Everlasting Love: Jeremiah 31:3

During the month of February, my family and I have decided to dedicate ourselves to celebrating God’s love.  Stay tuned for a whole month of love (and hearts!) celebrating the one who first loved us. 

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Gathering Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you for time to feed our faith as a family, and time to remember how much you love us.  Help our time together to be a holy time.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Bible Verse:    Jeremiah 31:3 NRSV
The Lord appeared to him from far away.
“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.”

Questions to Ponder:

  1. One of the big holidays that we celebrate in February is Valentine’s Day.  Valentine’s Day is often a time when we focus on romantic love, or friendship love, or even family love.  Before any of those loving relationships came into our lives, who loved us first?  How do you know?
  2. In this verse, God is reminding the prophet Jeremiah that he loved Jeremiah before he was born, he loves Jeremiah right now, and will love him all the way into eternity. What do you think about God loving each of us with that kind of love?
  3. When you love someone, you are faithful to them. In what ways has God been faithful to you?

Song: Everlasting Love
This song helps us to get this verse into our bodies as well as our minds and hearts.  Enjoy!

Activity:  Lacy Hearts

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Materials Needed:
White card stock
Pink or red card stock
glue stick
regular scissors
fancy edged scissors
markers
tiny hole punch
regular hole punch
small heart punch

Instructions:

  1. Cut out a large heart from white card stock using the fancy edged scissors.
  2. Cut a smaller heart out of red or pink card stock.
  3. Write “I have loved you with an everlasting love! Jer. 3:13” on the red or pink heart. Glue it to the center of the white heart.
  4. Use the hole punches to make the white margin “lacy.” Hand completed hearts somewhere where you will see them often this week.  We plan to hang them in our picture window so everyone can enjoy them.

Thanks for your commitment to faithfully feed your family’s faith!  I hope that this time was holy time for you.

Closing Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you that you loved us before we were born, that you love us right now, and that you will love us forever and ever and ever!  In your name we pray, Amen.

Daily Devos: Jesus Heals Many at Simon’s House

Here is a new section of Family God Time:  Daily Devos!  In our family, we read the verses for the day while the food is being served for supper, and discuss the questions as we eat.  We pray the prayer before we leave the table.

You can get the whole week of devotions in a pdf file here:  Daily Devos Book Jesus Heals at Simon’s House 18

I hope this time will be a holy time for you and your family!

JESUS HEALS MANY AT SIMON’S HOUSE:  MARK 1:29-39

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PRAYER OF THE WEEK:  Dear God, we thank you that you call us from death into lives of service.  We ask that your love would create a healing community among us.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

SUNDAY

MARK 1:29 As soon as [Jesus and the disciples] left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.

QUESTIONS:  Have you ever visited a friend’s house before?  What was that experience like?  What do you think about the idea that Jesus had friends while he was on earth?

 MONDAY

MARK 1:30-31 Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them.

QUESTIONS:  Have you ever been in bed with a fever before?  What was that experience like?  What was it like to know that you were healed?  What do you make of the fact that Jesus has the power to heal like this?

TUESDAY

 

MARK 1:32-33 That evening, at sunset, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. And the whole city was gathered around the door.

QUESTIONS:  Have you ever been to the doctor and waited in a waiting room?  What was that experience like?  Why do you think that the whole city gathered at the door to see Jesus?

WEDNESDAY

 

MARK 1:34 And [Jesus] cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.

QUESTIONS:  Have you ever wanted to go someplace where no one knew who you were?  What made you feel this way?  Why do you think that Jesus did not want people to know who he really was?

THURSDAY

MARK 1:35 In the morning, while it was still very dark, [Jesus] got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed.
QUESTIONS:  Have you ever wanted some time to yourself?  What do you make of the fact that Jesus needed time to himself?  When you pray, do you pray in a group or on your own?  What are the benefits of each of these ways of praying?

FRIDAY

MARK 1:36-37 And Simon and his companions hunted for him. When they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is searching for you.”

QUESTIONS:  Have you ever played hide and seek?  What was that experience like?  Why do you think that the disciples were hunting for Jesus?

SATURDAY

MARK 1:38-39 He answered, “Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.” And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons.

QUESTIONS:  Have you ever taken a long trip?  What was that experience like?  Why do you think that Jesus is always on the move?

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