Showing God’s love through a hug
Here is my final devotion of the five part series on ‘How to be a strong Christian’ for my kids, with the final one being on serving.
We spent quite a bit of time at the beginning reviewing the other four, and reinforcing the connection with each of their fingers. The first finger is prayer , the second is reading your Bible, third is dealing with sin, and the forth, attending church. My plan is that over the next weeks and months, I will remind them of these five important parts on how to be a strong Christian.
Then I spoke about serving, asked what they thought it meant, and shared how serving is helping others out, even when we don’t benefit ourselves. I read 1 Peter 4:10: Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.
And then taught them that when we serve others using the gifts God has given us, that we are actually sharing God’s wonderful love!
I asked my kids what gifts they had with my 6 year old boy sharing that he had a gift in finding bones (he is a junior palaeontologist!) and making campfires, my 3 year old boy shared that he was good at hugs (oh he so is)!! Then I issued them a challenge each, to come up with three things they could do over the next couple of days that serve others and show the love of God. We wrote up a list with boxes to tick when the task is complete, and what a list it is!! Not long after I finished the devotion, I was getting something from my bedroom when my 3 year old boy bursts in arms wide and gives me a wonderful hug! And in that act he served me and I really did feel God’s love.. wow.
I will be continuing to lead devotions with my kids and though I won’t be regularly posting them on this blog I am sure the will make an appearance from time to time.
God bless ya!
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Yahweh’s Yarn in a Year : 1 year Bible reading plan
The portion for the next two days is: Jeremiah 12-16
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