A Safe Place
Play an indoor game of hide and seek. Choose a designated spot as the SAFE base—a well-lit and easy to get to place. (If you have older kids, you may want to turn out the lights and play in the dark.) Choose one person to be the finder and count while the others hide.
After several rounds of hiding and finding, talk about God being a safe place for us.
How did you feel when you made it to the base—the safe place?
No one could tag you when you were at the safe place.
How is God like a safe place? (We can run to Him when we are afraid; He is our protector; He can keep us safe, etc.)
Over and over in the Psalms, David called God his refuge—his safe place.
Can you think of a time when David might have been afraid? (He fought against a bear and a lion that came to steal his sheep; he fought against Goliath; King Saul chased him, etc.)
David knew he could call out to God and God would protect him.
Read Psalm 91:2 (God is a refuge we can trust.)
The Comfort of Scripture:
Just before bedtime, ask:
What makes you feel afraid?
What gives you comfort? What helps you?
Focusing on the truth about God's presence and protection can help us replace fear with faith in Him.
Upper elementary students made a Bible verse holder with verses that can help them to replace fear with God's truth. (If you have younger ones, look up one verse each night.) Read and talk about one verse each night just before bed. Turn each verse into a prayer. (For example: Psalm 121:2—Thank you, God, that You will help me.)
- Psalm 121:2 (My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.)
- Psalm 121:7 (The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul.)
- Joshua 1:9 (Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.
- Psalm 56:3 (Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in God.)
- Psalm 27:1 (The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?)
- John 14:27 (Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.)
Items Needed: Four pieces of copy or construction paper and markers
Students began learning Psalm 100:4 this week. (It is usually easier to learn verses if you memorize them phrase by phrase, rather than word by word.)
How are we to come before the Lord? (With thanksgiving and praise)
God wants us to come into His presence with thanksgiving and praise. The sovereign King has invited us into His gates and into His courts. What an honor to be invited to spend time with Him and to know Him. We are to be thankful and bless His name.
For what things are you thankful? (Take time to list some)
Name one characteristic about God as praise.
Assign each person one phrase of the verse and let them write their phrase on their piece of paper and then decorate it. (If you have young ones, write the phrase on the paper for them and then let them decorate it.)
Line up in the correct order and ask each one to say their phrase aloud. Stick them on the fridge and say the verse at least once a day.
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