Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Jesse Tree: Day 5, Abram's Journey

Scripture: Genesis 12:1-7; Galatians 3:6-9 

Symbol: Tent & Camel

Reading: Sometimes God asks us to do things that are hard to do. God asks us to be good when it would be so much easier--and sometimes more fun--to be naughty. God asks us to go places and do things we'd rather not do.
God asked Abram to take a long trip, and to leave behind the place that Abram called home. But in return, God made promises to Abram. God promised that Abram would be blessed by God. Abram still had problems and struggles, especially when he forgot to listen to God's directions, but God kept all of the promises made to Abram. Most importantly, God was Abram's friend forever.

Talk about: Name some ways that God shows you what God wants you to do. 

Prayer: Holy God, help us to obey you and do the things that you want us to do.

Activity: Hide a treasure and tell your kids to find it. Give them no clues or direction. After a few minutes give them a map to follow. After they find the treasure have them bring it and share it with the family. Talk about how Abraham left his home and went to a place he did not know. He did not have a map. He had to trust God. 

*The symbol and devotions are from The Reformed Church of America and you can use this link to find what I have used and more at their advent site. 

A copy of the directions to make your own Jesse Tree are here and the patterns for the symbols are here

To find a list of all the linked Jesse Tree posts click here

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