“SO WE SAY WITH CONFIDENCE, ‘THE LORD IS MY HELPER; I WILL NOT BE AFRAID.’” HEBREWS 13:6A, NIV
Have you ever seen a storm with winds that shook the trees or rattled the windows?
When the disciples gathered for Pentecost, they heard a sound like the blowing of a mighty wind from heaven. God sent the Holy Spirit to them. The Holy Spirit gave them the power to share the love of Jesus with people from different parts of the world.
We can have confidence because God sent the Holy Spirit to help us too!
Make a Windsock
Streamers – in 3 foot lengths
On the center of the page, write “God sent the Holy Spirit to help you” and decorate. Flip over and glue the streamers along the bottom edge. Once dry, roll the paper together like a tube and tape to secure. Punch two holes across from each other on the top, thread the string through both holes and tie the ends together. Hang the windsock from a hook outside on a windy day or inside near a fan to see it in action!
When was the last time you had a big job to do? Did you have to do it all by yourself?
Jesus came to earth for one specific purpose: to make a way for everyone to have a relationship with God. As followers of Jesus, we are promised the gift of the Holy Spirit, a helper to be with us forever.
The Holy Spirit can help us do things that don’t come naturally, like loving our enemies, telling the truth even when it’s hard, or doing the right thing when we don’t feel like it. We have the Holy Spirit to help us follow Jesus and live like He did. The Holy Spirit is with you and will help you to love God and love others every day.
Pour It Out
Grab a pitcher and fill it up with water. Now find an empty water bottle and some tape. On one piece of tape write “God’s Love” and on another write your name. Stick the “God’s Love” label on the pitcher and the name label on the water bottle and head outside. Set the bottle on the ground and carefully pour the water into the bottle until it overflows and floods out onto the ground.
This is a picture of God’s love for you. God’s love can fill you up with confidence. God loves you and is with you no matter what. The Holy Spirit will help you and remind you that God’s love for you will never run out.
Can you show love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control ALL the time?
Back up and repeat the first few words of this verse: “But the fruit the Holy Spirit produces is…” (NIrV) With the help of the Holy Spirit working in us, we can have the strength to be loving, joyful, peaceful, kind, good, faithful, gentle and filled with self-control.
Fruit Basket Take Over
Grab the fruit bowl from the kitchen. (Ask first if it’s okay!) Write out the following statements on separate pieces of paper. Then wrap each piece of fruit with the paper, making sure the statement is on the inside. Place the wrapped fruit back in the bowl for your family to enjoy this week as a reminder that God has sent His Spirit to help you.
The fruit of the Holy Spirit is love.
The fruit of the Holy Spirit is joy.
The fruit of the Holy Spirit is peace.
The fruit of the Holy Spirit is patience.
The fruit of the Holy Spirit is kindness.
The fruit of the Holy Spirit is goodness.
The fruit of the Holy Spirit is faithfulness.
The fruit of the Holy Spirit is gentleness.
The fruit of the Holy Spirit is self-control.
As your kid starts their day, tell them about a way they helped you recently and let them know how much you appreciate it.
At a meal, have everyone at the table answer this question: “Has God ever helped you with something? If so, how?” (wisdom, helpers, etc.)
While on the go, ask your kid: “Who are some people who have helped you lately?”
Pray for each other: “God, thank You for sending the Holy Spirit to help us. May we remember that help is always available for us no matter what we’re facing.”