A NIGHT TO REMEMBER ◽ HOME
Kids can make hearts at an early age, because they’re easy to draw and cut out. Kids’ hearts are also easy to mold at shape, if we do so at an early age, before they’re wounded and bitter adults. Family devo time this month will include talking about hearts, cutting out hearts, and hanging hearts on a wire.
Preparation: You’ll need a wire or twine that is hung up where it can stay for a couple of weeks, like along a wall in the family room or playroom. You’ll also need pink, white and red hearts cut out of construction paper, plenty to choose from while you learn. Let the kiddos cut them out. And if you can find a pack of tiny clothespins, that’s ideal. If not, paperclips will do! Everyone will need a pen, crayons or a marker. Finally, hide a few hearts in the room.
The idea is to study and talk and learn, and hang hearts on the wire…like this:
Proverbs 4:23 says Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
Place the first heart that’s cut out inside an envelope and write on the front – “sealed with a kiss.” Remind kids that our hearts are sealed to Jesus and his safekeeping all of our lives…when we believe and love him with all our might. Hang up the heart…
Jeremiah 29:13 says You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Let the kids find the hidden hearts in the room and hang them on the wire, and remind them that seeking Jesus (by reading and praying and loving) will fill us with joy like nothing else.
Psalm 51:10 says Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Find the white hearts in the pile and hang on the wire. This heart represents purity – no anger, hurt, hatred – because Jesus creates and erases and heals when our hearts get dirty, bruised and hurt.
Proverbs 3:3-4 says Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.
Did you know that our hearts are tablets? We write in them God’s faithfulness to us so that we remember that HE is always good and loving. Write down 2 things you’re thankful for on a heart, and hang up your heart tablet.
Proverbs 17:22 says A cheerful heart is good medicine…
Draw a smiley face and hang your heart. And ask everyone to smile, to practice smiling, and realize and remember that it’s healthy to be cheerful. When we’re not cheerful, we can ask God to cheer us up.
Psalm 19:14 says May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.
If our heart is good, our words will be good. Draw an open mouth on your heart and hang it. Pray together for God to give you clean and helpful words, not nasty and mean words.
Look at your hearts on a wire often, as you pass by this month. Remember to keep your real heart pumping and alive as you love Jesus, and love others, all year long.