• Hey HOPE KIDS and families! 🙋🏻‍♀️ Mrs. Christy here! Welcome! We just finished our first Bible Unit "In the Beginning" that we began in January of this year. 🥳 So for those that were not able to join us, we are going to review those lessons over the next few Sundays. So who's ready to go back to the beginning with me?! God created the entire universe just by speaking. We know He is good because everything that He made was beautiful and good. We also know that He is creative! Think about all the interesting plants and animals in the world. God thought up each one from nothing. And because God made everything, that means that He knows what is best and has the right to rule everything. So Who is God? God is our Creator and King! God created everything, and everything He created was good. Genesis 1-2
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        Prayers on Fire: Daily Devotion

        One of my favorite Psalms, I am so thankful for His unending grace! v2 You are my soul's celebration! Wow! Do we take the time to praise Him for His goodness to us??

        His immense goodness makes me want to serve Him more. Our days are so few, I would prefer to spend every second being led by Him.

        Have you surrendered your will to His plan?

        - Entirely Yours -

        You’re so kind and tenderhearted to those who

        don’t deserve it and so very patient with people

        who fail you! Your love is like a flooding river

        overflowing its banks with kindness.

        ~ Psalm 103:8 TPT

        I was thinking today about how merciful you’ve been to me. How in spite of all I’ve done, you kissed my heart with forgiveness. You rescued me from hell and saved my life. When I lost sight of you and ran around in circles feeling alone and confused, you rushed to my side. I don’t deserve your tenderhearted love and I don’t understand your patience, but I’m thankful for both.

        I dedicate myself to you. With all of my heart, I pray there will never be any part of me that is not entirely yours. I want to live a life of celebration, never forgetting your miracle of kindness. You have satisfied my deepest desires with the substance of your love. Sometimes this crown that you’ve placed on my head feels too big, but I accept the honor of representing you in the earth. I bow before you in wonder—my whole life surrendered to you.

         Simmons, B., & Rodriguez, G. (2017). Prayers on fire: 365 days praying the psalms. Road Racine, WI: Broadstreet Publishing Group, LLC.

        1. Prayers on Fire: Daily Devotion

          Light in the Darkness

          At each and every sunrise I will awake to do what’s right

          and put to silence those who love wickedness,

          freeing God’s people from their evil grip.

          I will do all of this because of my great love for you!

          Psalm 101:8

          Lord, when you examine my life, I pray you will find integrity, honor, and compassion as the theme. I live in a world of corruption, where anything goes and righteous standards are frowned upon. Let it not be so in my family. For generations to come, may we be an example of wisdom and love for others to follow.

          I will choose to keep the pure and godly as my closest friends, but help me to never be prideful or shun anyone. Though I will not be named among the wicked, let my kindness attract them. When they look to me for counsel and support, anoint me to speak from a heart of compassion, with words of godly wisdom. May I shine with the glory of your Spirit within me to a world smoldering in darkness and desperate for your touch.

          The deepest cry of my heart is to live a life that reflects you into the world around me. May I walk humbly with you all of my days and see this passionate pursuit of godliness continue for generations.

          Simmons, B., & Rodriguez, G. (2017). Prayers on fire: 365 days praying the psalms. Road Racine, WI: Broadstreet Publishing Group, LLC.

          1. Lord, when you examine my life, I pray you will find integrity , honor, and compassion as my theme. These 3 words describe my dad. He’s been gone since March 19,1995. Maybe one day my kids will remember me this way. You set the bar high, dad.
          2. I pray we all can leave a legacy like that. With the Lord’s help, nothing is impossible, even for a wretch like me!! :)
        2. Prayers on Fire: Daily Devotion

          Is your passion for Him so contagious that others want to join you in praising Him?

          - No Holding Back -

          Everyone come meet his face with a thankful heart!

          Don’t hold back your praises;

          make him great by your shouts of joy!

          Psalm 95:2

          God, I’m not sure whether to kneel in reverence, honoring you as the mighty God, or to wildly celebrate you as Creator. When I think about how great you are, my heart soars.

          At times, my joy is uncontainable, and at other times, I’m so overwhelmed by your majesty I can barely stand. One moment, I’m dancing and singing your praise, and the next, I’m prostrate before your throne. In one hand, you hold the mysteries of the whole world, and in the other, the world itself.

          I cannot refrain from proclaiming your greatness. If everyone truly understood how magnificent you are, they would dedicate themselves to you, wholeheartedly. I pray my passion would be contagious, Father, so everyone would join me in praising you.

          I am thoroughly convinced of your power and love. With untamed praise and deepest reverence, I will honor you eternally.

           Simmons, B., & Rodriguez, G. (2017). Prayers on fire: 365 days praying the psalms. Road Racine, WI: Broadstreet Publishing Group, LLC.

          1. Hey HOPE KIDS and families! Mrs. Christy here sharing our Bible Story for this week. Let's continue to learn more about God's promises for Abraham through his grandson, Jacob. Today's lesson is how Jacob got a new name. Parents, you will be able to show the Bible Story video then read the summary below with your kids. Once you've finished, check out the "Dot Your Name" activity at the end! Have FUN! God made some wonderful promises to Jacob, but Jacob kept trying to trick people and twist things to make God's promises happen. From stealing his brothers' birthright and blessing to marrying a second woman after God provided him with a wife. Jacob always seemed to be working on his own plans instead of resting in the good plans God had for him. That's one of the reasons his physical wrestling match with God is so interesting. It was, in some ways, a physical picture of the way Jacob had treated God his whole life. Now here's a question for you: do you think God's plan can ever be stopped or changed? (Allow responses) Of course not! Even when we try to follow our own plans, God can work out His plans. He can use us whether we trust Him and obey, or try to go our own way. Jacob learned the hard way, as God touched his hip and gave Jacob an injury that would last the rest of his life. It would serve as a reminder that struggling against God is never the right choice. However, even though Jacob struggled with God, God still kept His promises to bless Jacob. How wonderful that Esau was not angry with Jacob anymore! God had also given Jacob many sons who would eventually become a great nation. Now, God change Jacob's name to Israel, the name of God's covenant people. ✝️Christ Connection: God changed Jacob's life and gave him a new name, Israel. Jesus came so that we might have a changed life, forgiven of sin. (2 Corinthians 5:17) Jesus' death and resurrection provided sinful people the way to be adopted into God's family. When we are adopted into the family of God we also receive a new name-- Children of God. (John 1:12) Jesus died on the cross for us and rose again on the third day, defeating sin death. If we trust Jesus, we don't have to struggle against God. We can rest in His love and trust His plans for our lives and His plan for the world. Jesus promised to come again and fix everything broken in the world and make all things new. 📖Memory Verse: "Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you." Genesis 28:15 ➡️Story Point: God changed Jacob's name to Israel, the name of God's covenant people. 🤔Our Big Picture Question is, Does God keep His promises? God kept His promises to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God always does what He says He will do. We can trust Him! ⏺Dot Your Name: Write "Jacob" and "Israel" on separate sheets of paper. Display the two signs for all the children to see. Ask them to tell you the differences between the two signs. Then use a pencil to neatly write each child's name on a sheet of heavyweight paper. Invite the children to use stamps, paint/paintbrush, or Paint daubers to make dots to cover the letters of their name. SAY: "God changed Jacob's name to Israel. Did you know that when we turn from our sin and trust in Jesus, we get a new name too? Children of God! Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead to make us part of God's family." Genesis 32 & 33