Family faith-sharing tip:
Encourage your children to develop a living relationship with Jesus by learning how to explore their Bibles, listen to Him, pray to Him, trust in Him, follow Him, and be open to what the Holy Spirit wants to say to them.
- Matthew 13:44
- When we choose to follow Jesus, the decision doesn’t end there. We need to find ways to stay connected with Him so His life-giving power can make a difference to every aspect of our lives.
- Artificial flowers
- An attractive flower growing in a pot
- A few freshly cut flowers in water (try to make the flowers not as pretty as the one in the pot)
- A few dead or very wilted flowers
- Large sheet of thick paper or posterboard, plus some extra pieces for the prayer activity
- Tissue paper, colored paper, and other craft materials
- Coloring materials
- Clear adhesive film (optional)
- Adhesive tape
- Long plant stick
What you do:
- Arrange all the different kinds of flowers and plants on a table.
- Have your children look at the flowers and plants you have found and give them marks one out of ten for loveliness. It is hoped that the attractive, growing flowers will get the highest score and the dead flowers the lowest score.
- Which flowers are most likely to look nice in two weeks?
- Which flowers might look nice, but aren’t really growing?
- Why do the dead flowers look so bad?
- If you had to choose to be one of the flowers, which flower would you most like to be?
- Which flowers should we throw away first?
- Why do you think God made so many different flowers for our world?
- Jesus says He is like a plant (a grape vine), and He wants us to be a part of His growing plant. He wants us to grow with Him and have His life living in us so we can grow not only lovely flowers, but delicious fruit.
- Read aloud Galatians 5:22, 23 and write down all the good fruits that Jesus wants us to grow.
- Make a Spirit-fruit tree together. Draw a large tree on a sheet of paper or posterboard and stick tissue or paper leaves on it.
- Then think about which real fruits might illustrate the Spirit fruits (perhaps apples illustrate Goodness and lemons Self-Control, etc.).
- Draw the fruits, write their names on them, and cut them out. Stick them on the tree to remind you to ask the Holy Spirit to help those special fruits grow in your life.
- Each day look at the tree and imagine which fruit was growing most in your life that day. Thank God that you can see Him working in your life when you grow and use these special fruits. Notice when other people in your family grow these fruits and let them know, for example: “I saw the fruit of patience in your life when you played with your little sister today.”
- Make a plant stick prayer reminder. Design a reminder to pray that God will help you to grow more like Him or bear good fruits, etc.
- Draw a fruit or flower shape on posterboard, color it in, and write a reminder message on it.
- Cover it with clear adhesive film on both sides, if possible, and then cut it out.
- Stick your reminder on a long plant stick and place it in a pot of growing plants. Every time you water or see the plant, remember to ask God to help you grow in faith, love, and all the other wonderful fruits of the Spirit.