Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Sky Ranch Family Devotional…Hope in God’s Writing, with Stacy A. Davis ~ Bible Teacher and Sky Ranch Board Member

Family Fun Icebreaker: What gives you hope? 

Question: Why is God trustworthy?

Topic 3: Trust—God Wants You to Know Him 

Today’s Big Idea: Hope in God’s Writing

Share with your family that God is trustworthy because He wants you to know His heart and character. He has emotions like you do. He gives you His written Word to guide you and give you hope.
The questions give your family the opportunity to share about God’s trustworthiness because of His desire for you to know Him. He has provided, in writing, directions for helping you live life--the Holy Bible. If God didn’t care, He wouldn’t have written anything down for you; however, He does care and did give you written instruction that help you see His heart and read about His thoughts. All people were designed by God, and work in a similar way.
Everyone has good and bad experiences that lead to good and bad feelings. Feelings are normal and very real. Feelings have the power to give you amazing joy and deep despair. Talk to your family about thanking God for the good feelings and turning to God during the bad feelings. God designed you and knows the best way to help or encourage you.

Talk with God: Read scriptures and questions below.

Romans 15:4 (NIV): “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope.”
Psalm 130:5 (ESV): “I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope.”

Walk with God:

Discuss with younger kids: God loves you very much and knows that you will need extra help with how to live your life. God knew that you will have moments that you feel happy, excited and useful. Other times, you will feel sad, depressed or hopeless. All of these are normal feelings that everyone has and God gives instruction of how to handle all of it in scripture. What Bible verse has inspired you, or given you comfort, in your life?

Discuss with older kids: Recognizing God’s truth in your life can be a challenge. You often see it the most in the difficult moments. The good moments can be taken for granted. By now in your life, you have had painful moments. God uses those moments to strengthen you. What scripture has comforted you the most during those times? Why?

Prayer suggestion: Pray for God to show you hope in His word. 

I will be praying for you!

Stacy A. Davis, Author
Sky Ranch Family Devotionals 

© 2013 Stacy A. Davis, Inc. All rights reserved.

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