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9. Patience

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  • one white sheet of paper
  • many different colored crayons including black
  • dull kitchen knife

Caramel Corn

  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 3 quarts popped corn (3/4 cup kernels)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven
Bake at 3000 F for 20 minutes

Place popped corn on an ungreased cookie sheet. In a saucepan melt butter, stir in brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Bring to a boil while stirring constantly. Lower heat and allow it to simmer for five minutes stirring constantly to make sure it does not burn on the bottom. Remove pot from the heat and stir in the soda and vanilla. Gradually pour caramel over the popped corn and mix well so every piece has been touched. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes at 3000 F. Remove from the oven at five minute intervals to stir. At the end of 20 minutes remove a piece from the oven and allow it to cool. If the caramel corn is crunchy, it is done. If it is chewy, allow it to bake a bit longer. Allow it to cool for five minutes, then enjoy!!

Setting The Stage

Help your children understand that having patience means you are willing to take the time to get the desired result and that if you are impatient and rush, the result is often disappointing. The following three activities will show them that exercising patience is usually worth while in the end.

Project

Caramel Corn

Following the recipe, make the Caramel Corn. While making the Caramel Corn spend time talking about how good and crunchy it will be at the end so it is worth the wait. Also, talk about how this is true in other areas of your life. Examples: making your bed, playing a game, talking to people.

Patience is needed when making Caramel Corn because if it is eaten too soon it is chewy and will stick to your teeth.

Stop And Go

While the Caramel Corn is baking, play the game Stop and Go. The adult stands at one end of the room, turned away from the rest of the family. The family is lined up side by side at the other end. When the adult says, “Go!” they move as quickly as possible towards the adult. When the adult says, “Stop!” they must stop immediately because as the adult finishes calling out stop, he or she will quickly turn around to see who is still moving. Whoever is caught moving must go back to the starting position. It will be advantageous in helping your child understand the principle if you catch them at least once and send them back. Play the game several times helping them understand the role of patience in winning the game.

Patience is needed in playing this game because the faster you are moving the harder it is to stop and the easier it is to be caught. The person who is the most patient will probably be the one to get to the adult first without being sent back and therefore wins the game.

Love Is Patient

While eating the caramel corn have everybody sit around a table with one sheet of white paper in the center. Everyone is to take a different color of crayon (except black) and color the sheet. The object is to use many different colors to make little sections of all different sizes. Once the sheet is covered in color, color the entire sheet again in black trying to cover the color beneath as much as possible. Take the dull kitchen knife (you will be removing the black and revealing the bright colors below) and scratch out the letters that make up the memory verse for the week, “Love is Patient.” Say it over and over together until everyone can say it, then hang the verse in a visible place (like the fridge) for the upcoming week.

Patience is needed to achieve the beautiful end result. Point out how it took a while to make this sheet with the Bible verse on it, but also how it was worth being patient and working on it until it was done.

Prayer

Ask the question, ‘When are you most impatient?” When all have given their answers, use the answers as a spring board for prayer time. Ask God for patience during those times when we are so easily impatient.

Memory Verse

I Corinthians 13:48
Love is patient

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

10. Kindness

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Kindness

Materials Needed

  • ball
  • puppet theater or table with blanket
  • five different puppets (dolls or stuffed animals)
  • small object (pencil, small book or block)
  • markers or crayons
  • blank sheets of paper taped together to form a 2’ x 2’ sheet of paper.

Setting The Stage

Through this puppet show you will have the opportunity to show your children that kindness is a special way of saying “I love you and God does too.

Project

Ball Toss

Everyone sits in a circle on the floor. An adult starts by holding the ball and sharing one act of kindness he or she did this week. The adult passes or rolls the ball to another person in the circle; whoever receives the ball must share an act of kindness he or she did this week. The game continues until everyone has had a chance to share at least one act of kindness.

Play

If you do not have a natural setting for a puppet show, cover the kitchen table with a blanket so the blanket reaches the floor on the side of the viewers. The adult can work from behind the table so they, the puppets and the script can not be seen. Put on the following show improvising wherever necessary. Your show will be a little smoother if you assign a name to each puppet or stuffed animal before the show begins so you know which one to grab as you are changing roles.

A Day Of Kindness

Characters: Mommy, Child, Cindy, Sam, Joe (represented by puppets, dolls or stuffed animals)

Scene I

Mommy:

(to child) Today I want you to try to make your whole day a day of kindness.

Child:

How can I do that?

Mommy:

When you are at school or playing with your friends and you see a chance to be kind, stop and do what is kind ... that will make it a day of kindness. (hug good-bye)

Child:

Okay, Mommy, I’ll see you later. (Mommy waves good-bye and child leaves. Mother drops down behind the scene.)

Scene II

(Cindy is walking ahead of the child as child, returning to the scene, tries to catch up to Cindy who has a small object [pencil, small book or block] in her hand.)

Child:

(speaking to herself) Hey, there’s Cindy. I wonder if I can catch up to her. (She acts like she is running and panting and catches up to her friend Cindy) Hi! Cindy. May I walk with you?

Cindy:

(turns to see who it is and drops small object from her hand) Oh no!!

Child:

(bends down and picks up small object) Here, let me pick this up for you.

Cindy:

Thanks, that is nice of you.

Child:

(Turns to viewers and says) Wow, I just did an act of kindness!!
(both friends walk off the scene together and drop down behind the table)

Scene III

(Child out playing in the playground - Sam is sitting off to the edge of the scene by himself)

Child:

Boy, it sure is fun playing at the playground. Hey, who is that sitting over there all by himself? I have never seen him before. (Looks over at Sam) I think I’ll go over and say hi. (child moves over to Sam)

Child:

(to Sam) Hi, are you new here?

Sam:

Yes, I just moved here and this is my first day at the playground.

Child:

Well, how come you’re not playing? Hey, what is your name?

Sam:

My name is Sam and I don’t have anyone to play with so I am just sitting here by myself.

Child:

Well, you don’t have to do that any longer ... why don’t you come over and play a game of tag with me.

Sam:

(gets up and joins child) You bet! I would love that. Hey, thanks for being my friend and being so nice to me.

Child:

I am just showing kindness ... No problem at all!

Scene IV

(Eating lunch at school)

Child:

(walking with Joe to the lunchroom) Hey, Joe, I am so hungry I can’t wait to see what my mom sent for lunch today.

Joe:

(looking sad) I don’t have to look, I already know. My mom told me that she had to go shopping today and that she had nothing left in the house so I only have half of a sandwich in my bag, and I am really hungry too.

Child:

No problem. My mom always sends tons of food and I don’t mind sharing some.

Joe:

Hey, that’s great. Let’s go eat.

Scene V

(Child running into the house to see Mommy)

Child:

Mom, Mom, guess what? I had a day of kindness just like you wanted me to have.

Mommy:

(hugs child) Tell me all about it.

Child:

Well, I helped Cindy pick up something she dropped and I made friends with a new boy and I shared my lunch with Joe.

Mommy:

Wow! You did have a day of kindness and I’m so pleased (gives another big hug).

Children’s Drawings

Tape the large sheet of paper to a free spot on the wall. Make sure the sheet is easily accessible and at the children’s eye level. Give each child a section and let them go to work drawing a picture that demonstrates an act of kindness. Note: The puppet show can give them some ideas. When they are done with their drawings, let the children describe what they have drawn. If the children are too young to do a complete drawing on their own, you may sketch a scene and let them color it, explaining to you what is happening.

Prayer

Pray together that each day in the upcoming week will be filled with kindness.

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

11. Goodness

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Materials Needed

  • one sheet of green construction paper
  • one sheet of red construction paper
  • eight small bowls (nontransparent)
  • tea towels
  • pieces of paper
  • pen
  • scissors
  • three good-tasting things to eat (small candies, cut up fruit, dried cereal)
  • three not-so-good-tasting things to eat (coffee grounds, salt, chopped onions)

Setting The Stage

It’s important for the whole family to learn to identify what goodness is so we can do it for others. Doing “goodness” means you do a good act that is not naturally easy to do but needs to be done with God’s help.

Project

Ahead Of Time:

Fill the six bowls, three of the bowls with good-tasting food and three of the bowls with not-so- good-tasting food. Then cut six circles, three out of the green sheet and three out of the red sheet.

Now:

Place the bowls in a row on the table. Give the children the red and green circles and have them place the circles in the appropriate places. A green circle means the food is good-tasting and a red circle means the food is not-so-good-tasting. Let them take a little taste of the food if they want to confirm their choices.

Next:

Have them close their eyes. Switch the order of the bowls and cover them with a tea towel. Have the children open their eyes and again try to place the circles in the appropriate spots, but this time it is a guessing game. See how many they get right. Let them play this game several times.

Lesson:

Point out to the children that it is much easier to identify what is good when the tea towel is off than when the tea towel is covering the dishes. Use this to illustrate that sometimes it is easy to see what is the good thing to do and sometimes it is hard.

Ahead Of Time:

Take the plain sheet of paper and cut the paper into strips. On each strip of paper write out the following good and not-so-good actions leaving out the word in the brackets.

  • You have a bag of candies and your sister would like to try one so you let her have a few. (green)
  • Your friend yells at you while you are playing so you tell him that it is time to go home. (red)
  • You are playing with a bunch of kids; one gets hurt and starts to cry. Everyone is looking at him cry. You go and get your favorite stuffed animal letting him hug it until he stops crying. (green)
  • You have been told to clean up your room. You go to your room and clean it up as fast as you can by pushing all the toys under your bed. (red)
  • You know of someone who is sick. You make a card for him or her and give it to the person to help them feel better. (green)

Bring out the two empty bowls and the strips of paper with the situations written on them. Place one of the green circles in front of one of the bowls and one of the red circles in front of the other empty bowl.

Now:

Explain to them that you are about to read a situation and they are to place the slip of paper in the green bowl if it is a good act and in the red bowl if it is a not-so-good act. As you read each slip, let the children take turns deciding into which bowl the paper should go. Some of the situations are harder to decide and may need to be discussed.

Lesson:

During the discussion remind them of the previous activity where when the tea towel covered the bowls it was harder to determine what was good and how this is also true in real life.

Song

“God Is So Good”

(original tune or chanting with a catchy beat)

God is so good, God is so good, God is so good, He’s so good to me.

Prayer

Ask God to help each of us find the opportunities to show goodness to other people.

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

12. Faithfulness

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Materials Needed

  • dolls (or stuffed animals)
  • large bowl (or empty trash can)
  • plastic food (or blocks)
  • one blank sheet of paper for each person (or coloring book)
  • crayons or markers
  • pen

Setting The Stage

Being faithful means we are diligent in doing an assigned task and are not easily distracted.

Project

Game: Set up the game following the diagram below.

  • The object of the game is for the feeder to get the plastic food into the bowl so the hungry dolls can eat their dinner.
  • The feeder must stay behind the imaginary line while trying to toss the food into the bowl.
  • While the feeder is tossing the food, the distracter lies on his/her back and waves his/her arms and legs in the air to try and stop the feeder from doing his/her job.
  • Let each person have a chance at being both the feeder and the distracter.
  • At the end of the game help the children understand how important it is for the feeder to be ‘faithful’ in doing his/her job; also how hard it is to do the job when someone is distracting you.

Drawing:

Sit down and share about some jobs that each one has to be faithful at doing. After a list has been made let each person choose one job to draw and color on a sheet of paper. Spend the next 5-10 minutes drawing and coloring. (Note: Another option is to go through a coloring book and rip out sheets of paper that have pictures of children or animals doing a job. Allow them to color and discuss the job being done.)

Discussion:

When the drawings are complete, discuss each picture deciding which things could easily distract or keep you from doing the job.

Prayer

Have the children create their own “prayer song” to God about being faithful in their chosen job. They can create their own tune and words and talk to God in this creative way.

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

13. Gentleness

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Materials Needed

  • deck of cards
  • raw eggs (or water balloons)

Setting The Stage

We need to learn to be gentle with people and things. Through the activities of this devotional your children will receive a better understanding of gentleness.

Project

1. Together create a song about gentleness. If the children are old enough let them make up their own words. If the children are too young to do this, use the following words to the tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.”

We need gentleness, we need it every day
The way we walk, the way we talk and
the way we play.

Practice the song together. Then get out your musical instruments (see Section One Making Music to God) and parade around the house singing your song on gentleness while playing your instruments.

2. Take the deck of cards and each take a turn adding a card to make a card house. The adult will have to start the process (see diagram). Constantly point out how gentleness is needed to build the house. Note: You may want to practice building one on your own first so you have the concept of how it works.

3. To continue the understanding of the principle of gentleness, move outside and have a raw egg or water balloon toss. Have a pair start by facing one another, standing close together. They will gently pass the egg or balloon from hand to hand. Keep emphasizing the need for gentleness. Slowly move them apart, continuing to toss the egg or balloon back and forth until it breaks. (Warn the child before hand that it could get messy. You may want them to wear their raincoats for this activity.)

4. Talk about how important gentleness was while doing the activities. Discuss how we need to also be gentle with people in the way we talk to them and treat them.

Prayer

Ask God for the ability to be gentle all the time.

Song

Sing your new gentleness song again using your musical instruments.

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

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.

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

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.

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