101 Ways to Strengthen the Parent‐Child Connection:
Devotions, Tips, and Activities
By Michael and Tiffany Ross
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.
Take a look at a globe or a map of the world. Find your hometown and compare its size to that of the whole world. Next, do a Google search and learn how many people live on earth right now and imagine how many have lived on this planet throughout all time. Each and every one of us has been handmade—each of us is a beautifully unique creation. It’s amazing!
Talk It Out
· Have you ever seen two people who look exactly the same? Why or why not? (Even twins have differences, right?)
· Next, instruct your child to study his hands, and then say (or read) this: “One-fourth of all your bones are in this part of your body. With them, you can create the most delicate painting or lift heavy weights. And your very own fingerprints are uniquely yours. Now think about your brain. It’s so complicated that even the most advanced computer is nowhere near its efficiency. It not only controls your body, but with it you think, you create, you feel, you love, and—along with your spirit—you reach out to God.”
· Read Genesis 2:4–25. Point out the important job God gave Adam—naming every living creature (verses 19–20)—and ask your child to spend some time thinking about names of people. Do you think our names help to make us unique individuals? Do you think God knows the name of everyone who has ever lived? (Answer: Of course He does!)
· Read John 3:16. Based on this verse, how precious are people to God?
Help your child begin to grasp the wonders of our Creator. Help her see that God is infinitely greater than what our minds can comprehend and that we must approach Him with faith—not courtroom-style facts that skeptics sometimes demand. Emphasize that the God in whom we have come to trust is the infinite, holy Creator who has always existed and who made the universe by the power of His word (Hebrews 11:3). Explain that in the Bible (Exodus 3:14) God told Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” Point out that there is only one true God (Isaiah 45:5). He is the sovereign Lord, the God of the Bible, who acts in His creation and who involves Himself intimately in our lives.
Talk to God
As you pray, encourage your child to (1) thank God for creating the world and (2) consider the amazing uniqueness of each human.
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