Focus: We are important to God

Before You Begin:

For this adventure you’ll need a bird feeder. If your family already owns one, fill it with birdseed. If not, consider purchasing a kit and assembling the feeder together as a family project to begin this creative prayer time. Or make one of the simple and easy to make feeders described below:

  1. Option 1: Cut a hole in the side of an empty two-liter soft drink bottle to serve as a “door” for the birds. Fill the bottle up to this hole with bird seed. The bottle can be hung from the top with a string, or set on the ground in a patio or balcony area.
  2. Option 2: Spread peanut butter into the crevices of a large pine cone. Roll the pine cone in bird seed until the peanut butter is covered.

The Prayer Time!

Gather your family, and together place your bird feeder in a location where you’ll be able to see the birds without disturbing them. For instance you might hang this from a tree or awning, or set it on the ground near a garden. Then read this verse together:

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 6:26

Discuss the meaning of this verse together. Ask family members to describe ways they know they’re important to God (for example, God sent Jesus, God forgives us, God provides for our needs, the Bible says so.).

Then say, “Every time we see a bird at our feeder, let’s make that a reminder of Matthew 6:26, and stop to thank God that we’re important to him!”

Fill your bird feeder often, and as you enjoy the beauty of the creatures God has created, be an example of someone who takes time to thank God for creating and loving your family.

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