July 26 // God is with us in suffering.

Read Jeremiah 38:6 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: Has someone ever caused you pain?

 

Parent Note: This doesn't have to mean physical pain; it can refer to emotional pain. Remind your child that when this happens, they are not alone. God is always with us; He sees our suffering. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear God, thank You for always being with me.
I know that You love me, and never leave my side.
Please help me feel comforted when I’m facing trouble.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

July 25 // We should share God's Word.

Read Jeremiah 38:4 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: What do you think the saying “Don’t kill the messenger” means?

 

Parent Note: These officials wanted to have Jeremiah killed because he passed on a message from God. It wasn't Jeremiah's fault that the people were going to be punished for their faithlessness. But because he was the one God appointed to call them out for their sins, they placed the blame on Jeremiah. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear God, thank You for sharing Your Word with me.
Please help me to stand up for You, even when others are against me.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

July 24 // Doing what is right isn't always easy.

Read Jeremiah 38:2-3 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: Have you ever had to give someone bad news?

 

Parent Note: It's not easy or fun to be the bearer of bad news. Jeremiah's job was to warn people of destruction and death, which meant that neither he, nor his message, were welcome; however, because God had called him to this, Jeremiah obeyed and gave the message to those who needed to hear it. 

 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear God, thank You for sharing Your Truth with us.
You’re an honest and just God, and I know that I can trust You.
Please give me the courage to be faithful, even in the middle of troubles.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

July 23 // Story Recap

BIBLE STORY:      

JEREMIAH & THE CISTERN

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

JEREMIAH 38

 

KEY VERSE:    

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” - JAMES 1:22

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

Like Jeremiah, Jesus served God no matter what.

 

BOTTOM LINE:

When we hear from the Lord, we should do as He says. 

July 22 // We should trust God when we don't understand.

Read Job 38:1-3 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: If God is in charge of everything, couldn't He have stopped Job's suffering? 

 

Parent Note: Yes, God could have stopped Job's suffering. Job complained to God that He was wrong to deal so harshly with him. As God explained to Job, He created everything. He sees everything. He is in control of everything. He does not need to explain His decisions to anyone. When we face difficult situations, the only explanation we can expect to get or understand is that God has His reasons, and they are good. We must trust that God knows what He is doing. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

Dear Lord, thank You for being good.
I know that You have great plans for me.
Please help me to be patient, and to accept that You are God and You know best.
In Jesus’s name, amen.

July 21 // Worship God no matter what.

Read Job 2:9 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: Have you ever had a friend encourage you to do something you knew was wrong?

 

Parent Note: Job’s wife was angry that Job was still worshipping God after everything that happened. Sometimes in life we will have friends who try to encourage us to turn away from God. We should follow Job’s example and worship God no matter what.

 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear Lord, thank You for being with me.
Even when things are hard, I know that You still love me.
Please help me to worship and be thankful,  even when it’s hard.
In Jesus’s name, amen.

July 20 // Everything we have belongs to God.

Read Job 1:20 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: How would you react if you lost your most favorite possession? 

 

Parent Note: We likely would be very sad. Worshiping God may not be something we think of immediately, but it should. The only reason we had it in the first place is because God blessed us with it. 

 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

Dear Lord, thank You for all that You have given me.
I know that that everything I have is from You.
Please help me to worship You, no matter what my circumstances are.
In Jesus’s name, amen.

July 19 // God is with us in hard times.

Read Job 1:13-19 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: Think back to the last bad day you had. Was it as bad as what Job experienced? 

 

Parent Note: Hopefully, none of us has ever experienced a day anywhere nearly as bad as Job's. Many stories in the Bible can offer us perspective, meaning, by comparison, things we face on a day-to-day basis really aren't that bad. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

Dear Lord, thank You for all that You’ve done for me.
Even when things are difficult, I know that you’re with me.
Help me to be focused on the blessings You’ve given me.
In Jesus’s name, amen.

July 18 // God knows everything.

Read Job 1:9-12 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: Have you ever made a deal that you knew you would win?

 

Parent Note: The deal Satan made with God regarding Job was foolish. God knows everything present, past, and future. God knows how Job was going to react to everything, just as He knew that Satan would present this plan.

 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

Dear Lord, thank You for my life.
You are all-knowing, and I trust Your plans for me.
Help me to be satisfied with what You set before me.
In Jesus’s name, amen.

July 17 // We should be content.

Read Job 1:2 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: Most would say Job lived the "good life." What would the "good life" include for you? 

 

Parent Note: Maybe it would mean having a cool bike or all the video games we could ever want. While prosperity is not promised to everyone who loves God, He blesses everyone who loves and obeys Him. We may not have every material possession we’ve ever wanted, but God has blessed us in other ways. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

Dear Lord, thank You for all that You’ve given me.
I know that Your ways are best, and I trust You with all that I have.
Teach me to be content with all You’ve given me.
In Jesus’s name, amen.

July 16 // Story Recap

BIBLE STORY:      

JOB

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

THE BOOK OF JOB

 

KEY VERSE:

"And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast." - 1 PETER 5:10

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

Like Job, Jesus honored God in times of trouble.

 

BOTTOM LINE:

God is in control.

July 15 // We have nothing to fear.

Read John 10:29 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: Have you ever been too afraid to trust God?

 

Parent Note: Even though Haman had evil plans to hurt God’s people, Queen Esther knew that God was on her side. The evil plans of men will never defeat the plans God has for those who love Him.

 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear God, You rescued Esther and protected a whole nation of people because You are loving and merciful. Help us to rest in Your protection and to be brave for You.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen. 

July 14 // We should ask God for help with our decisions.

Read Esther 7:5 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: When playing a board game, have you ever made a move you wished you could take back? 

 

Parent Note: When playing games, we often fixate on a good move and fail to see that it makes us vulnerable to attack from our opponents. The king made a mistake by trusting Haman and not looking into the consequences of this plan. Once the king made and sent out his edict, there was nothing he could do to take it back. 

 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear Lord, thank You for giving me grace.
I know that even if I make mistakes, You’ll always forgive me.
Please help me to make wise choices.
In Jesus’s name, amen.

July 13 // It takes courage to do what is right.

Read Esther 5:7-8 out loud with your family.

Q: Have you ever stood up to a bully?

 

Parent Note: Esther found herself in a position that allowed her to do something other Jews could not do. Going in to talk to the king would put her in danger, but it was a risk she felt was her duty. 

 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear Lord, thank You for caring for Your people.
Just like You protected Esther and the Israelites, I know that You will protect me too.
Please help me to be brave to stand up for my faith.
In Jesus’s name, amen.

July 12 // God has us here for a reason.

Read Esther 4:7-8 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: How would you get tickets to a sold-out concert or sporting event? 

 

Parent Note: If it’s sold out, we’d have to know someone who has tickets or access to the place where the event is being held. Without that kind of connection, we wouldn’t be able to attend. Mordecai had a connection within the palace—his niece, Esther. Through her, he could alert the king to Haman’s evil plan to wipe out all of the Jewish people. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

Dear Lord, thank You for Your pans for me!
I know that my home, my family, and all that I have was perfectly chosen by You.
Please help me to use these blessings to honor You.
In Jesus’s name, amen.

July 11 // We should love people who are different.

Read Esther 3:8-9 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: What was Haman’s plan really meant to do?

 

Parent Note: Haman wanted to get rid of all of the Jewish people. If you refused to be friends with someone just because they were different from you, you’d be missing out on friendships with a lot of cool people! We aren’t going to always agree with people and like all the same things, and that is okay. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear Lord, thank You for making me.
You’re a loving God and I know You have a purpose for me.
Please help me to love others the way that You love them.
In Jesus’s name, amen.

July 10 // Facing persecution.

Read Esther 2:10 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: Have your ever had to keep a secret?

 

Parent Note: The Jews were living as exiles in Persia, and many of the Persians hated Jewish people. It would have been dangerous for the king to find out that Esther was Jewish, so Mordecai encouraged her to stay quiet. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

Dear Lord, thank You for protecting me.
Please help me to have courage like Queen Esther.
In Jesus’s name, amen.

July 9 // Story Recap

BIBLE STORY:      

ESTHER

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

BOOK OF ESTHER

 

KEY VERSE:    

“My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all]; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.”- JOHN 10:29

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

Like Esther, Jesus sought to save God’s people.

 

BOTTOM LINE:

God gives us courage.

July 8 // God answers prayers.

Read John 14:14 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: Do you believe that God will answer your prayers?

 

Parent Note: Sometimes God answers our prayers with “yes”, “no”, or “not right now”. Nehemiah asked God for help, and God answered with a yes. Even if we don’t get the answer we want, we can trust that He knows best.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

Dear Lord, thank You that prayer works.
Thank You for the Bible and its many examples of answered prayers.
Help us to believe and to build a strong prayer life like Nehemiah.
We ask these things in Jesus' name, Amen.

July 7 // We should know God's Word.

Read Nehemiah 8:1 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: Why do you think Ezra read the Law of Moses to the people?

 

Parent Note: The people had fallen into sin and forgotten God’s Word. Ezra read them the Law to remind them of the God they served. We should also spend time in God’s Word to keep us from falling into temptation.

 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

God, thank You for the bible.
Please help me to know Your Word and to make it a part of my life.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.