This lesson follows the format of FAITH5. The format can be used in a simple way for family devotions—as a bedtime ritual, at a meal time, or another time when your family is together. We encourage you to establish this pattern in your home, especially during the weeks when we cannot be together. Part 1 of 5: SHARE Take a few minutes and have everyone share their “highs and lows” from the day or the past few days. What are things that have made you happy? What are things that made you sad or frustrated? Are there things you are worried about? You might want to write these down on a paper or in a notebook to refer back to later. We will pray for all of these things at the end of the lesson. Part 2 of 5: READ Today we hear about "The Girl No One Wanted" from the book of Genesis as read by Alexandra.
Part 3 of 5: TALK (and do) Things to talk about:
Have you ever felt like you weren't good enough? How do you think Leah felt in this story?
What did God do for Leah in this story?
Has God ever surprised you?
Have you ever been able to do something that you didn't think you would be able to do?
The Bible tells us in Genesis 1 that we are created in the image of God. This means that we can see God in the love we experience from each other. How do you see God in your family members?
Every person is unique. Our fingerprints are an example of this. No one in the world has fingerprints like you! On a sheet of paper, draw a large version of a fingerprint pattern. Look at your own fingers or find examples online if you need inspiration. Then use these lines to write all the ways you are unique. Use different colors for your writing to make this a work of art! You can also encourage your family members by making one for each person and reminding them just how special they are. Your finished product might look something like this. If you are feeling a little less artistic, you can check out this free printable for 5 Things I Like About Myself.
Take some time to tell someone you love what is special about them. Maybe you have a neighbor, teacher, or friend that is very special to you. Write them a letter or call them this week and let them know what you appreciate about them.
God loves all of us very much. Check out this VeggieTale song that reminds us that you are special to God. (This might remind you a bit of last week's Bible story.)
Plan a family "talent show". Have everyone in your family show off one thing that they are good at. Cheer for each other and encourage each other every step of the way.
Part 4 of 5: PRAY
Close with prayer together. Pray about the highs and lows shared at the beginning of your time together. Part 5 of 5: BLESS
Close by gathering everyone in a circle and blessing each other. Make the cross on each other’s foreheads and speak a simple blessing, or if you wish you can use the words from the baptism service: “You are sealed with the Holy Spirit and marked with the cross of Christ forever.”