Family faith-sharing tip:
One of the greatest gifts we can give our children is the identity that they are children of God, His beloved and gifted princes and princesses. Our words to our children—and the way we speak about them—can help them to understand and believe how special they are in God’s eyes. When they are sure who they really are in God’s kingdom, the unkind words and labels that other people say won’t be as damaging to their personal identity.
- Romans 8:17; Galatians 4:7; Revelation 21:7
- Whatever anyone says, wherever we are, whatever we can or can’t do, we are all God’s children. Each of us is a prince or princess in His kingdom—and His kingdom is here on earth now, as well as in heaven in the future.
- Coloring materials
- Posterboard (thin card) crowns (cut your own or purchase party or craft crowns)
- Marker pens (felt pens)
- Dress-up clothes to become princes and princesses (optional)
What you do:
- Give each person a sheet of paper. Have them write their name on it and decorate it, using colors and interesting letter shapes, etc.
- Then have them write a word that starts with the same letter as their name and that describes them in a positive way: e.g., Karen—Kind; Simon—Smiles; Chris—Creative, etc.
- Have them introduce themselves like this: “Hi, I’m Karen and I’m kind!” “Hi, I’m Simon and I smile a lot!” etc.
- Think about the other names you are called, such as Mom, Mummy, Dad, Pa, Son, Darling, Mr. Smith, Sir, Ma’am, Love, Honey, Kiddo, Mate, and your nicknames.
- Have each person write down all the names they’re called and circle the names they like best in red.
- Then read aloud Romans 8:17.
- Amazing! God calls us His heirs, which means we are all princes and princesses! Have them write “I am a prince(ss) in God’s kingdom” on their name sheets too.
- Talk about what it means to be a prince or princess. Ask what they like best about knowing they are a prince or princess. What’s the most important thing about being a prince or princess? How do princes and princesses live, act, and speak?
- Point out that we are all princes and princesses in God’s kingdom, no matter who we are, where we live, or what we have. All we have to do is believe that Jesus, our princely Brother, died so that we could have this special position in God’s kingdom.
- Cut out crown shapes from gold, white, or yellow posterboard (thin card). Or use purchased crown blanks from a craft store.
- On each of the crowns write some of the thoughts, ideas, and Bible verses about what it means to be God’s princes and princesses. See verses under “Focus.”
- Invite them to dress up as princes and princesses if they wish.
- Then “crown” each child. Invite them to come and kneel on a pillow or cushion as you place a crown on their heads. Pray a short prayer of blessing on each child, pronouncing them to be a prince or princess in God’s kingdom. Then ask God to help them live as good representatives of His love and kindness.
Read the Max Lucado book, You Are Special! Candle Books, 2004 ISBN-13: 978-1859855423. Or watch the animated DVD together with your children. This wonderful story tells us that we are special because God made us with His own loving hands, not because of anything we can or can’t do, or whatever other people think about us.