“SO WE SAY WITH CONFIDENCE, ‘THE LORD IS MY HELPER; I WILL NOT BE AFRAID.’” HEBREWS 13:6A, NIV
This month, we’re talking about confidence, living like you believe God is with you. Have you ever faced something that made you feel a little nervous or anxious?
We all feel anxious sometimes. When you do, it’s important to remember one big truth. You don’t have to face anything alone. When we put our faith and trust in Jesus, we have his Spirit to help us. We can have confidence to share Jesus’ love with everyone no matter the situation because we aren’t alone.
If you start to feel anxious this week, bow your head and thank God for being right there with you. Ask God to help you remember that because of Jesus you can stand with confidence, no matter how you feel.
Let’s say you had two choices: 40 pieces of your favorite candy right now or 1 piece today and doubled every day for a week.
If you said option 1, you’d have 40 pieces. If you said option 2, by the end of the week, you’d have 64 pieces of candy!
Don’t believe me? Complete the math problems below.
Day 1: 1 X 1 = _________
Day 2: 1 X 2 = _________
Day 3: 2 X 2 = _________
Day 4: 4 X 2 = _________
Day 5: 8 X 2 = _________
Day 6: 16 X 2 = _________
Day 7: 32 X 2 = _________
Grand Total: 64 pieces of candy!
This idea is called exponential growth!
When you share God’s love with one person, and then both of you tell one person and then all four of you tell one person (see math answers above) soon ALL those people can start living with confidence too!
Love in ALL Directions
Grab four pieces of paper and some tape. With adult permission, tape the four pieces of paper on the wall of your room to indicate the four directions on a compass.
North: Reach up as high as you can to tape one page to the wall
West & East: stretch your arms out as wide as you can to tape two pages to the wall
South: Tape the fourth page to the bottom of your wall
You can easily see all four directions, right? And though it might be a stretch, you can reach each one. God’s love is way bigger than that. It’s wider, and longer, and higher, and deeper than we can imagine. It’s so big, we can’t even measure it! He wants you to have confidence to live the way He’s called you to live because He loves you more than you can imagine.
This week, if you need a little confidence, tap each of these pieces of paper as a reminder of God’s great big love for you. Then ask God to help you share that love with everyone.
When a drill sergeant in the army gives a command, what does a soldier do? Of course, they follow the command!
Thankfully, Jesus isn’t a drill sergeant. He’s asking us to share HIS love with the people around us. We follow Jesus and love others because He loves us.
At the first week of basic training, soldiers start singing in cadence so they can step in time. Repeat the following cadence below. Then write your own rhyme in the space below.
“I don’t know but I’ve been told”
“God’s love for you is better than gold”
“Love each other every day”
“Because God’s love is here to stay.”
One, two, three four, one, two – three, four!
As your kid starts their day, remind them of this—God loves them no matter what, and you do too!
At a meal, have everyone at the table answer this question: “When something good happens in your life, who do you want to share that news with?”
While on the go, ask your kid: “What are some ways we can share God’s love with the people we will see today?”
Pray for each other: “God, open our eyes to see the people around us who need to know how much You love them. Give us the courage to tell others about You.”