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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Proverbs Chapter 3

Memory Verse:  "My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart,"
                                                                                                                            -Proverbs 3:1 

July 3 -- chapter 3 -- This chapter of Proverbs says it ALL!!!!!!!

First of all, make some hearts.  Time to cut!  If your children can read, write one word of this verse on each heart and scramble them up.  Time them as they put this verse together.

Or....make one BIG heart -- print the whole verse on it and cut it into a puzzle.  See how fast they can put it together and read the verse together.

What does it mean to keep God's commands in your heart?  First of all, it means we follow God's rules, not because we HAVE to....but because we WANT to.  We know His rules are there to protect us.

Ask your children if they remember any of God's TEN COMMANDMENTS.  Now would be a good time to review! 

Second of all, explain to your children -- to put something in your heart -- it is best to MEMORIZE it!  Make a game out of memorizing this verse.

Today, in Faith Kids, I began a verse, then I touched the shoulder of each student.  One by one, they had to say the next word of the verse -- It was fun to memorize that way!

This chapter has a whole lot more to say about the heart. 

-- Write love and faithfulness on the tablet of your heart. (Proverbs 3:3)

-- Trust in the Lord with all your heart ( Proverbs 3:5)

Chapter 3 also tells us how to use our heart to care for others:

--Give to God (Proverbs 3:9)

--Help your neighbor (Proverbs 3:27-30)

Proverbs 3 tells us more about wisdom.  Wisdom is something we learn when we listen to God, trust Him, read His Word and memorize it.

Tell your children they are "filling up" with wisdom when they do the Proverbs Bible Study with you.  Eat some crackers or grapes.  Take one bite, swallow, then say the verse.

See....we are "filling up" with wisdom.  GOOD JOB!

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