Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Teach Intentionally..."Family Time…God gives", with Stacy Davis ~ Bible Teacher and Sky Ranch Board Member

Family Time…God gives

Every good and perfect gift comes from above. (James 1:17).This month's topic is focused on God as our Provider and part of providing is giving. God gives to you and me. His gifts are very similar to how a parent gives to their own child, but it is even better than anything a parent can do. God has the ability to know everything including your heart and mind. He is constantly developing and changing you based on His knowledge of your needs. He can give you the gift of an experience that trains and shapes you so that you will be able to perform well above anything that you had ever dreamed. Sometimes He also gives gifts as a blessing in your life and He understands much more than you even understand about the exact gift to bring you joy.
As a Mom, I have noticed that family pets can bring joy or tears depending on the disposition of the pet. We have had good and bad ones. After a series of bad pets, I finally concluded to pray before picking the next one and asking for God to pick the animal for us. He sent us a Shi Tzu puppy that looked like a guinea pig and was not what we expected.  I was also concerned that she would be a high maintenance yap dog, but she has turned out to have the sweetest personality and has been one of our favorite pets. God knew what our family needed and sent her to us...but it was important that we asked for His help! We are so thankful!  As a result, our family has learned to ask God's opinion and thankfully accept what He sends...our Father really does know best!
This week in your family time, I would encourage you to prepare by praying for your family and asking God to reveal how accepting your family is of the gifts that God provides for you.  When you recognize God’s blessing in your lives, how do you respond? How often do you acknowledge God's wisdom in His choice of gifts? Do you spend time discussing all that God has done for you? Recognize Him in the family time this week and spend time giving Him the credit. Also, share about a time that a gift or blessing in your life turned out to be better than you expected.
Do you have questions or need prayer for your family? Email me at SkyMoms@skyranch.org.
I will be praying for you! 
Stacy A. Davis
Teach Intentionally
This week we are in the 10th  Month Topic and 3rd Family Time (or page  87) of the Sky Ranch Devotional “Open Your Eyes”…
Family Time 3:
Month 10 Topic:  God is my Provider…Giving
Talk with God: Read…Matthew 7:11, Genesis 22:14
~ Matthew 7:11  If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Father who is in Heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!”
  • Who is evil, according to Matt 7:11?
  • In Matt 7:11, how do we receive good gifts from our Father?
~ Genesis 22:14  And Abraham called the name of that place ‘The Lord Will Provide,’ as it is said to this day, “In the mount of the Lord it will be provided.”
  • In Gen 22:14, who named the place of provision ‘The Lord Will Provide’?
Walk with God: Discuss… Do you consider yourself evil?  What do you think God meant by this term?  Parents, discuss the joy you feel when you give your children gifts.  Kids, how do you feel to receive them?  It’s been said that Heaven is full of gifts (remember, yesterday’s Scripture said Christ Jesus has riches!) just waiting to be bestowed upon us! Do we boldly go before God and ask for the desires of our heart?  Sometimes all we need to do is ask.  What have you asked God for lately, and has He answered your prayer?
Family Time 3: 
Leader Answers:
  • We are evil! (sinners)
  • Ask
  • Abraham
  • Discussion ideas:  Evildoers are sinners who are preoccupied with doing evil/wrong.  We are all sinners and we still have redeeming qualities. 
Prayer suggestion… Thank God for providing for your needs.  Thank Him for allowing you to provide for your family.  
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