February 5 // Fill the earth.

Read Genesis 11:4 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Would you rather live next door to your best friend or in a city in another state? 

 

Parent Note: It would be much easier to see our best friend if we lived next door to each other. This is pretty much what the people living in this area thought. Living near other people would make it easier for them to trade, they would have people nearby that they could be friends with, and together, they could offer each other protection. Even though God had told the people to multiply and populate the entire earth, the people decided that they didn’t want to do that. They were disobeying God. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You for our world.
This big earth is a testament to Your power and creativity.
Help me to use the earth in a way that honors You.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

February 4 // Where would you go?

Read Genesis 11:1-2 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: If you could move to any city in the world, where would it be and why?  

 

Parent Note: The people living at the time of this story chose this area because they could grow crops and be with other people.  

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You for the world and the people You have made.
Help me to love others the way that You do.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

February 3 // Story Recap

BIBLE STORY:      

THE TOWER OF BABEL

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

GENESIS 11:1-9

 

KEY VERSE:    

“For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” - LUKE 14:11

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

Like God punished the people’s pride at the Tower of Babel, Jesus taught people to be humble. 

 

BOTTOM LINE:

God wants us to honor Him.

February 2 // The rainbow is a promise.

Read Genesis 9:15 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Why did God decide that He would never again wipe out humanity with a flood? 

 

Parent Note: There would be no need to do this again. Yes, people are sinful, and the world would become filled with evil people again, but God wouldn’t need to wipe out everyone again because He was going to send us a Savior. God would never have to judge everyone like this again, because He was going to offer them forgiveness through His Son, Jesus Christ. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You for sending Your Son to forgive our sins.
Help us to be righteous through Jesus Christ.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen. 

February 1 // Noah filled the ark.

Read Genesis 7:2-3 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Do you think the flood is why unicorns don’t exist today? 

 

Parent Note: There are lots of jokes that the reason many mythical creatures don’t exist now is because they missed the boat. More than likely, mythical creatures have always been just that: mythical. However, the flood would have been an opportunity to remove certain creatures from existence. We’ll have to wait until we get to Heaven to ask God this question to find out for sure! 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You for preserving Your creation.
You saw that it was good for Noah to protect the animals You made.
Help me to care for the animals and earth that You have made.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

January 31 // Do what is right.

Read Genesis 6:22 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Has anyone ever made fun of you for doing what is right? 

 

Parent Note: Scripture tells us that we will face ridicule for doing as God commands. Sometimes, God asks His followers to do seemingly crazy things, like build an ark in the desert—the only crazy thing would be not following God’s direction. When God tells us to do something, it is for our best interest to do it. Imagine if Noah hadn’t done this crazy thing God asked him to do—he would have died with the rest of the people in the flood. God’s instructions don’t always make sense, but they are always the right thing to do in every situation. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You for Your showing me Your way.
I know that it may seem crazy to the rest of the world, but Your plans are good and wise.
Help me to care more about what You think than what others think.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

January 30 // God will show us the way.

Read Genesis 6:14 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Have you ever made an ice sculpture? 

 

Parent Note: It’s unlikely that any of us has ever made an ice sculpture. So if God asked us to do it, but we have no experience making ice sculptures, how would we even get started? God asked a man who lived in a desert to build a giant boat—Noah hadn’t ever built a row boat let alone an ark! God didn’t just tell Noah to build a boat and then left him to figure it out for himself. God gave Noah very specific instructions on how to make the boat so it would be easy for Noah to accomplish this giant task. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You for Your guidance.
I know that if You ask me to do something, You will help me accomplish it.
Help me to have courage to obey You in the big things and the little things.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

January 29 // Stand out for God.

Read Genesis 6:9 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: If everyone at your school decided to shave their heads, would you do it? 

 

Parent Note: Not following this trend would make us stand out and might leave us open to teasing. Shaving our heads to fit in so we won’t get teased would mean going against our own better judgment. It could have been so easy for Noah and his family to stop following God to fit in with the rest of the people living at the time, but that would have gone against their beliefs and faith in God. They did not fit in with the rest of society, but, by continuing to do what was right, God singled them out to be saved from the coming judgment. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You for being there for me.
I know I can always look to You for what is right.
Help me to be brave and follow You, even when others don’t like it.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

January 28 // God's law directs us.

Read Genesis 6:5 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: If left out in the middle of nowhere without a compass, how would you find your way home? 

 

Parent Note: Well, we can use the position of the sun to determine a rough idea of direction, but it wouldn’t be very accurate. By night, we could use the stars if we understand how that is done. Without a compass, it would be very difficult to determine accurately where we are going. God and His laws are a sort of compass that help us to see what is right and what is wrong. The people living at this time did not follow God, so they were living without something that helped to distinguish between right and wrong. As they continued to make bad decisions they got further from the truth and God. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, I know that I am a sinner.
I need You to show me how to live.
Help me to live a life worthy of the gospel.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen. 

January 26 // He loved us first.

Read 1 John 4:19 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: What are some ways that you have shown love to others?

 

Parent Note: God is the one who teaches us how to love. Name some ways that God has shown love to your family, and how that has changed the way that you love others.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

God, thank You for Your love.
Help us to love others as You love us.
Help our love for You to be real, and not just for show.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen. 

January 25 // We are forgiven.

Read Genesis 4:11-12 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: When we sin, does God want to punish us like He did Cain? 

 

Parent Note: No! Through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, we are forgiven. When we sin, we should apologize to God and ask Him to help us to never do it again. When we fall, Jesus is always with us to help get us get back up again and try to do better next time. There is nothing we can do that will ever separate us from God’s love. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You for forgiving me.
I know that there is nothing I can do to make You stop loving me.
Help me to turn away from sin and follow You.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

January 24 // God knows our hearts.

Read Genesis 4:8-9 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: If you accidentally broke something in a store that has video cameras, do you think they would find out what you did? 

 

Parent Note: They have video cameras in the store so they can see just those sorts of things happen. God is with us all the time, so He knows everything that we do and say. Deeper still, God knows our hearts, so He knows our feelings and thoughts about ourselves and others. With God, we cannot hide from our actions, and we cannot deceive Him. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You for knowing my heart.
I know that You see all of me, and You still love me.
Help me to have a heart like Yours.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen. 

January 23 // Give joyfully.

Read Genesis 4:3-5 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: For your birthday, your friend gives you a video game she doesn’t like anymore. Is this a good gift? 

 

Parent Note: Well, it depends. If you showed interest in the game, then it’s not bad. If she knew you didn’t like the game either, but didn’t want to come to your birthday party empty handed, so she wrapped up something she didn’t care about, then it’s not a good gift. Sometimes all that we have to offer doesn’t seem like much, but what matters more than the actual present is where our heart is when we decide to give it. When we give to God, we should be happy to give it, and it should be the best that we can give. God wants us to be cheerful givers. Giving to God shows that we are grateful for all that He gives to us. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You for the gifts You’ve given me.
I know that everything I have is from You.
Help me to give with a cheerful heart.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen. 

January 22 // God made everyone different.

Read Genesis 4:2 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Can you be friends with people who only like the same things as you? 

 

Parent Note: That would get boring after awhile. People with different interests help us to expand our knowledge and view of the world. Having things in common is the starting place of friendship, but it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be friends. Cain and Abel liked different things, but surely they had things in common. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You for making everyone different.
I know that every person is made in Your image.
Help me to love and appreciate the differences between people.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen. 

January 21 // Love one another.

Read Genesis 4:1-2 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Is it easy for you to get along with your siblings?

 

Parent Note: Siblings can be a lot of fun, but sometimes they can be difficult to get along with. Even when we are mad at them, they are family, and we love them. It is important to remember that we are family and we should always be there for each other. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You for my family.
I know that they are a gift from You.
Help me to love You by loving my family.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen. 

January 19 // We need Jesus.

Read Genesis 3:22 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: If Adam and Eve hadn’t sinned, would we have needed Jesus’ sacrifice? 

 

Parent Note: No, if Adam and Eve had obeyed God, sin would not have entered the world, and we would not have needed a savior. Jesus was a gift given to us to repair our broken relationship with God and to forgive us of the sins that entered into our world and lives when Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, we know we've sinned.
Thank You for providing salvation through Jesus Christ. He is the only way.
Help us to obey You.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

January 18 // God always knows.

Read Genesis 3:8 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: If you cover your eyes, does that make you invisible? 

 

Parent Note: No, just because we can’t see anyone else doesn’t mean that we can no longer be seen by others in the same area as we are. It was a ridiculous idea that Adam and Eve thought they could hide from God. When He asks them where they are, it wasn’t because He didn’t know where they were, it was because He wanted them to explain why they were trying to hide from Him. We cannot hide from God—He is with us always. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear Lord, thank You for showing me mercy.
I know that You see everything, and You still love me.
Help me confess my sin and repent.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

January 17 // The knowledge of good and evil.

Read Genesis 3:7 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Did the tree make Eve wiser than she was before? 

 

Parent Note: No, there was nothing special in the fruit that gave her new abilities. This becomes obvious when, after taking a bite of it herself, she offers some to Adam. If the fruit had made her wise, she would have realized that she had been tricked and that she had just sinned; she wouldn’t have offered the fruit to her husband if she knew eating it was a sin. The knowledge that the tree bestowed was that of the experience of doing something wrong. Once they had disobeyed God, they now had knowledge of right and wrong, and they felt shame for the first time. So, eating the fruit did bring them knowledge of new things, but it was the action and experience of eating the fruit that allowed them to have this new understanding, not the actual fruit itself.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear Lord, thank You for Your wisdom.
I know that even when I mess up, You can use it for good.
Help me to choose what is right when You put choices before me.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.