Marshmallow Madness: Be Content

Welcome to the easiest family devotional you’ll ever come across- Marshmallow Madness! We can do this!

I challenge you to spend 20 minutes a week being intentional about passing your faith on to your kids
           …and all you need is a bag of marshmallows.

This week: Be Content

” I’m not saying that because I need anything. I have learned to be content no matter what happens to me. I know what it’s like not to have what I need. I also know what it’s like to have more than I need. I have learned the secret of being content no matter what happens. I am content whether I am well fed or hungry. I am content whether I have more then enough or not enough. I can do everything by the power of Christ. He gives me strength.”  -Phil 4:11-13

I’d like to highlight a fantastic ministry: Family Time Training. I was fortunate to get trained from the founder, Kirk Weaver. He’s spent years planning unique and fun family activities that deliver a great message with eternal perspective. He offers free family night adventures at www.famtime.com .Try this one, adapted from the Halloween alternative activity here:

The same way we choose which attitude (or face) we wear, we’re going to put faces on marshmallows. Present each child with one of the following situations and have the children show you how their own face might look as they colour the emotion as a marshmallow face.

• There is a young girl who usually goes to bed at 8:00 pm. She stayed up late and it is now 4 hours past her regular bedtime.

• A boy thought his mom was in the backyard and he was all alone in the house. He went into a dark closet to get a clean shirt, and he heard a voice say, “What are you doing?”

• A girl just scored the winning goal in a soccer game.

• A boy is trying to get the attention of his friends by pretending to fall down and telling funny jokes.

• A girl just found out that her cat got outside and is missing.

One of the earliest Christians was a man named Paul. Paul wrote several of the books in the Bible, and he was persecuted for being a Christian. Do you know what persecuted means? People try to hurt you because of what you believe. Paul also had very hard times as he traveled around to tell others about Jesus. Listen to all the things that happened to Paul. Read 2 Corinthians 11:23-27.Paul was put in jail just for telling others about Jesus. How do you think Paul felt in prison? Talk about what it must have been like to be in prison. Hard! Paul tells us in one of his letters that he was “content” in prison. In fact, Paul tells us that he has learned to be content despite his circumstances. Read Philippians 4:11-13 together. Paul was content (happy and peaceful) when he had food, and when he didn’t have food. Paul teaches us that we can choose our attitude (what face we put on). We don’t have to let circumstances, the things that happen to us, determine our attitude. Just as Paul chose to be content when he was in jail wrongfully, we can choose to be content even during bad times. When we wake up in the morning, we can choose to be grumpy or we can choose to have good attitudes. When someone hurts our feelings, we can choose to let that ruin our day or we can choose to forgive and start over feeling happy.

Finish off with a quick family prayer. God cares about every area of our lives; let’s encourage the children to pray about whatever is on their hearts. Add to your prayer journal weekly, and be sure to leave space to jot down a quick note when God answers the prayer. Your kids will grow stronger in their faith when they can look back and see what the Lord has done.How did this work for you? Did you adapt it to fit your family?