What Does God See When He Sees You?

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I read recently that reading the Bible with little ones is like walking through a room with Legos thrown around – you are bound to step on something sharp every now and then. This week’s reading has at least two of those stories.  Now, I’ve written before that I believe telling children the whole story (the good, the bad and the ugly) is important and that kids can handle more than we think. But only you know your children best and know how many details, based on their age, they can handle. So read ahead so you don’t get caught off guard, but whatever you decide, keep on reading!

Monday February 3rd: Genesis 12:1-20

Today’s Takeaways:

  • God spoke to Abram and he followed His commands.
  • Abram pretended his wife was his sister in order to keep them safe.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • Do you know any other Bible stories where men (or women) heard God and obeyed Him? What happened to them. Do you know any Bible stories where the men (or women) disobeyed, and what happened to them?
  • How do you feel about Abram deceiving the Pharaoh?

Tuesday February 4th: Genesis 13:1-14:24

Today’s Takeaways:

  • Abram and Lot separate to better support their people and animal flocks.
  • When battles break out between different kings near where Abram and Lot settled, Abram goes and rescues Lot and his people.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • Have you noticed a pattern? Every time Abram arrives in new land he builds an altar to God. Why do you think he does that?

Wednesday February 5th: Genesis 15:1-21

Today’s Takeaways:

  • Abram doesn’t have any heirs (children), but God promises him to give him as many children as there are stars in the sky.
  • God makes a covenant (promise) with Abram about what his descendants (generations to come) will have.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • It’s amazing to imagine all the time God spent speaking with Abram. What do you think Abram was thinking when God told him that he’ll have so many children despite his old age and about all the sad and great things his descendants would go through?

Thursday February 6th: Genesis 16:1-16

Today’s Takeaways:

  • Abram and his wife Sarai didn’t have any children and they were getting quite old. In the olden days there were some different rules and men were allowed to have more than one wife. So Sarai decided to give one of her slaves to her husband so they could have children.
  • Sarai became jealous of Hagar and treated her very badly. Hagar didn’t deserve that.
  • God gave Hagar Abram’s first son and they named him Ishmael.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • After the angel spoke to Hagar she knew God “sees her”. What do you think that means? Why did it give her such comfort? What do you think God sees when He sees you?

 Friday February 7th: Genesis 17:1-27

Today’s Takeaways:

  • God made another covenant with Abram. God has already blessed Abram and his household and tells Abram he already has a plan to bless his family beyond imagination.
  • As a sign of entering this new covenant and a new beginning for family and generations to come God changes Abram’s name to Abraham and Sarai’s name to Sarah.

Today’s Talking Topic:

God gave children to Abraham and Sarah when they were very, very old. Has there been anything in your life that seemed impossible, but by God’s grace it happened?

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