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Haley and the Parrot (Monday)
Read: Joshua 1:1-9
Haley giggled as she listened to the parrot at the zoo. "Stop! Stop!" the bird squawked.
"Why does he do that?" Haley looked up at her grandpa. "Why is he telling us to stop?"
"Parrots listen to what people say and copy it. They aren't coming up with these things on their own--they're reacting to the world around them." Her grandpa's eyes twinkled. "He's probably heard parents yelling Stop!' at kids running through the zoo!"
After school the next day, Haley sank down at her grandpa's kitchen table. "Everyone at school is scared," she said with a sigh. "No one is any fun anymore."
"No one?" her grandpa asked. "Are you sure?"
"Joe didn't want to play at recess. He was too busy talking to Benji about everything that's going on. Angel said she didn't feel like playing. I went to find Megan, and she was talking with a teacher, looking worried." Haley frowned. "Why does everyone have to be scared?"
"Do you remember the parrot at the zoo?" asked Grandpa. Haley nodded. "Parrots copy what they hear," Grandpa said. "You say something around them once, and they will start saying it over and over." Grandpa filled a glass with milk and set it in front of Haley. "People can be like that too, especially when it comes to fear. If one person is scared and they talk with another person, that person will likely get scared too. Pretty soon everyone is living in fear."
"It's awful when everyone is so scared," said Haley.
"It is. Know why?" Grandpa lifted a bushy eyebrow. "Because Jesus didn't call us to live in fear. He saved us from sin and death so we wouldn't have to be afraid any longer. Even when everyone around us is afraid because of the scary things happening in the world, we need to trust Him."
"So, we shouldn't copy everyone else like parrots do?"
Grandpa shook his head. "Even when bad things happen, we have nothing to fear because we belong to Jesus. We can live with His peace in our hearts instead of being afraid--and we can share that peace with others too."
Haley nodded. Even if everyone around her was giving in to fear, she was going to trust God. Emily Acker
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you get scared when people around you are afraid? If you know Jesus, you don’t have to live in fear. He saved you and promises to be with you in scary times. Instead of parroting others’ reactions when something scary happens, pray and ask Him to fill you with His peace. Trust Him, and let others see His peace in your heart.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: 2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (NKJV)
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The Home Office (Tuesday)
Read: Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 5:1-2; 1 John 4:11-13
"Mo-om, Nathan hit me!" shouted Lily down the stairs.
"I only hit her because she called me stupid!" shouted Nathan immediately after.
Lily ran down the stairs toward their mom. "Well, you started it by playing that prank on me!"
"Enough!" said Mom. "I know we've been cooped up in this house for months,
and everyone's a little cranky. But we're Christians, and even though we're all feeling the strain of this pandemic, we can love each other."
Nathan looked like he was about to protest, but Mom cut him off. "Take a look at this room. What do you see?" Nathan shrugged. "It's your home office. There's a desk, a chair, and a computer."
"Right!" said Mom. "This used to be the room where extra junk piled up, but when the pandemic hit and I could no longer go to my office downtown, I cleaned it up and made it my home office. Now it's welcoming and purposeful like the other rooms in our house."
"Yeah," said Lily. "It's much nicer now. You couldn't have gotten any work done in here when it was a mess!"
Mom nodded and pointed to the kids. "Jesus has done the same for you. Since you trust in Him, He's made you new people and given you a new purpose. He has filled you with His love and given you His Spirit. Just like this room now resembles my downtown office, the Holy Spirit works in our lives to make us like Jesus so others can see what He's like." Mom pointed to her computer. "Pretend my laptop is kindness. And my phone is forgiveness. Or this desk is mercy. Those are the qualities we exhibit as the Holy Spirit works in us so we can show others the love of Jesus."
Just then the cell phone in Mom's hand started to ring. "I have to take this call, but I hope you'll remember you can show love to each other--even when things are hard," she said before shutting the door.
Nathan and Lily faced each other, and both siblings mumbled an apology. "I think," Nathan said, "the best way for me to show you love right now is to leave you alone."
"Same here," said Lily, and she smiled at her brother before heading back upstairs. Naomi Vroegop
HOW ABOUT YOU?
When you’re feeling stressed or upset, do you take it out on others? Having to deal with difficulties can put a strain on our relationships, but because we have the Holy Spirit, we can treat others the way Jesus would, even in hard times. What are some ways you can show others His love? Patience when your sibling is bothering you? Or forgiveness when someone hurts you? Trust Him to help you display His love in every situation.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: John 13:35 (KJV)
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. (NKJV)
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Lonely at Home (Wednesday)
Read: Acts 2:42-47
"Micah," Mom called, "it's time for dinner. Pause your game and come downstairs." When Micah trudged into the kitchen, his eyes were puffy and red. His mom looked him up and down. "Micah, you've been alone in your room a lot this week. Is everything okay?"
Micah shrugged. "There's not really anyone to talk to, so I just play my game."
"I know social distancing has made it more difficult to spend time with friends," said Mom. "And sometimes phone calls and messages aren't enough. It can be easier to just isolate ourselves, but that's not what God wants for us."
"God doesn't like me being in my room?" asked Micah.
"It's not that--it's that He doesn't want you to be lonely. Having community with others is a big part of being a Christian, and that's been especially difficult these past few months."
"Oh," said Micah. "I guess I didn't realize I was lonely."
"It's like your game," Mom said. "Usually you're on a team that works together to complete the missions. But if you're trying to complete the mission by yourself, it's a lot harder as a single player. It can get frustrating not to have your team there with you--and that's goes for your team of fellow Christians too."
"But how do I see people when we're supposed to social distance? Last week I wanted Brady to come over, but his parents said no."
Mom hummed. "That's the tricky part, isn't it? Well, we know for one thing that Jesus is always with us. So even though we may feel lonely, we're never truly alone. We can always spend time with Him. But He also wants us to spend time in community with other Christians."
"Like my Sunday school group?" asked Micah.
"Yes, exactly! The early church had a really strong group too. They all lived together and shared what they had with each other. Community was a big deal to them. They knew they needed it to show people God's love and to encourage one another in hard times."
"So, how do I have community now?" asked Micah.
"Let's start by scheduling a video chat with Brady," said Mom. "And then let's pray that God would show us other ways to create community in these difficult times." Naomi Vroegop
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Have you felt lonely these past few months? Maybe you wanted to go over to a friend’s house and couldn’t. Or maybe a group you belong to hasn’t been meeting. When we face challenges, it’s important to have the love and support of our Christian community. Even though you may not be able to meet normally right now, you can still encourage one another. How can you reach out to your community today?
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Hebrews 10:25 (KJV)
We must not quit meeting together, as some are doing. No, we need to keep on encouraging each other. (ERV)
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Serve When You’re Stuck (Thursday)
Read: Philippians 2:1-11
"Mooooom! If I have to spend one more day at home with her, I'm going to go crazy!" Dillon grabbed a blanket off the couch and put it over his head.
"If I have to be around HIM for one more minute, I'm going to scream!" Madison retorted.
Mom plopped down on the couch next to Dillon. "Maddie, come sit by us for a minute," Mom said. Dillon peeked out of the blanket at his sister and glared.
"Kids, I know this pandemic has been difficult for you. It's hard for everyone to live differently from the way we're used to. Let's name something we miss right now. I'll go first. I miss getting together with our church group."
"I miss going to the fabrication lab to work on all my computer projects." Dillon sighed longingly.
"I miss seeing all my friends and having sleepovers," Madison said sadly.
Mom gave her kids a squeeze. "Now, I want us to name something we are thankful for. I'm grateful that Dad found a new job after being laid off."
"I'm thankful that we have food...and toilet paper! People were going crazy stocking up on it!" Dillon's eyes were wide.
"I'm thankful that we don't have the virus," Madison said softly.
Mom nodded. "Most of all, I'm thankful that Jesus loves us so much, He died and rose again for us and that He promises to help us through hard times," she said. "How do you think we can show His love to people who are having a difficult time right now?"
"I can draw some pictures and mail them to some older people we know who can't come out of their houses right now," Madison exclaimed with a grin.
"I can post some helpful videos online for kids and grown-ups who need help with technology!" Dillon said excitedly.
"Great ideas! I'll make a few phone calls and see if I can pick up some necessities for people who can't get out," Mom said.
Dillon gently tossed a pillow at his sister. "Thanks, Mom. I'm feeling better already! Even though we're stuck at home, we can serve others--and Jesus!" Savannah Coleman
HOW ABOUT YOU?
When have you been stuck in a situation that was less than enjoyable? The next time you are, try serving someone else. Jesus gave us the ultimate example of service in the midst of a difficult time. The very Son of God came down to our world to give His life for us. He healed the sick and showed love to everyone, then died on the cross so we could be saved. When you feel stuck, take the opportunity to serve Jesus by showing His love to others who are struggling too.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Ephesians 6:7 (KJV)
Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people. (NIV)
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It’s True (Friday)
Read: 2 Timothy 3:14-17
"Grandma, that reporter totally messed up our story!" Isabella pointed to a page in her grandmother's newspaper. "I was so excited when he interviewed us about the food drive some of us fifth graders helped start at our school, but he changed almost everything we said!"
"I'm sorry, Izzy," said Grandma, "but when we tell stories, people quite often change them. They might twist what we say or leave out some of our words. Or sometimes they just misunderstand us or flat out get things wrong."
"Well, he sure got a bunch of things wrong here," said Isabella. "This says we're fourth graders, not fifth graders! And two of the names in the photo caption don't match up with the right people. It has Ethan's name under a picture of Zayn and Zayn's name under Ethan."
Grandma shook her head. "Well, I guess it just goes to show you can't always believe what you read."
Isabella frowned. "I guess not!"
Grandma smiled as she got out some milk and cookies and set them on the table. "I'm glad to know there's one book we can read and always know for certain that whatever it says is true. Do you know what book that is?"
"Sure," said Isabella. "It's the Bible. We learned a verse in church that says all Scripture is inspired by God. That means it's true, because God said it."
"That's right!" Grandma said. "How else do you know God's Word is true--other than by the verse you learned?"
"Well...I learned that things predicted in the Bible a long, long time ago actually happened down to the littlest details," replied Isabella. "Old Testament prophets told how Jesus would be born--and it happened exactly the way they said it would. And archaeologists have dug up cities mentioned in the Bible, and...and I just know in my heart it's true."
"That's because God the Holy Spirit helps you," Grandma explained. "He opens our eyes to the truth of God's Word and uses it to show us our need for Jesus and help us become more like Him. News reports quite often state something wrong, but the Bible never does. We can always believe that what it says is true." Lucinda J. Rollings
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Where do you go for truth? News reports? Parents? Teachers? Your friends? News reports are not always accurate, and people can often misunderstand things or not know all the facts. And while parents, teachers, and pastors are in positions of authority and should always be respected, even they can get things wrong sometimes. But the Bible is never wrong. It’s God’s Word, and what He says is the truth.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: John 17:17 (KJV)
Teach them your word, which is truth. (NLT)