Conversation Starters: Redeemed from Broken Relationships
Posted by Karah
THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: Advertisers are always trying to sell us “happiness.” It makes sense— who doesn’t want to be happy? So we chase after this elusive happiness. But what if being “happy” isn’t the ultimate goal? Jesus told His followers what life in His kingdom would be like. Would we be “happy” in Jesus’ kingdom? Not exactly. We would be something better—“blessed.”
Concept: Redeemed from Broken Relationships
LIFE POINT: The king wanted to hurt the baby boys. So Miriam’s family hid their new baby for three months. As the baby grew, Miriam’s family had to think of a way to keep the baby safe. Miriam’s mother made a basket and covered it with sticky tar. She laid the baby in the basket, and placed the basket in the tall grass at the edge of the river. Miriam watched her baby brother. As the king’s daughter neared the river, she saw the basket. She and her helpers opened the basket and saw the baby. He was crying. She felt sorry for him. Miriam asked her, “Do you want me to get someone to take care of the baby for you?” “Yes, go,” she answered. Miriam ran and got her mother. Miriam’s mother was happy to take care of her own baby. When the boy was older, the king’s daughter named him Moses.
LIVE IT OUT: In large letters on a sheet of white paper, print OBEY. Give your child watercolor markers
to trace the word. Comment that obey means “doing what God says.”
LIFE POINT: Miriam and Aaron began to say bad things about Moses even though Moses was a good man. The Lord heard what they said and called for Moses, Miriam, and Aaron to come to the tabernacle. God appeared to them in a pillar of cloud. The Lord was angry with Miriam and Aaron. “Why have you spoken of him in this way?” God asked. “He is my faithful servant.” The Lord struck Miriam with a skin disease called leprosy. Aaron asked Moses not to hold the sin against them. Moses prayed that the Lord would heal Miriam. The Lord told Moses to confine Miriam outside the camp for seven days and then she would be healed. After the seven days the Israelites moved on to another place.
LIVE IT OUT: Does your child have a good attitude? Discuss how he feels about certain things or people.
Remind him that God wants our attitudes and thoughts to honor Him. Help your child pray to keep
his thoughts pure.
Genesis 27:41; 33:1-11
THE POINT: Showing humility is critical to restoring relationships. What’s a silly argument you had
when you were a kid? What obstacles hinder you from demonstrating humility? Discuss the following quote:
“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.”1 —C.S. Lewis
LIVE IT OUT: Encourage your student to do one or both Live It Out activities. Here are some suggested ways to help your student:
If he or she plans to complete Check Yourself:
• Explain to your student that forgiveness does not mean acknowledging someone’s actions as being right when they are wrong; it means understanding the depth of His love and forgiveness when we wrong Him in the same way.
If he or she plans to complete Daily Reading:
• Encourage your student to read part of the story of Jacob and Esau every day this week. Take time to discuss the daily Scripture readings together.
1. “Quotes About Humility,” Goodreads [online], [accessed 17 July 2015]. Available from the Internet: