Hands-on Faith for Families – week of December 12, 2022

Theme: Believe God Works in You

Encouraging News

Scripture: For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. (Romans 15:4)

Play: Choose a family game that you haven’t played in a while — one that you don’t remember exactly how to play. Begin the game without reading the directions. At first, it may seem funny, but soon the fun will wear off. When your kids express frustration and confusion, offer to read the directions. Then, play a few turns before continuing the discussion below.

Talk: How did it feel to play the game when you didn’t know what to do? When we’re frustrated or confused, we often feel hopeless. 

On the other hand, understanding makes us feel hopeful, and hope changes our attitude toward our circumstances. When we’re confused or discouraged, we can find understanding by turning to God’s Word. The Bible shows us the right way to live and reminds us that God is in control of our lives. His Word gives us confidence and builds our hope (Romans 15:4).

Pray: Thank God for the encouragement He gives us through His Word.

— Kim Washburn

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