Posts Tagged ‘ Christmas ’

Jesus is Born

Bible Reading:
Luke 2:1-20; Hebrews 1:1-4

Key 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.’

Enjoy your holiday traditions and festivities this week. As you celebrate, hold fast to the tremendous importance of Jesus’ birth.

No matter what you think of Christmas, when you make Jesus the focus, it becomes the best holiday ever. Is Christmas a happy time for you family? Jesus’ presence will increase your joy. Is Christmas a sad time for your family? Jesus can fill the void you feel at this time of year. Whatever you do during this season, work hard to make Christ the real focus of your family’s Christmas. Jot down some ideas for keeping Jesus first, and then ask Jesus to help you put those ideas into motion. Write down your ideas and prayers.

Insight For Parents:
Have your kids create before-and-after pictures on paper figures that look like a person. On the front, then ca use pictures or write words to show what life is like without Jesus. On the back have them show waht life is like with Jesus. You can use your own figure to get the conversation started and help you child think it through.

Faith Talk Starter:
Talk with you kids about a time someone forgave you even though you didn’t deserve it. Explain to your kids how you reacted to being forgiven and how that impacted your relationship with that person. Then talk with you kids about the forgiveness God offers each of us through Jesus even though we’ve done nothing to deserver it. Discuss ways your family can begin to share with people God has placed in your life the exciting news of Jesus’ birth and the salvation he brings.

Prayer Starter:
Pray that Christmas sees the start of something new for your family. Ask God to reveal more of who he is to each of your children during this season. Write down specific prayers for your kids.

An Angel Appears to Joseph

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.