We’ve all experienced moments when we are “that family” in the toy department, video game aisle, or candy stand. Our usually precious child can suddenly think of nothing other than the thing she really wants. Different kids will use different tactics—some try logic and reasoning, some are quick with negotiations, while others take a more emotional approach. As parents, we know we need to hold firm to our “no,” but how do we help the child understand that not getting the coveted thing is actually better for them?
This month’s discussion of contentment might help. Contentment encourages us to refocus our attention on what we have, instead of what we don’t have. If we’ve put our trust in God, we can be even more confident that he has already provided all that’s best for us. Contentment does not come naturally and takes practice, but we can encourage each other to be happy with what we already have.
Below you'll find what we're talking about each week, and you'll also find a few downloadable resources that you can use to help continue the conversation at home with your kids. We hope you find this helpful!
- Week 1 (May 1) - Because I'm Happyyyyyyyy!: When you focus on God, He can help you be content. Philippians 4:11b-13
- Week 2 (May 8) - I Hurt Him for the Grapevine: When you focus on what you don't have, it can make you miserable. 1 Kings 21:1-19,27
- Week 3 (May 15) - We Can't Get No Satisfaction: When you focus on what you used to have, you can miss what you have now. Exodus 16:2-21; 17:1-4
- Week 4 (May 22) - If I Were a Rich Fool: When you focus on stuff, you can miss what matters. Luke 12:13-21
- Week 4 (May 29) - Happy Together: When you focus on God, you don't have to worry. Matthew 6:25-34
Downloadable devotions that you could do with your kids: (Daily devotionals for each week)
Parent Cue Sheet to give you meal time discussion ideas with your kids, and other information:
Additional verses and discussion points you could use with your kids to help continue the discussion: