For the word of God is alive and powerful.
It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
Welcome back to my second Family Faith and Fun Friday. It's nearly Saturday, actually, but I haven't forgotten you! The ball games are over, the kids are in bed, and I'm musing on the weekend that's upon us. We have a memorial day tradition at our house- a little game we play over a breakfast of cinnamon rolls and orange juice. It usually gets us laughing, thinking, and ultimately, praying. Maybe your family would like to try it, too. . .
Next, I invite them to play a little game of remembering. I place a pile of M and Ms in the middle of the table (this in itself is SPECIAL; it's not EVERYDAY that we get chocolate for breakfast!) and set a piece of blank construction paper in front of each child. Then, we pull out a pair of dice. I tell the kids that the M and M stands for Memory Markers.
Each child rolls the die and adds up the numbers. The totaled numbers dictates what question he/she will answer. Once the child has shared a memory, roll just one dice to see how many M and Ms can be taken. The kids use the M and Ms to create an "edible picture" on the construction paper while they listen to one another. Once all the M and Ms are gone, we reveal our pictures and eat the memory markers! Then we take time to tell God thank you for the blessings we've remembered.
Here's a list of the questions I'll use this year; you might want to think of your own or modify mine. You may need to adapt them to fit the ages of your children. Mine are guaged a bit more toward my school-agers.
1. Share a memory that makes you laugh.
2. Share a birthday memory.
3. What's your favorite Christmas memory? Why?
4. Share a favorite memory of something you've done with Grandma or Grandpa
5. When you look back on this school year, what will you remember most about _____ grade. (For my younger kids: What will you remember most about being ____ years old?)
6. Do you remember a prayer that God has answered? Share it!
7. Do you remember what your favorite Bible story was as a little kid/ is right now? Tell us!
8. Share a memory of a time when God helped you out.
9. Do you remember a time when you felt afraid? What happened? Do you remember a story from the Bible when someone was afraid? What did he/she do?
10. What is a day in your life that you'll always remember? Why?
11. Share a favorite vacation or travel memory.
12. Do you remember a time when God talked to you? What did He say? How did He say it?
“The Christians who live the most abundant lives are those with the best memories. They remember what it was like to be lost in sin. They remember what God has done for them. They remember the miracles He has performed. They live in astonishment that God could love them so much. They remain surprised that God would have mercy on them.” -Alan Wright, A Chance at Childhood Again