Coming up in Gateway Kids - September 27

God gives Hagar and her son water to drink when they were thirsty in the desert. (Genesis 21:14-20) Cuddle up with your child and pray. “Dear God, thank You for taking such good care of us. Everywhere we look we can see You taking care of us. Our food, water, clothes, house, family, friends—it all comes from You! Help us remember that You are always with us and will take care of us. We love You, God. In Jesus’ name, amen.” 

To wrap up the month we’ll look at several passages through Nehemiah and that throughout the whole process of building the wall, Nehemiah demonstrated some amazing truths about initiative. He demonstrated how to see what needs to be done and did it. He demonstrated how to care for others. He even demonstrated something that’s very important to recognize when talking about initiative—Nehemiah realized that the ability or strength to do what needs to be done comes from God. We cannot accomplish the task on our own. We have to lean on God to do His part as well. The most powerful part is seeing that when they did their part, God stepped in and did something that only God could do.

Bottom Line: You can trust God to help you do what needs to be done. Often when we take initiative on something big, we can’t do it on our own. We need God’s help. We want kids to know that if they do what they can do to help, God will do the rest. 

Week 4 Elementary God Time Devotional
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.