Creating Compassionate Families

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Devotional

Jesus Loves the Little Children

Big Idea: God has a plan and a purpose for each child.

Let the children come to me. And with those words, Jesus ushered in a whole new way of thinking! Jesus loves your children — and all the children of the world.

In a world where children in poverty often believe they don’t matter, it is crucial to remind our kids that children can help other children know they are treasured by God.

The Encouragement Game

We don’t have to wait until we’re grown up to use our talents and skills. But often, children who live in poverty believe lies like “No one loves you” or “You will never do anything good.”

This game is a way to spend a few minutes telling one another that God loves you and that you can use the strengths God has given them, no matter what your age.

  • Take turns completing this sentence: You are really good at ________________ and I can imagine God made you to _____________. (Example: “You are really good at talking and I can imagine God made you to be a teacher.”)
  • After you have encouraged everyone playing, complete the sentence about a child you know who may be struggling. If you know any children in poverty or sponsor a child, pray that they will know God loves them and that they do matter.
  • Talk about how God doesn’t wait until you are a grown-up to give you ways you can help others.

Jesus Loves Us Banner

SUPPLIES

  • Construction paper
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Yarn

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cut out two to three hearts from your construction paper. On each heart, have your children write a way God has shown His love.
  2. On some of the hearts, write the names of children who may have a difficult time seeing God’s love because of hard things going on in their lives — you might hang a heart for Elisabeth or maybe a friend or a family member in need. These names will serve as a reminder to pray for those children.
  3. Punch a hole on each side of the hearts, and string them together with the yarn. Hang the banner in a prominent place, maybe even from the light above your dinner table so you see it every meal.
  4. Encourage your children to add hearts when God shows His love or brings another child in need to mind.