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THE POWER OF PRAISE

Have you ever had a dance party when you’re feeling blue? Or cranked up the praise and worship to sing along? It changes you from the inside out, lifting your spirits even when circumstances haven’t changed. David, the author of many of the Psalms knew that music and worship had a profound impact on the soul. The Psalms are the beauty of truth, poetry, and music combined.

While our circumstances may not change any time soon, we can change our heart posture in an instant. Last year, our friend Aiva shared with us how she learned to pray by singing to God. It got her through some extremely difficult times and allowed her light to shine within and onto others. We believe her story and modern-day psalm she sings at the end will lift your spirits! And who doesn’t need that right now?

 

Listen to Aiva’s story and then consider the following questions:

(If you’re doing the study with littles, consider starting Aiva’s story at minute 17 on the player.)

How do we know God is present?

Where do we see this promise in scripture?

Have you felt God’s presence in your life?

Is there a verse you can cling to or a song you can sing to be reminded of His nearness?

How can you encourage others when they are struggling?

Scripture to consider: Genesis 28:15, John 14:27, Exodus 33:14, Joshua 1:9, Psalm 23:4, Matthew 28:19-20, John 14:16

Questions to get the family talking.

What do you do when you are sad or scared?

How do we know that God is always with us?

Have you ever had “fuzzy faith” like Aiva when you can’t feel God?

Can you think of a bible story where God speaks to someone and encourages them?

Do you have a friend or family member that you would like to pray for and encourage?

Activity: Write a Poem– Did you know that Psalms are like poems sung to God and about God? Can you write a simple poem about God’s goodness? {tip: not all poems rhyme!}

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BLESS THE FEET

Covid-19 has led to uncertainty in almost every area of our lives. Not only are we being asked to self-quarantine, but for some that means no work, which means no financial provision. It’s easy to get caught up in worry and anxiety wondering how we are going to provide for our families. In Kyle’s story, Prompted by Holy Spirit Kyle hears God say “bless the feet” and suggests that we can listen to God and be led by His Spirit. 

Matthew 6:25-26 “For this reason I say to you, do not be worries about your life, as to what you will eat or what your will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?” 

 

Read or listen to Kyle’s story then consider the following questions:

What does “depending on the Spirit” look like for you?

How can we tune into the Spirit and tune out everything else?

God provided for Kyle’s ministry through a word spoken to his spirit and through financial gifts from the body of Christ. Is this kind of provision biblical?

Where do we see it in scripture?

Did God provide abundantly or just enough?

How has God provided for you?

Scripture to consider: Matthew 17:27, 2Kings 4:1-7, John 21:6, Psalm 143:10, Mark 1:12, John 10:27-28

Questions to get the family talking.

Was Kyle lying to his team when he said he would “bring the check”?

How did God meet Kyle’s needs?

Does God still speak to us? If so, how?

Can you think of a bible story where God shows up big like this?

If God provided for Kyle, do you think He will provide for you/us?

Activity: Nature Watch – Grab some binoculars. Look at how the birds and squirrels are gathering food. How has God provided for them?

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