Hands-on Faith for Families– Week of April 3, 2017
Theme: Let God Give You a Cheerful Heart
Thinking Good Thoughts
Scripture: Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Philippians 4:8).
Play: Have kids close their eyes and imagine various destinations that you call out, such as a beach, a snow-covered hill, a campfire beneath the stars. Have them describe what's in their minds — what they smell, feel, taste, hear. Join the imaginary mental journey by adding additional sensory details.
Talk: Directing our thoughts to what's pleasant can positively affect our feelings and actions. How we think about something often affects what we say or do. That's why our thoughts are so important — they can cause us to make either good or bad choices. The Bible tells us to focus on ideas and images that are true, pure and lovely (Philippians 4:8). What are some thoughts that would help us make God-pleasing choices?
Pray: Ask God to help you think good thoughts that lead to positive action.