Wonder @ Home // May 28-June 3
This Week In God's Big Story
Paul writes to the church in Ephesus to tell them that followers of Jesus need to be strong, putting on spiritual armor and getting their strength from the Holy Spirit.
Wonder Truth: The Holy Spirit Gives Us Strength
Scripture: Ephesians 6
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’re curious about from this week’s part of God’s big story?
- How can you live differently or respond to God with what you’re learning?
Families, use this to prompt conversations at the table, in the car, and anywhere else your family experiences life together.
- What does it mean to be “strong in the Lord”? (Hint: it isn’t about being able to lift heavy things!)
- What is an example of a time when you would need the Holy Spirit to help you be strong?
- Why do we need the armor of God?
- What piece of the armor of God do you think you need most? Why?
As a reminder that the Holy Spirit gives us strength, create a family shield together. This shield can be as simple or as complex as your family wants, but artistic kids can have fun taking this activity to the next level! As you create your shield, recall that Paul encourages followers of Jesus to take up the shield of faith. When we follow Jesus, we can have faith that we are loved and forgiven. This faith helps us face any struggle!
On your shield, write down one word for each member of your family that represents an area in which that person needs the Holy Spirit’s strength. Put the shield in an area of your home where it will be seen often. As family members pass by the shield, they can pray for each other and the specific areas where they need the Holy Spirit’s strength.
Lighten the Load
Everyday activities are a practical and fun way to teach kids about the love of God. Kids love to be helpers, so including them in the family chores can be a way to illustrate that the Holy Spirit gives us strength.
Consider doing work in the yard or cleaning up a room in your home. Before you begin, designate specific jobs that require less strength for your child and jobs that require more strength for you. For example, if you work in the yard, only you can use the tools to trim bushes or blow leaves; however, kids can help throw away sticks and leaves in a yard bag.
After you complete the task, praise your kids for doing a great job. While the job was tough, they let you help them. Explain that sometimes they will find it tough to follow Jesus and to make the right choices. However, Jesus doesn’t leave us to do the job alone. He gave us the Holy Spirit who gives us strength to do hard things.