Read Galations 5:22-23 at least once during the week. Read it daily if you’d like! We’re wanting the kids to memorize The Fruit of The Spirit.
Hebrews 12:14 is our memory verse this week. Read the memory verse at the beginning of each devotional time. The goal is to have each member of your family memorize this verse to the best of their ability this week. I also use this verse in our handwriting lessons for the week to really get it to sink in. You can print out the image above or make your own- just try to get the written verse up on your wall this week. (Image is sized to print 5×7.)
Day One: At Peace with Everyone
In Hebrews 12:14, we read that we should strive for peace with everyone. But what is peace? Peace is freedom from war and violence. Peace is also freedom from disturbance. Peace is quiet and tranquil. How can we strive to be at peace with everyone? We can avoid violence; don’t hit, bite, push, etc. We can avoid disturbing others; not provoking or aggravating them, not yelling at them, etc. Peace isn’t easy. It isn’t easy to not hit when we are frustrated. It isn’t easy to not yell when we are angry. It is something we have to work on. It is something we need God’s help in doing. Pray for God to help you strive for peace. Mother Teresa said, “Peace begins with a smile.”
Activity: Smiling faces coloring page. And pray for peace.
Day Two: Peace In My Heart
Read John 14:27. What kind of peace is this? Peace in my heart? St. Francis said, “While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it more fully in your heart.” But what does that mean? How can I have peace in my heart? Peace in your heart means that even when you are faced with trouble, you can still find quiet in your heart. When we have Jesus, we have peace in our innermost parts because we know He is for us and with us. With Jesus in our hearts, we need not be afraid of the troubles that surround us, He is our comfort. Our hearts can be at rest in Him. Do you feel quiet in your soul? Think about the love Jesus has for you, now sit quietly and feel His peace inside you. When trouble surrounds you, you can close your eyes and feel this peace no matter where you are.
Activity: Make a calm jar! Grab a jar for each family member. Fill it with water. Add some glitter glue (or glitter and glue) and some food coloring. Put the lid on the jar very tightly! Now, you can shake the jar and watch the glitter fall. Encourage your kids to use this time to feel the peace inside them- to calm their minds and center their souls. You’d be amazed at how wonderfully this works for finding some inner peace. Make one for yourself, too, and try it out. Watch the glitter fall and let go of the weights and worries in your mind, calm your mind, center your soul, and feel the peace of Christ in your heart.
Day Three: Jesus Overcomes!
“Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.” – Victor Hugo. Do you ever feel overwhelmed at the bad things around you? Do you ever feel scared and sad? Jesus told his disciples in John 16:32-33 that they could be at peace, because He overcame the world. The disciples were about to face the worst things they’d ever faced in their lives. Their Savior, Jesus, would be crucified. A time of persecution would begin. But Jesus said, have peace in your heart, I’ve already overcome the world. Whatever you face, know that Jesus has overcome. You can go to sleep at night in peace, for He is awake.
Activity: Coloring mandalas. Mandalas are repetitive, circular images that are peaceful to color. You can look up free ones on the internet like this, this, or this. Or you can create your own. Listen to music while coloring for an even more peaceful experience.
Day Four: We Belong to Each Other
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” – Mother Teresa
Colossian 3:15 tells us to let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts, to which we were called in one body. There is something about unity, about being a team, that makes us act kinder toward one another. When we remember that as a family, we’re in this life together, it makes it easier for us to get along with one another. When we remember that we as humans are all here for one another, it makes striving for peace a little easier. Mother Teresa also said, “What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.” If we, as a family, were to love one another and deal peacefully with one another, we’d find it easier to be peaceful people beyond our family. Let’s strive to be a peaceful family- to bear with one another, to be thankful together, and to strive for peace with those around us. Let’s make peace a priority. Instead of fighting, let us show love and peace.
Activity: Play a game! Grab two squares of cardboard (big enough to stand on with one foot). Your goal is to get our entire family from one location in your house to another (kitchen to couch; dining room chairs to couch; living room to kitchen) without stepping on the floor. All you have is each other and two squares of cardboard. Make sure each member of the family is working to get everyone to the safe spot!
Day Five: At All Times, In Every Way
“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:16
This week, we talked a lot about peace. We talked about what peace is and how we can have peace in our hearts. We talked about loving one another and having peace as a family. Today, we’re going to pray a simple prayer by St. Francis of Assissi. “Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love.” The world is full of troubles and strife. Let’s take the love and peace of Jesus out to our world and make it a little brighter of a place to live at all times and in every way we can.
Activity: Coloring page. Pray as a family. And be sure to review your memory verse!