July 14 // Trust God no matter what.

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 13 // 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 12 // Everything we have is God's.

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 10 // 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 9 // 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 8 // 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 7 // 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 6 // 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 5 // 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 4 // 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 3 // 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 2 // 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 1 // 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.

June 30 // 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.

June 29 // 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.

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June 28 // God will help.

Read Nehemiah 2:17-18 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Think about something you had to do for the first time- how was it difficult?

 

Parent Note: When making something we've never made before, we usually want the assistance of someone with experience or instructions. Before taking on this task, Nehemiah prepared and tested food for the king. He had never built a wall before! But, with the help of God and the Israelites still living in Jerusalem, Nehemiah knew he could do it. 

 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

God, thank You for being my Helper.
Please teach me to know Your voice so that I can obey your plans for me.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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June 27 // God wants us to act.

Read Nehemiah 2:17 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Have you ever visited or seen pictures of the ruins of ancient cities? 

 

Parent Note: Most of us have at least seen photos of ruins. Most of these cities have been abandoned and in ruins for centuries. Nehemiah returned to Jerusalem about 70 years after the city was destroyed, and people were still living there. Nehemiah came to change that. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

God, thank You for my home and my family.
Please help me to be grateful for the blessings You’ve given me, and to use them to honor You.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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June 26 // Be thoughtful of others.

Read Nehemiah 2:2 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: How can you tell if someone is sad?

 

Parent Note: Besides seeing someone cry, it is possible to tell if someone is sad. There are some vague signs that can help tip us off, such as suddenly becoming more quiet than usual and the expressions on their faces. When we see a friend who seems sad, we should ask if they would like to talk about it or ask if there is anything we can do to help. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

God, thank You for being a God who is thoughtful and caring.
Please help me to be thoughtful and caring for the people around me.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

June 25 // 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.