Below are some devotional helps to use throughout the week. We'd love for you to use some or even all of these to review this week's story with your kids.
Dinner Time (Deep Dive)
READ the story together. (Joshua 4-5)
ASK some questions about the story.
Who were the main characters? (Deborah, Barak, Sisera, Jael, God, and his people.)
What are the main story beats? (God’s people forgot about God; Ged sent Deborah; Deborah sent Barak to kill Sisera.)
What’s the main point? (God’s people needed someone to rescue them from their enemies.)
CONNECT it to the family.
God once again rescues his people when they cry out for help. Even when we stumble and make bad choices God is there for us. When you disobey your mom and dad we will correct you, but we will always be there to love and protect you just like God did with his people.
God, we thank you for sending Deborah to help the Israelites conquer their enemies. We pray that we can take courage in your protection of and love of us. Amen.
Drive Time (Quick Refresh)
ASK what story we’ve been studying this week. (Deborah and Barak)
See what they remember from the story – details, main points, any take away they have, etc.
REMIND them of the main point.
God’s people needed someone to rescue them from their enemies.
Bedtime (Soul Work)
ASK how they feel about what we’ve been learning about this week.
What does this story teach about God or the Gospel?
How did God achieve his goal to defeat Sisera?
Did God work in the way you thought he would?
ENCOURAGE them about the truth of God’s promise.
God promises to protect and love us despite the sin that is in our hearts.
RELATE to them.
Even when we mess up God is there. He will never leave us or forsake us.
PRAY for them before they go to sleep.
Breakfast Time (Daily Encouragement)
ENCOURAGE them to trust God’s promise today.
Be encouraged that God will be with you today – when things are easy and when things are hard!
PRAY for them before you drop them off to start their day.