Sunday, December 4, 2016

Day 4: The gift of Clothes

Ephesians 6:13-17 “Take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith…and the helmet of salvation…”

Do you have a favorite piece of clothing? Clothes can help us feel comforted when we are sad or tired. Clothes can be fun. We can dress up as superheroes or princesses or construction workers and play games. You can wear shirts with your favorite movie character or your name on them. Do you have a dress or a hat that is your favorite color? We can use clothes to tell people things about ourselves. Clothes bring us protection, they bring us comfort, and they can allow us to have fun.
Have you looked at the trees this winter? Where are their leaves? What will happen to those trees in the springtime? God clothes the trees! He makes their leaves grow so they can soak up the sunshine and the water and food they need. God takes care of those trees. Does God love you more than trees or flowers? Yes! Why? God loves you more than the flowers or trees because He made you in His image, God gave you value and worth and wants to protect you. He wants to protect you because He made you and He loves you.
God is the giver of all things. God made the clothes Adam and Eve wore from animal fur and animal skins (Genesis 3:21). What do clothes do? Clothes can keep us warm or allow us to be cool. Clothes can keep you safe from getting scratched when you go hiking or keep you from getting sunburned on the beach. God wanted to protect Adam and Eve and one of the ways He did that was to make them clothes.
Clothes are what people see when we walk into a room. They are what people notice first. When you see another boy or girl wearing a shirt with your favorite superhero on it do you get excited? Do you know what God cares about more than what we put on our bodies? He cares about how we dress our hearts, He cares about the attitude that other people see in us. God wants you to protect yourself with Him. He wants you to know what the Bible says so that you can love people well and follow His rules. He wants you to know Him so you can live with Him forever. He wants people to see how you love God and how you love others before they see that you have a really cool t-shirt!

Continue the conversation:
Play dress up
Go play in the snow talk about the articles of clothing needed to protect you from wet and cold.
Make paper dolls

Have your kids help you with the laundry. The goal isn’t the laundry but the conversations and relationship. What behaviors do you want to clothe yourself in? Pray and thank God for taking care of your family and for giving you clothes to wear!

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