Hope Kids at Home: Week of Sept 17-23

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Question of the Week:  With God we can turn away from fear and trust Him instead!  How do you know that you can trust God?

Our God can do anything!  He is the strongest, the greatest, the biggest, the smartest, the very best!  He is the God of miracles, there is nothing too hard for Him!  He parted a sea so that His people could walk right through it, He can do anything!  We can trust Him because He knows everything and He can take care of everything.  Are you afraid at school? He knows and He will take care of you!  Are you worried about having friends?  He knows and He will take care of you!  Are you afraid of the dark?  He knows and He will take care of you!  You can trust Him!

Talk and pray together about trusting God with specific fears.  

Hope Kids at Home: Week of Sept 10-16

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Question of the Week:  We follow the God of miracles!  What is a miracle?

A miracle is something incredible and amazing that only God can do.  Miracles show us God's power and strength.  Miracles show us that God is in control and that He can do anything!  In the Old Testament, we read about many miracles when God led His people.  We get to live with hope because we follow the God of miracles!  That means our God can do anything!  He is in control!

Read 'God Makes a Way' in your Jesus Storybook Bible and talk about the way God used miracles to guide His people.

Hope Kids at Home: Week of August 27-September 2

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Question of the Week:  Love is really important to Jesus.  Do you think it is possible to love people you don't even know?  How could you do that at school this year?

Sometimes it can be easy to love people we know, especially when we know that they love us too.  However Jesus wants us to think bigger than that.  Jesus wants us to love everyone, even people we have never met!  How do we love them?  We show kindness, we help, we put others first, we tell them about the love of Jesus, and we show them how important they are to our King Jesus!  

Talk about the upcoming school year and try to plan two ways to love others this year.

Hope Kids at Home: Week of August 20-26

Question of the Week:  Jesus cares about our emotions!  He cares so much that He has given us exactly what we need for each emotion.  How do we receive help with our emotions?

When Jesus lives inside of us, we are filled with The Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is our Helper and will be there when we need to control our anger, calm down, help others, have patience, and show kindness.  He's there when we have joy and excitement too!  All that we need to do is to ask for help.  When we feel really upset, we ask for help!  When things feel out of control, we ask for help!  When something seems impossible, we ask for help!  When we ask The Holy Spirit, we will always receive help!

Pray together asking The Holy Spirit for help managing emotions.

Hope Kids at Home: Week of August 13-19

Question of the Week:  Jesus loves us so much that He will always be with us!  What does it mean to trust Jesus?

When we trust Jesus, we live in peace that He will take perfect care of us.  Instead of worrying about what will happen or becoming anxious when things don't go our way, we are filled with peace and calm because we know that we can trust Jesus!  When we trust Jesus, we know that His perfect love makes fear go away!  When we trust Jesus, we know that He will always show us His perfect love, even when we make mistakes!  When we trust Jesus, we choose to follow Him because we know that His way is the very best!

Talk with your child about any worries he/she may have and pray together thanking Jesus that He can be trusted.

Hope Kids at Home: Week of August 6-12

Question of the Week:  Have you ever tattled on someone, hoping that they will get into trouble?  What do you think Jesus has to say about tattling?

Sometimes it can be tempting to want to see someone else get into trouble when they do something wrong.  It can almost feel unfair if they don't get punished when we think they deserve it.  Jesus wants to change the way we think!  We all make the wrong choice sometimes and He always forgives us.  Instead of looking for opportunities to get others punished, He wants us to rejoice in His truth that we are forgiven!  How do we do that?  We forgive each other!  We remind each other how to follow Him!  Instead of saying, "I'm telling!", we can say, "I forgive you!".  

Talk with your child about how he/she can practice rejoicing in forgiveness when at school or at home.

Hope Kids at Home: Week of July 30-Aug 5

Question of the Week:  Jesus wants to help us manage our emotions!  How does He want to change our thinking when we feel frustrated? 

Jesus wants to turn our frustration into forgiveness!  What is your first response when you don't get what you want?  How do you feel when there is something you can't have or when someone does something you don't like?  It can be easy to feel frustrated when things do not go our way.  Jesus wants to help us so that our first response is forgiveness instead of frustration.  He wants to live in us and change our thinking so that instead of becoming angry right away when someone does something we don't like, we forgive them right away.  We can't do this on our own, we need Jesus to help us!

Pray together asking Jesus to help us to forgive quickly when we feel frustrated.

Hope Kids at Home: Week of July 16-22

Question of the Week: Jesus wants us to love with kindness that is so great it surprises others. Have you ever been surprised by someone's kindness?

Jesus' kindness changes lives! Remember the Good Samaritan? He showed great kindness to the man on the road. His kindness was not only helpful in saving the man's life, it was also surprising. Do you know why? The Samaritan and the man on the road were supposed to be enemies! The Good Samaritan was filled with so much love that showing kindness to the hurting man was more important than whatother people thought he should do. That's just like the love of Jesus! When we are filled with His love, then we show kindness to everyone, even when it may be surprising to those around us!

Talk about how you can surprise others with kindness together.