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Family Focus – Creativity!

Opening Prayer

I asked somebody to open in prayer.

Scripture 1: Exodus 2:1-10

The reason why I chose this scripture is because what the mother of Moses did was really creative.

Scripture 2: Genesis 2:1-4.

I chose Genesis because it showed God’s creativity.

Show my drawing

I showed an example of using my own creativity with a picture I drew earlier today.

Peter's Creativity - a colourful dog
Peter’s Creativity – a colourful dog

I challenged my family with an activity for next week and handed them each a blank piece of A4 paper. The challenge is to do something creative, for God, on the piece of paper.

Questions I asked my family:

Where have you not been creative enough for God?

Where have you been creative for God?

Prayer Time:

We worked through our book of prayer

Closing Prayer

Peter

Family Focus, Between a Rock and a Hard Place!

Jo created and led this bible study for family devotions on Saturday 21st November 2020:

Opening Prayer

Introduction:

  • Two idioms: From the frying pan to the fire & between a rock and a hard place
  • Meaning of Frying pan to fire – from one situation to a worse situation
  • The personal journey as a family from the last situation to the current one described using the frying pan/ fire idiom.
  • Example from the bible: Jacob runs from Esau to Laban.
Continue reading Family Focus, Between a Rock and a Hard Place!

Family Focus (FF5) Prayer is a priority

 The family watched Andy Hawthorne -Reflecting at 60 – 12 things he has learnt:

 

Jo decided to take each of the 12 things and turn them into 12 bible studies for Family Focus (FF5). The 12 things are as follows:

  1. More prayer
  2. God provides
  3. Leadership is lonely
  4. Ministry runs on two tracks
  5. Keep Jesus central
  6. Passionate people change the world
  7. Addition is good, multiplication is amazing
  8. Division is disastrous
  9. The older you get the faster it goes!
  10. Marriage good – everything good
  11. Need mates on mission
  12. Best is yet to come

Opening Prayer

Bible Reading:

1Thessalonians 5:16-18, Colossians 4:2, Philippians 4:6, Luke 6:12

Introduction

  • Andy Hawthorne ( Message Trust) reflecting at 60
  • 12 Things he has learnt
  • First thing: More Prayer = More Blessing
  • More Prayer = More Breakthrough
  • Andy wished he had prayer days from the beginning
  • It took 5 years to have monthly prayer days
  • Just started prayer house – 24/7 – likely to be a game changer
  • Andy wished he prayed more
  • Fascinating disciples request – teach them how to pray – Lord’s prayer
  • Jesus source/ foundation – intimacy with the father = authority
  • Prayer greater priority

Question 1

How do you feel about your prayer life today/ now?

Video: Skitguys – The skinny on prayer:

In the video we saw 3 bad ways of praying: Falling asleep, religious & long lists

We saw one good way of praying: Using the Lord’s Prayer as a template

No time to Pray Poem

Andy Hawthorne stated that prayer is foundational, and that prayer needs to be a greater priority

The ‘No time to pray’ poem helps us realise the need to make prayer a priority:

No Time To Pray

I got up early one morning

And rushed right into the day;

I had so much to accomplish

That I didn’t take time to pray.

Problems just tumbled about me,

And heavier came each task,

“Why doesn’t God help me?” I wondered.

He answered, “You didn’t ask.”

I wanted to see joy and beauty,

But the day toiled on gray and bleak;

I wondered why God didn’t show me;

He said, “But you didn’t seek.”

I tried to come into God’s presence;

I used all my keys at the lock;

God gently and lovingly chided,

“My child you didn’t knock.”

I woke up early this morning,

And paused before entering the day;

I had so much to accomplish

That I had to take time to pray.

Author unknown

Discussion

  • Prayer is key
  • Prayer room/ prayer closets/ prayer together & PrayerTime on Facebook
  • What can you do to improve your prayer life?

Prayer Time

Let’s pray & listen to God for his help to make prayer a priority

 

Family Focus (FF5) – Contentment

Jo created and led this bible study for family devotions on Monday 6th July 2020:

Opening Prayer

Key verse: 1 Timothy 6:6

‘Godliness with contentment is great gain’

  • The key to our growth spiritually
  • And the key to being satisfied in life is:
  • To honour God
  • And to make God the centre of our desires:

‘Seek the kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need’ (Matthew 6:33)

That’s the godliness and then

  • we need to be content with what God is doing in our lives:

‘Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.’ (Philippians 4:11-13)

  • The world’s idea of happiness is:
  • Getting what we want
  • And the world tells us that we need:
  • Bigger & better cars, computers & other stuff
  • Bigger & better than what we already have.
  • God’s idea of happiness:
  • Is being happy with what we have

Video: Douglas Talks – Contentment – The Lord provides!:

  • If you focus on what you don’t have, you’ll be unhappy
  • But when you appreciate what you already have you will experience the joys of life:

 But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.’

  • We actually have all we need to live a joyful life:
  • We have Christ
  • We have eternal life
  • We are loved by our Heavenly Father
  • Our Heavenly Father promised to supply all our needs

Discussion Questions:

  • What makes you discontent? What makes you content?
  • How content are you with what God is doing in your life?
  • How are you going to be content in all circumstances from now on? What are you going to do?

Closing Prayer

Family Focus ( FF5) – Time

Peter created & led this family focus on Tuesday 30th June 2020:

Show & Tell! New alarm clock & demonstration of loud alarm

Opening Prayer

Sharing activities from last FF5 with Peter

 

Introduction: Focus is on Time

Video: Skitguys – Everyday the same

https://skitguys.com/videos/every-day-the-same

Bible Reading: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Questions for discussion:

Why do we need time?

Why did God create time?

Are you using the fruit of the Spirit at the right time?

How are you using your time?

What time is it!?

Closing Prayer

Family Focus: Serenity Prayer

Jo led this bible study on Saturday 27th June 2020:

Opening Prayer

Introduction

  • Looking at the Serenity Prayer – full version
  • Many people prayer this across the world
  • People take from it what’s most personal and relevant to their life
  • The Serenity Prayer is about surrendering control to God
  • And trusting Him to be peace and order in a chaotic world
  • It’s about relying on God for courage and strength
  • And it calls us to take action to be better
  • As we read this prayer & watch the video consider this question:
  • What part of the prayer sticks out the most for you today and why?
  • Basically, what’s most personal and relevant to your life?

Serenity Prayer: Read full version together, taking turns to read parts:

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time;

Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; taking as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it;

Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will;

That I may be reasonable happy in this life and supremely happy with Him forever in the next

Amen

Brief History:

Popular pray, written by Reinhold Neibuhr (1892-1971), widely used in sermons, Sunday schools and studies, in 1940’s Alcoholics Anonymous used the first part as part of the 12 step programme, serenity prayer dates back to 1943, giving comfort to people during WW2, the serenity prayer is connected to many verses in the bible, Philippians 4:6-7 is considered the scripture that led up to the prayer. And you can gain a better understanding of the serenity prayer by reading the whole of the book of Phillippians. For now, let’s read:

Bible Reading: Philippians 4: 6-7

Video: Serenity Prayer from the Skitguys:

http://skitguys.com/videos/the-serenity-prayer

Discussion

  • Thoughts on video
  • Question: What sticks out in this prayer & why?

Activity

  • Draw around own hand
  • Write ‘Surrender to His will’ on hand
  • Decorate or cut out or leave as simple drawing

Pictures of drawings by the Berrybunch! All so different, very creative.

Prayer

  • Surrender to God
  • Listen Holy Spirit

Family Focus -Fruit of the Spirit explored & linked

Peter created and led this Bible Study for the family today:

You will need Fruit of the Spirit list, paper, bookmarks/ pieces of paper – (bookmark all the scripture verses listed below in advance of the bible study to safe time), background music ( we played Lauren Daigle album – Look up child)

We used this which we created a few years ago for our Fruit of the Spirit list:

Introduction

Go through each of the Fruit of the Spirit, one by one, in the order they are found in the bible. After that, there are questions and a chance to discuss the Fruit of the Spirit.

Opening Prayer

Bible Reading: Galatians 5:22-23

Fruit of the Spirit

One minute per Fruit of the Spirit. Brief explanation and related scripture reading:

LOVE – Put someone else’s needs before yours – 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7

JOY – Happy and contagious – Romans 12:12

PEACE – Being calm through hard times – John 14:27

PATIENCE – waiting for Lego to arrive without exploding! ‘Love is patient’ – Colossians 1:11

KINDNESS – Linked to love – Love in Action – Ephesians 4:32

GOODNESS – Being good even when you do not feel like it – Romans 12:21

FAITHFULNESS – trusting God – 1 Kings 2:3-4

GENTLENESS – Being careful with a butterfly – Proverbs 15:1

SELF-CONTROL – You could buy an expensive car, like a Ferrari, but if God does not want you to- need self-control not to buy the Ferrari! – 1 Corinthians 9:26-27

Questions:

Why do we need to act out the Fruit of the Spirit?

Why is it important to act out the Fruit of the Spirit?

Have you been acting out the Fruit of the Spirit? If so, how? Give examples & discuss.

ACTIVITY: Linking up the different fruit of the Spirit

Using a pen, wool or string to link the fruit of the Spirit to each other.

BE CREATIVE!

Need to see what you have created next Family Focus!

Uploaded by Jo 23/06/2020