May 20 // Story Recap

BIBLE STORY:      

SAMSON

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

JUDGES 13-16

 

KEY VERSE:    

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. - Ephesians 6:10

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

Like God used Samson to deliver His people from their enemies, He sent Jesus to deliver us from sin.

 

BOTTOM LINE:

God is our Deliverer.

May 19 // Boaz redeems Ruth.

Read Ruth 4:3 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: There is only one blueberry muffin left, and you and your friend reach for it. How do you decide who gets it? 

 

Parent Note: The easiest way is to determine who really wants it most. That is what Boaz did with this other male relative. He brought Ruth to this relative’s attention and asked if he would be interested in marrying her. He didn’t hide this information, he was honest. Boaz loved Ruth, but he didn’t let his love for her make him do something foolish.  

 

 Pray this out loud together:

Dear Lord, thank you that Boaz was a redeemer for Ruth.
I know that You are a God of redemption.
Help me to love others the way that You love me.
We ask these things in Jesus' name, Amen.

May 18 // God provides.

Read Ruth 2:2 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Why do you think hand-me-down clothing might be useful?

Parent Note: The clothes are still good, so continuing to use them is a way to save money and reduce waste. Similarly, gleaning was a way to reduce waste and care for the less fortunate. Gleaning was something done during the harvest. The reapers would go through the fields of wheat and collect the cut stalks, but some of the spears of grain would fall from the bundles. The gleaners would follow the reapers through the fields and collect the fallen grain. This practice allowed the less fortunate to get wheat that they could not afford to buy. 

 

Pray this out loud together:

Dear Lord, thank you for providing me with everything I need.
I know that everything I have is a gift from You.
Help me to provide for others when they are in need.
We ask these things in Jesus' name, Amen

May 17 // What's in a name?

Read Ruth 1:20 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

 Q: If you could change your name, what would you change it to? 

 

Parent Note: In Hebrew, the name Naomi means “pleasantness.” After her husband and both of her sons were dead, Naomi didn’t see much pleasantness in her life, so she asked everyone to call her Mara, which means “bitter.”  

 

Pray this out loud together:

Dear Lord, thank you for knowing my name.
I know that You know me better than I could even know myself.
Help me to see myself and others the way that You see me.
We ask these things in Jesus' name, Amen.

May 16 // Going home.

Read Ruth 1:6 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: How would you react if you spent the night at your friend’s house, and he asked if you wanted to stay forever?  

 

Parent Note: It might be fun for a little bit, but after a while, we would start to miss our own home, our family, our rooms, and all of our stuff. There is a level of comfort we can find only at home. Naomi had lived in Moab for 10 years. After her husband and sons died, she just wanted the comfort of home—a place where she knew the people, the language, and their God.   

 

Pray this out loud together: 

Dear Lord, thank you for giving me a home.
I know that You put me in this place at this time for a reason.
Help me to remember that my real home is with You in heaven.
We ask these things in Jesus' name, Amen

May 15 // Family is a gift.

Read Ruth 1:7 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Why do you think brides in China wear red instead of white?   

 

Parent Note: In Chinese culture, white is typically used at funerals and is a color of mourning, but red is the color of celebration. While red often is a color used at celebrations in America, white is used for decorations and dresses at weddings. This is just one small example of how cultures can be different. In addition, women’s roles and responsibilities are different between cultures and have changed over time, too. At the time of this story, women typically were not educated and were not allowed to have jobs. So when their fathers or husbands died, they were left without a way to provide for themselves. Women had to rely on their extended family members to survive. This is what happened to Naomi, Ruth, and Orpah. 

 

Pray this out loud together:

Dear Lord, thank you for family.
I know that they are a blessing You use to take care of me.
Help me to be a blessing to my family like they are to me.
We ask these things in Jesus' name, Amen.

May 14 // All from God.

Read Ruth 1:1 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: How long do you think you could survive on the food that is currently in your house? 

Parent Note: While this is a rhetorical question for us, it was a very real question for the people of Israel at this time. What they had was all that there was. There was no food to be had from their own gardens or to buy from anyone else. If they wanted to survive, people had to move out of the famine-affected area. 

 

Pray this out loud together:

Dear Lord, thank you for the food I have to eat.
I know that everything I have is a gift from You.
Help me to appreciate all You have given me.
We ask these things in Jesus' name, Amen.

May 13 // Story Recap

BIBLE STORY:      

RUTH & NAOMI

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

RUTH 1-4

 

KEY VERSE:

"Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God." - RUTH 1:16

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

Like Boaz redeemed Ruth, Jesus redeems us from sin.

 

BOTTOM LINE:

We are redeemed through Jesus.

May 12 // Be confident in God.

Read Judges 6:17 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: If God asked you to do something terrifying, what kind of convincing and reassuring would you need? 
 

Parent Note: Gideon asked God if He was sure He was asking the right guy, and even after God told him that He would be with him and give him strength, Gideon asked for a sign—and then two more signs, just to be absolutely sure. It finally clicks that if God has the power to accomplish all of the signs that he asked for, He surely is capable of holding up His end of the bargain: being with him, providing him with strength, and giving the enemy into his hand.  

 

Pray this out loud together: 

Dear Lord, even though we are weak, we know You are strong.
Thank You for being our strength.
Help us to find courage to answer Your call like Gideon did.
We ask these things in Jesus' name, Amen. 

May 11 // When I am weak, then I am strong.

Read 2 Corinthians 12:10 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: How is it possible to be weak and strong at the same time?

 

Parent Note: Gideon started with an army of 32,000 men, and God dwindled it down to 300. Even though they didn’t have strength in soldiers, God helped Gideon’s army win the battle. True strength comes from depending on God.

 

Pray this out loud together:

 

Dear God, thank You for being enough

You are a strong God, and Your strength is all I need

Please help me to remember that when I am weak, You make me strong

In Jesus’s name, amen

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May 10 // God gets the glory.

Read Judges 7:2 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: When is it difficult for your to trust God?

 

Parent Note: God knew that if He let Gideon take the whole army that people would forget to depend on God. Sometimes we have to do things that are scary or uncomfortable to remind us to depend on God’s strength alone.

 

Pray this out loud together:

 

Dear God, thank You for Your perfect plan

You are a strong and trustworthy God

Please help me to depend on Your strength, and not mine

In Jesus’s name, amen

May 9 // God gives us courage.

Read Judges 6:25-27 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Do you think it is harder to stand up for what is right to a close friend or a bully?

 

Parent Note: When Gideon tore down the altar that his father built, he was making a statement to his family and everyone else who worshiped these false gods. Gideon was so nervous about doing this, he did it at night when no one would see him.

 

Pray this out loud together:

 

Dear God, thank You for giving me courage

You are a Good Father who helps me to do what is right

Please help me to stand up for what’s right

In Jesus’s name, amen

May 8 // We are important to God.

Read Judges 6:15 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: When was a time when you didn’t think you were smart enough, brave enough, or good enough to do something?

 

Parent Note: Gideon didn’t think he was important enough to be used by God, but God had other plans. God wants to use you, and His plans always succeed.

 

Pray this out loud together:

 

Dear God, thank You for letting me be a part of your plan

You are a faithful God whose ways are always perfect

Please help me to trust and obey Your plan for my life

In Jesus’s name, amen

May 7 // God is always with us.

Read Judges 6:13 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: How can we trust God when bad things happen?

 

Parent Note: Gideon worried that because many bad things had happened, God was not with him anymore. God reminded Gideon that He was still with him, and would help him succeed. With God on our side, we have nothing to fear.

 

Pray this out loud together:

 

Dear God, thank You for always being with me

You are a good God who always tells the truth

Please help me to trust You in the good times and the bad times

In Jesus’s name, amen

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May 5 // God keeps promises.

Read Psalm 34:9 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: What are some of God’s promises that can give us confidence to obey Him? 

 

Parent Note: God promises to those who respect and fear him that he will provide for their every need. We can bring all of our worries to God and lay them at His feet, knowing that He is bigger and stronger than all of our troubles.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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


Dear Lord Jesus, please help us to remember your promises and courageously go about the day knowing you are with us, and that nothing in the whole wide world can stand against the power of your word.
Help us to remember the promises you have made to us in the Bible, so that we can stand strong in every situation.
We pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen. 

May 4 // God hears us.

Read Joshua 10:12 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Why did Joshua ask for the miracle in front of all of Israel? 

 

Parent Note: He asked for the miracle in front of all of Israel so they would see that God was with them, heard their prayers, and answered them. It was a great confidence builder. While we may not see such miracles, God is with us. He hears our prayers, and He answers them. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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


Dear Lord thank You for hearing my prayers.
I know I can come to You with anything.
Help me to have courage.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

May 3 // God won't fail.

Read Joshua 10:9-10 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: What is the most tired you have ever been?

 

Parent Note: The Israelites won the battle against five armies after marching all night. They knew that, with God on their side, they would not fail.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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


Dear Lord thank You for giving me strength.
I know I won’t fail with You on my side.
Help me to not be afraid.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

May 2 // Don't be afraid.

Read Joshua 10:8 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: What is one thing you are afraid to try? 

 

Parent Note: It’s not unusual to be afraid when we try something new. Joshua knew that God was on his side, and because of that he would not fail. When we are afraid of something bad happening, we can trust that God knows our fears and is always with us when we need Him.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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


Dear Lord thank You for being with me.
I know You will protect me and comfort me in any situation.
Help me to obey You, even if I am afraid.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen. 

May 1 // Keep your word.

Read Joshua 10:6 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: If someone tricked you into something, would you be willing to put yourself in danger to help that person? 

 

Parent Note: Even though the Gibeonites had tricked him in the past, Joshua chose to honor their peace treaty and help defend them against the Amorites. Even if other people don’t stick to their word, we should do our best to keep ours.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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


Dear Lord thank You for always keeping Your promises.
I know that You will always do what You say.
Help me to be brave enough to stand up for others, like the Joshua did for the Gibeonites.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.