Theme: Believe God Works in You
Scripture: Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control. (Proverbs 25:28)
Play: Think of an animal that you would like to ride. Encourage the younger children in your family to act out the animal of their choice, then take turns talking about which animal you would choose to ride and why.
Talk: Many different kinds of animals can be ridden: horses, llamas, donkeys, elephants, camels,h and even ostriches. And while it may be fun to ride these animals, it would be difficult to actually get anywhere without some way to control them. For many animals, a bit and bridle are used to apply pressure that will point them in the right direction.
The Bible uses a bit and bridle as an illustration. “Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you” (Psalm 32:9). If you have trouble controlling yourself, you may feel the pressure of God’s discipline as He points you in the right direction. This discipline can come through parents or other authorities. However, when you choose to follow God’s Word and quickly obey Him, He’ll keep you on the right path.
Pray: Take turns thanking God for your favorite animals and for the wonder of His creation.
— Janine Petry
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