What Goes Together?
While riding in the car, play the game of things that go together. One person will say an item and the others will try to think of something that goes with it. For example, the item might be hot dog. What goes with it? (Keep in mind this is very subjective.) If it’s easier, say a word and think of its opposite.
Some things seem to go together, and some don’t. Read 2 Corinthians 12:9-10. Paul said that weakness and strength go together. Do you agree with Paul? We think of weakness and strength as opposites. Paul said when troubles came, he felt weak but that was actually a good thing. Paul said that when he was weak, God’s power showed up. Paul was glad for his weakness, so he could find God’s strength. We don’t like feeling weak, but when we feel weak when trouble comes, God gives us His Holy Spirit’s power to make us strong.
Others Can Help
Watch a video of Derek Redmond at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
When Derek got hurt, what happened? Did he quit the race? (No, he kept going even though he was hurt.)
How did his dad help him? (Walked alongside him to the finish line; supported him; etc.)
How does God use other people to help us get through problems? (They pray for us; help us; stay with us; and give us encouraging words.)
Brainstorm ways your family can help and support others—make cards and mail or deliver them; make a meal or cookies for someone; do yard work for the elderly; etc.
We can support and help others who are going through a tough time.
- Slips of paper
- Bag or basket
Read 2 Corinthians 5:17 with your children.
Write the following instructions on slips of paper:
- Do 10 jumping jacks.
- Complete 5 toe touches.
- Run in place for 1 minute.
- Hop to the other side of the room and back.
- Do 4 squats.
- Swing your arms up and down for 30 seconds.
Put the instructions in a bag or basket. Take turns allowing the children to pick one. All who can complete the instructions should say the Bible verse together. Do these quickly to get everyone up and moving! Praise them for doing two good things—getting stronger and memorizing the Bible verse.
God uses the Bible to give us strength and help when problems come!