Today is the third installment of 30 days of resources for your family to use to grow together. Each of our daily activities will have the following pieces:
- PLAY TOGETHER: An opportunity to have fun and do something together instead of watching Netflix.
- TALK TOGETHER: Around the dinner table or just two of you sitting on the back porch, take turns asking these questions to learn more about the other.
- ORIENT TOGETHER: In time of need we have an opportunity to renew our vision for Jesus, and pray for His work in our life and world.
We hope these resources are helpful to you as a family. Feel free to share with others as well!
Paper Telephone: Each person of your family should get a piece of paper for each person that is in your family (so if you have 5 people each of you should have 5 pieces of paper, including yourself), and a pen. On the first piece of paper, write a something you like to do. Then pass it to the person to your right. As the person to your right reads what you wrote, in the next piece of paper you will draw that phrase. Once you are done, put the written phrase on the bottom of the stack and pass all the paper to the person to your right. When that person receives the next pack of paper, they should just be able to see the picture. Then on the next piece of paper, the person is going to write their interpretation of the picture. And so on and so forth until you get your initial stack back. Once you have it, look back and see how your initial phrase developed as each individual of your family took part on it. It is pretty funny to see the end product!
-What is peace?
-What is something or someone who brings you peace?
-What do you worry about?
In times of uncertainty and worry, we have an opportunity to find our peace in Jesus.
-Read John 14:26-27
During this crazy worldwide pandemic is easy for us to worry. Worry about toilet paper, supplies, how long will we be quarantined, how long will this last, how long would I have to stay at home, how long will my Doritos and the rest of my snacks will last, etc.. It is easy for us to worry and not find peace. However, peace and worry do not go hand in hand. If you worry then you do not have peace. If you have peace then you do not worry. Jesus said that He will leave and give us peace. Not as the world gives it.
See it can be easy to find peace in the world. Maybe you had peace before this COVID-19 Coronavirus, and then out of nowhere the world started panicking (don’t get me wrong, it is still wise for us to be cautious). Everyone ran for toilet paper, hand soap, and we have endless memes flying around our social media. Peace in the world, or as the world gives it, is momentary. But the peace that God gives, is eternal.
“Let not your hearts be troubled…” (v. 27), trust in God’s sovereignty and in who He is and you will find peace.
-What are some ways that the world gives you peace?
-What are some ways you see God providing peace for your family during this times?
Today’s Family Resource for Growing Together is written by Gaby Gonzales Hackett, a youth worker in Lexington, SC.