How do YOU shine?

Day 9

Light

Psalm 27:1 The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? 

Go into a room in your house that can be made very dark, with the lights out. Bring a flashlight. Ask your child what might make them uncomfortable about being in the dark. Turn on the flashlight and ask them if they feel more or less safe now that they can see what is around them. Ask if there are still spots in the room that are dark and allow them to practice shining the light on those areas to investigate them.

 

Tell your child that God has told us in the Bible that He is like a light. Sometimes we feel scared in the dark and a nightlight or flashlight can help us see that the things around us aren’t really as scary as we imagine they might be when we can’t see them very well. When our life feels scary and uncertain, God is with us to help us understand what’s going on around us better. 

or…

John 8:12 Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”

Talk with your child about what Jesus meant when he said that he was the Light of the World. Ask them for ideas of ways that they can be a light to the world, showing God’s love to other people. Consider encouraging them to donate no-longer-needed toys to local children in need, or other charitable deeds such as adopting an angel from the angel tree, donating toys at local stores with drop boxes, or giving change to the Salvation Army bell ringers.

 

This Little Light of Mine

 

This little light of mine,

(hold up one finger like a candle)

I’m gonna let it shine

This little light of mine,

I’m gonna let it shine

This little light of mine,

I’m gonna let it shine

Let it shine, Let it shine, Let it shine.

 

Hide it under a bushel?

(cover finger with other hand)

No!

(point and shake finger)

I’m gonna let it shine

Hide it under a bushel?

(cover finger with other hand)

No!

(point and shake finger)

Hide it under a bushel?

(cover finger with other hand)

No!

(point and shake finger)

I’m gonna let it shine

Let it shine, Let it shine, Let it shine.

 

 

Day 10

Guide

Psalm 73:23 Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand.

Play a blind fold game, leading child around by the hand, helping them to go around the room or house. Encourage your child to trust you not to run them into things. You can also stand apart from them and give them voice commands where to turn to avoid hitting objects.

Talk about how when we talk to God and when we study His Word, we can learn what God has to say about being safe and doing what He wants us to do. The Bible can help us make decisions about what to do in our daily life. Even when we don’t know what to do, and it feels like we can’t see which way to go, we can trust that God is with us and will guide us if we let Him, just like grown- ups who love us help us to stay safe and go the right way by holding our hands.

If your child does not have their own age appropriate Bible, consider giving them one as a gift on this night. It will come in handy in the next week! The Beginner’s Bible by Zonderkidz is a good option, but there are many available.

The B-I-B-L-E

 

The B-I-B-L-E,

Yes that’s the book for me,

(open hands like a book)

I stand alone on the Word of God,

(stomp in place)

The B-I-B-L-E.

 

The B-I-B-L-E,

Yes that’s the book for me,

(open hands like a book)

I read and pray,

trust and obey,

(place hands together as in prayer, then nod “yes”)

The B-I-B-L-E.

 

 

God made little _(animal)_,

 

God made little _(animal)_, and shows them what to do.

God loves little _(animal)_, and he loves __(child’s name)__.

 

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