to communicate to your children that Moses was a good leader for God even during the difficult times. The telling of this story is found in Exodus 5 - 12.

Project

Your children will be making a mobile with the ten plagues hanging from the hanger. Each plague will have a picture the child has drawn, colored and cut out. A hole is punched in the top of the cutout and a string threaded through and knotted. Tie the other end of the string to the bottom of the hanger. Each cutout should be hanging at a different level.

Explain:

  • Moses went before the Pharaoh and said, (adult calls out) “Let my people go!!” Pharaoh said, (together have the children call out) “NO!!”
  • Because Pharaoh would not obey God, God had to send some plagues. Those who loved God were not affected by the plagues. But those who did not want to obey God suffered because of the plagues.

Below are the plagues, drawings to be made and dialogue that needs to occur. Note: While cutting out each plague, discuss with your children why each event would be so terrible.

Plague 1. The river which was their water source was turned to blood (cut out a one inch curvy strip of red paper)

Adult - Moses again said, Let my people go! but the Pharaoh said ...
Children - No!

Plague 2. Frogs all over
(a green frog)

Adult - Moses again said, Let my people go! but the Pharaoh said…
Children - No!

Plague 3. So many gnats that it was hard for people to breathe
small brown flying creature)

Adult - Moses again said, Let my people go! but the Pharaoh said ...
Children - No!

Plague 4. Swarms of flies
(black paper)

Adult - Moses again said, Let my people go! but the Pharaoh said ...

Children - No!

Plague 5. Cows all got sick and died
(white paper on which black spots are drawn)

Adult - Moses again said, Let my people go! but the Pharaoh said ...
Children - No!

Plague 6. Oozing sores all over the body
(white paper doll figure with colored sores)

Adult - Moses again said, Let my people go! but the Pharaoh said ...
Children - No!

Plague 7. Hail and fire that destroyed their food and their homes
(red for the fire and white for the hail)

Adult - Moses again said, Let my people go! but the Pharaoh said …
Children - No!

Plague 8. Locust which ate the rest of their crop
(green in color but it looks like a beetle with larger wings)

Adult Moses again said, Let my people go! but the Pharaoh said…
Children No!

Plague 9. Darkness that was so dark you couldn’t see or do anything.
(black cloud)

Adult - Moses again said, Let my people go! but the Pharaoh said ...
Children - No!

Plague 10. Death of the first born son
(white paper doll with his eyes closed)

Note: These plagues did not happen to anyone who was willing to obey what God asked, but Pharaoh did not obey. Pharaoh’s first-born son did die and finally the Pharaoh let the Hebrews go. If the Pharaoh had obeyed God none of this would have happened. Moses did obey God even though many people were very angry with him. In the end it was wonderful because the Hebrews were free to go to their own land. It was good that Moses was a leader for God.

Prayer

Ask God to help each of you be a leader for God with each of your own friends.

Related Topics: Children's Curriculum, Children's Training Resources, Parent Resources, Christian Education, Devotionals

21. Jericho

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Materials Needed

  • different colored sheets of construction paper
  • magazines with lots of pictures (one per child)
  • stapler or tape
  • markers or colored pencils
  • scissors
  • glue

Setting The Stage

As a family you are constructing a magazine that could have been made by the people inside the wall of Jericho. In Joshua chapters 2, 3 and 6 we see the Israelites finally coming to take over their land – the land that God had given them. The people in this land were not willing to follow God. Except for Rahab. You will want the pages to illustrate how the people felt as they waited to see what was going to happen. The lesson is for everyone and will remind your children how important it is to be on God’s side.

Project

Each person receives a piece of construction paper and a magazine. A pair of scissors and some glue will need to be shared among you. Each person is to receive an assignment chosen from the ideas section below. Look through the magazines to find a picture that best depicts the emotion of the person for whom your child is writing. Only the picture is necessary, but if the older children would like to write a sentence or two, you will find some ideas below.

Details:

Before you begin the magazine you need to share a few details about the story with your children.

  • God was giving the land to the Israelites. The people there needed to side with God and obey God, but they didn’t want to do that.
  • The first city the Israelites were to take over was Jericho. Jericho had a huge wall around it and when the gate was closed no one could get in or out.
  • Spies were sent to see what the city was like. Rahab, a woman inside the city of Jericho, decided to side with God so she hid the spies. She helped them escape in a basket down the side of the wall.
  • Rahab was told she would be saved along with her family.
  • Rahab had to wait for a while and keep a red piece of cloth hanging out of her window so the Israelites would know which place was hers.
  • The Israelites set up camp outside the walls and started to march around the walls every day.
  • The Israelites were told by God to sound the trumpets and the walls would fall down. The city of Jericho would be theirs.

Ideas:

1. “How Strong Are Our Walls?” written by the Gate Watchman

(Picture of a worried man, Lego blocks, wooden blocks, fence around a yard)

Older children can write a few sentences about how the watchman might feel anxious about whether the bricks are strong enough or if there is a hole in the wall.

2. “How Did They Get Away?” written by the Policeman

(Picture of a policeman, boys or men running, someone peeking around a corner, a room with no one in it)

Older children can explain how the policeman is concerned that he let the spies get back home without catching them.

3. “The Trumpets Will Sound” written by the Court Composer.

(Picture of any musical instruments, someone singing, people marching in a row)

Older children can talk about how loud it will be when the trumpets blow and what will happen when the walls fall down.

4. “Waiting, How Hard It Is!” written by Rahab.

(Picture of a basket, rope, red piece of material, woman looking for something, someone sitting and waiting)

Older children will understand that Rahab sided with God, but now she has to wait inside the wall until God sends the men for her. She has to be patient and trust God. Let them write about that.

5. Make up your own. There are also the points of view of Rahab’s family, the king, the army who wants to fight or the common person who does not understand what is happening.

Finished Product:

Make a cover for your magazine. The magazine could be called “The Jericho Wall”. Put it together with a stapler or tape. When it is all together, take the time to read it as a family and talk about the fact that the Jews outside the camp were concerned as well, but they had sided with God and they knew that they could trust God.

Finish the devotional by sharing with the children these details:

  • The wall did fall down when the trumpets blew.
  • God did give the city to the Israelites without them even having to raise a sword.
  • Rahab did go to live with the Israelites.
  • Years later we see that Rahab became the great, great grandmother of King David.

Prayer

“Help me learn to side with you, because I know that in the end you always win!”

Related Topics: Children's Training Resources, Parent Resources, Christian Education, Christian Home, Christian Life, Devotionals

22. Gideon

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Materials Needed

  • pebbles or tiny wads of paper (15 per child)
  • glue
  • 2” x 2” piece of cardboard (one per child)

Setting The Stage

There comes a point in everyone’s life when they find it easy to relate to Gideon. Gideon was a man who was faced with a frightening situation. His immediate reaction was cowardly, but when he saw God’s power and accepted God’s strength he bravely faced the challenge. During this devotional you will help your children understand that there are frightening situations we try to face alone. When we know that God is with us, we can bravely face these same circumstances.

Project

#1 Mimes

Each person is to think of a situation that frightens them. If a younger child needs help, whisper some ideas in his/her ear and let the child choose. Once each person has decided on a situation, take turns pantomiming each choice. The rest of the family will try to guess what each situation is. When everyone has had a turn, discuss each situation so the children will remember their choice throughout the remainder of the devotional.

Note: An adult should go first to demonstrate to the children what they need to do. Younger children might need to use some words to communicate their chosen situation.

#2 Places To Cook

Ask the children to find all the places where you can cook a meal in the house. Have them take you for a tour to point out each place.

Examples:

Stove

barbecue

fireplace

microwave

camp stove

Have them list any other cooking locations not found in your home. When they have finished the list ask them if someone could cook meat on a big stone. Pretend you are convinced of this possibility. When they become adamant that this couldn’t happen, have them sit down and share the following story about a time when a stone was a place for cooking.

#3 Story Of Gideon From Judges 6

This is a story about a man who was very afraid in a situation just like we are sometimes. Gideon and his people were being cruelly ruled by the Midianites. The Midianites were a group of people who were bullies; they were always stealing and hurting the Hebrews. An angel of the Lord came to tell Gideon to stop these bad people. The angel found Gideon hiding from the Midianites instead of being brave. Gideon was so afraid he told God, “I am the smallest and the weakest and I can’t do it!” He needed to see God do something to show his power. The angel told Gideon to put the meat and sauce he had on a rock. The angel touched the rock with his staff and fire came out of the rock, burning the meat. When Gideon saw this he knew that God could do anything. Gideon went out, destroyed his enemy’s altar and built an altar to God to show that God was with him. The bullies were amazed at how brave Gideon was and eventually they stopped being mean.

#4 Discuss

Ask your children the following questions:

  • Like Gideon you are afraid in a certain situation.
    What situation did you act out earlier that makes you afraid?
  • God showed his strength to Gideon by burning the food on the stone.
    How does God show his strength to you?
  • What did Gideon build to show the bad people that God was with him?

#5 Build An Altar

Each of you will build a little altar as a reminder this week that God is with you. As you face the situation that makes you afraid, remember to be brave in God.

a) Glue seven pebbles in a small circle on the center of your piece of cardboard.

b) Glue five pebbles on top of the seven allowing the circle to be a little smaller.

c) Glue three pebbles on top of the five again allowing the circle to be smaller.

Make sure the glue dries before you move it.

Prayer

Have each child pray for their own ...

... fearful situation

... way in which they have seen God work

... approach to the situation with God’s help.

Memory Verse

Judges 6: 16a
The Lord answered, “I will be with you.”

Related Topics: Children's Training Resources, Parent Resources, Christian Education, Christian Home, Devotionals

23. Ruth

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Materials Needed

  • flashlight
  • piece of white paper
  • crayons
  • dress-up clothes (optional)

Setting The Stage

You will literally be doing just that - setting the stage - for an old fashioned movie. The effect is quite good and easily achieved. All the lights are turned off. An adult holds the flashlight and shakes it very quickly back and forth on the person acting. To make it look like an old fashioned movie the person acting must say their lines while jumping or wiggling. The purpose of all this fun is to communicate that we need to make God our God just as Ruth did in the book of Ruth.

Project

There are three or possibly four roles in this movie. Children may put on dress-up clothes to add color to their role playing. If there is a shortage of people, make this devotional a “family and friends devotional” so their friends can be a part of the experience.

Note: An adult will need to tell the children their lines and allow them time to repeat each line while acting.

Ruth

a foreigner whose husband has died. She is returning with her mother-in-law to Naomi’s homeland.

Naomi

Ruth’s mother-in-law whose husband and sons have died and is returning to her homeland.

Boaz

a relative of Naomi’s who is very rich and eventually falls in love with Ruth.

Extra

person in the city who is mean to Ruth and is also a worker in the fields for Boaz.

Lights off and a darkened room. Flashlight on. Stage ready for the first act. (Note: Hold the flashlight still between acts. When the players are in position start wiggling it again.)

Act I (Naomi and Ruth)

Naomi:

I have to go home. I no longer have a husband or sons, boo hoo!!

Ruth:

I will go with you.

Naomi:

But you don’t know anyone there.

Ruth:

I will make your people my people and your God my God

Naomi:

Okay, let’s go!

Act II (Ruth, Naomi, and Extra)

Naomi:

We’re home!

Extra:

OOOO! Who is that girl with Naomi? We don’t want her here!

Ruth:

The people are not very nice to me, but I still want to make your people my people and your God my God.

Naomi:

Well, I am too old to work, so you will have to go work in the fields.

Ruth:

Okay, here I go!

Act III (Ruth. Boaz and Extra)

Ruth:

It has been a long day picking up this food, but I know Naomi will be happy with all I have.

Boaz:

That girl Ruth is a hard worker. I will have to tell my men to make sure to leave her lots of food.

Extra:

Here, Ruth, have some more food. Boaz, my boss thinks you are a hard worker.

Act IV (Ruth and Naomi)

Ruth:

Look, Naomi, I have lots of food. Boaz was looking after me.

Naomi:

Boaz? Why he is a relative of mine. You know you should marry him. He would make a good husband.

Ruth:

I would love to marry Boaz.

Act V

Ruth:

You are very kind, Boaz

Boaz:

You need a husband, and I would like to be your husband but there are some people I will have to talk to first.

Ruth:

That is fine.

Boaz:

I will talk to the people, and then I will let you know.

Act VI (Ruth. Boaz. and Naomi)

Boaz:

Yes, everything worked out and I can marry you.

Ruth:

Wonderful! I knew God would look after me.

Naomi:

That is because you made my God your God.

The End (everyone takes a bow)

Memory Verse

Ruth 1:16b
Your people will be my people and your God my God.

On a piece of paper write this verse in the following way using a crayon and some creative drawings.

Your (picture of a person) will be my (picture of a person) and

Your (drawing of a crown) my (drawing of a crown).

Hang this on the fridge so you can review this verse throughout the week.

Prayer

We need to be like Ruth and make God our God. There are lots of things we can put before God (friends, television, toys). but if we want God to be first in our lives we need to make Him the most important person. Now is a good time to talk to God about this.

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