Kids are getting ready to go back to school, or they’re staying home to learn, or a mixture of both.  Parents are having difficult decisions to make, in order to keep their kids safe and yet continue to learn, and it’s hard to know what to do.  They say this, the news says that, those over there tell us something else, and we are all in a quandary of wonder…and fear.

But what does He say?

That’s the lesson in this family devo this month of August in 2020.

Ask your kids these questions, then read the scripture, and do the activity. 


You’ll need a hand mirror, paper and colored pencils.

What are you afraid of, as school begins to start? (Let each kid answer)

Joshua 1:9 says this,

“Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid,

nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Gonna be strong – Ask a child to pick up the heaviest object in the room, then ask, “Why can’t you pick it up?”  When something seems impossible, God gives us strength to make it possible.  Whatever we cannot do, He can be our mighty arm to do it for us!

Gonna have good courage – Pass around the mirror and let each person look into it, and say “Be of good courage” and smile and say “yes!” Courage enters a dark room while trembling, but good courage enters a dark room with the Light of World offering Him a steady hand.

Gonna not be afraid – Turn off the lights and sit in the dark together as a family.  Let the person with the flashlight turn it on.  Light dispels the darkness, just like God’s light banishes fear.  Fear is gone with the light of God in our hearts.  Fear is just like the dark, and it can go away with a flick of a switch – just like that!

Gonna be at peace (not alarmed) – Ask everyone to use their pencils to draw a picture of a peaceful place and then describe that place to everyone else.  Did you know that even if a boat is in a storm, Jesus says we can have peace?  The last part of the verse is the reason why…

The Lord your God is with you wherever you go – Because God loves us and we love him, He has promised to never leave us.  We don’t have to see Him with our eyes, just like we don’t see the wind. But we can feel Him with our spirit and know that He’s near.

As a family let one lead and the others echo, then say the last four lines all together.

Gonna be strong (echo)

Gonna have good courage (echo)

Gonna not be afraid (echo)

Gonna be at peace (echo)


Because He is with me


Wherever I go!

(REPEAT last four lines)

Pray together as a family and memorize this verse together, hang it on your walls, recite it at night, and believe it with all your hearts…that what He says is what will come to pass!

What He Says
by Marcy Lytle

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