If you are old enough, you may recognize the origami fortuneteller in this picture. It is simple to make and fun to play with, but in this message, we are not going to use it to tell our fortune. Instead we will use it to choose an activity that helps us to move from our hot brains (fear, anger, worry) to our cool brains (helping others, problem-solving, learning).
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. Psalm 23:1
Psalm 23 is a beautiful prayer that reminds us of how God cares for us and protects us. When we are in a state of “I shall not want,” we are content with the knowledge that we are God’s sheep. When anxiety builds up and causes us to be angry, tired, and confused, we can take a brain game-changer break and get back to a place of contentment and peace.
As part of this family message, I am challenging families to set about memorizing Psalm 23. It may seem daunting, but it is quite doable for most school-age children. The link above provides tips for learning the verses in fun effective ways. For each verse, I have included some devotional thoughts, discussion questions, and a prayer. Every moment we spend in scripture is time well spent as God uses this to increase our faith. Memorization is a fun challenge, but it is not necessary.
I pray God’s blessings for families during this time of upheaval. Times like these are when we depend on our families most dearly. God is using these days to help you and your children to grow in many positive ways. And yes, even on days when it doesn’t feel like it.