Table Talk I Week of October 12

Family life is busy, so being intentional with the time you do have is more important than ever. Table Talk helps mealtime matter — whether it’s at the soccer field, in the car, or around the table. Let this resource be a tool to connect your family and create faith-based conversations with your Quest and Motion children.

 


QUEST 

3 YEARS – KINDERGARTEN

This weekend, we learned that God knows everything so I can be brave. Even when God’s plan didn’t seem to make sense, Gideon trusted that God knows everything. Gideon’s trust in God helped him win a battle against a much bigger army. We can trust God like Gideon did because God knows everything! Check out this week’s curriculum recap here.

Question 1: God told Gideon and his army to use trumpets, torches, and clay jars during the battle. Did those tools make sense for them to use in a battle? (no)
Question 2: Was Gideon’s army much bigger or smaller than the Midianites’ army? (much smaller)
Question 3: Even though God’s plan seemed strange, Gideon was brave because he trusted that God knows everything. Can you trust God, too? (yes)

 


MOTION

1ST – 5TH GRADE

This weekend, we learned that facing fear is inevitable, but that doesn’t mean we have to let fear consume us. When we find ourselves in scary situations, we can stay calm and confident by remembering to give our fears over to God. Check out this week’s curriculum recap here.

Question 1: What are some of your fears? When did those fears begin?
Question 2: Are any of your fears healthy fears that help keep you safe? Do any of your fears hold you back from doing what God wants you to do?
Question 3: The next time you’re afraid, how will you give your fear to God and trust Him with it? (e.g., pray, read the Bible, memorize a Bible verse, etc.)


Motion :: Week of October 12

During this series, we’ll help our kids talk about their fears by studying Psalm 55:22. It’s safe for kids to discuss their fears, even if they think they’re silly. Some of them may still worry about monsters under their beds. Some might still be afraid of thunder. Some are worried about their family’s finances. No matter what they’re afraid of — we want them to remember that God wants them to give their cares and worries to Him.

This week, we tuned into the Loop Show and took a look at Psalm 55:22 and 1 John 4:18 to learn how God can help us overcome our fear.

When we’re dealing with fear, the best thing we can do is give it to God. We can give our fears to God by talking to Him about them and choosing to believe He will give us the strength to overcome them.

This week, read Psalm 55:22 and 1 John 4:18 with your child. Then, pray together. Pray your child will put their worries and fears in God’s hands.  Help them see they can put an end to their “what if” questions because God is with them and they can trust Him.

 Curriculum from Life.Church

Quest :: Week of October 12

We all want to be strong and courageous. But how? What can help us be brave? This month, we’re teaching our preschoolers that they don’t need the super powers they see in the movies to do something courageous. When they’re afraid to walk into a dentist office or talk to a new friend, we want them to remember that they’re not alone — God is with them and He can help them be brave!

This weekend, we learned about the time God told Gideon he would win the battle, even though he fought a much bigger army.

This week, cuddle with your child and pray, “Dear God, no one is smarter than You. You know everything! We can totally trust what You say. Please help us to do what You say, because Your way is always best. We love You! In Jesus’ name, amen.”


Safari :: Week of October 12

WE’RE LEARNING… God can help me be brave.
MEMORY VERSE: “Be strong and brave … my God, is with you.” 1 Chronicles 28:20 (NET)
BIBLE STORY: The Brave Queen I Esther 1-10

Before bedtime this week, cuddle with your toddler and play a fun game to help them remember that God can help them be brave.

Ask, “Who can help you be brave when you’re afraid of _________? (e.g., a thunderstorm, a bug, going down the big slide at the playground, etc.) and hide under a blanket. Then, pull the blanket down to surprise your toddler and encourage them to say, “God can help me be brave!” Repeat the activity for as long as your toddler is interested, saying a different example of something they might be afraid of each time.

After the activity, say, “No matter what happens, we don’t have to be afraid because God is with us and He will help us be brave! Who can help you be brave?” Encourage your toddler to say, “God can help me be brave!”


Quest :: October Parent Cue Article

I’m going to guess you wish you had a little more courage as an adult, and maybe even as a parent.

We all do.

Fear isn’t just an emotion, it’s also a habit. Same with courage. Courage is a habit, and habits start young. Very young.

So how do you raise a courageous child? There’s a difference between being courageous and being stupid (fear has a healthy side too). However, most kids today lose courage because fear creeps in early.

Sometimes it’s easy to think that courageous people are people who experience no fear. That’s just not true. Courage isn’t the absence of fear . . . it’s the willingness to walk through it.

Here are three tips to help your kids push past fear and discover more courage.

1. Tell them about a time you overcame fear.

Remember when you were a kid? You thought you were the ONLY one who had ever experienced the emotions you were experiencing. Your parents were never afraid . . . you were.

It can be tremendously revealing to a child, or even a teen, to discover that mom or dad had to push through fear, too. Tell them about a time you were scared but made it through to the other side.

Knowing that someone you admire and respect also experiences the same problems you do somehow makes your problems feel smaller. And that’s a great thing.

2. Out-think fear with them.

Fear has an enemy: rational thought.

Naturally, not all fear is bad. Fear of playing in traffic or plunging your hand into a pot of hot water is a good thing. But that’s not the fear most of us struggle with.

No, the fear you, me, and our kids struggle with is the fear that tells us that it’s too hard, that we’re not smart enough, good enough or capable enough to do something.

The problem with that kind of fear is that once we agree with it, it gains power.

It overtakes our emotions and paralyzes us. Then what’s worse, if we let it linger long enough, fear embeds itself as truth: so we live as though we’re not smart enough, good enough or capable enough to do it. The future gets sabotaged because we believed a lie.

So how do you combat irrational fear?

You out-think it. Fear sends most of us through a downward spiral of negative emotions. Soon, we end up believing things about ourselves that if we think clearly for even a few moments, we know aren’t true.

So when you’re overwhelmed with fear, try this: Focus on what you know is true, not on what you feel is true.

If your child is worried is afraid of failing a test, make sure they study hard. Then help them out-think fear. I studied hard. I know more than I think I know right now. People like me pass tests like this every day. I know I’m ready to give this my best shot.

Ditto for when your child is being picked on at school and feels unloved. People aren’t always nice. I’m doing the best I can. My parents love me. Other people love me. God loves me. I’m going to focus on what I know is true, not what I feel is true.

Out-thinking fear is one of the best ways to push past it.

3. Encourage them.

Sure, we live in an age of over-affirmed children who get rewarded for breathing. That’s not what this is about.

If you go back to the root meaning of encourage, it means to give courage—literally to en-courage. Encouragement, properly bestowed, gives someone courage.

Use it that way.

Encourage your kids when they’re doing courageous things, like talking to a friend who’s mad at them. Like saying sorry to his sister after a fight. Like trying out for a team, tackling the toughest project in the class, or getting back up on their bike after a big fall. Try to reserve it for those moments when they’re actually fighting a battle (even a small one).

Winston Churchill said that success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. That takes courage. And often the way you find that kind of courage is when someone’s in your corner, encouraging you to do the hard things that fear would keep you from doing.

Courage isn’t the absence of fear . . . it’s the willingness to walk through it to the other side.

Here’s to you and your kids doing just that.

For more blog posts and parenting resources, visit ParentCue.org.