Chapter 6 -Son of laughter
1. Father Abraham
We couldn’t read about Abraham without singing the golden oldie “Father Abraham had many sons”
Great fun. We had a chat about what it means to be a son (or daughter) of Abraham. I said that Abrahams’ great, great, great….. Grandson would be King David and that his great, great, great…..grandson would be the king of kings – Jesus. If we choose to trust in Jesus and follow Him, we become part of Gods family and become Kings and Queens in Gods kingdom (Romans 8:17).
2. Trampoline jump.
We were going a bit stir crazy in the house over winter so I set the kids a challenge to jump on the trampoline the same number as their ages. That didn’t take too long so they jumped the number of years old Abraham and Sarah were when they had Isaac – 90 yrs old and 99 yrs old! James then decided to add them together and then did Granny and Grandpas ages too (top secret ages). Fantastic workout.
Had a chat with them afterwards about how impossible it seemed to Abraham and Sarah to have a baby but pointed out that God always Keeps His promises and that nothing is impossible for Him.
I also told them about another time in the Bible when an older man and woman had a baby when it seemed impossible. The baby’s name was John and he would grow up to become John the Baptist who would fulfil the prophecy of the Old Testament and prepare the way for Jesus the messiah and our saviour.
In Luke 1:36 the angel had said to Mary
“And did you know that your cousin Elizabeth conceived a son, old as she is? Everyone called her barren, and here she is six months pregnant! Nothing, you see, is impossible with God.”
3. Promise pancakes
I got this idea from the book “Bake through the Bible” by Suzie Bentley.Taylor and Bekah Moore
We made some pancakes, folded them over and put glitter sprinkles on top.
The promises can be downloaded as a printable at the goodbook.co.uk/baking.
We talked about the different promises and I pointed out that God gave some of the promises specifically to Abraham (God would make him into a great nation- Gen 12:2, he would have more descendants than the stars – Gen 15:5 and God would make him famous -Gen 2:12). Other promises in the Bible are for Gods people (“I will never leave or abandon you” Deut 31:8) and there are more promises in the New Testament for anyone who believes and trusts in Jesus (“I will give you rest when you bring your worries to me” Matt 11:28-29, “You will not die but live with me forever” John 3:16, “Nothing can separate you from my love” Romans 8:38-39 and of course many more).
4. Descendants like stars and sand picture
I got this idea from the blog whenyourise.com blog
“Expect great things from God, achieve great things for God”
(William Carey, the first missionary to India)
We have recently started a rota for doing chores after dinner. This week holds the record for the number of items smashed while drying dishes! It really is easier to do things myself but in order for the kids to learn independence and be part of family living it is good for them to help out. As I was cleaning up the glass (again) I thought of how God doesn’t need us to help Him with His work on earth. He chooses to involve us because He loves us and wants to work with us as part of a loving relationship.
With one breath God breathed life into Adam, with the words “Be still” Jesus calmed the storm. He who calls that which is not into being, calls us to be a part of His great plan to restore all living things to Himself, all of which is only possible through Jesus sacrifice on the cross (Colossians 1:20). We must keep our eyes fixed on Him as our only hope.
God chooses to use us as His hands and feet, to love as He loves and to walk alongside others, guiding them to a loving relationship with Him. In Ephesians 2:8-10 it says;
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
We can often underestimate what God wants to do through us but these truths from Gods word say that before we were born He had in mind a purpose and prepared good works for each of us to do for His glory to build up His kingdom.
The other amazing truth is that God does not expect us to do these works alone. He has given us His Holy Spirit as a guide, comforter and help. Our part is to be like Abraham who “trusted what God said more than what his eyes could see” (Jesus story Bible).