Family, Faith and Fun Challenge Day 3

Today’s family fun requires mixing together some healthy snack foods. You may decide you would rather bake cookies or bread together!

Tuesday, December 22, Day 3

Bible Reading: Isaiah 9:6-7 and 52:13-53:12

Memory Verse: “…and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6b

Interesting Facts:

  • Although her name is never mentioned, Isaiah’s wife was one of the women prophets mentioned in the Bible.
  • There are at least fourteen prophecies about Jesus in the book of Isaiah. The other prophecies about Jesus are scattered throughout the Old Testament, with most of the rest found in Genesis and Psalms.

Thoughts to Share: Even though God had a plan to send Jesus to die on the Cross for our sins, it didn’t happen right away. In fact, it was thousands of years, before Jesus was born. A lot of things happened during that time. Some things were good and some were bad. Throughout it all, God kept reminding His people that Jesus Christ, the Messiah would come. 

Several authors in the Old Testament were inspired by God to write reminders to the people not only about the Messiah who was to come, but exact details so they would recognize him when he arrived. The details are found in several books, but some of the best known prophecies about Jesus are found in the book of Isaiah. It is important to know that Isaiah wrote this book more than seven hundred years before Jesus was born, yet the details are so accurate no one could have guessed them by accident. Only God could give Isaiah that many accurate details. 

Family Fun Project: How hard do you think it might have been for the people in Old Testament times to wait for Jesus Christ, the Messiah to come to Earth? Waiting for God’s promises to be fulfilled can be hard. We all want to go to Heaven, but we must wait patiently for Jesus to return. Tonight you are going to do three  things. First, your family will work together to create your own snack mix. You will have to be patient and eat it when your adult tells you it is okay. There are some conversation ideas here you can talk about while you are eating.Then you will do a fun patience workout routine. (See below.) You will learn a lot of good things to do when you are feeling impatient.

Parenting tips. Patience is a Fruit of the Spirit. Having patience makes it easier to have self control. Here you will find tips for helping your kids develop patience. It will take time and a lot of effort on your part, but patience is an important godly character trait for your kids to have.

Patience Workout

To become more patient, you have to do things that require you to be patient. Some children will be unable to finish even one of the activities below without becoming impatient. If your kids can do all five things in a row and still be patient, they are on the way to becoming patient people!

  1. With a straw, blow the Pom Pom across the room.
  2. Tie knots in the string and then untie them.
  3. Make something out of play doh. Then pass it to the next person. No one can move or talk until every person in the room has made something from the play doh.
  4. Count to three and have everyone freeze like a statue. Have everyone stay as still as possible in their statue pose for 60 seconds.
  5. Sit quietly while someone reads a book.

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Thereasa Winnett

Thereasa Winnett is the founder of Teach One Reach One and blogger at Parenting Like Hannah. She holds a BA in education from the College of William and Mary. She has served in all areas of ministry to children and teens for more than thirty years and regularly leads workshops for ministries and churches. She has conducted numerous workshops, including sessions at Points of Light’s National Conference on Volunteering and Service, the National Urban Ministry Conference, Pepperdine Bible Lectures, and Lipscomb’s Summer Celebration. Thereasa lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband Greg, where she enjoys reading, knitting, traveling and cooking.

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