Bible Reading:
Isaiah 7:13-14 Matthew 1:18-25

Key Verse:
Jeremiah 29:11
‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’.

Sometimes it seems as if our kids are on the wrong path. Sometimes they’re on the right path, but we just can’t see it because it’s so different from what we planned.

God isn’t surprised by any of it; he’s still working in your kids’ lives. God will show you, in time, just how perfect his plans are. Ask God to show you what he’s doing in the lives of your kids and what part you need to play in the plans God has for them.

Insight For Parents:
Set up a “Dream Board” somewhere in your home. Your Kitchen, family room or wherever it makes sense for your family. Ask your kids to share any big hopes or dreams they have and write or draw them on the board. Then ask them to list things they can ask God for to help them achieve those dreams. Encourage your kids to think through the long term effects of their dreams, and then pray together that God will reveal his plans for your children’s lives and give them the ability to fully trust God’s plans.

Faith Talk Starter:
Talk about a time you thought you knew the best plan, but things didn’t work out the way you thought they would. Maybe chose not to follow a map because you thought you knew where you was going, but you got lost instead. Or perhaps you accepted an offer for what you thought would be your dream job, but it ended up sapping your energy and taking away your family time. Encourage your kids to share examples of times their plans didn’t work out in the ways they envisioned either. Then as a family, talk about times it’s hard to trust God’s plans, and discuss what keeps you from trusting him in specific situations.

Prayer Starter:
“I know the plans I have for [YOUR KIDS NAMES],” declares the Lord. You may have your own plans for your child. Ask God to replace your plans with his plans.


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