May 26 // 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 25 // God gives us signs.

Read Judges 6:17-22 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Has God ever given you a sign?

 

Parent Note: When we pray and ask for wisdom or for confirmation, often we will see something that sets our hearts at peace. It is important that we are able to distinguish whether it is a sign or if we are reading into something that isn't really there. Looking to Scripture, appealing to God for wisdom, and listening for the Holy Spirit's guidance is a sure bet. 

 

Pray this out loud together:

 

Dear God, thank You for loving me

You are a great God who wants the best for me

Please give me the wisdom to understand and obey

In Jesus’s name, amen

May 24 // God gives us the courage to do what's right.

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 23 // 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 22 // 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

May 20 // When God speaks, we obey.

 

Read 1 Samuel 3:11-18 out loud with your child.

 

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

 

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

 

Parent Note: Sometimes it’s hard to hear the truth. God told Samuel to give Eli a message about his wicked sons, and Samuel obeyed Him. Psalm 27:6 saysthis:

 

“Wounds from a friend can be trusted. But an enemy kisses you many times.”

 

This means that real friends tell each other the truth, even when it’s hard.

 

Pray this out loud together:

 

Dear God, thank You for being a God of Truth

Please help me to have courage, and to obey you even when it seems hard

In Jesus’s name, amen

May 19 // God still speaks.

Read 1 Samuel 3:10 out loud with your child.

 

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

 

Q: In what ways does God still speak to us?

 

Parent Note: God speaks to us, and we can learn to recognize His voice by having regular conversation with Him through prayer and reading His Word.

 

Pray this out loud together:

 

God, thank You for hearing my prayers

You love me, and You know my heart

Help me to hear and know Your voice

In Jesus’s name, amen

May 18 // God wants to speak to us.

Read 1 Samuel 3:1-10 out loud with your child.

 

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

 

Q: How you think God has spoken to you?

 

Parent Note: As we develop our relationships with God, we will be able to recognize His voice. He is listening to us, and if we train our ears, we will hear Him respond. 

 

Pray this out loud together:

 

Dear God, thank You for giving us Your Word

You’re a Good Father who wants to talk to His children

Please help me to learn to recognize Your voice

In Jesus’s name, amen

May 17 // We can pray anytime about anything.

Recap the story of Hannah in 1 Samuel 1:1-11 together with your child.

 

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

 

Q: What are times when you pray? 

 

Parent Note: Imagine never worrying about anything- it seems impossible! We all have worries.

We should turn our worries into prayers. When you are worried or sad, stop and pray.

 

Pray this out loud together:

 

Dear God, thank You for hearing my prayers

I know that You are mighty and powerful, and that You care about me!

Help me to trust You with all of my worries and fears

In Jesus’s name, amen

May 16 // We can trust God with our emotions.

Read 1 Samuel 1:6-10 out loud with your child.

 

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

 

Q: Think about the last time that you were very upset or very angry. How did you behave?

 

Parent Note: Anger, rage, and jealousy are destructive emotions. They show a lack of faith that God loves us and is in control. We should not worry; instead, we should trust in God, giving ourselves to Him for His use and safe keeping.

 

Pray this out loud together:

 

Dear God, please help me to trust that You are in control

You’re a good God, and you care about how I feel

Thank you for loving me the way that you do

In Jesus’s name, amen

May 15 // We can pray when we're sad.

Read 1 Samuel 1:1-11 out loud with your child.

 

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

 

Q: What kinds of things comfort you when you’re sad? 

 

Parent Note: Hannah was sad because she wanted to have a baby. It’s okay to feel sad sometimes (even Jesus felt sadness!), but we can celebrate the comfort and hope that comes from knowing that one day we will get to spend forever with Jesus.

 

Pray this out loud together:

 

Dear God, You are the Great Comforter

Thank you for knowing and caring about how I feel

Please help me to trust the promises that You’ve made to me

In Jesus’s name I pray, amen