The Five Love Languages
Dr. Gary Chapman discovered that each person perceives love in one of 5 ways he called The Five Love Languages. Let's explore each one in order to learn how to love our family better. As you do the exercises, try to figure out which one you are and which one your children are. Usually, people have 1 primary love language and maybe 1 secondary love language.
1. Words of Affirmation
Think of something nice to say to each member of the family. Let each family member take a turn. Here are some ideas.
2. Physical Touch
Let's do a fun handshake together. Try this one, if you can't come up with one.
Let's play, Guess What's Inside. Ready? Imagine I am giving you a gift. Can you guess what is inside? (Use hand actions to act things out.)
4. Acts of Service
Let's play helping hands. What would happen if one of your hands decided to not help the other hand anymore? Let's put one hand behind the back. Could you...?
Let's work together with many hands to get these jobs done quickly and easily. Now, let's try to do it with 2 people, each one using only one hand! It's a little tricky, but we can get it done working together!
5. Quality Time
Think of something fun you can do together as a family, and go do it. Here are some ideas.
What is Jesus' new command for us? Read together John 13:34. Jesus showed God's love to people in the different love languages. Make a commitment to love each other in the way each one desires to be loved.
Check out Gary Chapman's book, The 5 Love Languages, for more information. Or Visit the 5 love languages website.
Nature Walk: Determined Salmon
Salmon are amazing fish. They lay their eggs upstream. Then, when the baby salmon are born, they easily swim downstream to the ocean where they spend their life. When it is time to mate and lay eggs, salmon go back to the place they were born. This is a very hard journey. Swimming upstream means that salmon have to constantly fight the current of the water. Sometimes, they have to jump over water falls to keep going up. There are many predators along the way that try to catch and eat them. Salmon refuse to give up. Check out this awesome video of their life cycle.
Salmon remind me of the Bible verse, Galatians 6:9, which says, "We must not become tired of doing good. We will receive our harvest of eternal life at the right time. We must not give up" (ICV)! If God can help those salmon never ever give up in their journey home, He can help us to not give up, too! Don't ever get tired of doing the right thing, even when it seems so hard. The Holy Spirit is always ready to help us obey. During the 3 years of no rain in Israel, prophet Elijah did not give up his hope in God. Water everywhere dried up, but he determined to trust God to take care of him, and God did.
Memory Mastery: God's Special Book
We have been learning important facts about God's special book, the Bible. Can you help your child answer these questions? Listen along to the lesson with a Bible in hand.
Mission Helper: Emila's Answered Prayers
Emila lives in Finland. When she was very little, her liver stopped working. She had to have a liver transplant that saved her life. Her parents could not keep up with her care and gave her up for adoption. Emila was adopted by a Christian family who taught her about Jesus' love. Emila and her family moved so she could go to a Christian school. God answered their prayers to find a home quickly. Emila realizes that Jesus saved her life, gave her a family that loves her, and gave her a new school. Emila wants to live for Jesus. Do you?
Bible Story: A Kind Widow Helps Elijah
Reference: 1 Kings 17
Prophet Elijah was hiding from King Ahab. When the water at the Brook Cherith dried up, God told prophet Elijah to go to Zarephath near Sidon. "There is a woman there who will take care of you."
The woman's husband was dead, and she had one son. She was out picking up sticks to make a fire to cook her last meal when Elijah talked to her. "Would you bring me some water and bread, please?" prophet Elijah asked the woman. "I only have enough food to feed me and my son one more meal, and then we will die of hunger," she answered. Prophet Elijah said, "God will not let your flour and oil run out until He sends rain again. Only, please bring me something to eat first."
The woman brought Elijah some bread and water. Then, she noticed that there was still flour and oil in her cupboard. God continued to give the woman oil and flour, and the woman continued to feed prophet Elijah.
One day, the woman's son became so sick that he died. The woman said to prophet Elijah, "You are supposed to be a man of God. Has God let my son die to pay me back for my sins?"
Prophet Elijah carried the boy up to his room and laid him on the bed. Then, Elijah stretched himself over the boy 3 times and prayed, "Lord, please bring this boy back to life!"
One, two, three,...suddenly, the boy started breathing again! The woman hugged her son tightly. She turned to Elijah and said, "Now, I know that you really are a prophet of God, and that God speaks through you."
Our prayer verse is Psalm 50:15, which says, "Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me." Elijah knew he could call upon God to help the woman's son. When you have trouble, do you pray and ask God for help? He wants to deliver us.
Dear Father God, Thank You for helping me in my troubles. I want to always remember to call upon You. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
Nature Walk: Murres
Murres (/MURZ/) are ocean birds that look like a cross between a penguin and a duck. To protect their eggs and baby chicks from enemies, they lay their eggs on the edge of rocky cliffs. Yikes! God gave their eggs the special shape of a pear with a super pointy top end, so they don't roll easily. God keeps us safe from danger, too. Psalm 27:5 says, "During danger,... He will keep me safe on a high mountain." Our Bible story is about God protecting prophet Elijah in the wilderness.
Memory Mastery: God's Special Book
We are learning important facts about God's special book, the Bible. Please look at a Bible while you listen along. Then, see if you can answer the questions below.
Mission Helper: Night Rescue
Mats was on vacation at lake in Sweden with his family. He was learning how to do wind surfing. Wind surfing is when you stand on a surfboard that has a sail mounted to it for the wind to push it along.
Mats got permission from Dad to go out further on the lake, but as the day went on, the wind pushed him further and further away from shore. He couldn't see Dad anymore. He became worried and prayed to God for help.
Night time came, and Mats was still on the water and unable to get to shore. He wondered if anyone would find him. A boat passed by, but it didn't stop for him. He continued praying to God.
Suddenly, he heard a loud rushing sound overhead. It was a helicopter. Lights focused on him. A man descended a rope and grabbed Mats. Soon, they were both in the helicopter. The men covered Mats in a blanket and brought him to the hospital where his parents met him.
Mats was OK. He was so thankful that God kept him safe out on the water and sent him help just in time. Do you pray when you are in trouble? God hears us, and He will send us help.
Bible Story: God Cares for Elijah
Reference: 1 Kings 17
King Solomon later disobeyed God and caused the people to worship idols. God was so sad. He told Solomon that He would break up his kingdom. After Solomon died, God divided his kingdom into 2 nations - Israel in the north and Judah in the south.
King Ahab was one the kings of Israel. He and his wife Jezebel were very wicked. They worshiped idols and hurt God's prophets.
God sent prophet Elijah to give King Ahab a message. "Because of your wickedness, there will be no rain in Israel for 3 years," prophet Elijah told the king. King Ahab was angry. He wanted to hurt prophet Elijah, but God helped prophet Elijah hide.
God sent prophet Elijah to the brook Cherith. There Elijah drank water, and God sent the ravens to bring Elijah food every day.
Our prayer verse, Matthew 6:8, says, "Your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him." God took care of Elijah, and God will take care of you.
Dear Father God, Thank You for taking care of all my needs. I love you. In Jesus' name, Amen
Nature Corner: World's Largest Beaver Dam
Beavers are God's furry architects. They use fallen trees and mud to build dams in water ways. A dam stops or slows the water flow so that a pond is created. Then, the beaver can build its home, called a lodge, where it will be surrounded by water. By surrounding themselves with water, beavers are protected from enemies that may try to hunt them. But in making their dam, they have also created a wetland. Wetlands are shallow water areas that are home to many other animals and plants.
Beaver dams are usually about 15 feet long and 5 feet wide or much bigger. But, there is one dam that is so big, you can see it from space! It's over 2,000 feet long. It was discovered in 2007 on satellite images in North Alberta, Canada. Beavers have worked on it for over 20 years! You can visit it on Google Maps here below.
The North Alberta beaver dam reminds me of a big construction project in the Bible that took 20 years - Solomon's temple for God. In 2 Chronicles 6:18, Solomon asked, "But, God, can you really live here on the earth with people? Not even the highest of heavens can hold you. And this Temple I built cannot hold you." But, God did come in a thick cloud and fill His temple showing Solomon and all of Israel that God does want to live with us on earth.
Bible Story: Building a House for God
Reference: 2 Chronicles 2-7
King Solomon decided to move forward with building the temple for God. He wanted God to have a place on earth to call home that was a beautiful house. Instead of coming up with his own plan of how to do it, he used the plans that God had given David his father. Solomon also built the temple on the spot that God had told David to build it, Mount Moriah in Jerusalem.
Building the temple was a big project. Solomon needed lots of help. So, he gathered together all the best workers from his country and from Tyre to help him build everything for the temple. He also gathered all the best materials, like gold, cedar, bronze, and blue, purple, and red linen. He pulled out all the precious things David his father had set aside for the temple. Even with all that help, it took Solomon 20 years to build the temple for God.
When the temple was finished, Solomon gathered all the priests, levites, and people of Israel together to have a special ceremony to present to God His new house. Solomon kneeled in front of the people before God and prayed, "Father God, You are the only God in the Universe. There is no one like You. You have kept your promise to my father David that I would be king and that I would build Your house. Here is Your house. But You, God, are so great and big that not even heaven can hold You. Even so, please, come live with us here in this house. We want to obey and serve You as your people. If we disobey and say we are sorry, please always accept us again. Amen."
When Solomon finished praying, a wonderful thing happened. God sent fire out of heaven to consume the sacrifices that Solomon had prepared on the altar. God's glory filled the temple, so that it was covered in a thick cloud. All of the people fell on their faces and said, "The Lord is good. His love continues forever." God was happy to live with His people, Israel.
Our prayer verse is Revelation 21:3, which says, "Now God’s home is with men. He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them and will be their God." Did you know that God wants to live with us? He can live with us right now through the Holy Spirit. After Jesus comes again and makes this earth new again, God the Father and Jesus will come and live with us on earth forever.
Dear Father God, I invite your Holy Spirit to live inside of me. I love You. In Jesus' Name, Amen
Nature Corner: Pretty Rocks
Finding interesting rocks is a fun hiking adventure. People consider some rocks to be worth more money than others because they are hard to find and look pretty. Here is a beryl rock. If it has a deep, deep blue green, green, or yellow-green color, it s considered very very valuable and called an emerald. A small 2 inch piece of beryl can cost over $9,000.
Here is a type of corundum rock that people will pay $12,500 for just a small piece. It's called a ruby. Emeralds and rubies remind me of the Bible verse, Job 28:18, which says, "The price of wisdom is above rubies."
Wisdom is something that comes only from God. It's the ability to make good decisions and figure out difficult problems. King Solomon knew that wisdom was worth more than these precious stones. That's why it was the very first thing he asked God for when he became king of Israel.
Memory Mastery: God's Special Book
We are almost done with our memory mastery project called God's Special Book where we are learning important facts about the Bible. Please help your child learn to answer the following questions after they listen along to the lesson.
Mission Helper: Martyna's Mission
Martyna lives in Poland and goes the Adventist Church. She loves God so much that she likes to tell others about Him. She even prays for new friends everyday. Can you pray for Martyna's mission and for special friend named Natalya whom Martyna is praying for? Natalya moved to another city before she could visit Martyna's church.
Bible Story: Solomon asks for Wisdom
Reference: 2 Chronicles 1
When David's son Solomon became king over Israel, he went to Gibeon to worship God at the tabernacle. That night, God visited him in a dream.
"Ask Me for anything," God told Solomon. Young Solomon thought about all the people in Israel that were now looking to him to lead them as their king. Solomon said to God, "You have fulfilled your promise to my father David by making me king over Israel. Please give me wisdom and knowledge, so I will know how to make the best decisions as king." God liked Solomon's request so much that He said, "I will give you wisdom. But, I will also give you honor, wealth, and glory above any other king after you."
Indeed, God gave Solomon wisdom and knowledge in government, nature, architecture, and music. His wisdom was so famous that kings and queens would come from afar to ask him hard questions. King Solomon also had the most prosperous reign of all the kings of Israel.
Our prayer verse is Ecclesiastes 2:26, which says, "God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy to a man who is good in His sight." Wisdom is using knowledge to make good decisions or understand things in a useful way. Only God can help us know what to do in every situation. That's why knowing God is the first step to getting wisdom.
Dear Father God, Help me spend time with you, so I can learn your wisdom from my Bible stories each week. In Jesus' Name, Amen