July 22 // Care for others.

Read Nehemiah 1:2-3 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: When is a time that you were sad for somebody else?

 

Parent Note: Nehemiah was sad because he knew people were living in the ruined city of Jerusalem. Sharing grief with others is a way to show that we love and care for them. Think about some ways that you have cared for others in need, or a time that you received help that you needed.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

God, thank You for being a God who cares about my troubles.
Please help me to show care for the people in my life who are hurting.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen. 

July 20 // 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 19 // Help with 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 18 // It takes courage.

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 17 // 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 16 // Love those 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 15 // 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 13 // Faith inspires others.

Read Daniel 6:26-27 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Daniel's faith inspired the king. How does his faith inspire you?

 

Parent Note: Daniel didn't stop worshiping God, even though it could have cost him his life. Daniel faced the lions with courage because he trusted God to save him. Daniel continuously did what was right, no matter what the consequences might be. Daniel's steadfast faith inspired the king to embrace the God of Israel as his own God.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You that you are powerful and good.
Thank You that you can protect us from anything we are afraid of.
Help us today to have the power, love, and self-control that You give to us.
We ask these things in in Jesus' name, Amen. 

July 12 // Knowing God is trusting Him.

Read Daniel 6:22 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: If you made an airplane, would you be confident flying it off of a cliff? 

 

Parent Note: If we studied what makes airplanes fly, applied that knowledge to the construction of our plane, and tested it out in a safer environment than a cliff, we could build confidence in our plane's ability to stay in the air. Daniel had a close relationship with God that he built over years of prayer. He studied Scripture and understood God's love and plans for him. Daniel was able to see God work in his life. Without that relationship, knowledge, and evidence, Daniel would not have entered the lions' den with the level of confidence described in this story. He knew God and trusted Him. Through prayer and reading Scripture, we can build a close relationship with God that will give us confidence to face any trial this life can hand us. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You for knowing me inside and out.
I know You made me because You want to be close to me.
Please help me to know You and trust You more each day.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen 

July 11 // God helps us help others.

Read Daniel 6:14 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Have you ever wanted to help someone but didn’t know how to help? 

 

Parent Note: The king, as powerful as he was, couldn’t figure out a way to keep Daniel out of the lions’ den. There was nothing he could do. When we find ourselves in situations in which we don’t know how to help someone in need, all we need to do is pray. We can pray for God to fix the situation, or we can pray for God to give us wisdom and direction on how to help the person. God will always help us help others. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You for helping me.
I know that You are there for me even before I ask.
Please help me to be there for others, the way that You are there for me.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen 

July 10 // God's laws are higher than man's laws.

Read Daniel 6:6-7 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: What would you do if a law made it illegal for you to tell your parent “I love you”?

 

Parent Note: That’s a ridiculous law! Just like worshiping God is always right, showing our love and appreciation for our parents and loved ones is always right. This new law told Daniel to do something that would cause him to disobey God. Daniel broke the law, but in this case, he did not sin. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You for caring for me.
I know that Your laws and ways are good for me.
Please help me to put Your will first in my life.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen 

July 9 // We are made to worship.

Read Daniel 6:10 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: How do you like to worship God?

 

Parent Note: Let your child think about their answer. If they get stuck, remind them that we can worship God in many ways, including singing, dancing, drawing, writing, and praying. 

 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You for being close to me.
I know that You’re always here with me, and You hear every prayer.
Please help me to worship You in every circumstance.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen 

July 8 // Choose to not be jealous.

Read Daniel 6:3-4 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Do you know someone who seems to be good at everything?

 

Parent Note: It can be discouraging to not be as good at things as someone else, and it is very easy to become jealous of their success. The officials in this story were jealous of Daniel’s successful work for the king. They decided that it would be easier to get rid of Daniel than to figure out why he was successful and try to change their ways to more closely align with how Daniel worked. When we encounter someone who is good at many things, we should look to see how they achieve their success. We should try to determine whether we can learn from them rather than become jealous. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You for the gifts and talents you freely give.
I know that You have made me to be special and unique.
Please help me celebrate not just how You blessed me, but how others are blessed as well.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen 

July 7 // Story Recap

BIBLE STORY:      

DANIEL & THE LIONS

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

DANIEL 6

 

KEY VERSE:    

“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” - 2 TIMOTHY 1:7

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

Like God rescued Daniel from the lions, He rescues us from sin through Jesus.

 

BOTTOM LINE:

God helps us do what is right.

July 6 // Let your light shine.

Read Daniel 3:28-29 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Have you ever seen someone act in faith in a way that affected how you believe? 

 

Parent Note: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to worship a false idol, and they walked into a fiery furnace believing that God would save them. Their faith blessed them, the king, and the others who witnessed it. When we act in faith, others see it, and our actions can bless those around us. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You for Your miracles.
I know that You want all people to be saved by having faith.
Please help me to be a shining light for You.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen

July 5 // Jesus has always been our Savior.

Read Daniel 3:25 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: How many people did the king say he saw in the furnace? Who do you think the fourth person was?

 

Parent Note: It was Jesus! Even before He was born and performed miracles as a human man, Jesus was our Savior! 

 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You for sending Jesus to be my Savior.
Even when I am afraid or don’t understand, I know that You’re right there with me.
Please make me brave, and help me to be faithful to You.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen

July 4 // Stand up for what is right.

Read Daniel 3:5-6 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Have you ever been afraid to stand up for what you know is right?

 

Parent Note: Even if they knew in their hearts that they weren't really worshiping this golden image, by bowing down to stay out of trouble, they would be saying that they didn't trust God to protect them. When we are tempted to sin, we can count on God to help us. 

 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You for protecting me.
I know that You are there to help me whenever I ask.
Please help me to do what is right, even when I am afraid.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen

July 3 // We should obey God.

Read Daniel 3:12-13 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Have you ever watched your friends do something you knew was wrong?

 

Parent Note: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had lived in a place where the people there did things they knew were wrong, but they refused to act like those around them. 

 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You for Your good laws and plans.
I know that Your plans are better than my own.
Please help me to do the right things, even if the people around me are doing wrong.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen