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. (1 Samuel 1-3)
ASK some questions about the story.
Who were the main characters? (God, Samuel, Hannah, Eli, God’s People.)
What are the main story beats? (Samuel’s life is dedicated to God, Hannah cries out to God, God uses Samuel.)
What’s the main point? (God called Samuel to share God’s plan.)
CONNECT it to the family.
Hannah cried out to God for help. We can call out to God when we are in need and he will provide for us. God can provide for every need this family has.
God, we thank you for your word. We thank you for the way you worked in Samuel’s life. We pray you can use us like you used Samuel. Amen.
Drive Time (Quick Refresh)
ASK what story we’ve been studying this week. (Eli and Samuel)
See what they remember from the story – details, main points, any take away they have, etc.
REMIND them of the main point.
God called Samuel to share God’s plan.
Bedtime (Soul Work)
ASK how they feel about what we’ve been learning about this week.
Why did Eli confront Hannah?
What did God call Samuel to do?
What does this story teach about God or the Gospel?
ENCOURAGE them about the truth of God’s promise.
God can do all things and he loves us.
RELATE to them.
God has a plan for your life and you must have faith in him. God did great things through Samuel and he can do the same with you.
PRAY for them before they go to sleep.
Breakfast Time (Daily Encouragement)
ENCOURAGE them to trust God’s promise today.
At school as they’re working, playing, talking with friends, etc.
PRAY for them before you drop them off to start their day.