March 20 // Wait patiently.

Read Exodus 32:1 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: The pizza you ordered is 15 minutes late. Should you give up waiting and eat dry cereal from the box? 

 

Parent Note: Dry cereal is no substitute for pizza fresh from the oven. Being patient can be difficult. After 40 days, the Israelites decided they were done waiting for Moses to come back down the mountain with word from the one true God on how they should live their lives. They decided that Moses wasn't going to come back, so they should create their own god to serve. Sometimes it seems like it takes God forever to answer our prayers. God answers our prayers at the perfect time, we just have to have faith that He has heard us and that He is working on it. We have wait patiently for God's perfect timing. Taking matters into our own hands will not bring the same result God is capable of providing. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear Lord, thank You for Your perfect timing.
Even if I feel frustrated, I know that Your way is perfect.
Help me trust you while I wait patiently.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen. 

March 19 // Rules protect us.

Read Exodus 19:5 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Have you ever wondered why shampoo bottles have to warn users that shampoo is for external use only? 

 

Parent Note: It seems silly, but most warning labels exist on products because someone used it in a way for which the product was not intended. Sometimes these people got hurt and they sued the company that made the product. To make sure that no one else tries to use the product in that manner again, the company adds warning labels to protect their customers and themselves. God gave the Israelites the Ten Commandments and a series of other laws so they would know how God wanted them to behave. These laws were the warning labels for life. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear Lord, thank You for Your guidance.
I know that the rules You’ve given us will help us be closer to You.
Help me to be live a life of obedience and grace.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen. 

March 18 // We are free.

Read Exodus 14:30 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: It's the first day of summer vacation, what do you do to celebrate? 

 

Parent Note: Even those of us who enjoy going to school feel a sense of freedom at the start of summer vacation. All that time we spent in school now can be spent playing with friends or doing other fun activities. If summer vacation brings us a feeling of freedom, imagine how the Israelites felt after being freed from 400 years of slavery! What an incredible feeling! How grateful they must have been to God for delivering them from that horrible situation! 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear Lord, thank You for being a God of freedom.
Just like you saved the Israelites from slavery, You saved me from my sin.
Help me to be thankful for the freedom I have in You.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen. 

March 16 // God is with us.

Read Psalm 27:1 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: How would you feel if you were one of the Israelites standing between the Egyptians and the Red Sea?

 

Parent Note: At some point in our lives, we will face something as scary or as impossible as crossing the Red Sea. The good news is that we never have to face situations like this alone; God is always with us. Taking the first step on the path God has set for us can be a scary thought, but we can build our confidence and faith by building a strong personal relationship with God. As we get to know Him better, we will grow to trust Him in any situation. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear Lord, thank You for protecting the Israelites.
Thank You for delivering us from our slavery to sin by sending Your Son, Jesus.
Help us to remember Your awesome power to save when we face difficult situations.
We ask these things in Jesus' name, Amen. 

March 15 // No longer slaves.

Read Exodus 15:19 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Are there any other stories in the Bible about people being freed from slavery? 

 

Parent Note: There are, and one of the best, and biggest examples is when Jesus died on the cross and freed us from our slavery to sin. And just as God saved the Israelite people from death at the hands of Pharaoh's army, Jesus saved us from death. Those who love Jesus are forgiven of their sins and will live with Him for eternity in Heaven. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You for being my Redeemer.
I know that You want all people to be saved.
Please use me to share Your plan of salvation with the world.
In Jesus’s name, amen.

March 14 // God teaches us.

Read Exodus 14:15 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Have you ever taught someone to do something you're really good at doing? 

 

Parent Note: Teaching can be really hard. The person may have never done anything like this, so we can't assume that they know even the most basic elements to the task we're trying to teach. When Moses prayed to God to help the Israelites as the Egyptian army was closing in on them, God responded by saying, "Why do you cry to me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward. Lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the people of Israel may go through the sea on dry ground." God's response makes it sound like parting the sea is the obvious, logical next step in such a situation! 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You for the power You gave to Moses.
I know that I can always ask You for help.
Please help me to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and know Your will.
In Jesus’s name, amen.

March 13 // God provides.

Read Exodus 16:3 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Have you ever wished to be grounded?

 

Parent Note: No way! We wouldn't wish to be stuck inside, forced to stay away from our friends. As the Israelites saw the Egyptian army approach, they started to complain about being led away from Egypt where they were slaves. They would rather be slaves than to be free! How quickly they had forgotten that God was the one who had saved them. If He had the power to bring the plagues down on the Egyptians, He had the power to save them from this situation, too. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You for providing for Your people in the desert.
I know that I can trust You to take care of me.
Please help me to be satisfied with Your plan, and not to complain.
In Jesus’s name, amen.

March 12 // God leads us.

Read Exodus 13:21 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: How do you find your way through a museum?

 

Parent Note: There are a lot of things to see in a museum. Having to read all of the information next to each piece of art to understand what we're looking at and figuring out which rooms hold the exhibits we're interested can take a lot of time. God was acting as the Israelites tour guide as they escaped Egypt. Leading a huge group of people through a foreign land, a desert no less, is a massive undertaking. To ensure that no one got lost, God led the people in a very obvious way that everyone could see: a cloud by day and a column of fire by night. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You for leading Your people in the way that is right.
I know that Your way is the best.
Please help me follow You no matter what.
In Jesus’s name, amen.

March 11 // Set free.

Read Exodus 13:18 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: What was the worst trip you've ever taken? 

 

Parent Note: After something so horrible, going home has never seemed so wonderful. The Israelites were finally free. They were finally on their way to the home God had promised their ancestors hundreds of years earlier. There was much to celebrate as they traveled through the desert. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You for saving the Israelites.
I know that You keep every promise.
Please help me to trust and celebrate Your plan.
In Jesus’s name, amen.

March 10 // Story Recap

BIBLE STORY:      

THE EXODUS

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

EXODUS 12-15

 

KEY VERSE:    

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? ” - PSALM 27:1

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

Like God delivered the Israelites, He delivered us from sin through Jesus.

 

BOTTOM LINE:

God is more powerful than our enemies.

March 9 // Pharaoh's hard heart.

Read Exodus 4:21 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Do you think it was mean for God to harden Pharaoh's heart?   

 

Parent Note: It’s easy to read this story and think that God kind of set up Pharaoh for tragedy. Maybe if God hadn't hardened Pharaoh's heart, he would have let the Israelites go sooner and it would have spared the Egyptians some of the loss they experienced with the plagues. We should consider a few facts before taking sides on this issue. The Israelites had been enslaved for 400 years. Pharaoh was an evil idol worshiper who rejected God. Also, God wasn't responsible for hardening Pharaoh's heart throughout the plagues; Pharaoh hardened his heart all on his own following many of the plagues. Another factor to consider is this: God is our judge. He knows everything. Our understanding of the situation is extremely limited. If we can trust anything, it's that God would never unjustly harm anyone. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You for caring about my heart.
I know that You want all people to be saved.
Please help me to have a soft heart that is sensitive to Your Spirit.
In Jesus’s name, amen.

March 8 // Keep your word.

Read Exodus 8:15 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: At lunch, you decide to trade your pudding for an apple, but your classmate decides to keep both. What do you do?  

 

Parent Note: Well, that wasn’t the deal! This classmate should give back the pudding or hand over the apple! That’s only fair; that was the agreement. God sent a plague of frogs to Egypt, and they were everywhere Pharaoh spoke to Moses and asked him to pray to God to stop the plague, and in return, he would let the Israelites go. Moses prayed, and God stopped the plague. Relieved to be rid of the frog nuisance, Pharaoh decided to go back on his promise to let the Israelites go. Pharaoh was not a man of his word. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You for keeping Your promises.
I know that when the world is unjust, You will always be true.
Help me to honor You by keeping my Word.
In Jesus’s name, amen.

March 7 // God has authority.

Read Exodus 5:2 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: If a police officer tells you to do something and you don’t do it, what will happen? 

 

Parent Note: Police officers are authority figures who work to keep us safe. When they ask us to do something, we should recognize their authority and do as we are told. When Moses and Aaron come before Pharaoh, they tell him that they are there on behalf of God. Pharaoh tells them that he does not know God, does not recognize His authority over him, and rejects their request. Before long, Pharaoh would know who God is, he would recognize his authority over him and all things, and would accept their request to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You for making me.
You are over all of creation, and You still see and love me.
Help me to obey You with my whole heart.
In Jesus’s name, amen.

March 6 // Pray about anger.

Read Exodus 2:11-12 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: If you saw someone bullying your best friend, what would you do? 

 

Parent Note: The idea of someone being mean to people we care about can make us very upset. But it is important to remember that repaying violence or anger with violence or anger makes us just as bad as the bully. When Moses saw an Egyptian beating an Israelite, he was right to be upset, but his response to his anger caused him to sin. We must be careful to not let anger get the best of us. We should pray about how to respond to anger. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You for forgiving me.
I know that all I have to do is ask, and You give me grace.
Help me to not sin out of anger.
In Jesus’s name, amen.

March 5 // God protected Moses.

Read Exodus 2:3 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Have you ever seen a basketball player throw a last second shot from the other side of the court and make it? Why do you think they do that?

 

Parent Note: This usually is a last ditch effort to put some points on the board. The player figures, “If this works, awesome. If it doesn’t work, at least I gave it a shot.” This is what Moses’ mother figured when she put her baby in a basket and let him float down the Nile River. If the baby lived, awesome. If the baby died, well, at least she gave it a try. What a sad and horrible choice to have to make! 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You for protecting Moses.
I know that You protect me too.
Help me to trust Your plan for me.
In Jesus’s name, amen.

March 4 // Israelites enslaved.

Read Exodus 1:11 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Can a person own another person? 

 

Parent Note: While slavery is illegal in every country on the planet, it is still in practice in some places. The Bible contains many stories about people being slaves. This often happened when a person sold their children or themselves to pay off debts or to ensure survival when they were not able to provide for themselves. The Bible provides rules for proper treatment of people in such situations. Just as it was in biblical times, it is unacceptable to claim ownership over another person because of their race. God created man in His image, making all people equal. The Israelites were made slaves because they were foreigners in Egypt. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You for saving me.
I was a slave to sin until You set me free.
Help me to tell others the Good News of what You’ve done.
In Jesus’s name, amen.

March 3 // Story Recap

BIBLE STORY:      

THE TEN PLAGUES

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

EXODUS 1-11

 

KEY VERSE:    

God said to Moses, ‘I Am Who I Am.’ And he said, ‘Say this to the people of Israel, 'I Am has sent me to you.'" -EXODUS 3:14

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

Like Moses, Jesus obeyed God to free His people.

 

BOTTOM LINE:

God is the one true God.

March 2 // Forgive no matter what.

Read Genesis 45:15 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: If you were in Joseph’s position, would you have forgiven and helped your brothers? 

 

Parent Note: While it would be very hard to get over the hurt feelings and trauma they caused in our lives, God calls us to forgive others as He has forgiven us. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You for forgiving me for my sins.
You are full of grace and mercy.
Help me to forgive others who have hurt me.
In Jesus’s name, amen.

March 1 // That's not fair!

Read Genesis 39:19-20 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Your dog knocked over a lamp and broke it. How would you feel if your parent accused you of breaking the lamp? 

 

Parent Note: That’s unfair. While we have no evidence that the dog broke the lamp, our parents should be willing to listen to our side of the story. Potiphar wasn’t going to take the word of a slave over his own wife, so Joseph ended up in jail. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You for being a loving Father.
I know that even when life isn’t fair,  You are still good.
Help me to be fair and honest with others.
In Jesus’s name, amen.