Thursday, October 13, 2011

Living Proverbs 22:6

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22:6
Last night at Jr. Church Bible Study, I asked the children to choose one child and "Mummify" them in newspaper.  All month we are learning how to share the "Good News" by explaining our faith to others. 

Natalie was nominated and after lots of giggles {and tape} she was all wrapped up.  We did this right before class started and I asked her to stand mummified during our opening.  She sighed a little bit.  It was hard to move.  The paper kept dropping down over her eyes so she couldn't see.  It was a fun game to play and pretend at first but once that was over it was a bother to be wrapped up.

Since we are talking about sharing the "Good News" with others...I asked them to look at the newspaper articles, what was it full of??  Mostly BAD news right?!

The point:  The newspaper is filled with bad news, and people in our world can feel overwhelmed by bad news in their lives, even mummified by it!  But we have the Good News of Jesus and need to share it so people can be freed from the bad news of this world and made alive in Jesus! {Discipleland Cirriculum}

I asked Natalie to then break free of the "bad news" and live alive in Christ! She ripped that newspaper right off of her.  Freedom!

Even as Christians we can feel "mummified" by bad news, worries, what if' can plug anything in here!  It can consume us.  We can feel like we can't move or see past the situation and there is no hope.

But truth is...there is ALWAYS HOPE in Christ!  We need to litterally throw off those feelings.  They are just that -feelings.  Emotions that are like a battlefield within you!

When I get all wrapped up and messy {even before this activity with the kids} I've imagined a piece of paper in my mind...crumbling it into a tight ball {all the junk inside} and throwing it far away from me then I drop to my knees.  I need His strength!  I can't do it.

Just like when Natalie broke through all that paper and it dropped it the ground, we picked it all up and threw it away.  It's THEN we need to replace those lies, worry, and fears with God's truth. 

Who is He?  What does HE say about you or the situation?  What does His word speak to you?!

Such FREEDOM in Christ! 

"You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you."  Isaiah 26:3

"Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."  1 Peter 5:7

You are loved and there is peace to be found in Christ even during the darkest times!  If you need us to lift you up today in prayer, please leave a comment below or send a private email.
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