Wonder @ Home // May 7-13
This Week In God's Big Story
Jesus sends the Holy Spirit to fill His disciples, helping them follow Him and share the good news! Jesus-followers today are filled with the same internal guide and helper—God’s promised Holy Spirit.
Wonder Truth: The Holy Spirit Guides Us
Scripture: Luke 11, John 14, Galatians 5
Word of Wonder
Work together this week on memorizing this verse!
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you. Then you will tell people about me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria. And you will even tell other people about me from one end of the earth to the other.
Acts 1:8 (NIrV)
Wonder About It
- What is one thing you are learning about God and the wonder of His big story?
- How do you see God’s story as part of your own story?
Families, use this to prompt conversations at the table, in the car, and anywhere else your family experiences life together.
- What does the Holy Spirit do for us (besides giving us power)?
- Why do you think the disciples would need to be comforted by the Holy Spirit?
- Why is it important to grow closer to God?
- What are some of the ways God’s Spirit helps us change when we know Him? (These are usually called fruits of the Spirit.)
- In what ways do you need the Holy Spirit to help and guide you this week?
On a Wing and a Prayer
Luke 11 tells us God loves to give His children good gifts. One of those good gifts is the Holy Spirit. God’s Spirit helps and guides us.
Give each person in your family a sheet of plain paper or cardstock and a writing utensil. Talk about how the Holy Spirit is like the wind: we can’t see Him, but we feel Him guiding us to make right choices and to follow Him. Write or draw your prayer requests on the papers and fold each one into a paper airplane. Or, for a bit more of a challenge, construct a simple bird kite. Take turns flying your shapes around and thanking God for giving us His Spirit.
(If you need ideas about folding, search online under paper airplane or simple paper bird kite. If you make a bird kite, you may also need a hole punch and pieces of string.)
Family breath prayer
Galatians 5:16 tells us to “walk in the spirit.” What do we notice when we walk—something that is a routine yet important part of living? Breathing! Did you know you can turn breathing into a prayer? A breath prayer is a short prayer we say silently as we breathe in and out. It reminds us that God is with us and that the Holy Spirit wants to help us all day long. Breath prayers can be said at any point during the day, even while doing other things!
Today, take some time to create a family breath prayer. To make a breath prayer, take a deep breath in, and as you do, quietly pray a name for God, such as: Holy Spirit. Then, as you breathe out, quietly pray what you need, such as: help me today.
To make a breath prayer that reflects your own family, talk with your family about which name for God has been important for you lately. Allow everyone to share. Choose a short phrase you all feel excited about. This will be your family’s in breath.