God Gave Us Summer:
Summer Faith Builders for Christian Families
Beach Sand: ‘How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand. (Psalm 139:18 KJV)
Wow! If God has that many thoughts, about you and I and the world, that is a lot. Like the verse says, we can’t even add them up. God is constantly thinking about us. Isn’t that amazing?
Activity: Sand Cake! https://www.mamacheaps.com/no-bake-sand-cake
Summer Scavenger Hunt
Find each item listed and mark off the items with a pencil. Afterward, take some time to praise God together for making all the things you found.
Go for “Some More”
Set out ingredients for s’mores and make them together, assembly-line fashion. As you eat, ask: “When has God done ‘some more’ for you? Why do you think God wants us to do ‘some more’ for others? https://kidactivities.net/smore-recipes
On a sidewalk (or tarp), place plastic bowls of bubble solution mixed with washable paint. Give each family member a straw to blow bubbles in the mixtures. Then place paper atop the colored bubbles to create designs. When dry, fold the papers in half to make cards, and write the message “God’s love is bubbling over for you” on the outside. Give the cards to people who need encouragement this summer.
Summer is a time to see and enjoy the beauty of God’s Creation. It’s a time to be thankful for the warmth of the sun and the increased daylight. It is a time to also be thankful for the time we have with our families and friends. Enjoy your summer break!
The Fruit of the Spirit
Galatians 5:22-23 reads: But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
These are called the “Fruit of the Spirit” because just as fruit grows from a healthy tree that is planted in good soil and watered regularly, these nine character traits grow in our hearts when we stay connected to Jesus and let His Spirit guide our lives.
God wants us to love others. He wants us to love him, and he wants us to share his love with the world. That’s why the first fruit is love.
God also wants us to have joy. Joy is more than happiness. Joy is knowing that no matter what happens, good or bad, God is in control. Even when we are sad, we can have joy, knowing that God is looking out for us.
Peace is something we can have when life is going crazy. It’s also something we can share. We can bring peace to bad situations by doing good and loving others.
Patience is something we all need more of! Patience means not just waiting, but trusting God is working all things out for our good.
Kindness, goodness, and gentleness are the way we treat others. God wants us to be kind and loving toward others, doing good where it is needed.
Faithfulness means being true to God, true to our loved ones, and true to our friends.
Self-control means learning to control our emotions and actions. We don’t react in anger. We think before we speak. We consider our words carefully. We resist temptation to sin, and we do the right thing.
Fruit of the Spirit Daily Checklist
Use this daily checklist to keep a record of the times you “catch” your child displaying a Fruit of the Spirit in their daily life.
At the end of the week, kids can share their success and tales of putting the Fruit of the Spirit into action.
This also helps highlight growing areas (for example, if there aren’t many checks in the patience column- that’s something to work on!)
The Fruit of the Spirit can help us make a difference in this world. Whatever situation we find ourselves in, the Fruit of the Spirit can help us make the right choices and share God’s Spirit with others.
Prayer: Dear God, we love you and thank you for the gifts of the fruits of the Spirit. Thank you for giving us what we need to show others your love. We know that Jesus is the vine and we are the branches and that without Jesus, we can’t show anyone your love. May your fruit grow within us so that it shines to all those around us. Please help us to show every day your love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Thank you, God. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Want more? Check out this mega-Fruit of the Spirit resource page where everything is free to download:
Christian Youth Bible Studies
QUARANTINE TIME CAPSULE
We can create positive memories from this COVID-19 quarantine. Imagine telling your children and grandchildren about the Great Virus of 2020—and how your family weathered this storm together!
Activity: Quarantine Time Capsule
CHALK the WALK
Psalm 19 begins, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands” (Psalm 19:1).
When we see the sun rising, hear the mighty wind, feel a warm spring breeze, witness the growth of spring flowers,
or hear the sweet song of the birds, we are able to worship God through our senses!
Activity: Create chalk art outside while enjoying the warm breeze: paint the nature that you hear, see, or feel!
The beauty of creation, the birds that sing, the bugs that crawl, the color and variety of the
spring flowers and trees, are the creative artistry of God!
Enjoy the beauty of creation, as we connect it to our magnificent creator who really is the best Artist!