Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The Letter "Y"

Tonight's verse was:

"Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105

After memorizing the verse, we went upstairs. Mom and dad's room has great curtains that make it very dark even during the day. Dad hid 10 black checkers on the floor in plain sight. With all the lights off we sent one kid at a time in to see how many checkers each kid could find. Round one scores were:

Alayna = 0
Josiah = 2
Danny = 4 (he's a 7 yr old boy that lives down the street)
Danni = 1 (she's a 6 yr old girl who lives across the street)

After round one, the four kids and I discussed the verse. I asked them if they thought they might find more if they used a flashlight. They all agreed that it would help. Then, I asked them if they ever were confused about what to do. They admitted that sometimes it is hard to know what the right thing to do is. God's word tells us what to do so that we are not lost in the dark. His word is the light unto our path. I shared a quick Bible verse as an example. The Bible says "Children, obey your parents for this is right." Eph 6:1 If they are confused they said they could talk to their parents about what is right.

Then we started round 2. Each kid went in with a flashlight this time. Round two scores were:

Alayna = 6
Danny = 10
Danni = 9
Josiah = 0 (Josiah cheated by looking into the room while daddy was hiding them so he did not get to do the second round)

After each turn I asked the kids three questions:

1. What helped you do better the second time? (the flashlight!)
2. What is the light unto our path? (God's word!)
3. Where can we find God's word? (The Bible!)

It was fun and challenging to include a couple neighbor kids but the lesson was understood by all and hopefully the experience is memorable.

** During the reciting and memorization of the verse, Seth kept pretending to say the verse also...he plugged his nose when we said it that way and when each kid took a turn saying it themselves he wanted to try it too. He mumbled a bit and then clapped for himself because he was so proud. Anyway, it was HILARIOUS in the moment and so we captured a quick glimpse of trying to reenact the moment. The kids were more excited for him to say the verse again so they didn't participate much during their part in the video, but they sure were excited to hear Seth try again. It's fun (and often times funny) to see him get excited and try to be a part of our family time this year! **

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