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The Heart of the Matter

VERSE

(1 SAMUEL 16:7) God looks at our hearts. “God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”


Have you ever felt like you needed to impress God? I know I am guilty of this from time to time! I think we all are whether it be trying  to be “perfect”, or filling our lives with good deeds and busyness,that there is no room for healing. In principle it is not bad, to want to be a better person or do good things, but if we are doing these things because we want “to get right” with God and cover the areas of our hearts  that need his loving touch, then that is where the problem lies. God is more concerned with the state of our heart, the heart of the matter, he wants our whole heart, because he  gave us his whole heart through Jesus!



DISCUSSION(TODDLERS/PRESCHOOLERS)

  1. Where is your heart?

  2. what would you like God to see in your heart?


DISCUSSION ( SCHOOL AGE)

  1. what would someone not know about you just by looking at you?

  2. what does it mean to look at someone's heart?



PRAYER

Dear Father, help us to  give our whole heart to you, and not hide behind “good deeds”, and busyness,so that you may heal the areas that need your love, and  extra care. Which will allow us to abandon the need for perfection, and to simply live and love abundantly as freely as Jesus loves us  In Jesus name Amen



ACTIVITY TIME


A PRINTABLE ACTIVITY


*SUGGESTION FOR THE  QUESTION

( WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE GOD TO SEE IN YOUR HEART)


Everyone can draw a heart and draw/write what you would like God to see in your heart !


Children of God

VERSE

(1 John 3:1) See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

Have you ever watched a movie where the main character is a princess or prince ? As a child I would fantasize about what it would be like to be just like the royalty in those movies, and how fun it would be. Today though I have learned about a beautiful truth; that I am actually already royalty, and so are each of you. We are God's royalty, he calls you by name and places a crown of identity on you as son or daughter of the King of Kings.

What a revelation it is too know that the God that created the heavens and the earth, chose you as his own. You are truly special, royal and favored by the king.In God's eyes, no matter how old or who you are he loves you prince, and princess.

DISCUSSION (TODDLERS/PRESCHOOLERS)

  1. Who is your favorite Disney princess/prince ?

  2. Did you know you are just like that princess/ prince to God?

DISCUSSION (SCHOOL AGE)

  1. You could  be a Prince/ Princess for a day what would you do?

  2. Since you are Gods Prince/Princess what do you think God wants you to do?

PRAYER

Dear Father,  thank you for choosing me and calling me by name as your own prince or princess, help me to always remember to walk in that identity and share with those around me that they too are a son or daughter of an amazing King who favors and loves them In Jesus name Amen

ACTIVITY TIME

Take some time to make some awesome crowns together as a family !

CROWN CRAFT  PRINTABLE S CAN BE FOUND HERE