Hands-on Faith for Families – week of 10/29/12
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
Talking to God
Thank God for the encouragement He gives us through His Word.
Choose a family game that you haven't played in a while — one that you don't remember exactly how to play. Begin the game without reading the directions. At first it may seem funny, but soon the fun will wear off. When your kids express frustration and confusion, offer to read the directions. Then, play a few turns before continuing the discussion below.
How did it feel to play the game when you didn't know what to do? When we're frustrated or confused, we often feel hopeless. On the other hand, understanding makes us feel hopeful, and hope changes our attitude toward our circumstance. When we're confused or discouraged, we can find understanding by turning to God's Word. The Bible shows us the right way to live and reminds us that God is in control of our lives. His Word gives us confidence and builds our hope (Romans 15:4).
Talking to Each Other
• What is your favorite encouraging Bible verse?
• How does this verse encourage you to stay focused on something when you otherwise might want to quit?
From Focus on the Family's Thrivingfamily.com. ©  [Kim Washburn]. Used by permission.