devotional

Temples of the Holy Spirit

VERSE 

(1 Corinthians 6:19)

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;


Just today I was talking with a friend about taking better  care of ourselves, and personally sometimes as a mom of little one in this season, some days  I do forget to do this! Whether it be getting enough sleep , eating better, setting healthy boundaries,  exercising , the list goes on.God not only calls us to take care and nourish our minds with his truth, and our spirits with  his goodness, but also our bodies with care for we truly do carry the holy spirit within us and it is God's desire to see us live our best life in him. An illustration is this ; Maybe mom and dad want you to go to sleep because it is late and bedtime,  but even though you are tired you would rather play , and not care about the consequences of not getting enough sleep. Your parents care for you and know that you need sleep, and you function a lot better the next day when you have had a good sleep. God is the same way as our parents,  sometimes we keep doing something we know is not healthy or the best for us but God knows and reminds us that when we do take care of ourselves we can be the version of ourselves that he created us to be.

DISCUSSION(TODDLERS/PRESCHOOLERS)

  1. Do you like to sleep ?

  2. Did you know that sleep is one of the ways we can take care of our bodies for God?

DISCUSSION ( SCHOOL AGE)

  1. Did you know that your body is a temple of the holy spirit ?

  2. How do you think God wants you to take better care of yourself?

PRAYER 

Dear Father thank you for blessing us with your holy spirit to always be with us , and guide us to take care of ourselves!  Emotionally, spiritually, and physically


ACTIVITY TIME

Take some time this week as a family to each or together come up with a list of goals or an area in which you know you could  work on to take better care of yourselves

( go to bed earlier, exercise, eat your veggies etc..)

Make it fun make a chart with stickers so that each time one of you makes an effort to complete a goal in taking better care of yourselves reward with a sticker, and over time it will all just become good habits toward living a better, fuller life in Jesus


A New Creation

VERSE

(2 Corinthians 5:17) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come .The old has gone, the new is here!

Have you ever heard of the song  “A New Creation” by Dex Alexander ?

I love that song!! I can’t believe it has been 10 years since that song first came out ?! I remember when I first listened to that song, it gave me goosebumps, and gave me tears of joy from it’s beautifully illustrated  powerful message. It reminded me that Jesus has made me a new creation in him, the past is behind me, and his love has covered me in a new skin as his daughter, forgiven.No matter how broken, hurt, or how unacceptable we may feel in front Jesus all he sees is his child. Jesus loves you  with indescribable love, and as a new creation in him we can walk in that truth knowing he broke all the chains and gave us a new name through the cross.

DISCUSSION(TODDLERS/PRESCHOOLERS)

  1. Do you sometimes feel sad, or hurt?

  2. Did you know Jesus came to bring us joy and healing?

DISCUSSION ( SCHOOL AGE)

  1. What Does it mean to be a new creation in Jesus?

PRAYER

Dear father I am so thankful that you have given me a new name as a new creation through the blood of Jesus, and called me child, forgiven, chosen, and accepted In Jesus Name Amen

ACTIVITY TIME

Take some time this week as a family to tie dye some t-shirts together!

Here are some instructions to help you out if you have  never done this before you can also buy kits that are available at ( michaels, walmart or even the dollar store)

https://www.happinessishomemade.net/tips-tricks-for-tie-dyeing-with-kids/?utm_source=pinterest&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=SocialWarfare


Here is the worship song mentioned if you would like to have a listen:

New Creation by Dex Alexander(Fellowship Church)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLUqKJz6CCA


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