Joy is finding a way to be happy even when things don’t go your way. Joy isn’t dependent on our circumstances, but rather it’s about being content beyond our circumstances. We can have joy when we recognize that God’s plan is greater than our own. Our joy is a response to our trust in God.
Joy will thrive in life’s triumphs and endure through life’s challenges. Joy is a deep, sincere way to approach life that allows us to know that the hard times will make us stronger and draw us closer to God. Having joy may not mean always wearing a smile, but joy lets us reflect God’s love and shine through the dark moments in life.
The monthly memory verse is:“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4, NIV. When life is going well for us, we can rejoice in God’s goodness. When things don’t go our way, we can still rejoice because we know that God has promised to always be with us and give us peace. We can always find joy.
Below you will find the monthly newsletter so you can follow along at home this month. It contains some awesome questions to keep the discussion going throughout the week.
Each week, along with the story and theme we will be covering, I will also post a GodTime card for that week. You can look for the link to this in The Weekly or on our Facebook page.
There are four different devotions on each GodTime card. Each devotion is designed to be done on a different day.
Each day’s devotion includes:
1. a verse(s) to read
2. a devotion paragraph that teaches something about God and an explanation of today’s verse(s)
3. an activity that makes real-life application of the day’s devotion
4. a suggested prayer.
Encourage kids to choose four different days during the week to do these devotions. Even though kids in early elementary are beginning to read things on their own, you may want to do the GodTime card with your K-3rd grade child. Most 4th and 5th graders are capable of having a “quiet time” on their own, once they’ve been taught how to do it, but they still benefit from an adult following up on it.
I hope you are able to enjoy some “God Time” with your kid’s this month as we find our Joy in the Lord. And don’t forget to check out www.orangeparents.org for some great parenting resources from the authors of our curriculum!
Please let me know if you have any questions or need more information!