Hands-On Faith for Families Devotionals

A weekly guide to help parents raise their children with a thriving faith, from Focus on the Family

Hands-on Faith for Families– Week of May 23, 2016

Theme: Living Our Whole Testimony

What’s Inside Shows on the Outside

Scripture:No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” (Luke 6:43-45).

Play: As you pass various businesses, guess the goods or services they offer customers, based solely on the outside structure. Point out the types of businesses that younger children would recognize.

Talk: Figuring out what kinds of things each store sells can be easy from the outside. Restaurant windows may have posters showing the food they serve; clothing stores probably display clothes in the windows; sometimes you can even see people with their pets walking into pet stores. Humans are sort of like that. What's inside of us will eventually show on the outside. Luke 6:43-45 says that what we have stored in our hearts shows in our words and actions. What kinds of thoughts and beliefs do you think God wants us to store in our hearts?

Pray: Pray that God will help you to store “good things” in your heart.

Naomi Cassata

www.thrivingfamily.com

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