Hands-on Faith for Families– week of 5/27/13

A Strong Faith Brings Peace

Colossians 3:15

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

Talking to God

Steady, steadfast, unwavering, firm, reliable, solid — these words describe who God is. Tell God as you pray how you appreciate Him for these characteristics.

Diving In

Prepare two shallow baking pans filled with sand: one damp and firmly packed, the other loose and dry. Roll a toy car or marble across each type of sand. The goal is to see which type of sand allows the object to roll farther.

Going Deeper

Just as it’s easier to roll things across firm sand, a firm faith makes it easier for you as you go through the good and bad things in life. Faith brings a lot of blessings, including peace. Psalm 29:11 says, “The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.” But when you don’t trust God, you have faith similar to loose sand; you get bogged down and have trouble getting through the hard things in life. That’s why you need to pray for God to draw you closer to Him and to build your faith in Him.

Talking to Each Other

• Describe a time when your faith has grown. What helped you grow in your faith?

• How have you felt God's peace? What did it feel like?

• God is the author of peace and every good thing. Have you asked Him for more faith? Have you asked Him for His peace?

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