Conversation Starters: Dealing with Crisis

Posted on April 8, 2015 by Karah

DSC_3917THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: We have all been through hard times, but God is bigger than our circumstances. In the Book of Genesis, we see how God prepared and led Joseph in advance of difficult times. While our situation is different from Joseph’s, we can trust the Holy Spirit today to prepare us for and lead us through hard times of our own.

Concept: Dealing with Crisis 

Preschool

Genesis 41

LIFE POINT: Pharaoh had a dream. No one who could tell him what the dream meant. Then the cupbearer remembered Joseph and told Pharaoh. Pharaoh sent for Joseph. Pharaoh told Joseph his dream about seven healthy cows and seven thin cows and seven large heads of grain and seven thin heads of grain. Joseph said that God would help him understand the meaning of the dream. Joseph said that for seven years much food would grow and then seven years of famine when little food would grow. Joseph told Pharaoh to appoint a man to gather extra food in the seven good years and to save it for the years of famine. Pharaoh liked the plan. He put Joseph in charge of gathering the food. Joseph was in charge of everything in Egypt. When the famine came, people came to Joseph to buy food for their families. God helped Joseph, and the people had enough food.

LIVE IT OUT: As your child watches, place several coins in an offering envelope and seal it. Allow your child to carry the offering to church. Help her place the envelope in the offering plate. Tell her, “This is one way you can give to God.”

Kids

Genesis 41

LIFE POINT: Pharaoh had a dream. No one who could tell him what the dream meant. Then the cupbearer remembered Joseph and told Pharaoh. Pharaoh sent for Joseph. Pharaoh told Joseph his dream about seven healthy cows and seven thin cows and seven large heads of grain and seven thin heads of grain. Joseph said that God would help him understand the meaning of the dream. Joseph said that for seven years much food would grow and then seven years of famine when little food would grow. Joseph told Pharaoh to appoint a man to gather extra food in the seven good years and to save it for the years of famine. Pharaoh liked the plan. He put Joseph in charge of gathering the food. Joseph was in charge of everything in Egypt. When the famine came, people came to Joseph to buy food for their families. God helped Joseph, and the people had enough food.

LIVE IT OUT: If you ever pay your child for helping with small jobs around the house, or if you give him an allowance, use coins so that he can more easily understand tithing, giving an offering to God, and saving instead of just spending.

Students

THE POINT: God has a plan to see you through any crisis. Do you trust God to take care of you? Discuss with your student a time where you had to trust God through a crisis.
Discuss the following quote:

“The strong hands of God twisted the crown of thorns into a crown of glory; and in such hands we are safe.”1 —Charles Williams

LIVE IT OUT: Your student has been encouraged to do one or both Live It Out activities. Here are some suggested ways to help your student:

If he plans to complete Be Thankful:
•Invite your student to talk about what he or she is thankful for?
•Lead your student by example. Discuss with him or her 5 things you are thankful for.

If he plans to do Ministry to Others:
•Challenge your student to minister to people going through hard times. Serve alongside him or her.

•Pray for your student to trust God whenever he or she deals with a crisis.

1. “Christian Quotes – Anxiety and Worry Index,” Daily Christian Quote, [cited March 22, 2014]. Available from the Internet: http://dailychristianquote.com.


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