Splinks for the week of January 19-25, 2020

Show Your Faith

James challenges us to show that we have faith by doing good works (James 2:14-16). What can you and your family do this week?

Here are a few ideas to get you started (it doesn’t have to be something big to make a big impact—little kindnesses mean a lot):

  • Smile at 3 people.
  • Let someone go ahead of you at the checkout line in the grocery store.
  • Ask the clerk what her favorite candy bar is and buy it for her.
  • Eat lunch with someone who may not have many friends.
  • Hold the door open for someone.
  • Leave a kind note in a library book for the next person who reads it.
  • Make and mail a card to an elderly person.
  • Share a toy.
  • Help without being asked.
  • Leave a treat (or nice note) in the mailbox for your mail carrier.

What a perfect opportunity to show your faith!

Encourage family members to share ways they are showing their faith to others this week.

Replace It!

Talk about times you are fearful or need to reassurance God is in control. What can you do when you feel afraid? You can REPLACE those feelings of fear with true statements about God to build your faith.

Teach your kids the “replace it” trick. Instead of just saying, “don’t think about it, don’t be afraid,” REPLACE those fearful thoughts with faith-filled thoughts. We can find faith-filled thoughts/statements in the Bible (Romans 10:17).

Ask each family member to think of one situation where one might feel afraid and write it on a slip of paper. Put the slips in a bag and take turns drawing out a slip. Then think of true statements about God (God is with me; God loves me; God is for me; God wants to help me; God has all power; etc.) or find an actual Bible verse that would build trust in God in that situation.

Take it a step farther and write the faith statements on slips of paper; keep them in a jar so they can be pulled out and read when needed.

*A good website to help you find verses is http://www.biblegateway.com. You can type in a word and it will bring up all the verses with that word in it.

Growing Stronger!

One of the best ways to help your kids get stronger in their faith is to help them get into the habit of having a “quiet time” each day where they read the Bible and pray. Give them a good devotional book and/or read the Bible together as a family. D6 prints devotional guides based on the weekly Bible theme for every age group. For more info, go to https://store.randallhouse.com/, click on your child’s age group and order.

One night a week ask everyone to bring their devotional magazine to the dinner table and discuss what they’re learning. Some questions to ask:

  • Share something you read and liked.
  • What have you learned about God this week?
  • What can you do to show God love?
  • How can something you read help you?
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