“You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore." (Psalm 16:11)
Joy- God's delight in the human heart.
Ask your child if she/he would like to lead the family's prayer time. If not, pray a simple prayer and ask them to recite The Lord's Prayer when you are finished. Be sure to tell them that prayer is talking to God and that they can talk to God anytime about anything.
"On a good day, enjoy yourself; on a bad day, examine your conscience. God arranges for both kinds of days so that we won’t take anything for granted.” (Ecclesiastes 7:14)
[We] know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28, NKJ)
God's delight in the human heart.
Take a few minutes to watch and review the videos about joy.
Ask the following questions:
What does it mean to hide God in your heart?
Even if bad stuff happens it is for ____ ____?
You must trust Jesus. true/false
Read Matthew 11
What did the main character ask for?
How did Jesus make people do what he wanted them to do?
What makes you feel better even though you still have problems?
Do you think that you need peace to have joy?
According to youthministry.com, "The modern teen is stressed out. With sports travel teams, AP classes, gifted programs, standardized testing, band/dance/cheer/sports camps, and college application essays, today’s teenager feels the pressure to perform. And this doesn’t take into account the anxiety of dating, social media, loneliness, peer pressure, peer approval, faith, etc.." Does this describe you or maybe somebody you know? Think of something you struggled with or are presently struggling with. Discuss how you could have applied or can apply the information shared by PastorJones in the video to your struggle.
Ask your children to repeat this prayer -
God, thank You for Your Holy Spirit, and the fruit it produces, including joy. Help us to experience the joy of The Lord as my strength and take away anything that does not give us joy.
In Jesus' name,