Sixty-Six: A Bible Reading Plan for Kids of All Ages

This is an 11 week Bible Reading plan that will take your family through every book of the Bible with suggested Scriptures, discussion questions & activities for each day’s reading! Perfect for summer Bible reading!

Hey there! This is an 11 week Bible reading plan that is PERFECT for the summer. It is a bit longer than my normal Bible Reading Plans — eleven weeks/6 days a week. The reason for this is that I wanted to take the kids through every book of the Bible this summer! There is a suggested reading for each day (older kids can do the first reading, younger kids can do the one in parenthesis), as well as discussion questions and activities. When there are two activities listed, the first one is aimed towards younger children and the second one is aimed to older children/teens. You can use this plan as a family, or print it off and let your kids read on their own!

Note: The Old Testament plan is pretty much in chronological order, while the New Testament goes in the order of the books of the Bible.

I hope this plan helps your family grow closer to Jesus this summer!

Cheri

Sixty-6_ A Bible ReadingPlan for Kidsof all Ages

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Week One

Day One

We are going to start our Bible reading at the very beginning – both of the Bible and of all history! Let’s take a look at what happened when God created man and woman!

To Read: Genesis 1:26-31

To Discuss: What was special about the man and woman that God created?  What did God say about His creation? What does that mean about you? What does God think about you? Discuss how God made each person in the family exactly as He wanted them to be! Some He made girls, some He made boys . . . He knew exactly what He was doing when He made you!

To Do:

1. Have your child lie down on a large piece of paper (or tape several pieces of paper together to get the right size). Trace around his body. Then have him fill in the body to make the picture look like himself Discuss what makes him special as you are doing this. Say: God made you special – He made you exactly the way He wanted you to be. Spend time today thanking God for how He made you.

2. Think about each person in your family. What words would you use to describe each person? Take sticky-notes and write one word on each sticky note to describe each person in the family. Stick these notes on the person you are describing (Make sure you are being nice!!!) Have fun reading off the notes and thanking God for how He made each person in your family unique and special!

Day Two

Some time during the book of Genesis, lived a man named Job. Job was a man who loved God with all his heart. God allowed Satan to test Job by putting him through some horrible situations. Job remained faithful to God through it all. Let’s take a look at how this testing of Job began.

To Read: Job 1 (Job 1:8-12)

To Discuss:   Why do you think God allowed Job to be tested by Satan? Has anything ever happened to you that seemed to make no sense? How do you respond? Sometimes bad things happen to us for no apparent reason. We need to remember, however, that God loves us and will be with us when we go through these hard times – even if we never understand why these things happen.

To Do:

One of the ways that Satan hurt Job was by causing a great wind to come and kill all his sons and daughters. Make a “great wind” in a bottle.  

Day Three

The rest of Genesis takes us through the flood, the beginning of God’s chosen people (the Israelites), and the moving of these people into Egypt where they eventually ended up as slaves. The people cried out to be delivered – God heard them and used his servant, Moses, to lead them out of slavery. Let’s take a look at what happened when the Israelites were escaping from Egypt and how God showed His power in a mighty way.

To Read: Exodus 14:13-31 (Exodus 14:21-22)

To Discuss: How did God show His power in these verses?   How do you think the Israelites felt when they walked through the sea? How would you have felt? What do these verses teach you about God? Discuss how God can do anything – He can even control nature! Sometimes it takes a step of faith on our part, though! We have to be willing to go where God wants us to go and do what God wants us to do!

To Do:

1. Make blue gelatin with your child. As you are making it, have him try to separate it (like the sea was separated). Discuss how this is an impossible task for us, but NOTHING is impossible for God! Once the gelatin hardens, take it out and separate it so that the gelatin makes “walls” of water. Have fun eating it together – and talking about today’s Bible reading.

2. Is there anything in your life right now that seems “impossible”? Draw a picture of what you think it looked like when the sea was divided. Write some of your “impossible” things on the picture of the water. Spend time praying for each of these things. Remember, NOTHING is impossible with God!

Day Four

Today we are in the book of Leviticus. This book has a lot of the laws that the Israelites had to follow. It can be difficult to read all these laws and see what the people had to do just to be forgiven for their sins! Reading through Leviticus should make us thankful that we have Jesus! He was the perfect sacrifice for our sins – once and for all! No longer do we have to follow all these Old Testament Laws!

To Read: Leviticus 1:1-4 (Leviticus 1:4)

To Discuss: Why do you think the sacrifice had to be “without defect”? Do you think it was possible to have a sacrifice that was completely without defect? Why or why not? Why did the people have to place their hands on the head of this animal? How did this symbolize what Jesus was going to do when he died on the cross?

To Do:

Write down some of the sins that you have committed on a piece of paper. Talk about the process of how the people had to be forgiven for their sins back in the Old Testament. Then take a match and burn the paper (or make a fire and throw all the papers in the fire). Talk about how Jesus makes it possible for us to have our sins forgiven today. He was the ultimate sacrifice – a true lamb without defect!

Day Five

In the book of Numbers, the people have safely escaped from Egypt and are now getting ready to enter the promised land. They are given a chance to go in and take over this land . . . and Moses sends some spies to check it out first. Let’s see what happens next.

To Read: Numbers 13:1-3, 13:21-14:10 (Numbers 13:30-33)

To Discuss: What was the response of the spies to the people who lived in the land? Who were the only ones who showed faith? What happened as a result? What does this tell you about the people at this time? Even though the people had seen God do impossible things many, many times before this, they still doubted Him! We serve the SAME God!! Do you ever doubt Him? What situations make it difficult for you to have faith?

To Do:

Use toothpicks, grapes and other pieces of fruit (like bananas or apples) to make your own “giant” people. Talk about how God is bigger than any giant in our lives while you eat your newly created snack.

Day Six

Because of the people’s unbelief, they were unable to enter the promised land themselves – only their kids could enter it! The only exception was the 2 spies – Joshua and Caleb. So, for the next 40 years, the people waited in the wilderness until all the people who had doubted God had died and the kids (who were now adults) were ready to enter the land. During this time, the book of Deuteronomy was written. It contains reminders of the law that God had given the people. Let’s read a bit of it today:

To Read: Deuteronomy 6:1-9 (Deuteronomy 6:5).

To Discuss: Why do you think it was important for the people to write these commands everywhere and tell them to everyone? Is this still important today? How would you apply these verses to your life today?

To Do:

1. Help your child make a heart out of red construction paper. Inside the heart, have him draw or write ways that he can show God that he loves Him.

2. How can you show God you love Him with all your heart, soul, and might? Make a list of the different ways and then put that list into practice!

Sing along!! 

Week Two

Day One

Finally the wandering in the wilderness is at an end. All of the older generation (except Joshua and Caleb) have died and the kids are now adults and they are ready to take over the Promised Land! Joshua tells us the story of how they do this. Let’s read some of it today.

To Read: Joshua 6 (Joshua 6:15-21)

To Discuss: How did the people take over the promised land? What is amazing about this? What does this tell you about God? Are you willing to obey God – even when the instructions seem a bit strange?

To Do:

1. Act this story out with your child! Build a wall out of bricks and have fun marching around it seven times and then blowing horns and shouting. Talk about how God can do anything!

2. Act this out with food! Use graham crackers and frosting to make a wall. Use E.L. Fudge crackers as people and bugles as the trumpets. Blow the trumpets, shout, and eat the wall!

Day Two

The book of Judges takes us through a cycle of what happens after Joshua and Caleb die. For awhile, the people serve God . . . but eventually they forget all about Him. Because of their disobedience, God allows them to be conquered by other nations, where they eventually call out to God and he sends a deliverer (called a “Judge”) to rescue them. They then follow God . . . as long as the Judge is alive. But when the Judge dies, they soon forget about God and the cycle continues. Let’s take a look at one of the stories of deliverance from this book.

To Read: Judges 7 (Judges 7”19-22)

To Discuss: How did God show His power in these verses? What do you think Gideon was feeling/thinking during all of this? How would you have felt?

To Do:

1. Use a paper towel tube and aluminum foil to help your child make a “trumpet”. Have him walk through the house shouting “A sword for the Lord and for Gideon”. Talk about the power of God!

2. Make your own “comic book” style depiction of this story. Share it with the rest of your family – and then tell them the part of this story that stands out to you the most.

Day Three

In the middle of the period of the Judges comes a beautiful story of love and redemption. A young woman named Ruth (who is not even an Israelite) marries a Jewish man. The man dies, along with his brother and father, leaving Ruth and her mother-in-law alone. Ruth could have gone back to her own people, but she decides to stay with her mother-in-law and serve the one true God. Eventually, God leads Ruth to someone who can “redeem her”, she marries him, and she ends up in the line of Jesus Christ! Let’s read the part where Ruth’s “kinsman redeemer” makes the commitment to take care of Ruth.

To Read: Ruth 4:1-6. 13-17 (Ruth 4:14-15)

To Discuss: How is this story a picture of what Jesus does for us? What is significant about Ruth being in the line of Christ? What does this story tell you about God’s love?

To Do:

1. A baby brought hope and joy to Naomi. Babies often bring joy to people! Look at baby pictures of your child with him and talk about the joy that he brought to your life when he entered your family.

2. Did you notice the way they sealed their deal? They exchanged sandals! Play a game with sandals today! Take a shoe and pass it around your family while playing music. When the music stops, whoever is holding the shoe says one thing that they thank God for!

Day Four

After Ruth came a judge named Samuel. Samuel was the last judge of Israel, and he was obedient to God from a very young age! When he was three, he went and lived in the temple, where he served God for the rest of his life. Let’s take a look at what happened the first time God spoke to Samuel.

To Read: 1 Samuel 3:1-21 (1 Samuel 3:5-9).

To Discuss: Explain how God first spoke to Samuel. What did Samuel think was happening? How did Samuel finally respond?

To Do:

1. Act out this story with your child. He will love pretending to be Samuel when you pretend to be God (and vice-versa)!

2. When God finally gave His message to Samuel, it wasn’t a very fun message! How do you think Samuel felt about this message? Do you think there are things that God wants you to say/do today that might be difficult? Spend time praying for courage to always do and say what God wants you to!

Day Five

At the end of 1 Samuel, the people are no longer satisfied with a Judge. Instead, they want a King. God tells Samuel not to take it personally, that they are not rejecting Samuel but rather God, and Samuel anoints the first King of Israel – a man by the name of Saul. Saul starts off good, but doesn’t stay that way, and Samuel anoints the second king – a young shepherd boy named David. David is described as “a man after God’s own heart” and, while he makes mistakes, his devotion for God is strong. God promises David that an everlasting King will come from his family – one who will reign forever. This King is King Jesus! Let’s read about when God makes that very special promise to David.

To Read: 2 Samuel 7:8-17 (2 Samuel 7:12-13)

To Discuss: What is the significance of what God is telling David in these verses? How do you think David felt when he received this promise? God told David that this King will have a kingdom that will never end – what does that mean? Are you part of that kingdom today?

To Do:

1. This passage is about a special King – King Jesus! Help your child make a crown while talking about King Jesus!

2. God reminded David about his humble beginnings as a shepherd. Isn’t it great to know that God can use anyone to carry out His plans? Spend time today asking God to use YOU to carry out His plans, too!

Day Six

The story of Israel is also contained in 1 & 2 Chronicles. Some of the events in these book happen at the same time as the events in 1 & 2 Kings. Today, we are going to look at some of the mighty men who served King David as found in the book of 1 Chronicles.

To Read: 1 Chronicles 11:10-25 (1 Chronicles 11:10)

To Discuss: David surrounded himself with people who helped him and supported him! Who do you surround yourself with? Why is it important to have people around you who will help you?

To Do:

1. David had a lot of “Mighty Men”. These people had great courage! Play with your child, pretending to be David and his mighty men. Talk about some of the things these mighty men may have done. Have even more fun with this by using mini-figures to represent the mighty men, or making your own “army” out of “army guys” or “dolls”.

2. Choose one of the “mighty men” from today’s story and write your own story about how this person served David.

Week Three

Day One

David loved to write songs! In fact, he wrote a whole song book – what we call the Book of Psalms! Psalms is full of song lyrics – some happy, some sad, some full of praise, some full of questions. Let’s read one of these songs today.

To Read: Psalm 46 (Psalm 46:1-3)

To Discuss: How do you feel when you read this Psalm? How can you apply this Psalm to your life?

To Do:

1. Help your child make a mountain out of playdough (or a flour and water mixture, or whatever else you have on hand). Have even more fun by mixing baking soda and vinegar together at the top of the mountain to make a “volcano”. Talk with your child about how God made the mountains and volcanoes (and everything else) and about how we can trust Him to help us when things are scary.

2. What kinds of things scare you? Write your own “Psalm”, sharing how you can trust God – even when things are scary and seemingly out of control.

Day Two

After David died, his son, Solomon, became king. Solomon was very wise – the wisest man who ever lived! He, along with a few other people, put some of his wise words down in a book called Proverbs. Let’s read some of those words today.

To Read: Proverbs 16:1-9 (Proverbs 16:9)

To Discuss: There are a lot of great tidbits of wisdom in these verses! Discuss your favorites.

To Do:

1. The Lord directs our steps! Take your child outside and have him paint with his feet! Paint the bottom of his feet and let him run around on your sidewalk, making a “path” with his steps. Then talk about what it means that the Lord “directs our steps”. You might also want to play a game of follow the leader, stressing the importance of following God wherever He leads.

2. Are you a “planner”? Do you have your plans all figured out? Spend time today asking God to be in charge of your life and to show you what His plans for your life are.

Day Three

Ecclesiastes is also a book of wisdom, possibly written by Solomon. This book can be depressing to read, as the writer talks about how everything is meaningless without God. The main point of this book can be summarized in the verses we are going to read today – remember God, because, in the end, nothing else matters except your relationship with Him. Let’s read those verses now.

To Read: Ecclesiastes 12:1-8 (Ecclesiastes 12:1)

To Discuss: Why is it important to remember your creator in the days of your youth? How can having a relationship with God when you are young impact your entire life?

To Do:

1. Talk with your child about how he is not too young to serve God! Help him come up with some ways that he can serve God today! Choose one of the things from his list and help him do that!

2. Make a poster with the first verse from today’s reading on it. Hang that poster in your room and read it every day!

Day Four

While Solomon was very wise, he also had some weaknesses. His biggest weakness was his love for women. He had many, many wives! There is a book in the Bible dedicated to one of his wives – it is a love story that celebrates the beauty of marriage. We are going to read a small part of it today – a warning about being careful in our relationships.

To Read: Ecclesiastes 3:5 (Ecclesiastes 3:5)

To Discuss: What does it mean to not arouse or awaken love until she pleases? What is God’s plan for marriage? (This is a good time to have a discussion with older kids about God’s design for marriage and purity!)

To Do:

1. Talk with your child about your relationship with your spouse. (If you are not married, you can talk about a special relationship in the past or about what you pray for him in his future relationship). This would be a fun time to go through your wedding album with your child and talk about that special day. End by praying for your child’s future spouse.

2. Take some time today to make a list of qualities that your future spouse must have (for example, he must be a Christian and put God first). Pray over this list. Then, when you are dating in the future, remember those things on this list that you are not willing to change (like must be a Christian). Spend time praying for your future spouse.

Day Five

After Solomon dies, the nation of Israel goes downhill. The nation is divided into two parts – a northern kingdom and a southern kingdom. The northern kingdom has only bad kings, while the southern kingdom only has a few good kings. In the middle of these bad kings comes a prophet by the name of Elijah. Elijah follows God and is not afraid to stand for Him no matter what. One of these times comes on top of a mountain. Let’s read about this showdown today.

To Read: 1 Kings 18:20-46 (1 Kings 18:25-39)

To Discuss: Explain what happened during this showdown. What parts of this story do you like the best? How does God demonstrate His power in this story?

To Do:

1. Help your child gather rocks, sticks, and pitchers of water. Help him arrange the rocks and sticks in a cake pan to make an altar. Pour water over the top of the whole thing. Try to light it on fire. Talk about why it was difficult and the miracle that happened in today’s story!

2. Elijah had to trust God to answer with fire. Do you trust God to answer your prayers? Take a rock and write the word “Trust” on it. Decorate the rock if you’d like. Keep that rock somewhere to remind you to trust God to answer your prayers.

Day Six

Elijah’s story has an amazing ending! He doesn’t die . . . let’s read about what happens to him and who takes over as God’s prophet.

To Read: 2 Kings 2:1-15 (2 Kings 2:11-12)

To Discuss: What happened to Elijah? What was Elisha’s response? How do you think Elisha felt watching this? How is this a fitting end to Elijah’s time on earth?

To Do:

Use cheese, pretzels, and whatever other snack foods you have on hand to help your child make a fiery chariot. Have fun eating it together while talking about today’s story. Older kids can have fun making this snack today, too!

Week Four

Day One

One of the good kings in the southern kingdom was a man named Hezekiah. Whenever he was faced with challenges, he prayed and asked God for help. Today we are going to read about one of those times.

To Read: 2 Chronicles 32:9-23 (2 Chronicles 32:20-22)

To Discuss: What did Sennacherib threaten? How did Hezekiah respond? How did God answer his prayer? Hezekiah’s first response was to pray. What is your first response?

To Do:

1. When something scary was happening to Hezekiah, he prayed! Help your child understand that he can pray about scary things, too! Help your child draw a picture of something that scares him . . . and then spend time praying about it together!

2. Make your own prayer journal (find some prayer journal pages here) and write down your prayer requests and answers to prayer.

Day Three

God was not happy with the nation of Israel. Both of the kingdoms were disobeying him and following other gods. God wanted the people to turn back to Him . . . and He sent several prophets to tell the people to repent! We are going to start looking at some of these today . . . and we will start with a very small book called Obadiah.

To Read: Obadiah 1:15-17 (Obadiah 1:15)

To Discuss: What was the warning here? Is there any hope given in these verses? How would you feel if you were given this warning?

To Do:

Part of these verses say, “As you have done, it will be done to you.” This is similar to the “Golden Rule” in the NewTestament, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Discuss both of these statements with your child. Then spend some time talking about how you should treat other people. Role play situations where it might be hard to treat people well, and use these situations to show your child how to respond to everything as Jesus would want.

Day Three

Even though the Lord was not happy with His people, He still loved them. He wanted them to turn back to Him, and gave them plenty of opportunities to do so. He also sometimes used these prophets to tell about what would happen in the future . . . in the long-distance future! Let’s look at what He said through the prophet Joel . . . and how that message is also a message to us today!

To Read: Joel 2:18-33 (Joel 32-33)

To Discuss: What were the promises in these verses? What are the promises for us today?

To Do:

These verses say that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved! That means anyone can become a Christian! Spend time today praying for people you know who need Jesus!

Day Four

While all these prophets were being sent to Israel, one prophet from Israel was sent to a foreign nation. This prophet was named Jonah . . . and he did not want to have anything to do with what God was calling him to do. He didn’t like the people of Ninevah, and he had no intention of going there with God’s message. In fact, he went the opposite direction. God worked out His plan, though, causing Jonah to be thrown over the ship and swallowed by a large fish. He was eventually given a second chance, and he shared God’s message with the people of Ninevah (who, unlike the Israelites, immediately repented and followed God!!!) Today, let’s read the beginning of this story.

To Read: Jonah 1 (Jonah 1:12-17)

To Discuss: Why did Jonah not want to go to Ninevah? Do you ever not want to do something God wants you to do? What can you do to make sure you always obey God – even when it’s hard?

To Do:

1. Drape a large blanket over a table and sit under the table with your child. Talk about what it might have been like for Jonah inside the fish. Talk about how it can sometimes be hard to do the right thing, but we need to always do what is right . . . no matter what! End by eating goldfish crackers and watching “Jonah” by Veggie Tales.

2. Sketch a picture of a fish. Inside the fish, make a list of things that God might want you to do that you find difficult. Pray about each item on your list.

Day Five

Amos was a shepherd whom God used to deliver a message of repentance to His people. He was still giving them a chance to turn back to Him. Let’s read some of the message that Amos gave the people.

To Read: Amos 5:4-15 (Amos 5:14-15)

To Discuss: What were some of the ways the Israelites were disobeying God? What did God want the people to do? Does God want the same for us today? How can we seek good and not evil?

To Do:

1. Hate Evil, love good! Talk to your child about how we should RUN from evil!!! Play a fun game. Make a list of things that are “evil” and things that are “good”. Then say one word at a time. If the word you say is something “evil” your child should run away from you. If it is something “good” your child should run towards you. Have fun with this . . . but be sure to emphasize that we need to stay away from those things that are evil and run towards those things that are good.

2. God wants us to establish justice. There is a lot of injustice in the world. What is one area of injustice that you care a lot about? Do some research on it and then do something to help spread awareness for this issue.

Day Six

Another prophet at this time was a guy named Hosea. While many of the prophets were sent with tough messages about God’s punishment, Hosea was sent with a message of love. Hosea’s message was that God loved His people – even though they were unfaithful to Him. Hosea’s life demonstrated God’s incredible love for His people – as Hosea lived out God’s unfailing love through a relationship with his unfaithful spouse. Hosea showed the people that God was willing to pay a price for the people . . . and, in fact, Jesus would pay that price several years in the future. Let’s take a look at part of Hosea’s message to the people.

To Read: Hosea 14 (Hosea 14:9)

To Discuss: What is the message to the people in this chapter? How can verse 9 be applied to us today?

To Do:

1. The righteous will walk in the ways of the Lord. Go for a walk with your child, talking about how important it is to always follow Jesus . . . staying on the right path.

2. Some people will tell you that there is no absolute right or wrong, but we know that is not true. There are things that are right 100% of the time . . . and there are things that are wrong 100% of the time. Ask God to help you know what is right and what is wrong – and to always do the right thing no matter what.

Week Five

Day One

Another prophet during this time was Isaiah. Isaiah had a long message for the people . . . one which actually prophesied about Jesus Christ as well! Let’s take a look today at what happened when God called Isaiah to be his prophet.

To Read: Isaiah 6:1-8 (Isaiah 6:8)

To Discuss: What vision did Isaiah have? How did Isaiah respond to this vision? What did God ask Isaiah? How did Isaiah respond? Are you willing to respond the same way?

To Do:

1. Help your child write the words “Send me” on a piece of paper and decorate the paper. Then take a picture of your child holding that up in front of him. Print the picture off, frame it, and hang it in his room. Talk with him about what it means to tell God, “Send me”.

2. Do you have a mirror in your room? Write the words “Send me” on the mirror with a marker. Then, every time you look in the mirror, ask God to show you where He wants to send you and to help you do what He wants you to do.

Day Two

Micah was another prophet sent to warn the people of Israel. He also was given special prophecies about Jesus . . . mainly about His birth! Among his prophecies was the one that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem (which he was several hundred years later). In the middle of this book, however, are a couple verses that summarize the way God wants His people to live. Check them out:

To Read: Micah 6:6-8 (Micah 6:8)

To Discuss: According to these verses, what does God desire for us? What does that mean to you?

To Do:

1. Let’s focus on loving kindness today! Help your child think of something kind that he can do for someone else . . . then help him do it!

2. Make a poster of verse 8. Hang this poster in your room.

Day Three

Remember how Jonah was sent to Ninevah with a message from God? Nahum was also sent to Ninevah . . . about 100 years later. This time, however, the people of Ninevah did not listen – and they were destroyed. Let’s read part of Nahum’s message today.

To Read: Nahum 1:1-15 (Nahum 1:3)

To Discuss: What was Nahum’s message? How does this message relate to us today?

To Do:

1. The Lord is slow to anger. Talk about what it means to be slow to anger. Play a game with your child: take a paper plate and draw an angry face on one side and a happy face on the other. The angry face reminds us that the Lord is slow to anger (and we should be slow to anger, too). Whenever you show the angry face, your child should walk very slowly. Whenever you show the happy face, your child should run – because we should be QUICK to love! Have your child stand on one side of the yard while you stand on the other. Play red light/green light . . . only using the paper plate (red light = angry face, green light = happy face).

2. Which verses stick out to you the most in this passage? Draw pictures to represent that verse.

Day Four

God sent a lot of prophets to his people! He gave them plenty of warnings! Another one of these prophets was Habakkuk. Habakkuk knew things were going to get bad . . . but he also knew that God would be with him no matter what happened, and he promised to praise God no matter how bad things got. We will see those words in today’s reading.

To Read: Habakkuk 3:17-19 (Habakkuk 3:19)

To Discuss: How is the Lord our strength? How does the Lord help us in good times and bad?

To Do:

1. Take a bunch of newspapers, pillows, or blankets and stuff your child with them to make your child look like he has huge muscles! Take pictures of him posing with big, strong muscles! Then say: It is fun to pretend to be strong . . . but God is stronger than anything or anyone! Isn’t it great to know that God is on our side?

2. Habakkuk said he was going to praise God even though the world around him was falling apart. Do you ever feel like the world around you is falling apart? How can Habakkuk’s words help you during those times? Write your own prayer to God, praising Him even when things are tough.

Day Five

Zephaniah gave another warning to the people . . . but he also told them that there would still be a “remnant” of believers. Even though the kingdoms were going to be conquered, there would still be people who stayed true to God through it all.

To Read: Zephaniah 3:12-20 (Zephaniah 3:16-17)

To Discuss: How does the Lord feel about His remnant? How do you think these words would have been an encouragement to the people who were serving God at this time? How are these words an encouragement to you?

To Do:

1. These verses say that God rejoices over His people with shouts of joy! Can you imagine God rejoicing over you? Show your child what it might be like for God to “rejoice over him” by holding him in your arms and shouting out all the things you love about your child. Say, “I love you soooo much, but God loves you even more!!” and then end your time together by tickling him!

2. What does it mean to you that “God rejoices over you”? Spend time thinking about the great love that God has for you!

Day Six

Jeremiah was the last prophet before the southern kingdom was taken into captivity. (The northern kingdom had been taken into captivity several years before, but the southern kingdom was still holding on.) God sent Jeremiah to His people with a very unpopular message – and as a result, Jeremiah was treated pretty poorly! Jeremiah never backed down, though, and eventually his message came true and the people were conquered. God did give Jeremiah a promise, though, and that was that the captivity would only last for 70 years. Let’s take a look today at the day God called Jeremiah to be His prophet.

To Read: Jeremiah 1:4-10 (Jeremiah 1:4-5)

To Discuss: When did God have a plan for Jeremiah’s life? What did God tell Jeremiah to do? How did God reassure Jeremiah? Do you ever feel like Jeremiah did? How does God help you during those times?

To Do:

1. God knew Jeremiah and had a plan for his life before Jeremiah was even born! God loves your child and has a plan for his life, too! If you have copies of your child’s ultrasound pictures, show them to him today and talk about how babies who are inside their mommies are important and loved, too!

2. Do you ever use your age as an excuse as to why you can’t do something big for God? How do you think God would respond to that? God can use you . . . no matter how young or old you are! Spend time today asking God to show you His plan for your life!

Week Six

Day One

The book of Lamentations is a lament – a book of sorrow and sadness reflecting on the captivity of the southern kingdom. Jeremiah, the prophet who warned the people the captivity was coming also wrote this book. In the middle of the book, however, is a reminder of God’s faithfulness. Let’s read those verses today.

To Read: Lamentations 3:19-26 (Lamentations 3:22-23)

To Discuss: What gives Jeremiah hope? How can this give you hope, too?

To Do:

1. God loves us SOOO much! Every morning, he has more and more love for us! Help your child make a sun craft to remind him of this. Cut a big circle out of yellow paper (or paint white paper yellow). Then cut several long rectangles out of yellow and orange paper to be the sun’s rays. Have your child write or draw one way that God shows His love to us on each ray of the sun. Then attach the rays to the circle. Write verses 22 & 23 on the circle. Hang the sun in your child’s room.

2. Jeremiah remembered God’s faithfulness and it gave him hope. What gives you hope? Write a letter to God, thanking Him for His faithfulness and mercy to you.

Day Two

The people had been warned, but they would not repent! Finally, God had enough, and the southern kingdom of Judah was conquered by “a lion from the north” – or the Babylonians. The Israelites were taken into captivity. Many of the teenagers were taken into a special program where their names were changed and they were indoctrinated in the ways of the Babylonians. This program lasted for 3 years, and then the graduates were given places to work in the kingdom. Daniel and his friends were among these teenagers. These four young men determined that they would serve the one true God no matter what, and, while their faith was put to the test, they always stood strong. Daniel stayed committed to God his entire life. He served several different kings of Babylon and was promoted to a high place of leadership. Not all the other leaders liked Daniel, however, and some of them devised a way to get rid of him. Let’s read about that today.

To Read: Daniel 6 (Daniel 6:16-22)

To Discuss: What would you have been thinking if you were Daniel? What do you think it was like for Daniel when he was thrown in the lion’s den? What can you learn from the story of Daniel?

To Do:

1. Act out this story with your child! Use paper plates to make lion masks. Then have one of you pretend to be the lions (make sure you are mean and loud!!!) and the other pretend to be Daniel. Have fun acting out the story and discussing the courage and faith of Daniel!

2. Make your own lion snack! Use cut-up bananas, oranges, and other items to make a lion’s face. Be creative! When you have the perfect lion, take a picture and then eat it up!

Day Three

Ezekiel lived at the same time as Daniel. Like Daniel, he was a displaced Jew who was now living in Babylon. Unlike Daniel, he did not live in the palace and serve the king. One day, God gave Ezekiel a vision and prophecy, which Ezekiel wrote down in the book of Ezekiel. Let’s read part of it today.

To Read: Ezekiel 37:1-14 (Ezekiel 37:7-8)

To Discuss: Why did God have Ezekiel prophesy to a bunch of dried up bones? What did this represent? What was the promise God gave to the people of Israel through Ezekiel?

To Do:

God can bring new life to even things that are dead – like the bones in this passage! Make a skeleton craft using q-tips and black construction paper. Glue the q-tips on the paper to make the skeleton. Use white paper or chalk to make a head for the skeleton. Talk about what this passage means for us today.

A song for today: Come Alive (Dry Bones) a song by Lauren Daigle:  

Day Four

The time of captivity was coming to an end. A man named Zerubbabel was a leader among the Israelites and God had a message for him. He used a prophet named Haggai to deliver this message – a message that challenged Zerubbabel to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem. Let’s read some of that message today.

To Read: Haggai 1:1-15 (Haggai 1:7)

To Discuss: What did God want Zerubbabel to do? Why was this important? How would you feel if you were given a task like Zerubbabel?

To Do:

1. Zerubbabel was told to rebuild the temple of the Lord. Help your child “build” a temple today. Use blocks, legos, or boxes (or whatever you have on hand) and build a temple together.

2. The temple was important to worship in Old Testament times – it was considered the house of God. Today, however, there is a different “house of God”. What is it? (Hint: Read 1 Corinthians 6:19-20). How should we treat that temple? What are some ways that we can make sure we are treating God’s temple well? Make a list of ways you can care for God’s temple – your body.

Day Five

God also spoke to a man named Zechariah during this time, reminding the people of their past and sharing a message for the future. In this middle of these prophecies, God states again the importance of justice and compassion. Let’s read those verses today.

To Read: Zechariah 7:8-14 (Zechariah 7:9-10)

To Discuss: What did God want the people to do? Did the people listen? What was the result? Do you think God still cares about the widow, orphan, stranger, and poor today? How does He want us to respond to these people?

To Do:

God loves all people – and He wants us to love and care for all people, too. Make a special gift for someone you know from one of these groups. Deliver that gift and do something nice for them while you are at their house, too!

Day Six

The Persian nation had conquered Babylon and the Jews in Babylon were in the process of being set free and rebuilding the temple when a young Jewish girl back in Persia found herself in a position of power that eventually led to her saving her people from destruction! Let’s read part of her story today.

To Read: Esther 4 (Esther 4:13-16)

To Discuss: Why was Esther afraid to stand up for her people? What was Mordecai’s response to this? What do you think of Esther’s response in verse 16?

To Do:

1. Make a king’s scepter out of paper towel tubes and whatever art supplies you have on hand. Talk about the danger Esther faced when she approached the king, but how she still did the right thing. Encourage your child to always do the right thing, too.

2. Mordecai challenged Esther that maybe she was queen for “such a time as this”. What does that phrase mean to you? Do you think God could have a special purpose in mind for you . . . do you have a “for such a time as this” moment? Make a poster out of those words (“for such a time as this”) to remind you to always seek to do what God has planned for you!

Week Seven

Day One

The Persian empire is now in control of Babylon and God moves the king, a guy by the name of Cyrus, to let the Israelites go back to their original homes and rebuild the temple. Remember Zerubbabel? He is going to lead this project! Ezra is one of the prophets at this time, and he records what happens in his book, appropriately titled “Ezra”.

To Read: Ezra 3:8-13 (Ezra 3:10-11)

To Discuss: What did the people do when the foundation for the temple was laid? Why were some praising and rejoicing while others were mourning?

To Do:

1. When the foundation of the temple was laid, the people had a huge praise party! Have a praise party with your child today. Help him make some home-made instruments (you can even use pots and pans if you want) and have a parade through the house (or neighborhood) singing songs and shouting out praise to God!

2. Some of the people were praising God, and some were weeping. We should be free to express whatever emotion we have before God. What things make you rejoice? What things make you weep? Make a list and then pray about all of those things today.

Day Two

Nehemiah was cupbearer to the king of Persia. He was also a Jew and he had heard about what was happening back in Jerusalem – that the people were having great difficulty and the walls around the city were not being repaired. The king saw that Nehemiah was in great distress, and, after finding out why, the king gave Nehemiah permission and resources to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem! Let’s take a look at some of the words of Nehemiah.

To Read: Nehemiah 2 (Nehemiah 2:1-8)

To Do:

1. The king gave Nehemiah special letters giving him permission to go back and rebuild his city. Have your child pretend to be a king. Give him some paper and stamps (if you have them) and have him write or draw a special letter like the king may have written for Nehemiah. Roll it up and seal it with a stamp.

2. Nehemiah faced opposition when he set out to rebuild the walls. Do you ever face opposition when you try to do something right? What can you learn from Nehemiah’s response to opposition? Write about a time when you faced opposition and how you handled it.

Day Three

We are now ready to read from the last book of the Old Testament – the book of Malachi. After the book of Malachi is written, God is silent. The next time He speaks, He will speak to a young Jewish girl, and it will be to announce that she is to be the mother of the Messiah – Jesus Christ!

To Read: Malachi 3 (Malachi 3:8)

To Discuss: How did God say the people were robbing Him? God wants us to give our best to Him. Are you giving Him your best?

To Do:

1. Help your child make his own treasure chest or piggy bank based on whatever materials you have on hand (you can even use a can or water bottle for this). Then encourage your child to fill it up with change until it is full. When it is full, take it to church and give it as an offering to God.

2. Are you giving a regular offering to God? Find a way to earn money – and then give part of that money (or all of it) to God as an offering.

Day Four

Hooray! We are now in the New Testament! Remember how I said that the next time God speaks, it will be to a young Jewish girl? Let’s read about that today. (NOTE: It’s been over 400 years since the book of Malachi was written).

To Read: Matthew 1:18-25 (Matthew 1:18-21)

To Discuss: How do you think Joseph and Mary felt when they were told they were going to be the parents of God’s son?

To Do:

An angel appeared to Joseph in a dream. Make an angel craft today. Find some cool ones here.

Day Five

The first four books of the New Testament share what happened when Jesus was on earth. Today we are going to read from the book of Mark.

To Read: Mark 11:1-10 (Mark 11:7-10)

To Discuss: How did the people treat Jesus when he came riding into town on a donkey? Why do you think they shouted these things out to him?

To Do:

The people laid down palm branches in front of Jesus to praise him as he came riding into town. Make your own palm branches today out of construction paper (or whatever else you have on hand). Write words to describe what you praise Jesus for on each of the palm branches.

Day Six

The book of Luke was written by a Doctor who researched the life of Jesus and wrote his book based on his findings. Let’s read what he reported about the death of Jesus.

To Read: Luke 23:33-56 (Luke 23:33-37)

To Discuss: What happened to Jesus in these verses? Why did Jesus have to die?

To Do:

Make a cross snack craft today. Frost a graham cracker with white frosting. Then use sliced grapes to make a cross and background on the graham crackers.

Week Eight

Day One 

John was written by one of the disciples of Jesus. He also wrote the books of 1, 2, & 3 John and Revelation. We will read about the resurrection of Jesus from John’s book today.

To Read: John 20 (John 20:11-18)

To Discuss: Discuss the different emotions that Mary felt in this chapter. What about the rest of the followers of Jesus? How would you have felt?

To Do:

The tomb was empty because Jesus had risen and the tomb is still empty today! Make an empty tomb cresent roll.   

Day Two

Dr. Luke also wrote the book of Acts. In the book of Acts, Luke writes about the beginning of the church. This also has the story of the conversion of Saul – a man who started off persecuting (even killing) Christians, but would become a great leader in the early church. But Luke begins his book with Jesus going back into heaven. Let’s read about that today.

To Read: Acts 1:1-11 (Acts 1:9-11)

To Discuss: What command did Jesus give the disciples? How does this command apply to you today?

To Do:

1. Help your child draw a picture of Jesus going into heaven. Give him cotton balls and have him glue those down on the paper to be clouds. Then have him draw a picture of Jesus going up into the clouds. Talk about how Jesus will one day come back down to earth to get us and take us to heaven!

2. Rewrite verse 8 using places that are familiar to you. What would be your Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria? Once you have it rewritten, make a poster of it and hang it in your room. Pray each day for opportunities to be Jesus’s witnesses in each of these places.

Day Three

Romans was a letter written by Paul to the church in Rome. Let’s read some of what he says.

To Read: Romans 8:26-39 (Romans 8:38-39)

To Discuss: What promises speak to you the most in these verses?

To Do:

1. NOTHING will separate us from the love of God! Play a game of hide and seek with your child. Each time you find your child, say, “Can you hide from God’s love?” NO!

2. Choose your favorite verse(s) from this passage. Draw a picture illustrating that verse. Show it to the other members of your family and see if they can figure out which verse you are illustrating.

Day Four

Paul also wrote 1 & 2 Corinthians. These books were written to the church in Corinth.

To Read: 1 Corinthians 15:50-58 (1 Corinthians 15:51-52)

To Discuss: What is the promise in these verses? How does it make you feel to know that we have victory over death through Jesus Christ?

To Do:

1. Act out these verses with your child. Have him lie down on the floor and pretend to be “dead” (you might even want to cover him with a blanket as if you are burying him). Then blow a horn (it can be a pretend horn) and have him jump up. See how fast he can do this. Talk about how some day all of us who love Jesus will be with him in heaven. Help your child draw pictures of what he thinks heaven will be like.

2. Some day we will all be changed. We will have a new and perfect body that will never get sick or hurt! What do you think this new body will be like? Write or draw something to represent what you think it will be like when we are all changed.

Day Five

Let’s look at a section of 2 Corinthians today.

To Read: 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (2 Corinthians 12:7-10)

To Discuss: What do you think the “thorn in the flesh” was? How did it impact Paul? What did he learn as a result?

To Do:

1. Talk to your child about things that bother him that he wishes would change. Talk about how, sometimes, these things don’t go away easily . . . or even at all. We need to learn to praise God, even when there are tough things that won’t go away. Plant a rose to show that something beautiful can come – even in the midst of the thorns!

2. Decorate a flower pot with words and designs from these verses. Then plant a rose to remind you that something beautiful can grow even in the midst of the thorns!

Day Six

Paul wrote the letter of Galatians to the church at Galatia. Let’s read what he said to them as he closed the letter.

To Read: Galatians 6:1-10 (Galatians 6:6-10)

To Discuss: How do you bear one another’s burdens? What does it mean that a man reaps what he sows? How can you do good to all people?

To Do:

Plant a garden . . . or visit a garden and pick your own fruit. Talk about the process of growing a garden and how this relates to the Christian life. If you are able to pick fruit, bring it home and make something tasty out of it . . . and then talk about how you want to make sure the fruit in your life is good and tasty, too.

Week Nine

Day One

The book of Ephesians was written by Paul to the church at Ephesus. Today we will read a very famous portion of this book about putting on the armor of God.

To Read: Ephesians 6:10-20 (Ephesians 6:10-11)

To Discuss: What is our fight really against? What does this mean? What is the armor of God and how does it help us in this fight?

To Do:

1. What are some things we can do to make us strong? We can exercise! Do some fun exercises with your child. Then say: Just like exercise makes our body strong, there are some things that can make us strong in the Lord. Do you know what they are?

2. Make an armor of God craft.  

3. Make your own “shield of faith”. Draw pictures of examples of when people have shown great faith . . . including you!

Day Two

The next book in the Bible is Philippians. Paul wrote this letter when he was in prison! This letter is all about attitude . . . our attitude should be just like Jesus’s was!

To Read: Philippians 3 (Philippians 3:20)

To Discuss: How should we live our lives according to this chapter? What verse sticks out to you the most in this chapter? Why?

To Do:

1. Talk to your child about how our real home is in heaven. We are just living here on earth for a short time! When someone visits a country that is not their own, he needs a passport! Help your child make a “passport”. Take his picture and glue it on a small piece of paper. Write on it that his citizenship is in heaven and have him decorate the inside with pictures of his true home . . . heaven!

2. According to these verses, everything should be like GARBAGE compared to knowing Jesus! Think about all your great accomplishments up to this point. Write down all the things you are proud of and the things that you own on a piece of paper. Then crumble that paper up and throw it in the garbage! The only thing that really matters in life is JESUS!

Day Three

The next book of the Bible is Colossians. This book was also written by Paul.

To Read: Colossians 3 (Colossians 3:17)

To Discuss: How are we supposed to do all things? Will keeping this in mind change the way you do your daily activities? How?

To Do:

1. Talk to your child about the jobs he does each day. Say: Every time you do something, remember, you are doing it for Jesus – even those jobs you don’t like! Have him draw a picture of himself on a piece of white paper. Then help him make a “broom” out of construction paper. On the broom, have him draw or write different things he does each day. Glue the broom on the paper and write Colossians 3:17 at the top of the paper.

2. How do you set your mind on things above? Draw a picture of yourself from the neck up. Make a speech bubble and write different ways that you can keep your mind focused on things above inside of this speech bubble. Pray, asking God to help you keep focused on Him.

Day Four

Another letter from Paul was 1 Thessalonians.

To Read: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18)

To Discuss: What is the promise found in these verses? How does this promise make you feel?

To Do:

1. Go outside and look at the clouds. Have fun pointing out the different shapes that you see in the clouds. Then talk to your child about how, someday, Jesus will come back and everyone who believes in Him will go up to heaven. Do you think we will go up riding on the clouds?

2. Make cloud dough. Use 1 cup of baby oil and 8 cups of flour mixed together. Talk about what it will be like to be taken “up in the clouds” to be with Jesus!

Day Five

To Read: 2 Thessalonians 3 (2 Thessalonians 3:1-2)

To Discuss: What would you consider the main theme of these verses? Have you ever spent time praying for people who are telling others about Jesus? Why don’t you do that today?

To Do:

1. In the first verse of this chapter, Paul asks the people to pray for him as he serves Jesus. We should also pray for our ministers and missionaries. Help your child make a card for a Christian leader you know. Send it to that leader . . . and then spend time praying for him.

2. Memorize verse 13. Make a poster or some other representation of this verse and place it somewhere to remind you to live by it each day.

Day Six

Paul wrote 1 & 2 Timothy to a young leader in the church named Timothy. He had a lot of great advice for Timothy, and we get to read it in these books. Check them out!

To Read: 1 Timothy 6:6-21 (1 Timothy 6:7-10)

To Discuss: Does verse 7 remind you of anything (think Job . . . )? What are some ways where you can see verse 9-10 at work in our world today? How can you guard yourself against this?

To Do:

1. Help your child make his own play money. Spend time playing “store” with it. Then talk about how it is important that we not love money more than God! Have him turn his play money over and draw pictures of things he has that he is thankful for or ways that he can praise God on the back of each piece of money.

2. Play a game of Monopoly. Discuss ways that you can keep money in its right place.

Week Ten

Day One

We will start this week on the second letter Paul wrote to Timothy.

To Read: 2 Timothy 4:1-8 (2 Timothy 4:6-7)

To Discuss: How can you see these verses happening in today’s world? How do Paul’s words in verses 6 & 7 encourage you?

To Do:

1. Paul talked about the reward he was going to get in the future. Talk with your child about rewards. Has he ever gotten an award for something? Help your child design an award (like a ribbon) that might be something a person who has “fought the good fight” and “finished the race” would receive.

2. Speaking the truth in the last days will be hard, but we still must do it! We must always be ready to speak the truth . . . we must fulfill our ministry! Practice “speaking the truth” today. Choose a topic that people don’t want to hear the truth about and research what the Bible says about that topic. Practice sharing the biblical truths on that topic with the other members of your family. Doing this will help you be prepared – in season and out of season!

Day Two

Today we will move on to one of Paul’s shorter letters – the book of Titus.

To Read: Titus 3:1-11 (Titus 3:5-7)

To Discuss: How does the kindness of God change us? Has His kindness changed you?

To Do:

1. We cannot save ourselves – we are saved through Jesus! Cut a heart shape out of a piece of paper. Talk to your child about the fact that we all do things that are wrong – we all sin. Have your child draw or write different things he has done that are wrong on the heart. Say: Look at all the things that we’ve done that are wrong! Aren’t you glad that Jesus forgives us and saves us! He makes it so that we don’t see those bad things any more! Cut another heart out (the same shape as before) and glue it over top of the other one. Jesus takes our sin away!

2. How can you be ready for every good deed? Think of some good deeds you can do for others. Make a list and then choose one and do it!

Day Three

There was once a slave named Onesimus. This slave ran away from his master (who was a Christian). When he was away from his master, he met Paul, and Paul introduced him to Jesus Christ. After he became a Christian, he knew he had to go back to his master. Paul wrote a letter to his master and sent it back with him. His master’s name was Philemon and the book of Philemon is Paul’s letter to him concerning his runaway slave. Let’s read through it today.

To Read: Philemon 1:1-25 (Philemon 1:4-5)

To Discuss: Talk about how Onesimus’s life changed. How did God use the situation in his life to bring about change? Can you think of any situation in your life that God has used to bring about change?

To Do:

Paul said that he thanks God for Philemon. Are there people that you are thankful for? Make a list of the people in your life that you are thankful for. Choose one or two to send a nice letter or card (or a picture that you draw). Pray for these people.

Day Four

We are not sure who wrote the book of Hebrews. It is a longer book that is written to the Jews. Let’s read a few verses out of it today.

To Read: Hebrews 12:1-3 (Hebrews 12:1-2)

To Discuss: What is that great cloud of witness talked about in verse 1? (You might want to read through Hebrews 11 to get an idea of some of the people who make up that group). Why is it important to fix your eyes on Jesus?

To Do:

1. Talk with your child about how living life is like running a race and we need to be faithful all the way through to the finish. Set up an obstacle course in your house (or outside) and have your child run through it. Cheer him on the whole time! Relate this to today’s reading.

2. Train to run a road race – and then do it! Keep your eyes on the finish line!!!

A song for today:  

Day Five

The book of James was written by one of Jesus’s brothers – a man by the name of James. Can you imagine being the younger brother of Jesus? We know from the gospels that Jesus’s brothers didn’t always believe in him – but James came to have faith in Jesus, became a leader in the church, and was eventually killed for his faith. Let’s take a look at some of his words today.

To Read: James 3:1-12 (James 3:2)

To Discuss: Does your tongue ever get you in trouble?

To Do:

1. We need to be careful of what we say! Give your child tongue depressors (or craft sticks) and have him write on each craft stick the types of things we should say. Say: Doctors use these tongue depressors to look into our mouths . . . they help keep the tongue out of the way! We need to make sure we keep the tongue out of the way, too . . . we need to ask God to help us say only good things! Things like this (read off the words your child drew on craft sticks)

2. What kind of damage can fire do? How is the tongue like that? Use pretzels and cheese to make a “fire”. Eat the fire while talking about ways you can use your tongue for good and not evil.

Day Six

Do you know who Peter was? He was one of the disciples of Jesus. He was pretty outspoken as a disciple, and he became a strong leader in the church. He also wrote the books of 1 & 2 Peter.

To Read: 1 Peter 2:13-25 (1 Peter 2:24-25)

To Discuss: What are the main themes in these verses? What stands out to you the most?

To Do:

1. Jesus took our sins on him when he died on the cross! Help your child make a torn paper cross craft. Cut out the shape of a cross for him. Then give him several colors of construction paper (or tissue paper). Have him rip the paper up into tiny pieces and glue them on the cross.

2. According to these verses, we are to honor our leaders. How do we honor those in authority over us? Pick a government leader, write him an encouraging letter, and then spend time praying for him.

Week 11

Day One

Today we will continue on in Peter’s writings.

To Read: 2 Peter 3:3-18 (2 Peter 3:18)

To Discuss: What is going to happen in the last days? How is Jesus going to return? Why has Jesus waited so long to return? What should you do as you wait for Jesus to return?

To Do:

1. Just like we grow physically, we need to also grow spiritually! Look at some old pictures of your child with him. Talk about the ways he has grown. Then talk about how he can grow closer to Jesus, too. Sing the song “Read your Bible pray every day” with him.

2. Read “The Final Battle”, book 7 of the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. How does this book reflect the verses you read today?

Day Two

Now we are back to some books written by John, the disciple whom Jesus loved. Love is the theme of these books, too. Take a look.

To Read: 1 John 2:1-17 (1 John 2:6)

To Discuss: How does keeping God’s commandments show that we love Him? How should we treat others?

To Do:

1. Play a game of Simon Says with your child. Remember, always do what “Simon Says” to do! When you finish, talk about how we should always do what God tells us to do. How do we know what God tells us to do? By reading the Bible!

2. Close your eyes and try to walk around your house. Are you very successful? Why not? John is telling us in these verses that if we don’t love people, it is like we are stumbling around in the darkness . . . we will not be very successful at getting anywhere! Is there anyone you are having a hard time loving? Pray for that person today!

Day Three

And now on to 2 John . . .

To Read: 2 John (2 John 6)

To Discuss: What is the commandment we had from the beginning?

To Do:

1. Trace your child’s foot on a piece of paper. Help him cut out the foot. Then have him draw or write ways that he can follow God’s commandments inside the foot. If you have more than one child, hang all the feet up on a wall as if they were walking in a path. Pray together, asking God to help you all walk in His ways.

2. How do we show that we love God? We walk according to His commandments! How do we know His commandments? We read the Bible! You have done a great job reading the Bible through this reading plan . . . make plans now for how you are going to keep reading the Bible after you are finished with this plan.

Day Four

And 3 John . . .

To Read: 3 John (3 John 11)

To Discuss: What should you imitate? How can you do this?

To Do:

1. Play a “mirror” game with your child. Stand in front of your child, and your child has to imitate everything you do . . . doing exactly what you do and how you do it. (Older children would have fun and a bit more of a challenge if you have them “mirror” what you do . . . they have to do it as if they are a mirror image of you). Talk about what it means to imitate what is good.

2. Write the words “imitate what is good” on an index card and tape it to your mirror. Remind yourself of that every time you look into the mirror.

Day Five

Jude was another one of Jesus’s brothers. He also came to believe in Jesus, and he wrote the book of Jude.

To Read: Jude (Jude 20-21)

To Discuss: How are you to behave in these last days?

To Do:

1. Make heart shaped cookies with your child today to remind him to live in the love of God!

2. These verses say to build yourselves up in faith. Play a game of Jenga . . . stacking the blocks carefully. When the blocks fall over, discuss some of the things that make people fall away from the faith. How can you make sure you don’t fall?

Day Six

This is so exciting! We have finally reached the last book of the Bible! This book was written by John. He was sent off to an island for his belief in Jesus, and, while on that island, he had a vision of the end of time and of heaven! Let’s end our reading plan by reading from the very last chapter of the very last book of the Bible!

To Read: Revelation 22 (Revelation 22:12-13)

To Discuss: How many times does Jesus say he is coming quickly? Why hasn’t he come yet? (remember what we’ve read earlier!) How do you feel when you think about his coming?

To Do:

1. Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. Sing the alphabet song with your child. Then go through each letter of the alphabet and say one thing that you learned about God that starts with each letter. (You might have to help with this – and it’s okay if you don’t get all the letters. This is just meant to be a fun way to review all that you have read together!)

2. These verses refer to the “water of life” that is available to all who are thirsty. What do you think this means? Drink some nice, refreshing water today (or have extra fun and make a smoothie). Discuss this chapter while you are drinking the smoothie!

Congratulations on finishing this Bible Reading Plan!! Find other Bible Reading Plans here.

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Bold: A Read-to-Me Summer Bible Reading Plan

10 week Bible Reading Plan for you to read to your young children. Includes Scripture, activities and snacks for each day!

If you have younger kids, this is the Summer Bible Reading Plan for you! It has suggested Bible reading, activities and snacks for a ten week plan. It is intended to help you get your child into the Bible every day – and to have fun in the process!

If you have older kids or teens, you can find their plan here.

Also, check out BOLD: A 10 Week Study for Families and Churches for a Bible Curriculum based off this reading plan! The Bible plan includes opening skits and activities, Biblically sound Bible lessons, Bold Believer Biographies, and additional activities to reinforce the lessons. It is easily adaptable for all age groups and group sizes.

I hope this plan helps you and your child grow closer to Jesus (and to each other) this summer!

Cheri

Bold A Reading Plan for Young Children

Week One: Bold Love

___ Day One: Read John 3:16-17. Ask: Do you like gifts? What is the best gift that you have ever gotten? Do you know that we get you gifts because we love you? God also gave you a gift because He loves you! Do you know what that gift is? It is JESUS!

Activity: Make a fun cross/heart craft with your child. Cut up a toilet paper tube into several pieces. Then put paint on a paper plate. Help your child dip the toilet paper tube ends into the paint and then “stamp” it on a piece of paper. If he squeezes the toilet paper tube correctly, it should make a heart shape (you might have to help with this). Have him do this several times to fill up a piece of paper. When the paint dries, cut the paper out into the shape of a cross and then glue the cut out cross onto a piece of construction paper, giving you a nice “heart/cross” craft.

Snack: Use graham crackers, cream cheese and cut up strawberries and blueberries to help your child make a cross. Cover the graham cracker with cream cheese. Then help your child place the blueberries and strawberries to form a cross on the graham cracker. Talk about the gift of Jesus as you make the snack.

___ Day Two: Read Romans 5:8. Yesterday we talked about how God’s gift to us was Jesus. Jesus came and died for us . . . even though we have done many, many bad things. He loves us and wants to forgive us of all the bad stuff we have done and clean us from our sin! That is a BOLD LOVE!

Activity: Take your child outside today and play in the mud! Talk with your child about how fun it can be to play in mud, but it sure gets us messy! How can he possibly get clean? Discuss. Then take your child inside and help him clean up . . . perhaps with a fun bubble bath! Talk with your child about how, when we sin, it makes us real messy, too! The sin is yucky and dirty, and only one thing can clean it up! What is it that can clean us up when we sin? JESUS!

Snack: Cut a piece of bread into the shape of a heart. Then help your child spread a jelly of his choice over the top of the bread. When we let Jesus into our hearts, He covers over our sins and makes us YUMMY again . . . just like this jelly made the bread yummy!

___ Day Three: Read John 15:12-14. We need to LOVE others, just like Jesus LOVES us! Sing Jesus loves me with your child . . . then help your child pray for his friends and for ways that he can show them love.

Activity: Help your child make a chain of people. Then help him write ways that he can be a good friend on each of the people. You may also choose to have him decorate the people to represent his friends!

Snack: Make friendship bread! Help your child mix up the ingredients to make his own bread, and then help your child give away some starters to his friends.

___ Day Four: Read Matthew 5:43-45. Are we only supposed to love our friends? NO! We are supposed to love everyone . . . even those people who are mean to us! That’s hard, isn’t it? Is there anyone who is mean to you? Let’s pray for that person right now!

Activity: Help your child make a card for someone that he has a hard time loving. Send this card anonymously. If he doesn’t feel that he can send it, have him keep it some place special and use it as a reminder to pray for this person every day. If there is no one that your child has a hard time loving, help him make a card for someone else.

Snack: Make homemade lemonade with your child . . . but don’t add the sugar. Take a little sip. What do you think? This is kind of sour, isn’t it? It doesn’t really taste as good as lemonaid should. Do you know why? It is missing a very important ingredient! Take out the sugar and mix the sugar in. Now try it. It’s better, isn’t it? You know, when we don’t love everyone, we don’t taste very good either. We need to add love to our life and that will make us much . . . sweeter !!!

___ Day Five: Read Luke 10:25-37. (Note: This is a long section of Scripture for little children, but it has a great message! If your child can’t sit through the whole reading, read a little and then tell him the rest of the story.) Ask your child “Who should we show love to?” We should show love to EVERYONE! How can we do that?

Activity: Give your child several plain bandaids. Have him use the bandaids to help him remember ways that he can show love. Help him draw or write ways to show love to others – one way on each bandaid. Then have him stick all the bandaids together in the shape of a heart.

Snack: This is one time where it is okay to play with your food!! Use gummy bears or E.L. Fudge Cookies to help your child retell the parable of the Good Samaritan.

Week Two: Bold Faith

___ Day One: Read Mark 5:25-34. Say: The woman in these verses was very sick and none of the doctors could help her. She went to the only person who could help her – Jesus! What did Jesus do for her? She had FAITH that Jesus could help her, and He did!

Activity: The woman in today’s passage reached out and touched Jesus and then she was healed. Play a game with your child where he has to reach out and touch something, too. Hang a paper up on the wall with the name of Jesus on it (or a picture of Jesus). Then set up a short obstacle course. Your child has to run through the obstacle course and reach out and “touch Jesus”. Say: Sometimes it might feel like there are a lot of obstacles in our way . . . things that make it hard for us to have faith and trust Jesus. But we need to run through those obstacles and reach out to Jesus, anyway, just like the woman in today’s lesson!

Snack: Use food to help your child retell today’s passage. Choose whatever food you have on hand (potato sticks, carrot sticks, pretzels, goldfish crackers . . . anything could work) and have your child arrange the food to make a crowd of people, Jesus, and the woman. Have your child push the “woman” through the crowd to get to “Jesus”. Then have fun eating the snack together!

___ Day Two: Read Matthew 8:5-8, 13. Say: Wow! This Centurion had a lot of faith, didn’t he? He knew that Jesus could heal his servant by just saying the word. We need to have that same BOLD faith!

Activity: Make a Centurion helmet with your child. Let your child use this helmet to pretend to be the Centurion in today’s lesson! 

Snack: The Centurion’s servant was paralyzed, that means he couldn’t move! Let’s see how you would do if you couldn’t move! Place a snack in front of your child, but he can only move his head to eat it! (A banana might be fun . . . how can he eat the banana if he can’t peel it?) After he has struggled for awhile, talk about how happy the servant must have been when, suddenly, he could move again! Let your child eat the snack in the normal way!

___ Day Three: Read Mark 10:46-47, 51-52. Put a blindfold on you child and lead him through your house. How does it feel when you can’t see? How do you think the man in today’s passage felt when he couldn’t see anything? He showed BOLD faith and asked Jesus to make him well . . . and Jesus did!

Activity: Jesus healed the blind man so he could see. How well can YOU see? Play a game of “I spy” with your child. Take turns “spying” different things in the room. Each time someone guesses correctly, talk about how great it is that Jesus healed the blind man so he could see!

Snack: Help your child make “eyes” out of banana slices and chocolate chips or raisins.

___ Day Four: Read Matthew 17:20. Show your child a packet of seeds. Take some of them out and look at them. Look at how small these seeds are . . . yet when you plant them, they will grow into something big! (If you have any of the seeds full grown, show that to your child, too). All we need is a LITTLE bit of faith, and God can take that and make BIG things happen!

Activity: Plant a seed with your child (sunflower seeds are really fun for this illustration). Take time to water it and care for it every day. Talk with your child about how this little seed is growing. In the same way, our faith will grow, too!

Snack: Eat an apple with your child . . . but first, cut it in half and examine the seeds. Talk about how the seeds are little, but they made a yummy apple. Our faith might be little, but God can use it to make something good, too!

___ Day Five: Hebrews 11:1, 6-7. Who had faith in these verses? How did he show that he had faith?

Activity: Help your child make his own ark! Use cardboard boxes, blankets (like a blanket fort – only you will be making a blanket ark), or anything else you have on hand. Then have your child bring his stuffed animals in to the boat. Talk about how Noah showed that he had faith when he made this boat!

Snack: Eat animal crackers! (After playing with them first, of course!)

Week Three: Bold Service

___ Day One: Read 2 Kings 5:1-5. 9-14. Do you know what leprosy is? It is a sickness that hurts the skin! Poor Naaman was in pretty bad shape – but someone spoke up and helped him. Someone was bold! Who was that? (the servant girl). She was a really bold servant, wasn’t she?

Activity: Get some circle shaped stickers (or just use paper and tape). Help your child write one way that they can serve someone else on each sticker or paper and then tape them all over himself (like leprosy!)

Snack: Eat some dots (or other candies that remind you of leprosy). Talk about serving others while you eat.

___ Day Two: Read Luke 1:30-33. Who was God’s servant in these verses? Mary was! Mary did exactly what God told her to do! Are you God’s servant, too?

Activity: Make an angel craft!

Snack: Make a snack to represent the birth of Jesus. Use mini-hot dogs, croissants, and potato sticks to represent baby Jesus. Unwrap a croissant and place a hot dog inside of it. Wrap it back around to represent swaddling clothes and then cook the whole thing for as long as the directions on the croissant package say to cook the croissants. Serve over potato sticks (the hay).

___ Day Three: Read John 13:5. Get out a bucket of water and a washcloth and have fun washing your child’s feet today! Talk about how Jesus served His disciples by washing their feet as you are washing your child’s feet.

Activity: Have fun with feet today! Have a tickle-the-feet contest to see who can last the longest without laughing or moving their feet! Paint with your feet and then have fun cleaning them off! Talk about what it meant to wash someone’s feet and how that was a bold act of service.

Snack: Wash your feet really well and then try to eat a snack by picking it up with your feet! Good luck! (Be sure to take pictures of this one!)

___ Day Four: Read Mark 10:43-45. The one who is great is the one who serves others! What does it mean to be a servant? How can you serve others today?

Activity: Be a secret servant! Help your child come up with a way that you can serve someone in your neighbhorhood and then do a secret act of service for them! You are in the SECRET SERVICE! (You might even want to make your own little spy outfit to go along with it!)

Snack: Serve your child a snack! Pretend you are a servant and treat your child to a delicious snack and excellent service! Let him be the servant, too, if he wants!

___ Day Five: Read Philippians 2:5-11. Jesus was the best servant! If Jesus served others, shouldn’t we?

Activity: Jesus became a baby! Look at baby pictures with your child. Look at pictures of your child as a baby, and then some of you as a baby if you have any. Talk about all the things babies can and can’t do. It must have been very humbling for the KING of the Universe to become a baby and totally depend on others for everything!

Snack: Eat some baby food . . . or eat some pudding, but feed it to each other just like you would feed a baby!

Week Four – Bold Giving

___ Day One: Read Malachi 3:8-10. We should always give to God!

Activity: Make a bank together that you will use to collect money during the week. On the weekend, take that money in to church and put it in the offering!

Snack: Make special “giving cookies” today. Make circle-shaped sugar cookies and then help your child decorate them to look like money. Every time you eat one, challenge your child to be BOLD in his giving!

___ Day Two: Read Mark 12:41-44 The woman in today’s story was very BOLD in her giving because she didn’t have very much – yet she gave it anyway! What do you have that you can give God? Young children love pretend play, and this Bible story is great for that! Gather some of your child’s stuffed animals or other toys and act out this story with him!

Activity: Help your child draw pictures of what he can give to God.

Snack: Eat some chocolate coins to remind you of the gift that this widow gave.

___ Day Three: Read 2 Samuel 24:24-25. What did David say in these verses? David wanted to make sure that his gifts to God cost him something! He was BOLD in his giving!

Activity: Help your child go through some of his things and choose some to give away to others who could us them.

Snack: David purchased the threshing floor . . . a threshing floor is where the grain is harvested. Help your child make homemade bread to remind you both of David’s sacrifice. Then GIVE some away!!

___ Day Four: Read 2 Corinthians 9:6-7. God loves a ________________________. (Cheerful Giver). What does it mean to be a cheerful giver? Are you always a cheerful giver? What do you think a CHEERFUL giver looks like? Have your child smile really big!

Activity: Watch this video!

 

Snack: Create your own snack to remind you of giving . . . and be cheerful while you are making it!!

___ Day Five: Read Acts 20:35. This is a hard verse for young children, because young children often want lots of things for themselves! Help your child memorize the last part of this verse: “It is more blessed to give than to receive”. Give your child a bunch of coins and have your child give you one coin each time he says a word of the verse. Continue until all the coins are gone and the verse is memorized. Let him keep one coin, but have him give the rest away!

Activity:Teach your child how to write the word GIVE. Then go outside with sidewalk chalk and write the word “GIVE” in large letters. Have your child draw pictures of things that he can give others all around the word. You can add your own pictures, too!

Snack: Make pancakes together. (Add blueberries or chocolate chips if you want). Let the pancakes remind you of the coins that were given away in this week’s lessons – and how we should be BOLD in our giving, too!

Week Five: Bold Stand

___ Day One: Read Daniel 1:8-16. What was the bold stand that Daniel and his friends took in this chapter? They did the right thing – even when no one else did. That is BOLD!

Activity: Paint with vegetables today to remind you of the bold stand that Daniel and his friends made.

Snack: Cook some veggies!

Here is a  preschool lesson to go along with this passage.

___ Day Two: Read Daniel 3:13-18, 24-26. This is a great passage about taking a bold stand! You might want to read it to your child from a Bible storybook or show a video of the story today, too.

Activity: Act out this story together! Use stuffed animals or miniature figures (or whatever your child has on hand) and have fun retelling the story with the toys – together!

Snack: Make a fire and roast marshmallows. Think about how this story could have ended if God had not stepped in! We don’t know what will happen to us when we stand for what is right, but we need to still STAND!

___ Day Three: Read Acts 7:54-60. Stephen took a BOLD stand! He was BOLD for Jesus, and he ended up being killed because of it! We need to always be BOLD for Jesus, no matter what!

Activity: Decorate rocks and make a rock garden to remind you to always stand for Jesus!

Snack: Eat rock candy! (or other hard candy) Talk about how it is important to always be STRONG like a rock when we are standing for Christ!

___ Day Four: Read 1 Samuel 17:20-23, 41-49. Who took a BOLD STAND in these verses? David was just a young boy, but he knew he could do anything with God!

Activity: Goliath was 9 feet tall. Measure out 9 feet on a sidewalk and mark it with sidewalk chalk. Have your child lie down beside it to give him an idea of how he would compare to Goliath. Use sidewalk chalk to draw a figure shaped like Goliath and then a figure shaped like your child. Have him carefully toss stones (or beanbags) into the head of the Goliath figure. Talk about how God can help you take a bold stand!

Snack: Give your child some crackers and have him try to stack them as tall as he can to make a “giant”. Then let your child eat the crackers one at a time, telling you one way he can take a bold stand for each cracker he eats.

___ Day Five: Read 1 Peter 5:8-9. Who is ultimately trying to destroy you? Satan is trying to get you to fall away from your faith. He is prowling around like a roaring lion. Pretend to be roaring lions. See how loud you can roar! Isn’t it great to know that God is with you and can help you take a BOLD stand against the devil?

Activity: Play hide and seek with your child. When you find him, remind him that satan is SEEKING for people to tear down, too. When satan comes after us by tempting us with things we shouldn’t do, we need to RUN! Run around the house chasing your child . . . have fun!

Snack: Use an english muffin, peanut butter or cream cheese and other tiny foods to help you make a lion face. Then eat that lion . . . remembering that some day Satan will be defeated, too!

Here is a Mr. Science video about standing strong:

Week Six – Bold Prayer

___ Day One: Read James 5:17-18. How was Elijah bold in his prayer? Elijah prayed that it wouldn’t rain, and God answered his prayer! Wow! That was a BOLD prayer!

Activity: Get out a spray bottle and fill it with water. Then have fun praying “rain” prayers. Squirt your child with water, and every time you squirt him with water, he needs to pray for something or someone else. When you are finished, have an all out water fight!

Snack: Eat WATER melon!

___ Day Two: Read 2 Kings 19:1. Do you know what King Hezekiah did as soon as trouble came his way? He prayed! We should PRAY whenever trouble comes our way, too!

Activity: Trace your child’s hand on a piece of paper. Have him draw or write one thing he wants to pray for in each finger of the hand. Then pray together.

Snack: Make (or eat) pretzels! Pretzels were originally made to remind us of praying hands!

___ Day Three: Read Daniel 6:6-10, 16-18, 22. How did Daniel show BOLDNESS in his life? Daniel prayed NO MATTER WHAT! Act this story out with your child, too. You can get paper plates and make lion masks out of the paper plates. Then you can let your child be the lions, while you are Daniel. Switch places and you be the lions. After you finish acting it out, talk about how Daniel was bold in prayer.

Activity: Help your child make his own lions’ den. Use blankets to make a blanket fort. Go inside and talk about how Daniel might have felt in the lions’ den. Then pray together.

Snack: Eat a snack inside of your new blanket fort lions’ den!

___ Day Four: Read Luke 11:9-13. These verses tell us to ask God and to seek after Him! Take turns knocking on the door and opening it for each other. Talk about how, just like we answered the door for each other, God will answer us when we pray!

Activity: Draw a picture of a door. Then have your child write things he wants to pray for on that door. Hang this picture to one of the doors in your house, and every time you open that door, pray for what is on that list!

Snack: Eat goldfish! (re-read verse 11 to see how this snack fits in).

___ Day Five: Read Romans 8:26-27 Do you ever wonder how to pray? These verses tell us that the Holy Spirit will help us pray! Since He will help us, we know we can be BOLD!

Activity: Take your child on a walk today – a prayer walk. Stop at places and pray for things as you walk!

Snack: Help your child make a prayer chain – a necklace out of cereal or other fun snacks that you can put on a string. Let each food item stand for something to pray for. Let your child wear the necklace to remind him to pray for each of those things. Let him eat the necklace when he wants.

Week Seven: Bold Speech

___ Day One: Read Luke 12:8-9. We need to be BOLD and tell people about Jesus!

Activity: Take turns standing up and saying, “I Love Jesus”! Let your child set up all his stuffed animals and then have him stand up and say that in front of them.

Snack: Use strawberries to make the shape of a mouth on a piece of paper. Then, have your child say one thing he knows about Jesus before eating each strawberry.

___ Day Two: Read Acts 26:19-23. Paul was on trial for being a Christian and he kept speaking about Jesus. He wasn’t afraid of what would happen to him . . .he was BOLD. We need to be BOLD, too!

Activity: Help your child make his own “jail” out of boxes or other items around the house. You might also choose to have him make a jail out of building blocks or other toys. Talk about how some people go to jail for what they say about Jesus – but they are still BOLD and talk about Him! We need to be the same way!

Snack: Use food to make a judge’s gavel. You can use whatever food you want – bananas and marshmallows, pretzels, hot dogs . . . be creative!

___ Day Three: Read 2 Samuel 12:1-7 Nathan was BOLD in his speech to David. He had to say something, even though David didn’t want to hear it. We need to say things that are right, no matter what!

Activity: Watch “King George and the Ducky” by Veggie Tales. Sing along with Nathan’s speech!! You can also make a lamb craft.

Snack: Use cauliflower and grapes to make a little lamb snack!

___ Day Four: Read Jeremiah 1:4-7. God had a plan for Jeremiah’s life from before he was born! God has a plan for YOUR life, too!

Activity: If you have an ultrasound picture of your child, look at it with him. Talk about how God knew him even when he was in his mommy’s tummy . . . and God has a plan for his life! Talk about how God wants your child to say BOLD things for Him.

Snack: Make a mouth snack! Use apple slices and tiny marshmallows, or anything else you choose! Use this snack as a reminder to always speak God’s Words wherever He wants you to go!

___ Day Five: Read Ephesians 4:29. We need to be careful what words come out of our mouths! Make sure we are only saying GOOD words!

Activity: Is your speech SWEET or SOUR? Have fun with sweet and sour foods today. Get a variety of sweet and sour foods and let your child sample them. Talk about which ones he liked and which ones he didn’t like. How is our speech like sweet food?

Snack: Eat some salt and vinegar potato chips!! Use them to remind you that your speech should be sweet, seasoned with salt, and not bitter!

Week Eight: Bold Sacrifice

___ Day One: Read Genesis 22:1-3, 9-12. Who was asked to make a bold sacrifice in these verses?

Activity: Use sticks and stones (or whatever is available) to help your child make his own “altar”. Have him draw pictures of things that God might want him to give up for Him. Place those things on the altar.

Snack: Use pretzel sticks and marshmallows to make your own snack altar.

___ Day Two: Read Luke 23:33-38. These verses tell us about the greatest sacrifice ever. Jesus sacrificed Himself for us so that we could be saved!

Activity: Help your child collect sticks and then glue them together to make a cross. While you are working, remind him of the sacrifice that Jesus made for us.

Snack: Let’s not forget that Jesus didn’t stay dead! He rose from the dead and conquered sin and death once and for all! Use chocolate donuts and chocolate sandwich cookies to make a snack representing the empty tomb. Cut the donut in half and place the cookie in front of it (that is the stone in front of the tomb). Celebrate the resurrection of Jesus today!

___ Day Three: Read Romans 12:1.We should give God US! Make an altar out of sticks or find something to use as an offering plate (you could even draw one on a piece of paper) and have your child step onto it. Have your child say, “Lord, here I am! I am all yours!” Talk about what that means.

Activity: Have your child draw a picture of himself on a piece of paper. Then put it someplace to remind him that he is a living sacrifice to God. (If you want and you don’t think anyone at your church would mind, have him take that picture to church and put it in the offering plate on Sunday!)

Snack: Make another altar snack! This time, use graham crackers and frosting.

___ Day Four: Read Luke 9:23-25. God should be more important than anything else in your life! Use the cross that you made out of sticks the other day and have your child carry it around the house. Talk about how we need to be willing to do what God wants us to do every single day!

Activity: Help your child trace his hands several times on different colored papers. Help him cut them out and then glue them together in the shape of a cross. Talk about the verses you read today as you are making this craft.

Snack: Make a cross using licorice sticks, frosting and graham crackers. Frost the graham cracker first, then put the licorice on it in the shape of a cross. If you want, add colored candies to decorate it.

___ Day Five: Read Hebrews 13:15-17. God likes it when we praise Him! How can we praise Him?

Activity: Help your child make a fun instrument to use to praise God. Put a little rice (or beans) inside a cup and then use duct tape to tape that cup to another cup with the rice inside. Decorate the outside of the cups. Use these new shakers to sing songs of praise to God!

Snack: Make a guitar out of food! Cut bread into the shape of the guitar and use slices of carrots and sliced grapes for the strings.

Here’s a fun song to sing together to offer a sacrifice of praise!

Week Nine: Bold Living

___ Day One: Read Jeremiah 20:1-2. How did Jeremiah live a bold life? Jeremiah was hurt because he was BOLD for God, but He still kept right on being BOLD for God!

Activity: A prophet went around and told people God’s words. Help your child make a scroll today. Give him paper and have him draw or write something that points to God. Then help him roll it up and put a rubber band around it. Have him carry that scroll around the house, telling people God’s words!

Snack: Make your own jail out of pretzels and marshmallows (or any other food you want).

___ Day Two: Read Esther 4:16. Do you know the story of Esther? She lived a very bold life! Her boldness saved the entire nation of Israel! Watch a video or read the story of Esther from a Bible storybook.

Activity: Esther was a beautiful queen. Make your own crown today! As you are making the crown, talk about how Esther was BOLD and did the right thing no matter what.

Snack: What do you think a Queen would eat? Esther made a nice banquet for her husband in this passage. Help your child make his own special “banquet” for his stuffed animals. (This could be as simple as crackers and lemonaid!)

___ Day Three: Read Nehemiah 6:1-9. Here is another person who lived a bold life. Nehemiah was bold and did what he had to do, even when others were trying to get him to stop!

Activity: Help your child build a wall! Use whatever you have to make a wall like Nehemiah did. Let the wall you build remind you both that you can do anything through Christ!

Snack: Build a wall out of different types of melon!

___ Day Four: Read Proverbs 28:1. How do the righteous live according to this verse? How can you be as bold as a lion?

Activity: Help your child dress up like a lion and run through the house being BOLD!

Snack: Use cheese crackers, grapes, and bananas to make a lion. Help your child arrange the cheese crackers to form a mane, and then use the grapes and bananas to make the eyes, nose and mouth.

___ Day Five: Read Joshua 1:7-9. Joshua was told to be STRONG and COURAGEOUS! Help your child remember those words by making muscles when he says “Strong” and making a fist when he says “Courageous”. Repeat them over and over again, using the motions and seeing how loud and quickly he can do it.

Activity: Here is a fun experiment that can remind you of how God can make you BOLD! Take a bar of Ivory soap. Unwrap it and put it on a microwavable safe plate. Then put it in the microwave. Turn the microwave on high and watch what happens to the soap. Remind your child that this is what happens to us when we put our trust in Christ – He takes what little boldness we have and makes it BIGGER for Him! He helps us be BOLD!

Snack: Sometimes when we think of being strong, we think of muscles! Of course, we don’t need muscles to be strong and bold for Christ . . . but this could make a fun snack! Get giant marshmallows and pretend that they are muscles! Say one way that you can be BOLD for Christ for each marshmallow you eat.

Week Ten: Bold Actions

___ Day One: Read Joshua 2:1-7. Rahab was BOLD in these verses. She hid the spies – even though she could have gotten in trouble!

Activity: This chapter involves spies! Help your child make his own spy costume and sneak around the house. Play a game of hide and seek with the spy costume!

Snack: Hide a snack around the house and have your child try to find it. Talk about how it took BOLDNESS for Rahab to hide the spies.

___ Day Two: Read Genesis 6:11-22. Noah took BOLD actions when he built the ark! Watch a video or read this story from a Bible storybook.

Activity: Pretend your couch is Noah’s ark. Gather up your child’s stuffed animals and get them safely on the couch. Then the two of you should get on the couch, too. Pretend it is raining and you are stuck on the couch. Talk about Noah’s ark.

Snack: Eat animal crackers one more time!

___ Day Three: Read Judges 3:15 (It’s up to you if you want to read this whole story to your child. You might want to just talk about how God used Ehud to save his people and Ehud had to do some very bold things)

Activity: Try writing your name left handed. (If you are left handed, try writing your name right handed.) Remember, Ehud was left-handed!

Snack: Ehud blew a trumpet to let people know that deliverance had come! Eat bugles today!

___ Day Four: Read 1 Kings 3-4. Obadiah did some pretty BOLD stuff! He hid 100 prophets to keep them safe from the evil king!

Activity: Hiding 100 prophets would not have been easy! Ask your child if he thinks he could hide 100 prophets. How about not 100 prophets, but all your stuffed animals (or other type of toy he has). Challenge your child to hide those toys and then see how long it takes you to find them. Switch places and hide the toys from your child. Talk about how BOLD Obadiah must have been to hide the prophets.

Snack: Eat bread and water – the food that Obadiah fed the prophets.

___ Day Five: Read Judges 7:19-23. Gideon did some pretty BOLD actions in these verses! How did he trick the Midianites and save his people?

Activity: Act out this passage with your child. Give him an empty toilet paper tube and have him pretend to blow the trumpet. Have him shout out, “A sword for the Lord and for Gideon!”

Snack: Make cupcakes or some other fun food to celebrate the completion of this Bible reading plan!

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If you enjoyed this reading plan, you might also enjoy some of my other curriculum or my devotional written specifically for kids (which, by the way, is my personal favorite of all the books I have written 🙂 )

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BOLD: A Bible Reading Plan for Kids & Teens

A free 10 week Bible Reading Plan for kids and Teens. Perfect for Summer Reading!

Here we go . . . this year’s Summer Bible Reading Plan for kids and teens! This year the theme is BOLD and we will look at topics such as Bold Speech, Bold Sacrifice, Bold Giving, Bold Love, and more!

*If you have younger kids, you can find their plan here*

One more thing: check out BOLD: A 10 Week Study for Families and Churches for a Bible Curriculum based off this reading plan! The Bible plan includes opening skits and activities, Biblically sound Bible lessons, Bold Believer Biographies, and additional activities to reinforce the lessons. It is easily adaptable for all age groups and group sizes!

And now, are you ready?  Let’s Jump right in!

 

Bold Bible Reading Plan for Kids and Teens

Week One: Bold Love

___ Day One: Read John 3:1-21. These verses record a conversation that Jesus had with a Pharisee named Nicodemus. What was the main point that Jesus made in this conversation? What is the BOLD LOVE that is seen in these verses (especially verses 16-17)? God LOVED the world so much that He sent JESUS to die. This is truly a BOLD love. Have you accepted God’s gift of love? Are you a follower of Jesus? Pray about it: Spend time today thanking God for His gift of love to you.

Activity: Make your own heart ring out of wire.  Wear this ring to remind you of the gift of love that God has given you, as well as a reminder to share that BOLD love with others.

Snack: Cut bread into a heart shape and cover it with strawberry jelly to remind you of the blood of Christ.

___ Day Two: Read Romans 5:1-11. What is so amazing about the love that God has for us? How did He demonstrate His love to us? What does this mean to you personally? Pray about it: Spend time asking God to help you love others the same way that He loves you!

Activity: Find some old dirty pennies and lemon juice to perform a little experiment. Put lemon juice in a container and then drop the old pennies in the juice. Leave them in the solution for 5 minutes. What happened to the pennies? We are like the pennies . . . we are dirty because of our sin. However, God’s gift of Jesus is enough to make us clean. When we become a Christian, Jesus cleans us all up and we are shiny and clean . . . just like the pennies!

Snack: Use the rest of the lemon juice . . . and maybe some lemons . . . to make homemade lemonade! Share the lemonade with someone else and talk with that person about the love that Jesus has for him!

___ Day Three: Read John 15:1-17. Are you a fruit bearing plant? What kind of fruit are you bearing? How is love described in these verses? Are you showing BOLD love to those around you? Pray about it: Ask God to help you produce the kind of fruit that He wants you to produce. Ask Him to help you show the kind of BOLD love that He wants you to.

Activity: Dead branches need to be cut off of the tree so that the rest of the tree stays healthy. Go outside and do some “pruning” today. Find a plant that has some dead branches or leaves and cut them off. Then take those old dead branches and use them as your “paintbrushes” as you paint a picture representing verse 13.

Snack: Make some sour patch grapes! Remember, grapes come from a vine . . . just like you are on God’s vine! The jello that you put on the grapes really made them stand out, didn’t it? When we show God’s BOLD love to others, we also stand out!

___ Day Four: Read Matthew 5:38-48. What do these verses teach us about love? Who are we supposed to love? This is hard, isn’t it? It is definitely a very BOLD love! What does it look like to love your enemies? Pray about it: Spend time praying for your enemies today.

Activity: Find a rock outside and decorate it with the word “Love”. Keep this rock in your room. The next time you feel like “hating” someone, take that rock out and pray for that person instead.

Snack: Make heart shaped sugar cookies!

___ Day Five: Read Luke 10:25-37. Do you think Jesus’s answer surprised the man? What was unusual about the story that Jesus told? How does Jesus’s story of the Good Samaritan challenge you to show BOLD love? Who do YOU need to reach out to in love this week? Pray about it: Ask God to help you show love to everyone – even to those who are more difficult for you to love.

Activity: Take several bandaids and decorate them in ways that will remind you to show Bold Love. Attach the bandaids together to make a bracelet or ankle bracelet (or anything else that you can think of).

Snack: Play with your food! Use gummy bears or E.L. Fudge cookies to retell the story of the Good Samaritan . . . or use a different type of food combination such as bananas (that could get a bit messy!) Have fun!

Bold Biography: Corrie Ten Boom:

Week Two: Bold Faith

___ Day One: Read Mark 5:25-34. How did this woman show she had faith? What happened as a result of her faith? Pray about it: Ask God to help you reach out to Him in faith today.

Activity: The woman in this passage had been in pain for several years. She reached out to Jesus in faith that He would heal her and He did. Trace your hand on a piece of paper and then write on it one thing that you need to trust Jesus for in your life. Spend time praying for that situation.

Snack: The woman in this passage had to make her way through a crowd of people to get to Jesus. Act out this passage using carrot sticks and ranch dressing. Use the ranch dressing to make the carrot sticks look like people . . . make a carrot Jesus and a carrot woman. Have fun retelling the story – and then eating all the characters!

___ Day Two: Read Matthew 8:5-13. How did the Centurion show BOLD faith? What was the result? Pray about it: Ask God to give you faith like the Centurion’s in today’s passage.

Activity: Can you imagine how the servant of the Centurion must have felt? He was paralyzed, lying in bed and tormented. His boss had gone to get help, but he had no idea where his boss was or when he would get back when all of a sudden he was able to move again and felt perfectly fine! It was truly a miracle! Pretend you are that servant. Write a journal entry or make a video telling what happened to you.

Snack: How would you do if you couldn’t move? Get a snack out (a banana would be fun). See if you can eat it without using your hands.

___ Day Three: Read Mark 10:46-52. Who had faith in this passage? What happened as a result of his faith? Notice how this man kept crying out to Jesus, even when everyone around him told him to be quiet! Notice also how Jesus asked him directly what he wanted. What was his reply? He had faith that Jesus could completely heal him . . . and Jesus did! Pray about it: Ask God to help you keep crying out to him – even when others tell you to stop. Also pray that God will help you pray BIG . . . just like Bartimaeus did.

Activity: We might not be blind physically, like Bartimaeus was, but we could be blind to the needs of those around us. Spend time today really looking at those around you. What needs do they have in their lives? Pray for them . . . and then see if you can do something to help them in a practical way.

Snack: Use banana slices and chocolate chips to make an interesting “eye” snack.

___ Day Four: Read Matthew 17:14-21. Why were the disciples unable to heal the man who had been brought to them? What does Jesus say is possible to do with a little faith? Do you have any mountains that you need moved in your life? What seemingly impossible situations do you need God to handle today? Pray about it: Take your “mountain” to God today in prayer.

Activity: Make seed art. Get several packets of seeds and then combine them together to make a design by gluing them on paper.

Snack: Make some fruit salad. Examine the seeds in the fruit that you use. The seeds might be pretty small, but they make a yummy treat. In the same way, your faith might be small, but God can use it to do great things!

___ Day Five: Read Hebrews 11. This is a long passage, but it highlights so many of the Old Testament heroes of the faith. In fact, this chapter is often referred to as the “Hall of Faith”. What stories stick out to you in this passage? How does it make you feel knowing that all these people were ordinary people, just like you, who did extraordinary things! That’s what BOLD faith can do . . . it can help you do extraordinary things, too!

Activity: Illustrate this chapter by making your own “Hall of Faith”.

Snack: Choose one of the heroes in this chapter and use food to illustrate his story.

Bold Biography: George Mueller:

Week Three: Bold Service

___ Day One: Read 2 Kings 5:1-14. Who was bold in this passage? How? In this passage, we see that Naaman had a very young servant girl. Even though she was young, she had the courage to tell someone abou the prophet who could help Naaman. What do you think would have happened if she hadn’t spoken up? Pray about it: Ask God to help you serve others by sharing the truth – even when it is scary!

Activity: Naaman had leprosy, a disease which made people stay away from him. Are there people that you tend to stay away from? Think of a way that you can reach out to them with the love of Christ.

Snack: Eat something to remind you of leprosy – and of how we need to serve all people . . . even those that others stay away from. (Examples of snacks could be dots, skittles, grapes, blueberries, etc).

___ Day Two: Read Luke 1:26-38. In this passage, we are introduced to Mary, the mother of Jesus. How does she respond to the message from the angel? How does she show bold service? Mary was willing to do whatever God wanted of her – she was a humble servant of God! Are you willing to do whatever God wants you to do – even if it will lead to discomfort and difficulties? Pray about it: Ask God to help you be a willing and humble servant of Jesus – just like Mary was.

Activity: We see Mary’s response to God’s calling in Luke 1:46-55. What is your response to God’s calling on your life? Write your own song or poem expressing your feelings towards God’s call to service in your own life.

Snack: Make a snack to represent the birth of Jesus. Use mini-hot dogs, croissants, and potato sticks to represent baby Jesus. Unwrap a croissant and place a hot dog inside of it. Wrap it back around to represent swaddling clothes and then cook the whole thing for as long as the directions on the croissant package say to cook the croissants. Serve over potato sticks (the hay).

___ Day Three: Read John 13:5-11. Our best example of bold service is found in Jesus Himself. This passage shows us one of the times where Jesus showed bold service. What happened? How did He set an example for us in this passage? Pray about it: Ask God to help you to not be afraid to do the acts of service that others don’t want to do.

Activity: Perform secret acts of service for the other members of your household this week . . . be careful not to get caught!!!

Snack: Jesus washed the disciples feet – make some “foot-long” subs and serve them to your family today!

___ Day Four: Read Mark 10:35-45. What was the request that James and John made to Jesus? How did Jesus respond? How did the rest of the disciples feel about their request? Finally, how did Jesus define greatness in this passage? The one who serves others is the one who is truly great! Even Jesus came, not to be served, but to serve others. Pray about it: Ask God to help you serve others – even when you don’t feel like it!

Activity: Find a way to serve others in your neighborhood . . . perhaps you will mow someone’s lawn or pull weeds for free. Maybe you and your family can go grocery shopping for an elderly neighbor or walk a friend’s dog. Be creative in your service – and remember, you are serving Jesus!

Snack: Set up a free lemonade stand in your neighborhood. Offer lemonade and cookies – but don’t charge a thing!

___ Day Five: Read Philippians 2:1-18. How did Jesus set the example as a servant according to this passage? How should we use that example to help us live our lives? What are some qualities of a servant that are found in these verses? Pray about it: Ask God to help you be a truly BOLD servant – putting others first, not complaining or grumbling, and having the attitude that Jesus had.

Activity: Memorize Phil. 2:3-4.

Snack: One day every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord! Eat a “tongue” snack (a fruit roll up would work well for this).

Bold Biography: Gladys Aylward:

Week Four – Bold Giving

___ Day One: Read Malachi 3:8-12. What does God say about giving in these verses? How is bold giving shown in these verses? Pray about it: Ask God to help you give Him all that He deserves.

Activity: God blesses us so much . . . sometimes we don’t even realize how much He has blessed us until we sit down and think about it. He has given us life, the air we breathe, the flowers, the sun, the earth . . . so many blessings we hardly ever think about! Take time today to think about the ways God has blessed you! Fill a glass up with water. Keep pouring water into it until it overflows. Spend time splashing in the water and thanking God for His over-flowing blessings to you!

Snack: Fill up an ice cube tray with koolaid and freeze. When the cubes are frozen, take them out and use them with water, or simply eat them by themselves. Spend time thanking God for the blessings He has given to you!

A great song for today:

___ Day Two: Read Mark 12:41-44, Luke 21:1-4. Why did Jesus say that the widow had put in more money than any of the rich people? What was bold about the widow’s giving? How does this passage challenge you to be bold in your giving? Pray about it: Ask God to challenge you in your giving.

Activity: Spend time today thinking about your giving. Have you ever given as the widow in this story did? What can you give that would demonstrate this type of bold giving? Make a plan and carry it out!

Snack: Eat some chocolate coins to remind you of the gift that this widow gave.

___ Day Three: Read 2 Samuel 24. This is a sad story in David’s life. He sins against God and, as a result, the whole nation is punished. However, we also see more of David’s heart in this story. Re-read verse 24. David wanted to buy this plot of land, but the owner wanted to give it to him. David then says, “I will not offer offerings to the Lord my God which cost me nothing”. How does this relate to the concept of BOLD giving? How can we learn from David’s attitude? Pray about it:Ask God to give you the same attitude as David had!

Activity: Practice BOLD giving – give an offering that costs you something!

Snack: David purchased the threshing floor . . . a threshing floor is where the grain is harvested. Make homemade bread to remind you of David’s sacrifice. Then GIVE some away!!

___ Day Four: Read 2 Corinthians 9. God loves a ________________________. (Cheerful Giver). What does it mean to be a cheerful giver? Are you always a cheerful giver? Pray about it: Ask God to help you be a cheerful giver!

Activity: Make your own duct tape wallet. Then keep money in it that you are going to give to God! (Read about an experience my kids had with duct tape wallets here.)

Snack: Create your own snack to remind you of giving . . . and be cheerful while you are making it!!

___ Day Five: Read Acts 20:25-35. According to Paul, what did Jesus Himself say? What does it mean that it is more blessed to give than to receive? Have you ever experienced this in your own life? Pray about it: Ask God to show you ways that you can give to others.

Activity: Look for ways that you can give to those around you. Try to give something to someone secretly and see what happens!

Snack: Make cookies and share them with a neighbor or friend.

Bold Biography: CT Studd:

Week Five: Bold Stand

___ Day One: Read Daniel 1. What was the bold stand that Daniel and his friends took in this chapter? Why was it bold? Daniel and his friends made their faith their own in this chapter . . . they no longer had parents or other adults around telling them what to do, yet they still made the right choices! They decided that they were going to worship the One True God and that decision impacted everything they did. Have you made that decision yourself? Do you do what is right – even when everyone else is telling you to do what is wrong? Pray about it: Ask God to help you to do the right thing no matter what.

Activity: Paint with vegetables today to remind you of the bold stand that Daniel and his friends made.

Snack: Cook some veggies!

___ Day Two: Read Daniel 3. Here is another time when Daniel’s friends took a stand (literally) for what was right. What was bold about what they did? Were they guaranteed that they were going to survive this stand? Pray about it: Ask God to help you stand for Him – even when the results are not guaranteed!

Activity: We might not have to bow down to a statue, but we are asked to bow down to the things of the world every day. We are asked to compromise our beliefs and go along with what the world says. This is not what God wants us to do, though. He wants us to stand for what is right no matter what. Think about one issue where you are being challenged to give in. Spend time today praying for that issue and asking God to help you stand for what is right in that situation.

Snack: Make a fire and roast marshmallows. Think about how this story could have ended if God had not stepped in! We don’t know what will happen to us when we stand for what is right, but we need to still STAND!

___ Day Three: Read Acts 7:44-60. This is a situation where someone else took a stand and it ended very differently than what we read about yesterday. How did it end for Stephen? Stephen died for the stand that he took. How does this challenge you to take a BOLD STAND for your faith?

Activity: Stephen died for his faith by stoning. Go outside and gather a few stones or rocks. Write one way that you can take a stand for Jesus on each stone. Put these together to make a little “rock garden” that will remind you of the importance of taking a bold stand.

___ Day Four: Read 1 Samuel 17. Who took a BOLD STAND in these verses? Why do you think he was able to take this stand? Who gave him the strength and courage to fight the giant? Do you have any giants in your life that you need to take a bold stand against? Pray about it: Ask God to help you deal with any giant situation you might be facing.

Activity: Goliath was 9 feet tall. Measure out 9 feet on a sidewalk and mark it with sidewalk chalk. Lie down beside it to give you an idea of how you would compare to Goliath. Use sidewalk chalk to draw/write ways that you can take a bold stand for Jesus.

Snack: You probably can’t make a 9 foot snack, but you can try to make a tall snack! Find a snack to stack and see how tall you can make it before it topples over.  Use this to remind you of the way that God can help you take a BOLD stand against the giants in your life.

___ Day Five: Read 1 Peter 5:6-11. Who is ultimately trying to destroy you? Satan is trying to get you to fall away from your faith. How can you take comfort knowing that other people around the world are going through the same struggles and are taking a bold stand against the devil? How can you take a bold stand against the devil? Pray about it: Ask God to help you stand strong against what Satan throws at you.

Activity: Do some research on the bold stand that Christians around the world are taking. Make a prayer calendar of different persecuted Christian groups to pray for each day this month.

Snack: Use an english muffin, peanut butter or cream cheese and other tiny foods to help you make a lion face. Then eat that lion . . . remembering that some day Satan will be defeated, too!

Bold Biography: William Tyndale

Week Six – Bold Prayer

___ Day One: Read James 5:13-18. How was Elijah bold in his prayer? Are you bold in prayer? Pray about it: Ask God to help you be a bold pray-er.

Activity: Spend time today praying according to the pattern set in James 5:13-14. Pray for those who are suffering or who are sick. Make a poster or sing a song to express your cheerfulness and praises to God.

Snack: Eat bread or crackers and dip them in oil. Use this to remind you of the anointing oil mentioned in these verses.

___ Day Two: Read 2 Kings 19:1-7, 14-19. King Hezekiah is faced with a difficult situation in these verses. How does he respond? He goes immediately to the Lord in prayer! That should be our automatic response to every situation that comes our way, too! Before we do anything else, we need to PRAY! Pray about it: Ask God to help you remember to pray as a natural response to anything that happens to you!

Activity: Make a prayer booklet to keep track of your prayer requests and praises. Write them all down and then see how God answers your prayers!

Snack: Make pretzels! Pretzels were originally made to remind us of praying hands!

___ Day Three: Read Daniel 6. This passage shows us how BOLD Daniel was in his life- and especially when it came to his relationship with God! How did Daniel show BOLDNESS in his prayer life? How can this challenge you to be BOLD in prayer? Pray about it: Ask God to help you pray in every circumstance – even when others think that praying is crazy!

Activity: Daniel had a specific place where he prayed every day? Do you? Make yourself a prayer place . . . set it up as a place where you will keep your prayer journals and where you will meet with God every day. Then start using it!

Snack: Eat cheetos to remind you of the lions that were in the den waiting for Daniel. (cheetos look kind of like the fur on their manes. Use your imagination!!)

___ Day Four: Read Luke 11:1-13. What do these verses teach about prayer? What are some of the elements of effective prayer that you see in these verses? Pray about it: Pray through the Lord’s prayer using the different elements you see: praise, praying for your needs, praying for forgiveness, praying against temptation, etc.

Activity: Write an acrostic poem to help you remember the different elements of prayer. Use the word “Prayer” and have each letter stand for something different that reminds you of what you should pray for or how you should pray.

Snack: Get a small bag of chocolate candies or fruit candies. Make each piece of candy stand for one thing you should pray for. Pray for that item, and then eat that piece of candy!

___ Day Five: Read Romans 8:26-39. Sometimes we don’t know what we should pray for. We don’t even know how to start . . . but these verses promise us that the Spirit intercedes for us. When we don’t know how to pray, the Holy Spirit prays for us! How does this make you feel? How can knowing this help you be BOLD in your prayer life?

Activity: Go for a prayer walk today and pray some BOLD prayers!

Snack: Make a prayer chain – a necklace out of cereal or other fun snacks that you can put on a string. Let each food item stand for something you need to pray for. Wear the necklace to remind you to pray for each of those things. When you are ready, eat the necklace!

Bold Biography – Hudson Taylor

Week Seven: Bold Speech

___ Day One: Read Luke 12:8-12. What do these verses say about bold speech? Who will give us the words to say if we are willing to take a stand for Christ? We don’t know what will happen to us in the future, but we are promised that if we stand strong and speak up for Christ, the Holy Spirit will help us when we get in those situations where we don’t know what to say. Pray about it: Ask God to help you speak up for Him.

Activity: Draw a picture of yourself standing and testifying about God in front of other people. What are the words that you would say?

Snack: Memorize Luke 12:8. Then try saying it clearly with different types of food in your mouth!

___ Day Two: Read Acts 26. One person who saw yesterday’s Scripture work in his life was Paul! He was on trial for his relationship with Jesus and the Holy Spirit truly gave him the words to say. What are some of the words he said to King Agrippa? How was Paul bold in his speech? Pray about it: Pray for those who are on trial for their relationship with Jesus today to have the words to say and to be bold in their witness.

Activity: Act out the trial that took place in Acts 26. Use other people or legos, or any other means and record this trial. Share it with others!

Snack: Use food to make a judge’s gavel. You can use whatever food you want – bananas and marshmallows, pretzels, hot dogs . . . be creative!

___ Day Three: Read 2 Samuel 12:1-14. Sometimes bold speech is necessary in confronting others about their sins. That was the case with Nathan. He had to confront David about his sin with Bathsheba. I’m sure that took quite a bit of boldness on his part! God wants us to speak the truth – even if others don’t want to hear it. Pray about it: Ask God to help you boldly speak the truth when others need to hear it!

Activity: Watch “King George and the Ducky” by Veggie Tales. Sing along with Nathan’s speech!!

Snack: Use cauliflower and grapes to make a little lamb snack!

___ Day Four: Read Jeremiah 1:4-10. These verses are God’s call to Jeremiah. When did God call Jeremiah? God had a plan for Jeremiah to speak His words while Jeremiah was still in his mother’s womb! God has a plan for you, also. Are you willing to speak His words wherever He sends you? Pray about it: Ask God to help you speak His words wherever He wants you to go!

Activity: Choose your favorite verses from this passage of Scripture. Make a banner or poster with those verses on it. Hang the banner or poster in your room!

Snack: Make a mouth snack! Use apple slices and tiny marshmallows, or anything else you choose! Use this snack as a reminder to always speak God’s Words wherever He wants you to go!

___ Day Five: Read Ephesians 4:29-5:2. Sometimes having BOLD SPEECH simply means not speaking like everyone else. Is your speech like Ephesians 4:29, or do you need God to help you be more BOLD in how you speak and the words you use? Pray about it: Pray about the words that come from your mouth!

Activity: Is your speech SWEET or SOUR? Have fun with sweet and sour foods today. Close your eyes and plug your nose and have someone feed you samples of sweet and sour foods. Can you tell the difference with your eyes closed and nose plugged? How about with just your eyes closed? Can people tell the difference in you by the way you speak?

Snack: Eat some salt and vinegar potato chips!! Use them to remind you that your speech should be sweet, seasoned with salt, and not bitter!

Bold Biography: Martin Luther

Week Eight: Bold Sacrifice

___ Day One: Read Genesis 22:1-19. What was the bold sacrifice in these verses? Are you willing to sacrifice something important to you, even if it doesn’t make sense at the time? Pray about it: Ask God to help you give everything to Him.

Activity: Use sticks and stones (or whatever is available) to make your own “altar”. Write down the things that God might want you to give up for Him. Place those things on the altar.

Snack: Use pretzel sticks and marshmallows to make your own snack altar.

___ Day Two: Read Luke 23:33-57. These verses tell us about the greatest sacrifice ever. Jesus sacrificed Himself for us so that we could be saved! Spend time today reflecting on the sacrifice of Jesus. Pray about it: Thank God for His sacrifice for us!

Activity: Find a board and a nail. Hammer the nail into the board, thinking about the sacrifice that Jesus made for you!

Snack: Let’s not forget that Jesus didn’t stay dead! He rose from the dead and conquered sin and death once and for all! Use chocolate donuts and chocolate sandwich cookies to make a snack representing the empty tomb. Cut the donut in half and place the cookie in front of it (that is the stone in front of the tomb). Celebrate the resurrection of Jesus today!

___ Day Three: Read Romans 12:1-2. What does it mean to be a living sacrifice? How can you be a living sacrifice for God? Pray about it: Ask God to help you live your life as a living sacrifice for Him.

Activity: Write Romans 12:1-2 out on a picture frame. Decorate the frame. Put a picture of yourself inside it and put the frame somewhere to remind you to live your life as a living sacrifice to God.

Snack: Make another altar snack! This time, use graham crackers and frosting.

___ Day Four: Read Luke 9:23-27. What does it mean to take up your cross daily and follow Jesus? What things might you need to sacrifice for God? Pray about it: Ask God to help you put Him before anything else.

Activity: Make a cross necklace to remind you to take up your cross daily and follow Jesus!

Snack: Make a cross out of pretzels.

___ Day Five: Read Hebrews 13:15-17. What do you think it means to offer up a sacrifice of praise to God? Does your praise ever involve sacrifice? How? Pray about it: Ask God to help your life to be a sacrifice of praise to Him.

Activity: Offer God a sacrifice of praise today! Make your own instruments, write your own songs, sing to Him, play an instrument to Him, write a poem for Him . . . use whatever way you want to express your praise to God!

Snack: Make a guitar out of food! Cut bread into the shape of the guitar and use slices of carrots and sliced grapes for the strings.

Bold Biography: Nate Saint

Week Nine: Bold Living

___ Day One: Read Jeremiah 20:1-6. How did Jeremiah live a bold life? Jeremiah’s whole purpose in life was to speak God’s words – no matter what. The people who heard him did not always like what he said. These verses record just one time that Jeremiah was hurt for his bold living. Pray about it: Ask God to help you live a bold life – even if it means persecution.

Activity: Write a journal entry from the point of view of Jeremiah after being put in the stocks by Pashur.

Snack: Make your own jail out of pretzels and marshmallows (or any other food you want).

___ Day Two: Read Esther 4. Do you know the story of Esther? She lived a very bold life! Her boldness saved the entire nation of Israel! Read verse 16 again. What does this verse tell us about Esther’s attitude? She knew what she had to do, and she was willing to do it – even if it meant death! That is BOLD LIVING! Pray about it: Ask God to help you be BOLD like Esther.

Activity: Make a scepter and act out the scene where Esther appears before the king. Make a video of it and share it with others.

Snack: Make a scepter out of celery sticks and peanut butter.

___ Day Three: Read Nehemiah 6. Here is another person who lived a bold life. How was Nehemiah bold? Nehemiah did what he knew was right, even when he faced severe opposition. What can you learn about living a BOLD life from the life of Nehemiah? Pray about it: Ask God to give you boldness to complete the tasks He has for you!

Activity: Build a wall! Use whatever you have to make a wall like Nehemiah did. Let the wall you build remind you that you can do anything through Christ!

Snack: Build a wall out of different types of melon!

___ Day Four: Read Proverbs 28:1. How do the righteous live according to this verse? How can you be as bold as a lion? Pray about it: Pray this verse for your own life!

Activity: Memorize this verse! Make a video of this verse! Make a poster of this verse! Do anything with this verse that will help you remember it and apply it to your life.

Snack: Make a snack that uses BOLD colors! Remind yourself that you should be bold for Christ!

___ Day Five: Read Joshua 1. What command does God repeat several times to Joshua in this passage? Why do you think He does that? How did Joshua live a bold life? Pray about it; Ask God to help you to be strong and courageous in every situation you encounter!

Activity: Here is a fun experiment that can remind you of how God can make you BOLD! Take a bar of Ivory soap. Unwrap it and put it on a microwavable plate. Then put it in the microwave. Turn the microwave on high and watch what happens to the soap. This is what happens to us when we put our trust in Christ – He takes what little boldness we have and makes it BIGGER for Him! He helps us be BOLD!

Snack: Sometimes when we think of being strong, we think of muscles! Of course, we don’t need muscles to be strong and bold for Christ . . . but this could make a fun snack! Get giant marshmallows and pretend that they are muscles! Say one way that you can be BOLD for Christ for each marshmallow you eat.

Bold Biography: Brother Andrew

Week Ten: Bold Actions

___ Day One: Read Joshua 2. Who was bold in these verses? How? Rahab took some very bold actions . . . and they paid off. She was saved, along with her entire family, and she ended up in the line of Christ! Pray about it: Ask God to help you take bold actions when needed.

Activity: This chapter involves spies! Make your own spy costume and sneak around the house. If you get caught, explain to someone what it means to be bold for Christ!

Snack: Eat red licorice to remind you of the scarlet rope that Rahab was told to place out of her window.

___ Day Two: Read Genesis 6:11-22. What were the bold actions in these verses? Why were those actions bold? Pray about it: Ask God to help you do bold things – even when everyone else thinks you are crazy!

Activity: Make your own replica of Noah’s ark. Do research to make sure you make it similar to the pattern that Noah used. Use whatever materials you want.

Snack: Eat animal crackers!

___ Day Three: Read Judges 3:15-30. What were the bold actions that Ehud took in these verses? Pray about it: Ask God to help you do what He wants you to do – no matter what!

Activity: Try writing your name left handed. (If you are left handed, try writing your name right handed.) Remember, Ehud was left-handed!

Snack: Ehud blew a trumpet to let people know that deliverance had come! Eat bugles today!

___ Day Four: Read 1 Kings 18:1-16. We often focus on Elijah in this passage of Scripture and it is easy to overlook another very bold person. Who else was bold in this passage? How? Obadiah risked his life by hiding and taking care of 100 prophets! That is quite a BOLD action!! How do you think he was able to be so bold? Pray about it: Ask God to help you be bold – even if your boldness is not noticed as much as another person’s might be!

Activity: Hiding 100 people is not an easy task! Think through all the things that Obadiah would have needed to do to successfully keep those prophets hidden. Write out a plan that he may have used.

Snack: Eat bread and water – the food that Obadiah fed the prophets.

___ Day Five: Read Judges 6:11-7:25. This is a long passage that we are going to use to end our reading plan. There’s a lot of stuff that can be learned from this passage. What stands out to you? How does this passage show that God can use an ordinary person (who might start off being anything but bold) to do great things for Him? If God can use Gideon, God can use YOU! Aren’t you excited to see how God is going to use YOU to change the world??? Pray about it: Ask God to make you BOLD!!!

Activity: Do something BOLD for Jesus!

Bold Biography: William Wilberforce

Snack: Make cupcakes or some other fun food to celebrate the completion of this Bible reading plan!

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If you enjoyed this reading plan, you might also enjoy some of my other curriculum, or my devotional for kids (which is my personal favorite book that I have written 🙂 )

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Transform: A 10 Week Bible Reading Plan for Children

Free Bible Reading Plan for the Summer! Includes Scripture, discussion questions & activities for children and teens!

This is the Bible reading plan for the Summer of 2016! The theme for this summer is TRANSFORM and we will be reading about areas of our lives that need to be transformed by Jesus. This year we have a theme verse as well – Romans 12:1-2, and I want to challenge you and your children to memorize these verses by the end of the summer!

This year I have the entire Bible reading plan in one location — right here on this page (and in the downloadable pdf). I divided the summer into ten weeks, and you will find two Scriptures listed for each day. The first Scripture passage is for the older kids and teens and the second passage (the one in parenthesis) is an abbreviated version for the read-to-me kids. I have also included 2 separate ideas for activities. Activity 1 is aimed at younger kids and is meant to be done with a parent while Activity 2 is aimed at older kids and teens.  Of course, you know your child better than anyone else, so use whatever works for your child!

I pray that this Bible reading plan will challenge you and your children this summer! Feel free to share what you are learning with our facebook group, and, while you are at it, come like my facebook page!

And now, as promised, here is this year’s Summer Bible Reading Plan for children of all ages!!!!!

A Summer Bible Reading Plan for Children of All Ages

Transform – A Bible Reading Plan for Children of All Ages (click here to print)

Transform

Key Verse: Romans 12:1-2

Week One: Transform Your Mind

___ Day One: Read Acts 8:26-39 (Acts 8:26-29, 35-39.)

How was the Ethiopian’s life transformed?

We don’t know anything about the Ethiopian’s life before this passage, and we don’t read anything more about him after this passage. What we DO know is that he was reading the Scriptures for himself . . . which shows us that he was using his mind! God used Philip to help fill his mind with the truths of the Scriptures. Are you filling your mind with the truth of the Scriptures? Are you thinking about those things that God wants you to think about?

Examine your thought life today. Ask God to help you fill your mind with things that please Him!

Activity 1: Make this cool chariot snack and use it to retell what happened with the Ethiopian Eunuch and Philip! 

Activity 2: The Ethiopian Eunuch was reading a scroll when Philip came to him. Make your own scroll – and practice thinking on the things of God while you are at it!!! Gather several fruit roll ups . . . unroll them and pretend they are scrolls. Try to quote a memory verse before you eat the roll ups. If you don’t know any memory verses, start memorizing one today (how about Romans 12:1-2?).

___ Day Two: Read Philippians 4:4-9 (Philippians 4:8).

We think about things all the time. Sometimes, the things we think about are not so good. According to these verses, what kinds of things should we be thinking about? Are you thinking about those things?

Examine what you put into your mind on a daily basis. Look especially at the media you expose yourself to. Would the songs, movies, television shows, jokes, video games, etc, that you listen to pass the WHATEVER test listed in Philippians 4:8? Ask God to help you only think about the WHATEVERS.

Activity 1: Help your child draw a picture to illustrate what he should put in his mind. Draw a circle on a piece of paper and let your child draw his facial features and hair on it. Then cut it out. Next, cut a slice out of the top of his head and then glue all the pieces down on another piece of paper . . . but glue the slice that you cut out on a diagonal so that he can draw pictures on the paper in that spot to make it look like he is drawing the things he should be thinking about. Talk with your child about the types of things that he should put into his mind. Then let him draw pictures of those things in his “mind” on the piece of paper! Be sure to share your completed project in the Raising Godly Kids facebook group!

Art project for Phil 4 verse 8

Activity 2: Print off and color this cool “WHATEVER” coloring page! Hang it somewhere in your room to help you remember what you should put in your mind!  

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  ___ Day Three: Read Psalm 119:97-106 (Psalm 119:97, 105).

What happens when you meditate (or think about) God’s Word? God’s Word brings wisdom and gives direction. It is a light to our paths. Have you ever been somewhere when it was really dark and you couldn’t find your way? The presence of one little flashlight can make all the difference! A flashlight shines light into the darkness and helps us see the way that we should go. In the same way, God’s Word shines light into our dark world and shows us the path that we should take. Are you letting the light of God’s Word lead you?

Ask God to give you wisdom and direction as you walk in this dark world!

Activity 1: Take your child on a walk in the dark. Talk about how scary and hard it can be to walk alone in the dark. Then give him a flashlight and let him shine it on the path. Talk about how God’s Word can help us know which way to go, too. Finally, hold your child’s hand and walk with him through the dark. Explain how God is always with us . . . holding our hand and helping us find our way in the dark! Pray together, thanking God for always holding our hands when things around us are scary!

Activity 2: Have fun with a flashlight! Try some of the ideas here.

___ Day Four: Read Colossians 3:1-17 (Colossians 3:2, 16-17).

What should our minds be focused on? What does this mean?

Ask God to help you set your mind on things above and not on the things of this world!

Activity 1: Give your child a small bag of colorful candies (or use fruit such as grapes for a healthier option). Have your child say one thing that God wants him to think about before eating each candy.

Activity 2: Make your own checklist to decide if something is worth thinking about. What should your standards be for the shows you watch, music you listen to, games you play, etc? Decide on a list of standards and create a poster that you can refer to often. Hang this poster in a prominent location (such as by your television or computer).

___ Day Five: 2 Corinthians 10:1-6 (2 Corinthians 10:5).

What does it mean to take every thought captive? How do we do that? Taking thoughts captive can be a struggle, but when God transforms our minds, our thoughts MUST be made captive to Christ! If we have a thought that doesn’t please Jesus, we can ask Him to help us not think those thoughts anymore – and He will help us!

Ask God to help you take captive any thought that does not please Christ!

Activity 1: Play a “take the thought captive” game with your child! Make a net (this can be as simple as using a blanket or a hula hoop) and take turns tossing that net to catch a “thought”. (Take turns being the thought). Whoever is the thought runs around the room yelling, “I am a thought!” while the other person tries to throw the net over him to take that thought captive! When the “thought” is caught, everyone should yell, “This thought is captive to Christ!” Have lots of fun with this!

Activity 2: Sometimes we have to wage war against our thoughts! Play the card game “War” . . . with one added rule to help you learn to take your thoughts captive! Whoever wins each round has to say, “We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ”. If he forgets, the other player (or players) get the cards! Don’t have anyone to play against? Try this computer version . . . but the rules still apply!!!  

Week Two: Transform Your Heart

___ Day One: Read 2 Samuel 12:1-15 (2 Samuel 12:1-7a).

King David was called a “man after God’s own heart”, yet, in this passage we see him at a time where he truly needed God to transform his heart. He had sinned against God and he couldn’t even recognize his sin until Nathan confronted him directly. He needed a change of heart!

We also need a change of heart. We need God to turn us into people who seek after Him first of all . . . who are children after God’s own heart.

Ask God to help you be a child after His own heart!

Activity 1: If you can, watch King George and the Ducky (by Veggie Tales – Big Idea Productions). Discuss how David needed a change of heart! Then do a simple object lesson. Cut a heart out of a piece of paper. Talk with your child about all the things that we do that stain our heart . . . all the sins that we commit! Give your child a black crayon and have him scribble on the heart for every sin you mention. Look at how dirty this heart is! We need to clean this heart! Only God can clean our hearts . . . He can forgive us and totally TRANSFORM our hearts! Throw away the old heart and give your child a brand new one! If you have heart cookie cutters, make sugar cookies in the shape of hearts and celebrate the fact that God can transform our hearts!

Activity 2: Make heart shaped sugar cookies to celebrate the fact that God can transform our hearts! Share the cookies with a friend!

___ Day Two: Read Psalm 51 (Psalm 51:10-12).

This chapter is David’s response when confronted by Nathan. Notice, he asks God to change his heart. He recognized his sin and asked God for forgiveness. We need to do the same. When we sin, we need to ask God to clean our hearts and He WILL!!!

Search your heart and see if you need God to forgive you for anything. Ask Him!

Activity 1: Let your child make his own “heart art” paintings using old toilet paper tubes. Take a toilet paper tube and bend part of it in so that the end makes a heart shape. (You might want to use a piece of tape to hold it in this shape). Then give your child some paint. Have him put the toilet paper tube in the paint and then “stamp” it on a piece of paper to make hearts! For added fun, provide several toilet paper tubes and different colors of paint.

Activity 2: Try a melted crayon heart art project! Find a couple cool ideas here.

___ Day Three: Read Psalm 119:1-16 (Psalm 119:2, 10-11).

What do these verses tell us about our hearts? Are you seeking after God with all your heart? What does that look like in your life?

Ask God to show you how to seek Him with all your heart!

Activity 1: We need to fill up ALL of our heart with love for God! Make a heart shape out of a tortilla shell. Give your child several small foods such as grape tomatoes, cucumbers, cheese cubes, etc. Have your child place the foods on the heart so that the entire heart is filled up. Have him share ways that he can show that he loves God with all his heart while he is placing the food in the tortilla. Then close the tortilla and eat the snack! (For a slightly different recipe for this, see Activity 2).

Activity 2: Make this fun healthy fruit pizza snack . . . only cut your tortillas up in the shape of hearts! Remember, we are to seek after God with ALL of our hearts – so be sure to eat ALL of your fruit pizzas!!!!

___ Day Four: Read Matthew 15:1-20 (Matthew 15:18-20).

What do these verses tell us about our hearts? What is your heart like?

Ask God to give you a heart that pleases Him!

Activity 1: Teach your child how to cut his own hearts out of paper by folding paper in half and cutting on the fold. Have him cut out a heart for himself. Then unfold the heart and let him put a tiny bit of paint of a couple different colors on one side of the heart. Have him fold the heart again so that the paint spreads around. Open the heart back up. Look at that cool design! God can make cool designs out of OUR hearts, too!

Activity 2: This passage of Scripture begins with the Pharisees complaining about the disciples not washing their hands before eating bread! Make your own bread today. Try this recipe for banana bread  or this one for strawberry bread  or this one for rhubarb bread. Yum!

___ Day Five: Read Hebrews 10:11-22 (Hebrews 10:22).

God will work in our lives and transform our hearts if we ask Him! Have you asked Him to do that for you?

Ask God to transform your heart today!

Activity 1: Make your own sidewalk paint and then go outside and decorate your neighborhood with hearts! 

Activity 2: Watch this video and sing along!

 

Week Three – Transform Your Purpose

___ Day One: Read Acts 9:1-31 (Acts 9:1-19).

This is an amazing testimony of a man whose entire life was transformed – and you can see his purpose transformed in the process! What was Saul’s purpose at the beginning of this passage? What was it at the end of the passage? Have you allowed God to transform your purpose – to give you a new purpose of serving Him?

Ask God to give you a brand new purpose for your life!

Activity 1: Act out this passage with your child. Let him use miniature figures or dolls, or even himself. Add to the fun by using a flashlight to “blind” him (or the miniature figure).

Activity 2: Make your own stop-motion video (or other type of video) about this passage. If you have a youtube channel, post the video there. You can also post the video in the Raising Godly Kids facebook group. We would love to see what you have done!

___ Day Two: Read Proverbs 16:1-9 (Proverbs 16:3-4, 9).

Where should you find your purpose? What happens when you commit your ways to the Lord? Have you committed your plans to the Lord and asked Him to direct your steps?

Ask God to take over the plans for your life! Spend time today seeking Him and His will for you.

Activity 1: Make a footprint poster with your child. Take a long piece of paper and tape it down on a sidewalk or driveway. Then place a few pie pans with different colored paint in them. Place one more pan filled with water. Let your child step in the paint and then on the paper to make a line of footprints. (You might also choose to do this directly on the sidewalk). Write the words, “The Lord determines my steps” on the top of the paper. Talk with your child about the importance of following the Lord’s plan!

Activity 2: Think about the goals and dreams that you have for your future. Write down a few of your goals, then spend time praying for God to have His way in your life and to lead you where He wants you to go for your future.

___ Day Three: Read Isaiah 43:1-7 (Isaiah 43:7)

According to these verses, why were you created? We were all made to bring glory to God! Our lives should always point to Jesus – that is our purpose! Are you living out the purpose that God has for you?

Ask God to help you use your gifts and abilities to bring glory to Him!

Activity 1: Help your child recognize that God made him special and with a special purpose! Help him fill out one of these “God Made Me Special” printables and then spend time celebrating your child’s purpose today!

Activity 2: Think of all the ways that God has made you special. What special gifts or abilities has He given to you? Make a list . . . then choose one of the gifts God has given you and come up with a plan of how you can use that gift for God’s glory. Carry out your plan!

___ Day Four: Read Ephesians 2:1-10 (Ephesians 2:8-10).

What were you created to do? What is your purpose in life?

Ask God to show you the good works He has prepared for you to do.

Activity 1: Help your child use old puzzle pieces to make a picture frame. Talk with your child about how he is God’s masterpiece, and about how he was created to do great things for God! Take a picture of your child and put it in the finished frame. Add ribbon for a fun new ornament for your Christmas tree, or add a magnet for a fun decoration for your refrigerator!

Activity 2: Think of one way that you can bring glory to God for every letter of the alphabet! Challenge your parents or siblings to make their own list – or let them help you with yours!

___ Day Five: Read Philippians 3 (Philippians 3:7-14).

How do you see Paul’s purpose in life changing in these verses? What is his ultimate goal – his true purpose? What should our ultimate goal be?

Ask God to transform your purpose into His purpose for you.

Activity 1: Purchase a small trash can for you child’s room. Let him decorate the can using stickers, markers, paint or anything else that you have on hand. Have him decorate it in a way that will remind him that everything should be like garbage compared to his love for Jesus!

Activity 2: Remembering that your citizenship is in heaven can help you follow God’s purpose for you life. Make your own id card that shows that your citizenship is in heaven. Be creative – and then keep it in your wallet or some other place that will remind you of this fact!

Week Four: Transform Your Relationships

___ Day One: Read John 4:1-42 (John 4:7-10, 28-30, 39-42).

What can you learn about relationships from this passage? In this passage, Jesus meets a woman who definitely had relationship problems. She had been married 5 times and was currently living with a man who was not her husband. While we do not know what happened to her after meeting Jesus, a transformation of her life would not be complete without a transformation of her relationships. The very way we think about one another should be different as Christians. We are to love all people – a fact that Jesus demonstrated by the very act of talking to a woman who was also a Samaritan. Jesus showed by His actions that we should love ALL people and want ALL people to come to know Him.

Ask God to show you how to love the people around you.

Activity 1: Teach your child the story of the Woman at the Well. Emphasize how Jesus knew all about this woman and He still loved her. He wants us to love others, too! Have fun reviewing this story by playing a little game. If you have a child sized wading pool, use that for this activity. Otherwise, you can use a bathtub (just be sure to be okay with a mess!) Give your child a bucket and challenge him to run to the wading pool, fill the bucket with water and then run back. Each time he runs back with the bucket, have him share one way that he can love the people around him – and then let him throw the water up in the air. When we share the love of Jesus with others, everyone around us feels His love – just like you feel the water!!!!

Activity 2: Make this cool well craft. Fill it with live flowers and then give it to someone else as a way to share the love of Christ with others.

___ Day Two: Read 1 Corinthians 13 (1 Corinthians 13:4-7).

Yesterday we learned about how we are supposed to love ALL people. Today we are going to learn about what love really looks like. According to these verses, what is love? How do you show that you love the people in your life?

Substitute your name for all the places where the word “LOVE” is in these verses. Can you really say that? Are you really living out love in your life?

Activity 1: Do a role playing activity with your child. Have your child gather some of his stuffed animals (or miniature figures or he can even make his own puppets out of paper bags). Then give your child a situation to act out. Have him use his stuffed animals or puppets to act out the situation and to show how he would show love in each situation. (Examples of situations include: your big brother is teasing you, your friend took your toy, your mom or dad asks you to do something you don’t want to do, you want to talk to your mom but she is on the phone, etc.)

Activity 2: Make a poster for 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 or color this coloring page.  

___ Day Three: Read Ephesians 6:1-9 (Ephesians 6:1-3).

What can you learn about our relationships from these verses? When Jesus takes over your life, He transforms your relationships completely! We are to honor and respect those in authority over us and serve others just as if we are serving the Lord.

Ask God to help you honor your parents and those in authority over you. Do something today to show them honor and respect!

Activity 1: Have your child draw a picture of his family. Then spend time praying for each member of the family together and talking about ways that he can honor and respect them.

Activity 2: Do something nice for mom and dad – unexpectedly!!!! Try not to get caught in the act!!!!!

___ Day Four: Read Matthew 5:21-48 (Matthew 5:22, 44).

Wow! There’s a lot about relationships packed into these verses! What stands out to you? How are you treating those around you? Are you calling them names or making fun of them? If so, you need to stop! How are you treating the opposite sex? You need to respect them and treat them as God wants you to! How are you treating your “enemies”? Remember, God wants you to love EVERYONE! Pray for the people that you have a hard time loving and ask God to help you share His love with them!

Examine your relationships today and the way you treat others. Ask God to show you areas you need to change.

Activity 1: Talk with your child about the importance of sharing the love of Christ with everyone – even those people who are hard to get along with! Talk to him about the power of words and how we need to be careful not to call people names or to be mean to others. Enemy Pie by Derek Munson is an excellent book that teaches the idea of loving your enemies. Check it out from your local library and read it with your child. Then bake a pie together and share it with someone else!

Activity 2: Spend time today praying for those people that you have a hard time getting along with. Ask God to show you something that you can do to help these people!

___ Day Five: Read Ephesians 4 (Ephesians 4:29-32).

What can you learn about how your relationships should be transformed from these verses? What should your attitude be towards one another? How should you handle yourself when you are angry with another person? What does it mean to forgive as God has forgiven you?

Ask God to totally transform your relationships!!!

Activity 1: These verses tell us to not let the sun go down while we are still angry! Make a sun craft today. Paint a yellow circle on a piece of paper. Then paint your child’s hands and let him put his hand down around the circle to make the sun’s rays. Another fun way to do this is to take a picture of your child and glue the picture on the middle part of the sun. Talk with your child about the importance of forgiving others.

Activity 2: These verses tell us to not let the sun go down while we are still angry! Let’s use the sun today to make something tasty. Try this strawberry-lemon sun tea recipe! 

Week Five – Transform Your Attitude

___ Day One: Read Luke 10:38-42 (Luke 10:38-42)

Who needed a change in attitude in this passage? Why? When I read these verses, I can almost hear the whine in Martha’s voice. I don’t think the problem with Martha was that she was serving instead of resting and listening to Jesus, I think the problem was the attitude she had while she was doing it. It almost seems as if she resented all the work she was doing and the fact that nobody was helping her. Do you ever feel that way? If you do, maybe it’s time to take a break and sit at the feet of Jesus for awhile!

Ask God to help you serve Him with the right attitude!

Activity 1: Help your child think about the people who are always serving at your church. Do you think they ever get tired of doing all that work? Help your child make a card for someone at your church who works hard in the Lord’s service. Send the card in the mail!

Activity 2: Use pretzel sticks and fruit roll ups to make your own brooms to help you retell this passage of Scripture. Tear the fruit roll ups apart and stick them to the end of a pretzel stick so that they look like a broom. Then have fun eating these while sharing ideas of ways that you can serve Jesus with a good attitude!

___ Day Two: Read Numbers 14 (Numbers 14:1-2, 26-32).

This passage is another excellent example of people who needed a transformed attitude. Moses had just sent out 12 spies to check on the land that God had promised them. Only 2 of the spies believed that God could deliver this land to them – the rest were afraid and caused the people to doubt God as well. As a result, none of those who grumbled and complained got to go into the promised land! When we complain, we often miss out on the great things that God has planned for us!

Ask God to help you trust Him and always have an attitude that brings Him praise!

Activity 1: Talk to your child about the way the Isaelites complained and grumbled against God. This was a pattern for them. Watch this video of an earlier time when they grumbled against God:

 

Ask your child about times when he is quick to complain. How can he keep from complaining? One way is to be thankful for what God has done for you! The Israelites should have remembered how God had always been faithful to them and delivered them from slavery. What are some things that you have to be thankful for? Give your child old magazines and newspapers, glue, scissors and construction paper. Help him make a “thankfulness collage” by cutting pictures out of the papers and gluing them on the construction paper.

Activity 2: Do you ever spend more time complaining than thinking about what God has done for you? Spend time being thankful today! Go through your house and take pictures of everything that you see that you are thankful for. Then put them together in a “thankfulness slide show”!

___ Day Three: Read Philippians 2 (Philippians 2:5-8, 14-15).

According to these verses, how should your attitude be transformed? What does it mean to you to have the same attitude as Jesus? How can you practice verse 14 in your daily life?

Ask God to help you do all things without grumbling or complaining!!!!

Activity 1: Talk to your child about the difference it makes when he does things without complaining. Point out that when he doesn’t complain, he is SHINING like a star in the universe! Use plastic forks and paint to make a fireworks-star craft. Put paint all over the prongs of the plastic forks. Then let your child press the forks down on the paper in a pattern to look like star fireworks. Do this on black construction paper for an even cooler look! If you are able, take your child to a fireworks display and talk about how the fireworks SHINE. We SHINE, too, when we live our lives with a good attitude!!!

Activity 2: When you have a good attitude, you stand out from the crowd! You SHINE like stars in the universe! We are going to make something that stands out from the crowd and reminds us of stars today (and remember to have a great attitude while doing this!). Make STAR-SPANGLED slime! How fun is this??? Be sure to share your slime with your friends! 

___ Day Four: Read Colossians 3:23-24 (Colossians 3:23-24).

Just two verses today – but what important verses in dealing with our attitudes! If we can follow these verses at all times, our attitudes will TOTALLY TRANSFORM! Think through your daily routine. How can you live these verses out in your daily life?

Ask God to help you do all things as if you are doing them directly for Him.

Activity 1: Help your child find a chore to do around the house or neighborhood. Help him accomplish this chore – remembering that he is serving Jesus the whole time. When he is finished, reward him with a tasty summer treat!

Activity 2: Write out your daily schedule, both for the summer and for the school year. After each item, write, “I AM DOING THIS FOR JESUS”. Remind yourself of this as you go through your daily routine!

___ Day Five: Read Psalm 150 (Psalm 150).

One way to have a transformed attitude is to always live in an attitude of praise! What are the different ways that you can praise the Lord? Spend time praising the Lord today!

Have a PRAISE PARTY today! Sing a song to Jesus or list all the things you praise Him for. Try to live out this PRAISE PARTY attitude every day of your life!

Activity 1: Help your child make a noise-maker and then use that noisemaker to praise Jesus today! Find an idea for a noisemaker here.  

Activity 2: Write your own song of praise! If you don’t like to sing, write a poem. If you like to sing, make music to go along with it! Record yourself reading your praise poem or singing your song of praise and then share it in the Raising Godly Kids facebook group!

Week Six – Transform Your Habits

___ Day One: Read Luke 19:1-10 (Luke 19:1-10).

How did God transform Zacchaeus’s habits? Do you have any habits that you need God to transform?

Ask God to show you any habits that need to be changed in your life.

Activity 1: Sing the Zacchaeus song with your child!

 

Then use pretzel sticks, grapes and gummy bears to make a snack retelling this story! Place the pretzel sticks down flat on the plate to make a tree and use the grapes for the leaves. Let the gummy Zacchaeus climb the tree and then let your child retell what happened in today’s passage!

Activity 2: Climb a tree! If you have a climb-able tree in your neighborhood, have some fun climbing it today. Imagine how Zacchaeus must have felt when he climbed the tree and how he felt when Jesus noticed him. Think about the way that God transformed Zacchaeus’s life and the habits that were transformed! Ask God to transform your habits, too.

___ Day Two: Read Psalm 5:1-3, Luke 5:16 (Psalm 5:3, Luke 5:16).

What habit is practiced here? Notice that both the Psalmist and Jesus took time out of their days to spend time with the Father and pray! If Jesus did it, it MUST be important! Spending time with God is a super habit to have!

Ask God to help you get into the habit of meeting with Him every day!

Activity 1: Help your child make a prayer hands prayer book. Trace his hands on a piece of construction paper and cut them out. Cut out several other pieces of paper about the same size to be the pages of the book. Staple them all together or tie them together with ribbon. Let him decorate and draw/write things that he wants to pray for on each page. Go through the book with him, helping him pray for everything he wrote down.

Activity 2: Go on a prayer walk around your neighborhood. As you walk past the houses, pray for the people who live inside. If you have a park nearby, pray for the people who play there. Pray for any businesses you pass. If you do not live in a neighborhood, ask your parents to take you for a “prayer drive” or look at a map of the nearest city and use it as a guide.

___ Day Three: Read James 5:13-18 (James 5:13-15).

These verses show the importance of prayer once again! Are you in the habit of praying for the sick and suffering? Spend time doing that today!

Spend time praying for those around you who are hurting!

Activity 1: These verses talk about using oil as you pray for someone who is sick. Talk with your child about this practice. Then have some fun with oil today! Try an oil and water droplet craft such as this one.

Activity 2: Do you know someone who is sick or suffering? Put together a fun care package for that person – perhaps some cookies and a colorful handmade card or a coupon to cut his grass or clean his house. Deliver it to that person and help spread some cheer! Be sure to pray for that person as well!

___ Day Four: Read 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28 (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

There are some great habits mentioned here. What are they? How can you practically practice these habits in your life?

Ask God to help you REJOICE, PRAY, and GIVE THANKS as a regular habit!

Activity 1: Help your child make a prayer flower. Help him cut a stem and leaves out of green construction paper. Then give him different colored construction paper for the petals and help him cut petals out. Have him draw one thing he is thankful for or that he wants to pray for on each petal. Glue the petals on the flower. For added fun, put a picture of your child praying in the middle of the flower and arrange the petals around that picture.

Activity 2: Make your own prayer calendar. Write out ideas to pray for for each day of the month. Add pictures or other reminders as well. Keep this calendar handy and use it as a guide as you try to establish a habit of prayer in your life!

___ Day Five: Read Hebrews 10:19-25 (Hebrews 10:24-25).

What habit should we develop according to these verses? Are you encouraging others and attending church regularly or is this a habit you need to start?

Ask God to help you be an encouraging member of the family of God . . . and spend time praying for your local church today as well!

Activity 1: Talk with your child about the importance of attending church. Use some of his toys to help you have your own “church service”. Then make this cool church-envelope craft and let him “play church” with it. Finally, help him invite one of his friends to come to church with your family this week!

Activity 2: Think about your church. Is there something you can do to help meet a need at your church? Perhaps you can clean the church this week or plant flowers nearby. Maybe your church needs someone to pick up sticks on the property or help out in the nursery. Find a way to volunteer at your local church this week and, in this way, YOU will be an encouragement to others!

  Week Seven – Transform Your Speech

___ Day One: Read Mark 5:1-20 (Mark 5:1-15).

What an amazing transformation in this man’s life! In what ways was he transformed? When he met Jesus, EVERYTHING in his life changed. That is the way it is with us, too! Jesus makes us brand new and that is reflected in our speech. What was this man saying before he met Jesus? What was he saying after he met Jesus?

Ask God to help your speech reflect Him!

Activity 1: This passage lends itself to so many fun activities . . . spend time talking with your child about what happened and then have fun with the story. Make pig in a blankets using crescent rolls and mini-hot dogs or eat bacon and eggs. Let your child draw pictures representing the story or make a pig craft. Talk with your child about the amazing changes that happened in this man’s life.

Activity 2: The man in this story told everyone he saw about the amazing things that Jesus had done for him. Spend time today thinking about what Jesus has done for you! Write out your testimony or record yourself sharing about God’s work in your life. Share this with others . . . including those of us in the Raising Godly Kids facebook group!

___ Day Two: Read James 3:1-12 (James 3:7-10)

What do these verses say about the tongue? Why is it so hard to control the tongue? Notice that James says that no MAN can tame the tongue – only God can! When God transforms us, He transforms our SPEECH, too!

Ask God to help your tongue bring glory to Him!

Activity 1: Talk with your child about the importance of the words that we say. We need to say words that make Jesus happy! Make a fun tongue/mouth snack with your child. 

Activity 2: James compares the tongue to a lot of things – one of which is a fire. Make a campfire with your family and roast marshmallows. Do you see how quickly the fire can engulf the marshmallows and turn them black? It can burn them completely if you are not in control and carefully guiding it! In the same way, our tongues have the ability to destroy lives. We need to make sure that God is controlling the things that we say! If you can’t make a fire, “roast” marshmallows in the microwave. Just be careful not to leave the marshmallow in too long or you will have a big mess on your hands . . . . once again demonstrating the importance of keeping a tight reign on our tongues!!!

___ Day Three: Read Colossians 4:6 (Colossians 4:6)

Only one verse today – and what a GREAT verse it is! How can our speech be as if it is seasoned with salt? What does salt do to our food? How can our speech be like that to those around us?

Ask God to help your speech be “seasoned with salt”.

Activity 1: Try some salty foods with your child today! Talk about how the salt makes the food taste better. In the same way, the words we say should make everyone around us feel better. Help your child make a salt painting.  

Activity 2: Make your own ice cream in a bag – using SALT!   

___ Day Four: Read Psalm 34 (Psalm 34:1, 13-14).

What should continually be a part of our speech? From what should we keep our tongues?

Ask God to help you keep your tongue from evil. Ask God to help you praise Him continually!

Activity 1: Do a fun experiment with your child to help demonstrate that we need to keep our tongues from evil! Fill a bowl with water. Then let your child pour black pepper into the bowl. This black pepper represents the words we say. Look how the pepper is filling up this bowl and changing the way the water looks. Our words can change the way people feel, too . . . for good or for bad. When we say bad things, we hurt those around us! We need to RUN away from bad words and praise Jesus instead! Let your child squirt some soap into the water. What happens to the pepper? Just like the pepper stays away from the soap, we need to keep our tongue away from evil!

Activity 2: We need to keep our tongues from evil . . . in other words, we need to make sure the words that come from our mouths are pure and clean . . . like SOAP! Make some homemade soap today. 

___ Day Five: Read 1 Peter 3:8-22 (1 Peter 3:8-12).

Do these verses sound familiar? Peter is quoting what we read yesterday! What else can we learn from these verses about our speech?

Ask God to control your tongue!!!

Activity 1: Talk to your child about how our words can impact everyone around us. If we say something mean or bad, it hurts those around us, and they might say something mean and bad, too. Help your child set up a chain reaction using dominoes. The first domino represents the words that he says. Look at the impact his one word can have on everyone around him! Set off the chain reaction and watch it go!

Activity 2: Watch this video about the power of our words.

 

Week Eight – Transform Your Priorities

___ Day One: Read Matthew 5:18-22, 9:9-13 (Matthew 5:18-19, 9:9).

Who had their lives changed in these verses? These verses talk about the calling of the first disciples. Some of the disciples were fishermen and one of them was a tax collector. They all had different priorities, or things in their lives that were important to them. However, when they met Jesus, all of those priorities changed. They left what they had been doing and immediately followed Him. In the same way, our priorities need to be based on Jesus. We should want to serve Him more than anything else. The things that are important to Him should be important to us.

Examine your priorities today. What are the most important things in your life? Are the things that are important to Jesus important to you?

Activity 1: Talk with your child about the importance of placing Jesus first in his life. Point out that when Jesus asked the disciples to follow Him, they did so immediately . . . no questions asked. It should be the same for us. Play a game of follow the leader with your child. Talk about what it means to truly follow Christ.

Activity 2: Make a list of your priorities. What is the most important thing in your life? Try to come up with a list of 5-10 items . . . be honest! Are there any things on this list that shouldn’t be? Is your relationship with Jesus as important as it should be? Pray over this list and ask God to help you rearrange your priorities if needed.

___ Day Two: Read Mark 10:17-31 (Mark 10:17-22).

This is a story about a man who had mixed up priorities. He said he wanted to follow Jesus, but something kept him from being a true follower. What was it? What did he consider more important than Jesus?

Ask God to show you if there is anything that you have placed as more important than Him.

Check out this excellent video over this passage:

 

Activity 1: Talk to your child about how the rich young man didn’t want to give up all his STUFF to follow Jesus. He loved all the things he had too much. His priorities were out of order! Ask your child if there is anything he has that he loves too much . . . more than Jesus! Then talk about how all our stuff will be gone someday, but the treasures we have with Jesus will last forever! Take your child outside and let him use sidewalk chalk to draw the pictures of the treasures we will have in heaven.

Activity 2: Go through all of your possessions. Is there anything you have that you could give away to the poor? Put together a donation of your stuff and take it to an organization in your area that could use it.

___ Day Three: Read Deuteronomy 6, Matthew 22:37 (Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Matthew 22:37).

Who are we to love more than anyone or anything else? How do we show that we are loving God the most in our lives?

Ask God to help you to always keep Him first!

Activity 1: Talk to your child about the importance of keeping God first. In the Deuteronomy passage, we see that the Israelites were told to WEAR the Words of the Lord. Help your child make something to wear that will remind him to keep God first. Get a white t-shirt and fabric paint and let him make an “I Love Jesus” t-shirt. Be sure to take a picture with him wearing the shirt and share it with those of us in the Raising Godly Kids Facebook Group!

Activity 2: Today YOU are going to come up with the fun snack! Think of one snack item that can stand for each part of Matthew 22:37. What could you use to represent your heart, mind, soul, and strength? Put this snack together and share it with others! (And be sure to let those of us in the Raising Godly Kids Facebook Group know what you used!)

___ Day Four: Read Matthew 6:19-34 (Matthew 6:19-21, 33).

What should be our number one priority? What should have first place in our lives? Does it have first place in yours?

Ask God to help you seek His kingdom and righteousness FIRST.

Activity 1: Talk to your child about what it means to store up treasures in heaven. Talk to him about the importance of putting God first in every area of his life. Have some fun with bubbles today! Get out a tiny bottle of bubbles. Tell your child that this tiny bottle represents all the things we have on earth. We have fun with them and they seem cool, but they won’t last forever! Blow some bubbles and let your child chase after them. Let him blow some, too. Then make some GIANT BUBBLES. These bubbles represent what is waiting for us in heaven. It is SO MUCH BETTER than what we have here on earth. This is the treasure we should be looking forward to! Have fun playing with the giant bubbles.

Activity 2: Take a look at the creation surrounding you. Isn’t our God an amazing God? He made all of this for us to enjoy. We do not need to worry . . . we can trust Him with our lives! Ask God to make trusting Him a priority in your life . . . then go outside and gather some of the flowers God has made into a beautiful bouquet. Set the bouquet on the table in your house and let it remind you of today’s Bible reading!

___ Day Five: Read Luke 12:1-34 (Luke 12:7, 15-24)

What do these verses tell us about our priorities? What does it mean when it says that life is more than food and the body more than clothes? What are the truly important things in life?

Ask God to help you to always keep your relationship with Him as the most important thing in your life!

Activity 1: Talk to your child about the love that God has for him. God even knows how many hairs he has on his head! Have your child try to count the hair on his head (or the hair on yours). Then emphasize that your child is worth so much to God – way more than the birds of the air! Make a bird feeder with your child using an old toilet paper tube, peanut butter and bird seed. Spread peanut butter on the toilet paper tube and then roll the tube in the bird seed. Tie a ribbon on the top and then take it outside and hang it somewhere where the birds will get to it. Tell your child that just like you are helping to take care of the birds, God will take care of him!

Activity 2: Where is your treasure? Where is your heart? Re-examine your list of priorities from earlier this week. Spend time praying over this list and asking God to always be at the top of it!

Week Nine – Transform Your World

___ Day One: Read Acts 16:14-40 (Acts 16:25-34).

Who was transformed in these verses? What happened as a result? Several people had their lives changed in these verses, and with each life-change came a world-change. When Lydia accepted Christ, her whole household did, when the slave girl had the demon cast out of her, the world around her changed, too, and when the jailer came to Christ, his whole family did as well. Our world should be transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ lived out in our daily lives! How can this be true in your life?

Ask God to help you transform the world around you!

Activity 1: Talk to your child about how Paul and Silas were in prison, but they didn’t let that bother them. Instead, they sang praises to God and, as a result, everything around them changed! Talk to your child about how our lives can help change those around us, too. Have fun acting out this story with your child. Then make your own chains out of construction paper (cut strips of construction paper and then put them together to make a chain). On each strip of construction paper, have your child draw or write one way that his life can change the world around him.

Activity 2: Use pretzel sticks, frosting and gummy bears to re-tell the story of Paul and Silas and the jailer. Make a prison out of pretzel sticks and trap your gummy bears in it. Then make an earthquake – will your prison fall apart? Have fun eating your snack while thinking of ways that YOU can transform your world.

___ Day Two: Matthew 28:16-20 (Matthew 28:19-20).

These verses should be your mission . . . the only way you can truly transform your world. What do these verses tell you to do?

Ask God to show you people who need Him and ask Him to help you go to them and share the gospel!

Activity 1: Help your child learn an easy way to share the gospel by making a salvation bracelet or wordless book with him. In this activity, each part of the gospel message is a different color and you put these colors together to make an easy witnessing tool. Suggested colors are black:sin, red:blood of Christ, blue:baptism, white:purity (sins washed away), green:growing in Jesus and yellow:future hope of heaven.

Activity 2: Okay, this could be an interesting experiment for you . . . get some small packets of koolaid – one color to represent each part of the salvation message (grape:sin, cherry:blood of Christ, blue-raspberry:baptism, white (just use water): purity (sins washed away), lime:growing in Jesus and lemonade:future hope of heaven. (You could also use food coloring and water, but that wouldn’t be as fun). Mix up the koolaid and then pour a little of each color into the different spots in an ice cube tray. Freeze the cubes. When they are frozen, take them out for a yummy treat on a hot day! (Be sure to explain to someone what all the colors stand for, too!)

___ Day Three: Read Acts 1:1-11 (Acts 1:8).

Where are we to be God’s witnesses? We are to tell people about Jesus EVERYWHERE – starting in our own families! Do you have anyone in your family who does not know Jesus? Pray for them today! Then think about your neighbors and pray for them! Pray for the people in your community, state, country and around the world! Spend time praying . . . and then look for ways that you can share the gospel with them!

Ask God to make you a WITNESS to the people around you!

Activity 1: Talk to your child about how we need to share the love of Christ with those around us . . . starting with the ones who are closest to us. Help your child make a card or some other object for the people in your neighborhood. Then help your child deliver that – along with an invitation to church!

Activity 2: Research a missions organization and then plan a fundraiser for that organization. Perhaps you could collect bottles and take them in for refunds, do odd jobs around the neighborhood or take up a collection. See how much money you can raise and then send that money to the organization of your choice!

___ Day Four: Read Matthew 5:13-16 (Matthew 5:13-16).

According to these verses, how can you transform your world? Are you being salt and light today? How?

Ask God to help you be salt and light in your neighborhood!

Activity 1: Talk with your child about what it means to be the light of the world. Give your child a glowstick and let him have fun with it. Go outside at dusk and try to catch fireflies. Notice how they light up and light up the world around them. Are you a “firefly” in your neighborhood? Make a firefly craft

Activity 2: Make this cool glowing jar  to help you remember that you are to be the light of the world!  

___ Day Five: Read Romans 10 (Romans 10:14-15).

What is our responsibility according to these verses? How can we TRANSFORM our world?

Ask God to help you have BEAUTIFUL FEET!!!

Activity 1: Talk to your child about the importance of telling others about Jesus. Talk about how the Bible says that those who take the gospel to others have beautiful feet! Have a tickle fest with your child . . . tickle the bottom of those feet! Then trace his feet on colored paper and let him decorate them with ways that he can take the gospel to others.

Activity 2: Do you consider your feet beautiful? They are if you are using them to walk to others and tell them about Jesus! Use shoelaces to make a key ring   that you can carry with you to remind you of the mission you have!

Week Ten – REVIEW

This week consists of shorter passages of Scripture. It is meant to be a review week. Take time this week to look back over the previous verses and focus on what you have learned through this study! Older kids and teens can try to memorize each of the verses for this week, too!

___ Day One: Read Romans 12:1-2 (Romans 12:1-2).

This has been our theme for the whole summer, and now that the summer is almost over, let’s spend some time making sure we have it memorized! If you don’t already have it memorized, memorize it TODAY!!!

Ask God to transform your life in an amazing way!

Activity 1: Talk to your child about what it means to present his body as a living sacrifice. Take him outside and trace around his body with sidewalk chalk. Let him color in his face and clothes. Then have him come up with ways that he can use each part of his body to serve Jesus.

Activity 2: Don’t be CONFORMED, be TRANSFORMED! Make your own song, poem, rap, or video that shares this thought . . . and then share it with us!

___ Day Two: Read 2 Corinthians 5:17 (2 Corinthians 5:17).

When you become a Christian, you are a brand new person! How has God made you brand new?

Ask God to help you live as a BRAND NEW PERSON today!

Activity 1: Talk to your child about what it means to be “born again”. Here’s a fun song to help:

Have fun hopping around the room like a bullfrog or go outside and try to catch butterflies! Spend time thanking God for making you both a brand new person!

Activity 2: Listen to the song from Activity 1. Don’t you think it needs a cool video to go along with it? Make puppets or gather some friends and make your own video to go along with this song!

___ Day Three: Read Galatians 2:20 (Galatians 2:20).

What does this verse mean to you personally?

Ask God to help you live each day for Him.

Activity 1: Talk to your child about what it means to be crucified with Christ. Talk to him about how we stop living for ourselves and start living for Christ when we become Christians. Use any food items you have on hand to help your child make a cross shape. Have him say one way that he can live for Christ before eating each part of the snack!

Activity 2: Draw a picture of a cross. Think about what Jesus did for you when he died on that cross. Spend time today thanking Him for that sacrifice. Then color in the picture and write around it ways that you can die to yourself and serve Jesus.

___ Day Four: Read 2 Corinthians 3:18 (2 Corinthians 3:18).

If you are a Christian, you are being TRANSFORMED!!!! What does this mean to you?

Thank God for the transforming work that He has performed in your life!

Activity 1: Have a celebration with your child today! Celebrate the fact that Jesus loves him and that he is being transformed into His likeness!

Activity 2: Celebrate the work that God has done in your life today!!!! It’s time for a PARTY!! Plan a party to celebrate JESUS!!

___ Day Five: John 3:16.

This whole summer we have been talking about transformation. We have looked at Scriptures that showed how we are being transformed in several different ways. However, you can’t be transformed unless you first accept Jesus as your personal Savior. Have you done that? Is your relationship with Jesus your own . . . or are you only going through the motions or relying on the faith of your parents to save you?

If you have never accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, consider doing that now! If you are a Christian, spend time thanking God for the way He is working in your life!

Activity 1: Talk with your child about what it means to be a Christian. Share your testimony of how you became a Christian with him and how God has been working in your life. Pray with him about his relationship with Jesus.

Activity 2: Share your testimony about how you became a Christian and about how God is working in your life with someone else today.

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Thank you for being a part of this Bible Reading Plan! If you are want to continue using a Bible Reading Plan with your children, check out one of the other ones  I have put together for you — including one over the book of James that will take you through the entire school year!!!

May God continue to bless you as you raise godly children for Him!

Cheri

My Brothers Feet

Journeying Through James: A Bible Reading Plan for Independent Readers and Teens (James Chapter Three)

Welcome to Part Three of Journeying through James for independent readers and teens!  We are continuing our Bible reading right where we left off . . . on James Chapter 3.

If you are new here, you might want to start with James Chapter One.  If you want a plan for younger children, you can find one here.

This Bible reading plan is based on The Book of James: A Hands-on Homeschool Curriculum.  If you homeschool your children and you want a deeper study, check it out for a more intense yet fun hands-on and highly applicable study.

There is also a special group study that goes along with these readings.  This is perfect for families who want  a deeper once-a-week fun family Bible time or for children’s workers who are ministering to children in a group setting.  I am writing this curriculum for use with the children and teen ministry at the church where my husband and I serve.  It is what we are currently using for our youth program and it contains ideas for games, detailed lesson times with life applications, and additional activities that include craft and snack ideas.  I am making this available for you to use with your family or church and you can download it as a pdf here.    If this sounds interesting to you, but you want to see what a lesson is like first, you can find a sample lesson here.

And, if you are participating in the Bible reading plans, you are welcome to join our facebook group for more encouragement, accountability and ideas as you raise godly children in today’s society.

And now here is the Bible reading plan for James Chapter Three!

Journeying Through James Reading Plan Chapter ThreeJames Chapter Three Bible Reading Plan Printable pdf

Week Seventeen (James 3:1-2)

___ Day One: James 3:1-2. Think about it: Verse 2 says that we all stumble in many ways. What are some things that cause people to stumble? What causes YOU to stumble? Pray about it: Ask God to help you stay strong in those areas that can cause you to stumble.

___ Day Two: Jeremiah 1:1-10. Think about it: From reading these verses, what do you think is the most important qualification for being a teacher for God?

NOTE: Jeremiah had a relationship with God and he was willing to do whatever God wanted him to do. The rest of the book of Jeremiah shows him carrying out God’s will – no matter what. In fact, Jeremiah faced great opposition throughout his service to the Lord, but God was with him, just as He had promised.

Pray about it: Ask God to help you carry out whatever task He has for you to do!

___ Day Three: Matthew 23. Think about it: What type of teacher is described in these verses? How do these verses relate to James 3:1-2?

NOTE: Even though the Pharisees had wrong motives, Jesus still told the people to listen to them. Look at what he said in verse 3. What were the people told to do? Why do you think they were told this? I think that perhaps it was because the Pharisees did know the Scripture and they were sharing the Scripture with the people – even if their motives were wrong and their actions were definitely wrong. This also shows how much better things are now. We do not have to depend on a teacher to tell us all we need to know about God. We can have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ without having to go through another person. That was not something that was available to the people back then.

Pray about it: Spend time today thanking God for the relationship that we can have with him through Jesus Christ!

___ Day Four: 1 Timothy 3:1-13. Think about it: What qualifications for teachers does Paul give in these verses? Pray about it: Spend time today praying for the teachers and leaders in your church.

___ Day Five: James 3:1-2. Invite one of the teachers or leaders from your church over to your house for dinner. Plan a special meal for his entire family and spend the night encouraging him!

This is a great song for this week as we think about the huge responsibility of being a teacher for God and the fear of stumbling (or causing others to stumble):

 

Week Eighteen (James 3:3-5)

___ Day One: James 3:3-5. Think about it: Has your tongue ever gotten you in trouble? What are some ways that you can control your tongue? Pray about it: Ask God to help you control your tongue!

___ Day Two: Daniel 4:28-37. Think about it: What great boasts did King Nebuchadnezzar make? What about you – are you ever guilty of making great boasts with your tongue? Pray about it: Ask God to help you boast only in Him! For additional fun: Make a green spaghetti meal tonight to remind you of how Nebuchadnezzar was humbled to the point of eating grass.

___ Day Three: Acts 12:20-23. Think about it: What happened to Herod in these verses? Why? How does this relate to James 3:3-5? Pray about it: Ask God to help you remember to always give Him the glory that He is due!

___ Day Four: 2 Corinthians 10:12-18. Think about it: When is it okay to boast? How can you boast in the Lord today? Pray about it: Spend time today thanking and praising God for all that He has done for you!

___ Day Five: James 3:3-5. Use your tongue for good this week. Visit an elderly neighbor and spend time talking with her and building her up!

A fun song for this week:

 

Week Nineteen (James 3:6-8)

___ Day One: James 3:6-8. Think about it: What does it mean when it says that “No man can tame the tongue?” What does it mean to tame the tongue?

NOTE: While no MAN can tame the tongue, God can help us bring our tongues under control. He can help us control our speech and say the words that will build people up instead of tearing them down. We need to let Him take control of all parts of us!

Pray about it: Ask God to help you control your tongue!

___ Day Two: Genesis 11:1-9. Think about it: This passage of Scripture shows that God can control everything including our TONGUES! Notice that, while God formed different languages at this time, He did not force everyone to say only certain words. He gave us language and then He allowed us to say what we want. However, we SHOULDN’T always say whatever we want, should we? What are some times when it might be better to remain silent than to say what is on our minds? Pray about it: Ask God to help you know when you should remain silent and to give you the strength to do that.

___ Day Three: Matthew 12:33-37. Think about it: According to these verses, how important are the words we say? Why do you think this is the case? Pray about it: Ask God to help you to not be careless in the words that you say.

___ Day Four: Colossians 4:6, Ephesians 4:29, Proverbs 10:19, Proverbs 15:1-2, Ecclesiastes 5:2-3, Ephesians 5:4. Think about it: What do these verses tell you about your speech? Your words can either be like SALT, where they serve a good purpose and “taste” good, or they can be like poison, where they hurt the ones who hear them. Which kind of words do you speak the most? Pray about it: Ask God to help your speech be like SALT and not POISON!

___ Day Five: James 3:6-8. Use your tongue to build people up this week!!! To remind you that your speech should be like salt, make a salt painting and then give it to someone who could use some encouragement.

A great worship song for this week:

 

Week Twenty (James 3:9-12)

___ Day One: James 3:9-12. Think about it: What are the two opposite things we do with our tongues? What does it mean to curse men?

NOTE: Any time we are mean to other people or say mean things to other people, we are cursing men. People were made in the image of God and we need to treat them that way!

Pray about it: Ask God to help you treat everyone the way God wants you to!

___ Day Two: Genesis 1:26-31. Think about it: When God created people, He created them special! They were created to be above everything else that was created. They were the ONLY ones created in God’s image! How should knowing this affect the way we treat other people? Pray about it: Ask God to help you remember that all the people you know were created in the image of God and ask God to help you treat them that way!

___ Day Three: Luke 6:39-45. Think about it: What is it that controls what we say? It is our heart that controls what we say. If we fill ourselves up with good, we will say good. If, however, we fill ourselves up with evil, we will say evil. What are you filling yourself up with? Pray about it: Ask God to help you fill yourself up with GOOD.

___ Day Four: Proverbs 18:21. Think about it: How does the tongue bring death? How does the tongue bring life? Your tongue brings forth words that can heal or words that can destroy. Your words have consequences – speak carefully! Pray about it: Ask God to help you bring forth life with your tongue!

___ Day Five: James 3:9-12. Shower a person with compliments! Send him a letter or a text or give him a call and encourage him and let him know how special he is!

A Scripture Reading video for this week:

 

Week Twenty-One (James 3:13-15)

___ Day One: James 3:13-15. Think about it: How do we show that we are wise? Can you think of any situation where people think they are wise but they are actually harboring selfish ambition? How can you get true wisdom (remember James 1:5)? Pray about it: Ask God to give you true wisdom.

___ Day Two: 1 Samuel 25:2-42. Think about it: Who had wisdom in these verses? How did she show her wisdom? While you might never be in a situation where life and death depends on your wisdom, you do face situations every day where you have an opportunity to show wisdom by your good deeds. Think through your day. What are some situations where you can show wisdom by your good deeds done in gentleness? Pray about it: Ask God to help you show wisdom by your good deeds done in gentleness.

___ Day Three: Acts 5:1-11. Think about it: How did Ananias and Sapphira show they had selfish ambition? Can you think of any other examples of earthly wisdom in today’s society? Pray about it: Ask God to help you know when you are showing earthly wisdom and to seek after godly wisdom instead.

___ Day Four: 1 Corinthians 1:18-31. Think about it: Often the people who think they are wise are the ones who completely miss the point. They do all they can to think that they can live without God, and even lead others to believe that a faith in God is foolish and only for the simple minded. However, the opposite is true. Only those who have faith in God are truly wise. One example of where earthly wisdom is foolish is in the area of evolution. Here is a video clip from Answers in Genesis that shows the foolishness of this belief. Can you think of any other areas where 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 applies today? Pray about it: Pray for those who think the cross is foolish, and also pray that you will be able to tell the difference between worldly foolishness and true wisdom.

___ Day Five: James 3:13-15. Make a graphic that you can share on social media applying the verses you studied this week. Use a free site such as www.picmonkey.com to create the graphic. Share it on the Raising Godly Kids facebook page!

A great song for this week:

 

Week Twenty-Two (James 3:16-18)

___ Day One: James 3:16-18. Think about it: What is the wisdom from above like? How can we get this wisdom? What kind of seed are you sowing in your own life? Pray about it: Ask God to help you display the qualities of wisdom in your life.

___ Day Two: Genesis 4:1-16. Think about it: Cain was jealous of Abel and acted in a way that was certainly not wise. He let his jealousy and selfish ambition take over and, as a result, disorder ruled – just like James said! What are some things we can do to help us not be ruled by sin? Pray about it: Ask God to help you keep sin from gaining control over you.

___ Day Three: Matthew 7:15-23. Think about it: Who did Jesus tell the people to watch out for? How will we know whether someone is truly a follower of Christ? What kind of fruit are you producing? Pray about it: Ask God to help you produce fruit that points to Him.

___ Day Four: 1 Corinthians 3:16-18, Romans 12:17-21, Philippians 4:5, Ephesians 5:21, Galatians 5:22-26, 1 Timothy 1:5-7. Think about it: Today we are going to look closer at each of the qualities mentioned in James 3:16-18. Make a list of those qualities and then write a short description of what each of these verses says about them. Which quality do you need to work on? Pray about it: Ask God to help you grow in the qualities of wisdom . . . especially the ones that you need to work on the most!

___ Day Five: James 3:16-18. Make a fruit basket and deliver it to a neighbor or another person who could use the encouragement. Let it remind you to work on the FRUITS of wisdom in your own life!

A fun song for this week focusing on the fruit of the spirit:

 

And to end James Chapter Three, here is the video my boys made.  This time I was gone when they made it . . . this is TOTALLY their creation.  Watch at your own risk.

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Are you finished with James Chapter Three?  It’s time to begin James Chapter Four!

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Journeying Through James: A Bible Reading Plan for Young Children (James Chapter Three)

Check out this Bible reading plan for young children over the book of James!

Welcome to Part Three of Journeying through James for young children!  We are continuing our Bible reading right where we left off . . . on James Chapter 3.

If you are new here, you might want to start your child with James Chapter One.  If you have older kids, you can find their plan here.

This Bible reading plan is based on The Book of James: A Hands-on Homeschool Curriculum.  If you homeschool your children and you want a deeper study, check it out for a more intense yet fun hands-on and highly applicable study.

There is also a special group study that goes along with these readings.  This is perfect for families who want  a deeper once-a-week fun family Bible time or for children’s workers who are ministering to children in a group setting.  I am writing this curriculum for use with the children and teen ministry at the church where my husband and I serve.  It is what we are currently using for our youth program and it contains ideas for games, detailed lesson times with life applications, and additional activities that include craft and snack ideas.  I am making this available for you to use with your family or church and you can download it as a pdf here.  If this sounds interesting to you, but you want to see what a lesson is like first, you can find a sample lesson here.

And, if you are participating in the Bible reading plans, you are welcome to join our facebook group for more encouragement, accountability and ideas as you raise godly children in today’s society.

And now here is the Bible reading plan for James Chapter Three!

James Three Bible Reading Plan for Young Children

 Journeying Through James Chapter Three Printable pdf

Week Seventeen: James 3:1-2

___ Day One: James 3:1-2. Verse 2 says that we all stumble in many ways. That means that we all do things that are wrong and make mistakes. What are some things that you do that you know you shouldn’t? Have fun helping your child learn verse 2 today. Read this verse to him as he tries to do several activities without “stumbling”. Can he repeat the verse after you as he hops on one foot? How about while spinning around in circles? Try as many actions as you can to see if he can keep from stumbling! (NOTE: Be sure you explain to your child what this verse means by stumbling before you begin your fun “stumbling” exercises!).

___ Day Two: Jeremiah 1:4-8. God had a special plan for Jeremiah! God wanted Jeremiah to speak God’s Words to the people around him . . . and Jeremiah obeyed and did what God wanted him to do. God has something special for you, too! Will you obey what God wants you to do no matter what it might be? Help your child make a craft to show that he will obey God. Cut a heart out of construction paper. Have him write his name at the top of the heart and then write the words “Obeys God” under his name. Give him stickers, buttons, crayons, markers, glitter, or anything else you have on hand and let him decorate the heart. It might also be fun to add a picture of him or let him draw a self portrait in the heart as well! Attach the heart to a craft stick and let him hold it up like a sign!

___ Day Three: Matthew 23:11-12. Matthew 23 is full of descriptions of bad teachers! If your child is old enough, you might want to skim through it with him and talk about the way the teachers were trying to make themselves look good – but they really didn’t care much about loving people as God wanted them to. Stress that God wants us to love Him and share His love with others, and one way we can do this is by being a servant! Help your child come up with some practical ways that he can serve those in his own family today!

Here’s a great song to sing with your child about being a servant:

 

___ Day Four: 1 Timothy 3:1-2. A person who teaches others about Jesus needs to live like Jesus! Make a special craft with your child to help him think of the qualities that he should have in his life in order to be like Jesus! Make an outline of a cross on a piece of paper. Then give your child several old puzzle pieces. On the blank side of the puzzle pieces, write words that he provides that describe how he can be like Jesus (for example: love others, be kind, share, obey, etc.) Then have him glue the puzzle pieces in the outline of the cross. Let him decorate the rest of the page and encourage him to be like Jesus every day!

___ Day Five: James 3:1-2. Help your child make a card for one of the leaders or teachers from your church. Be sure to give the completed card to that leader!

Week Eighteen (James 3:3-5)

___ Day One: James 3:3-5. Our tongue can get us in a lot of trouble! Sometimes we say things that we shouldn’t, don’t we? Make a tongue snack today to remind you of how important it is to control your tongue!

___ Day Two: Daniel 4:28-33. King Nebuchadnezzar made some pretty big boasts with his tongue, didn’t he? What happened to him? God humbled him to the point of EATING GRASS! Make some green spagetti today to remind you of what happened to King Nebuchadnezzar!

___ Day Three: Acts 12:20-23. What happened to King Herod? Why? Make a worm craft today or eat a snack of gummy worms to remind you of what happened to King Herod. Find some great ideas here.

___ Day Four: 2 Corinthians 10:12-18. The only time it is okay to boast is when you are boasting about JESUS and what He has done for you! Spend time today BOASTING about JESUS!!! Here’s a great song to help you sing about how GREAT is our GOD!

 

___ Day Five: James 3:3-5. Use your tongue for good this week. Visit an elderly neighbor and spend time talking with her and building her up!

Week Nineteen (James 3:6-8)

___ Day One: James 3:6-8. Do you ever say things you shouldn’t? Do you ever feel like your tongue is out of control – saying words that you know you shouldn’t say and hurting other people? God can help you say the right words! Ask Him to help you TAME your TONGUE today! Here is a fun song to sing to help you remember to keep your tongue from evil:

 

___ Day Two: Genesis 11:1-9. God gave us all different languages at the Tower of Babel . . . but He doesn’t tell us WHAT to say! We are the ones who decide what we should say! What are some things that we SHOULD say? Draw a large tower on a piece of paper and then cover it with words that are nice to say (such as “I love you”, “Thank you,” “Please”, “I’m sorry,” etc.) You could also write these words on the side of blocks and then make a large tower with those blocks, saying each word as you add it to the tower. Then, talk about how one bad word can really hurt other people and tear them down! Knock down the tower to demonstrate this!

___ Day Three: Matthew 12:33-37. The words we say are VERY important! Show your child two fruits – one that is rotten and one that is fresh. Would you like to eat a rotten fruit or a fresh, ripe fruit? Guess what? When we say bad words, we are like this rotten fruit – yucky and needing to be thrown out! But God can help us control our tongues and say good words, and, when we do that, we are like this fresh, ripe fruit that everyone wants! Eat a nice snack of fresh fruit together.

___ Day Four: Colossians 4:6 & Ephesians 4:29. What do these verses tell you about your speech? Your words can either be like SALT, where they serve a good purpose and “taste” good, or they can be like poison, where they hurt the ones who hear them. Which kind of words do you speak the most? Make a salt painting today to remind you that your speech should be like SALT and not POISON!

___ Day Five: James 3:6-8. Use your tongue to build people up this week!!! Practice saying words that are GOOD and KIND, and then make sure that you say those GOOD and KIND words to others!
Make a fun snack that uses salt as a seasoning to remind you of how GOOD your words should taste! A great snack to make would be a pretzel. Find a recipe here.

Week Twenty (James 3:9-12)

___ Day One: James 3:9-12. Any time we are mean to other people or say mean things to other people, we are cursing men. People were made in the image of God and we need to treat them that way! Make your own veggie people snack and discuss how people are special creations of God!

___ Day Two: Genesis 1:26-31. When God created people, He created them special! They were created to be above everything else that was created. They were the ONLY ones created in God’s image! How should knowing this affect the way we treat other people? Have your child sit in a chair in the middle of the room. Then give everyone else sticky notes and a pen. Everyone needs to write one thing that is special about that child on the sticky notes and then stick the sticky notes on the child. Let every child in your family have an opportunity to sit in the chair . . . and give yourself that same opportunity! Emphasize the importance of blessing people and not cursing them!

___ Day Three: Luke 6:39-45. Our heart controls what we say! What kinds of things are you putting in your heart? Draw a large heart on a piece of paper. Then “fill” that heat with pictures or words that illustrate what we should fill our heart with. End the activity by eating a bunch of candy hearts!

___ Day Four: Proverbs 18:21. Your tongue can bring forth both life and death! What do you think this means? Our words can HURT people or HELP people. Which kinds of words do you use? Sing this song (start at 44 seconds for the verse that relates to this week):

 

___ Day Five: James 3:9-12. Make a poster encouraging people to use their tongues to build up and not to tear down!

Week Twenty-One (James 3:13-15)

___ Day One: James 3:13-15. Did you know that when you have good behavior, you show that you are wise? What are some ways that you can have good behavior? Make a “helping hands” book. Trace your child’s hands on several pieces of construction paper. On each hand, have your child write, draw, or glue pictures of ways he can do good. Punch a hole in each hand and let your child put yarn or ribbon through it and tie it together to make a little book. Read through the book together, emphasizing that one way we show we have wisdom is by the way we behave.

___ Day Two: 1 Samuel 25:2-42. This is a long passage of Scripture that tells the story of David, Nabal, and Abigail. You might not be able to read the whole thing with your child. Here is a video that tells the story:

 

Abigail showed her wisdom by her kind and gentle response to King David. You can show wisdom by being kind and gentle, too! Make a “hug” craft to give away as a way to be kind.

___ Day Three: Acts 5:1-11. Ananias and Sapphira were not very wise! They were selfish and they lied! Being wise means always telling the truth! Make this telling the truth craft from Crafting the Word of God.

___ Day Four: 1 Corinthians 1:18-31. Some people think that the CROSS is foolish . . . but we know that it is the CROSS that makes us wise. Spend time thanking God for the message of the cross today. Make a cross snack and share it with a friend!

___ Day Five: James 3:13-15. Are you a wise person? Show it by your good behavior! Make sure that your behavior shows that you are wise this week (and always)!

Week Twenty-Two (James 3:16-18)

___ Day One: James 3:16-18. What kind of fruit are you sowing? Does your life have the qualities of wisdom that are listed in these verses, or are you growing something else? Ask God to help you grow good things!! Make a fruit salad today as you talk about the fruits of wisdom!

___ Day Two: Genesis 4:3-8. Cain was jealous of Abel and acted in a way that was certainly not wise. He let his jealousy take over and, as a result, disorder ruled – just like James said! What are some things we can do to help us not be ruled by sin? Draw a picture of several fruits and on each fruit, draw or write one way that you can keep sin from ruling in your life. Cut them out and put them together to form your own picture of a fruit salad!

___ Day Three: Matthew 7:15-20. What kind of tree are you? Are you producing good fruits or bad? How can you produce good fruits? Make a fruit tree craft today.

___ Day Four: Galatians 5:22-23. Here’s another verse that talks about the fruit that we should have in our lives. What are they? Sing this fruit of the Spirit song:

 

Play fruit of the Spirit bingo.

___ Day Five: James 3:16-18. Make a fruit basket and deliver it to a neighbor or another person who could use the encouragement. Let it remind you to work on the FRUITS of wisdom in your own life!

And to end James Chapter Three, here is the video my boys made.  This time I was gone when they made it . . . this is TOTALLY their creation.  Watch at your own risk.

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Are you finished with James Chapter Three?  It’s time to begin James Chapter Four!

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6 Weeks of Thankfulness: A Bible Reading Plan for Families

This is a Bible Reading Plan to help your whole family focus on being thankful! There are suggested Scriptures, crafts, snacks, activities and more that revolve around being thankful. Get your free copy today!

This is a 6-week Bible reading plan to help your family focus on being thankful.  Each week looks at one topic that we can be thankful for and provides Scripture along with other ideas (such as crafts, snacks, or videos) to emphasize that topic.  You can use this any time, but if you are wanting to use it to help your family celebrate Thanksgiving this year, begin it the week of October 19 and it will be completed the week of Thanksgiving in the United States.  (Then you can head on over to the Christmas Bible Reading Plan and continue your Bible reading!)

You might also want to check out my Thanksgiving Bible study for families.  This would be a fun family Bible time that would go along perfectly with this Bible reading plan!  Also, if you aren’t already a member of our facebook group, come join us, and, while you’re at it, click on over and follow me on facebook!

I hope you enjoy this Bible reading plan and that it helps you to grow in your thankfulness and expression of that thankfulness!  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving season and keep raising your kids to follow Jesus!

Cheri

6 Weeks of Thankfulness: A Bible Reading Plan for Families

NOTE:  As part of this Bible reading plan and your expression of thankfulness for the next six weeks, I would like to encourage you to have each member of your family record what he is thankful for during the week.  You can do this however you want . . . let me offer two possible suggestions. 

1) At the beginning of the six weeks, make a large tree out of construction paper or butcher paper and attach it to a wall somewhere in your house.  Cut out several leaf shapes and place them near the tree.  Whenever someone wants to record something he is thankful for, have him write it on one of the leaves and then tape that leaf on the tree (or on the “ground” surrounding the tree).  On Thanksgiving day, read through all the leaves before you eat your dinner!  Click on the picture below to download a printable leaf template:

thankful leaf template2) Make a “Thankful Chain” and tape it around the ceilings in your house.  Cut several strips of construction paper and have them readily available.  Whenever a family member has something he is thankful for, he writes it on one of the strips and then adds it to the chain.  See how long you can get this chain before Thanksgiving Day.  Then, on Thanksgiving Day, take the chain down and read all of them before you eat your dinner!

And now here is the plan . . . . you can print it off or scroll down and find it all right here!

6 Weeks of Thankfulness Printable pdf

Week One: I am thankful for Grace

___ Day One: John 3:16-17. This is what it is all about! Spend time today thanking God for the gift of JESUS! (Note: if you have not yet accepted this free gift, why not do that today?)
A craft: Make a cross to help you remember the most important thing you have to be thankful for – and use leaf rubbings to help you! Gather several small leaves, crayons, and white paper. Fill the white paper with colorful leaf rubbings, then cut out the shape of a cross! Glue the cross on a piece of construction paper to frame it. Just like the leaves die off in the fall, Jesus died on the cross for our sins . . . BUT . . . just like the trees grow new leaves in the spring, Jesus ROSE from the dead and is alive today! Thank God for His wonderful gift to us!

fall craft idea___ Day Two: Luke 7:36-50. The woman in this passage experienced the grace of God in her life and she was extremely thankful! How did she express her thanks to Jesus? Have you experienced the grace and forgiveness of God in YOUR life? How have you expressed that?
An activity: Light a scented candle and turn off all the other lights in the house. As you smell the candle, take time to thank God for all the ways He has shown you His grace. Want to take it one step further? Make your own scented candle.

___ Day Three: Ephesians 2:1-10. We were lost in our sins . . . but God came along and gave us a way out! Now we have new life in Christ – and it is all because of God’s grace!
An activity: Carve a pumpkin together! As you are pulling all the gunk out, talk about how we, too, were filled with gunk. We were filled with sin . . . just like these verses in Ephesians remind us. But God took away our gunk and has filled us with His spirit so we can shine for Him! Carve a happy face (or maybe you want to carve a cross), put a candle in the pumpkin and let it shine, too!

___ Day Four: Titus 2:11-14. God’s grace purifies you and makes you His treasured possession!
An Experiment: Try this experiment to show how God’s grace can make us clean and pure!

___ Day Five: Hebrews 4:14-16. Jesus knows what it is like to go through difficult times – He will help us and give us the grace that we need to overcome! This sets us up perfectly for next week, when we will look at giving thanks – even when life is tough!
An activity: Add a leaf to your thankful tree or a chain to your thankful chain thanking God for His GRACE!

Week Two: I am thankful – even when life is tough!

___ Day One: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. When do these verses say we are to give thanks? We are to give thanks in EVERYTHING . . . that means the good times and the bad times!
An activity: Take 2 paper plates and draw a picture of a happy face on one and a sad face on the other. Hold the happy face in front of your face and take turns saying what you are thankful for in the happy times. Then hold the sad face in front of your face. Take turns sharing what you can be thankful for in the difficult times. Turn this into a game by randomly holding a plate up and having everyone shout out one thing they can be thankful for when they are happy or sad (depending on which plate is being held out). Have fun . . . and learn to be thankful in ALL circumstances!

___ Day Two: James 1:2-4. Trials are never fun – but we can still consider them joy. Why? How can these verses help us to be thankful in the difficult times?
A game: Set up your own obstacle course around your house (or outside). Take turns completing the obstacle course. How fast can you do it? Add even more “trials” to the course – for example, can you complete the obstacle course on your hands and knees? Backwards? Hopping on one foot? When you finish, discuss how important it is to persevere through our trials. Spend time thanking God for His help when times are tough!

___ Day Three: Romans 8:26-30. When life is tough, we often don’t even know how to pray. These verses promise us that the Spirit himself will intercede for us! God will help us in our weak times AND God will help good to come out of those times. What a great promise! Spend time thanking God for that promise today!
A craft: Make an apple heart painting by cutting apples in half and using them to stamp a picture of a heart. Be as elaborate and creative as you want. As you are making your picture, be reminded that God knows your heart and He loves you. He will help you through the difficult times!

___ Day Four: 1 Peter 5:6-12. This world is full of suffering. It is hard to be thankful when we see all the suffering around us – or when we go through that suffering ourselves. But be reminded that Jesus Himself suffered, and that we are blessed when we suffer for His name!
A snack: Roast marshmallows to remind you that, when you go through fiery trials for Jesus, you will come out even better . . . even if you look burned and scarred on the outside!

___ Day Five: 2 Corinthians 12:7-10. Is there a circumstance in your life that you have asked God to take away and He hasn’t? Spend time thanking Him for it – He is showing you that His grace is enough! Remember, God’s power is made perfect in weakness!
An activity: Add a leaf or a chain with a difficult circumstance that you thank God for today.

 

Week Three: I am thankful for God’s everlasting, unconditional love

___ Day One: Psalm 106:1, 107:1. God loves you and always will!
A craft: Make soap bubble art hearts! God’s love BUBBLES over in us!

___ Day Two: 1 John 4:15-19. God is love! Spend time today thanking God for His perfect love that casts out fear!
A snack: Make apple slices in the shapes of hearts to remind you of God’s love! Eat it with caramel to remind you to STICK to God’s love!

___ Day Three: Romans 8:31-39. Nothing can separate us from the love of God!!!!
An activity: Have fun trying to separate different items today! Choose some items and mix them together . . . then see how hard it is to separate them again. Can you separate flour and sugar? Water and oil? Food coloring and water? Salt and pepper? Some of those items were easy to separate from one another while others were more difficult. However, NOTHING can separate us from the love of God – and that is something to be thankful for! End this activity by combining sugar and cinnamon on a piece of buttered toast for a fun, delicious snack!

___ Day Four: 1 John 3:1. You are a child of God and He loves you!
An activity: Make an acrostic poem using your name. Come up with one way that God loves you for each letter of your name! Decorate it, frame it, and hang it somewhere to remind you that you are His child!

___ Day Five: Psalm 100. Spend time today thanking God for his everlasting, unconditional love!
An activity: Add a leaf or chain thanking God for His love for you!

 

Week Four: I am thankful for the hope of heaven!

___ Day One: 1 Corinthians 15:51-57. What do these verses say about our hope for the future? Thanks be to God . . . He gives us the VICTORY!
A craft: The trumpet will sound and we will be changed! Make your own trumpet today. Connect a paper towel tube to a small plastic bowl or cup, decorate and play!

___ Day Two: John 14:1-4. Some day we will be with Jesus in a place that He is preparing for us! This is something to be thankful for!
A craft: What do you think heaven will be like? Make a painting representing heaven! Be sure to include your room in the house!

___ Day Three: Revelation 21:1-4. There will be no more crying or pain or death in heaven! Doesn’t this make you thankful?
A snack: Make your own sour patch grapes for a fun and sour snack. Can you eat them without crying? This is a fun activity, but let it remind you that there will be nothing SOUR in heaven – everything will be sweet and joyous!!

___ Day Four: John 10:27-29. Jesus is our shepherd and no one can snatch us out of His hand!
A craft: Make a handprint lamb craft as a reminder that Jesus watches over us and He holds us in His hands for all eternity!

___ Day Five: 1 Corinthians 2:7-9. We cannot even begin to comprehend all that God has prepared for us! Be sure to say “Thank you” to Him today!
An activity: Add a leaf or chain to your tree or chain thanking God for the hope of heaven!

Week Five: I am thankful for God’s peace!

___ Day One: Philippians 4:4-7. No matter what is going on in the world around us, we do not need to be afraid or anxious – we can have peace! This is a peace that those who do not know Jesus simply do not understand. Aren’t you thankful for the peace that God gives in the midst of chaos?
A craft: Draw a picture to represent God’s peace in your life.

___ Day Two: Isaiah 26:3-4. God is our rock . . . our stability when everything else is falling apart.
A craft: Find a huge rock and paint it or decorate it to remind you that God is your rock and can give you peace. For even more fun, make your own rock candy.

___ Day Three: John 16:33. Life in this world will not be easy – but Jesus has overcome the world and He will give us His peace and help us overcome it, too!
An activity: Play “spin the globe”. Spin a globe around and then pray for the area where the globe stops. Pray for the Christians in that area to be strong and to experience the peace of God in their lives! Find an online version of “spin the globe” here.

___ Day Four: Colossians 3:15-17. Let God’s peace rule in your heart! What is ruling in your heart today? Is it God’s peace . . . or is it worry and fear? Spend time today thanking God for His peace and asking Him to help you learn to live in it!
A craft: God certainly filled the early pilgrims with His peace . . . and they also learned to live in peace with the Indians around them! Make personalized Pilgrim or Indian place holders for Thanksgiving day! Take a picture of every member of your family. Have each person cut out his head. Then have him glue it to a toilet paper tube and then add construction paper to make either a Pilgrim or an Indian. Save them for decorations for your Thanksgiving dinner!

___ Day Five: Isaiah 41:10. Why should we not fear? How can knowing that God is with you give you peace?
An activity: Add a leaf or chain thanking God for His peace in this crazy world!

Week Six: I am thankful for what God has done for me!

___ Day One: Psalm 9:1-2. God’s works are AWESOME! What works of God are you the most thankful for?
A craft: Make a thankful book today and fill it full of pages that tell of the wonders of God!

___ Day Two: Exodus 15:1-3. What were the people thanking God for in these verses? What miracle had God done for them? What has God done for you lately? Spend time thanking Him for it!
A snack: Make a “crossing the red sea” snack using jello and teddy grahams!

___ Day Three: Matthew 6:25-34. Why should we not worry? God always takes care of His people . . . and He will take care of YOU. How has God provided for you and your family in the past? Spend time thanking Him for it! (For a cool collection of stories on God’s provision, click here).
A craft: Make a candy corn ornament craft to help you remember what God has done for you! Each time you put a candy corn in the ball, say one way that God has provided for you! Enjoy your time thanking God for His provision for you!

___ Day Four: Luke 17:11-19. What did Jesus do for the people in this passage? How did they respond? Only one actually went back and said “Thank you”. Be the one to say thank you for all that God does for you!!!
An activity: Act out this passage using legos, toilet paper tube people, teddy grahams, family members, or any thing else you have on hand! For added fun, record and share it at the “Raising Godly Kids” facebook page.

___ Day Five: Philippians 4:10-20. Have you learned the secret of being content in any and every situation? Remember . . . God will provide all your needs!
An activity: Add a leaf or chain thanking God for what He has done for you!
The Pilgrims learned a lot about how God provides for them. Today would be a great day to take a look at that first thanksgiving and the way God provided! Check out this fun video to help with that:

 

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Now that you’ve completed the Thankful Bible Reading Plan, why not continue on with the Christmas Bible Reading Plan or choose another one of these Bible Reading Plans for your family?  And, if you want a more detailed Bible study for your family, check out one of the studies below:

The Call: A 10-Week Study for Families and ChurchesThe Feast: A 7 Week Easter Study for FamiliesThe Book of James: A Hands-On Homeschool Curriculum