By: Michael and Tiffany Ross
For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth.
Create a game: Make a list of things that people hope for (money, safety, toys, trips, fame, knowledge, success, etc.). Cut the list up and place the slips of paper in a bowl. Take turns pulling one slip out of the bowl and reading it out loud. That person then gives his opinion as to whether he hopes for that item. After you have all taken a turn, everyone can take turns adding to this list.
Talk It Out
· How does hope change the way we live?
· Where does your hope come from?
· How is God our hope?
· How is wishing for something different from having hope?
There is a significant difference between placing our hope in God and merely wishing for good things in our lives. God is not a genie in a bottle. Instead, He is always looking out for us. But He does it by using His unending knowledge and wisdom. He offers us so much more than anything we could ever wish for. It is in this truth that we can all find hope. It is a hope based on God and His love.
Talk to God
As you pray, encourage your child to (1) thank Jesus for being so big and mighty and (2) ask the Lord to help him appreciate what He has done for him.
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