Image-Reflecting: Life is not about having everything go perfectly.
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
“Don’t try to get out of anything prematurely.” (James 1: 2-18)
The Bible does not guarantee a life without hardships. In the Bible, James is saying that when problems and difficulties come that they should be considered blessings. When hard times come in life, God’s working to help turn bad things into good things. God’s not punishing you, and it’s not bad luck. Just hang in there and keep doing the hard stuff, because there’s something happening inside that you may not be able to see. The hard things in life help your faith to become mature, grown up. And when you do the hard work, when you hang in there, God makes you ready for whatever he has ahead for you.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. When are Olivia and Roger getting married?
A. They are getting married this Saturday.
Q. What do Julia and Lucille want to give as a wedding present?
A. They want everyone do the work for free.
Q. To get Spike to help, what did the gang have to promise him?
A. Spike wants to go canoeing with Liz, and Spike gets three pieces of chocolate cake.
Q. With which teacher do Chamy and her parents have to meet?
A. Mr. Robinson is the History teacher.
Q. Name some bad things that happened at the wedding.
A. Julia made the punch too early. Julia’s computer died. Chamy can’t come. Cynthia’s daughter is not feeling too well, and Lucille went to babysit. The cake fell. The pastor couldn’t come. The older pastor fainted. A storm came. Power outage happened.
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.
Read Romans 8: 38 and 39, and list all the things that cannot separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38,39 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
God is with us. Things in life or even death itself can’t separate us from God. Nothing in heaven or hell can pull us away from God. No earthly king or leader can push God away. Nothing in the present or the future should make us think that God isn’t there.