Life may seem strange these days, but God is still good, still powerful, and still loving.  

Below are some resources to help you as you lead your child into a greater understanding of how good, how powerful, and how loving God is--even in the midst of a broken world. 

For further reflection, and other practical ideas, on the spiritual formation of children in these times: https://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2020/may/20-ways-to-help-your-children-process-pandemic.html

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Lectio Divina - for kids!

 

All you need is a Bible, a passage of Scripture, and maybe a journal if your kids like to process through drawing!

Scripture: Read through, or listen to, the passage- What's happening?  Who are the people involved? 

Observation: Read the passage again- What was interesting in the passage?  What seemed strange in the passage? Did the Holy Spirit draw your attention to any particular word or phrase?

Application: Read the passage a final time- What did you learn?   What was God saying to you?  How can you apply this passage to your life?  How will you let it change you?

Prayer: Respond to God in prayer.  Ask God to help you apply the Scripture to your life.  

Breathe Prayer

Breath prayer has been practiced in the church for millennia. It helps the one praying to focus on God and His presence in all things; to focus on the fact that God is as close as our own breathe.  Just follow 3 simple steps:

  1. Choose a phrase.
    • It can be a Bible verse or as simple as a name for God and your request-- ie. Father, peace.
    • You could also choose a word for what you would like to receive (said on the inhale) and a word for what you would like to release (said on the exhale)--ie. Peace, Worry.
  2. Breathe.
    • On the inhale- think the first word, or first part of the phrase
    • On the exhale- think the second word, or latter part of the phrase
  3. Continue your prayer
    • For a set a time
    • Or until you feel more aware of God's presence
Prayer Walks

The next time you go outside for some sunshine and exercise, go on a prayerwalk around your neighborhood. Invite your kids to intentionally pray for your neighbors, by name if you know them, as you pass their homes. Ask God to help you see the needs around you and to help you think of ways you might meet those needs.

Sad and Angry Prayers

"During this season, when our kids are trying to figure out how to process missing their birthday party, a graduation, or class trip they’ve been looking forward to, it’s a good time to let them know that God can handle sad and angry prayers."

Check out this blog post for parents about the importance of sad and angry prayers: http://kidsandyouth.themeetinghouse.com/sad-and-angry-prayers/

Talking about the Bible

Here are some questions for kids that can be applied to most Bible passages to help them listen to God!  

1)    What does this story teach me about God or the gospel?

2)    What does the story teach me about myself?

3)    Are there any commands in this story to obey? How are they for God’s glory and my good?

4)    Are there any promises in this story to remember?

5)    How do they help me trust and love God?

6)    How does this story help me to live on mission better?

Play through the Bible

Children learn through play.  Here are 3 ideas to encourage them to play through the Bible.  These could be done after reading a story from the Bible, or as you tell them about the passage.

1)    Act out the story.  If you need more people, get your kids to include some stuffies!

2)    Draw the story—Comic Book Style

3)    Create the story—use playdough to create each scene of the story