Did you know that people can shrink?

 

Have you ever totally copped out on a question from your child, like “what makes seeds grow?”

 

“God.”

 

Now, of course, I totally agree that God is the maker of all things. “God” isn’t a wrong answer…just a “can you please just let me drive without asking me four hundred questions,” answer – or a “Can’t you see that I am trying to cook dinner?” answer – rather than a complete answer.

 

You COULD tell them all about how seeds originate, and how water is formed, and how that then helps the seed grow. You could tell them all about nutrients in the soil, and how they feed the seed, helping it to sprout and begin its journey into becoming whatever adult version of itself it plans to become.

 

You could explain how God is the driving force behind all of these contributing factors, and that God is the maker of all things, and that through the complexity of his creation, HE is what makes seeds grow.

 

Sometimes riding in the car is the PERFECT time for an answer like that. Everyone is hostage in their seats – you might as well delve into life’s greater mysteries.

 

Sometimes it’s just easier – maybe even better- to simply say “God makes seeds grow.”

 

Today, I suggest that you go with the simple explanation, but if you are up for it – feel free to dive into whatever level of discussion you feel your kid is up for. Let me know how it goes. 😉

 

 

Day 13

 

Builder

Hebrews 3:4For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.

 

Build things with blocks. Play with blocks. Talk about how we can build things with our hands and make houses or castles, or cars, or roads. Our house was built by a human, but the people who built our house used things that God had made! God makes everything in the world and we can use those materials to build other things like houses. People can’t build a tree, but God can! People can’t make sand or rocks to build a road, but God can! etc…

 

My God is So Big

My God is so big, (arms stretched side to side)

So strong and so mighty, (make “muscle arms” and switch directions for strong and mighty)

There’s nothing my God cannot do. (wave arms in front of you)

(clap, clap)

My God is so big,

So strong and so mighty,

There’s nothing my God cannot do.

(clap, clap)

The mountains are His, (point hands above head)

The valleys are His, (crouch down to floor)

The stars are His handiwork too. (make twinkle fingers in air)

(clap, clap)

My God is so big,

So strong and so mighty,

There’s nothing my God cannot do.

(clap, clap)

Day 14

 

Friend

 John 15:14You are my friends if you do what I command.

 

Matthew 25:40I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!

 

Invite a special friend or two over for a playdate. Use this opportunity to talk about some of the nice things about a good friend. Encourage your child to think about how Jesus can be their friend even if they can’t see him, and how they can be a good friend to Jesus by loving others.

 

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By the way, my favorite “question and answer” memory with Hadley is the time he asked me if Dinosaurs were “all over the place” – even where we lived – a long, long time ago. We were driving the 20 minute commute to the beach near our house in Beaufort, SC and it felt like a great time to have a little science lesson.

 

I told him that dinosaurs lived all over the area, just like the alligators do now. I thought that was a good explanation.

 

A few minutes later, he asked if the alligators in our area were around with the dinosaurs, and if they were really big then, like the super croc documentary we watched. I told him that they probably were.

 

He wanted to know how they got smaller, so I went into “over explain” mode and rambled on for quite some time about how animals change over time, to better adapt to their changing environments.

 

I then decided it would be a great tie-in to the documentary we watched on the human migration out of Africa and into the rest of the world – something Hadley loves to talk about. I pointed out that the many ways that humans look unique in different parts of the world is a result of different climates and environments…that over time a group of people may become taller or shorter, darker or lighter skinned, or have different types of hair…to best adapt to the demands of their environment.  Ahhh…a great “we are all the same on the inside” moment.

 

He was quiet, and I was feeling proud of myself for a great learning opportunity…and then he concluded…

 

“So, people from Africa can shrink?”

 

Great. Yup…that’s exactly what I was going for. 😉

 

So what is the funniest thing your child has come up with after a great learning opportunity?

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