[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)
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)
Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4, ESV)
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 worry mean?
What can we do instead of worry?
What should we always be seeking?
What is it that God knows?
What does it mean to delight yourself in the Lord (Psalm 37:4)?
How can I find delight in the Lord?
Why will God give us the desires of our heart if we delight in Him?
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,