Liz Miserables


Justice Seeking. Being positive when things are negative


Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.

2 Corinthians 4:17

For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!


In this episode, Liz is having a really bad week. He loses Grandpa's antique coin, he gets a cold, he fails a big test, and then Skink finds the coin and claims it is his. Liz is miserable. But when he finally confesses his loss to Grandpa, Grandpa offers a different perspective on all his troubles. Grandpa explains that God allows problems into our lives to help us grow and to prepare us for heaven. This is not always a welcome message when we are miserable. But it is a biblical truth that can help when nothing seems to go our way.


How well did you listen to the story?

Q. Who is on the coin that Grandpa gave?
A. Max Criterion

Q. What was Liz playing when he lost the coin?
A. Kickball

Q. Who found the coin?
A. Skink

Q. What famous saying did Skink use so that he could keep the coin?
A. "Finders keepers. Losers Weepers."

Q. Who gave the coin back to Liz?
A. Miss Wattle


This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.


Reflect on a time when a bad thing happened to you, to your family, or to a friend. This might be very hard, depending on what you chose, but explain how good things came from that bad thing. 


There might be no easy answer here. Every day God can bless us, and some days it is very difficult for us to find a blessing in the midst of difficult times. John 14: 27 speaks to troubles, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."


Do you know someone who is having a bad day? Encourage that person with a kind word, your smile or an action that shows that you care. And do it now!
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