Did You Know?
This resource is designed to allow your family to have time in God’s Word BEFORE your children attend church. Because God’s plan is for parents to be the primary spiritual nurturers of their children’s faith, we want YOU to be the one to introduce this part of The Big God Story to them. For additional support in spiritual parenting and to learn more about creating transforming environments in your home, be sure to pick up HomeFront: A Spiritual Parenting Resource from your church or download at HomeFrontMag.com. You can also access the HomeFront app for your iPhone, iPad, or Android device.
• In Jewish culture, the night was split into four sections or “watches.” The fourth watch of the night was the darkest hours just before dawn. • Scripture tells us it wasn’t until the fourth watch of the night that Jesus met His disciples out on the water. • When the disciples saw Jesus walking on the water they cried out, “It’s a ghost!” Remember Verse for the environment of
God Is Near Part of The Big God Story Mark 6:45–51; Matthew 14:22–33 Jesus walks on water.
r FFuonr Fun ost Just JFu ad before you re
er can float a tub with wat Fill a sink or ather some objects that at can’t th G e e. the passag hollow plastic) and som g; let your (cork, wood, Spend some time playin the water ). (rocks, metal tting different objects inatthew pu y tr n re Read M child sink or float. explain to see if they you’ve finished reading, on the ng fter 14:25–33. A Jesus was actually walki iples were to them that why they think the disc s. su em water. Ask th at first when they saw Je afraid
One of the earliest ways your preschooler will learn responsibility for others is by sharing. Be sure to remind your child to take turns with toys when playing with other children.
Teachable Moments After reading Matthew 14:25–33, discuss the following together:
Younger: A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
• How do you think the disciples felt when they realized Jesus was walking on water?
Older: A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
• How do you think Peter felt when he stepped out onto the water?
• How can you know God is near you?
For more information about blessing your child, see the Blessing section in HomeFront: A Spiritual Parenting Resource.
A blessing to pray over your child: © 2014 David C Cook. TruResources are developed in partnership with ROCKHARBOR Church and a national network of family and children’s ministry leaders. All rights reserved.
(Insert name of child), may you always remember that God loves you. He chooses to be near you always. You can always trust in Him.
Published on Feb 17, 2014
This preteaching tool for parents encourages families to spend time in God’s Word together before children arrive at church.