Dig in at Home - 7 April

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6 April, 2019

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God Provides Food for Elijah and A Widow Shares Her Last Bread - 1 Kings 17


Here’s what happens…

There’s a drought for several years that makes food scarce. But God sends ravens to Elijah to bring him meat and bread twice a day. Elijah also has water to drink from a brook. When the brook goes dry, God sends Elijah to a poor widow. She’s down to her last meal’s worth of food and has nothing to give, but she generously gives to Elijah anyway. God is generous as well and continues to replenish the widow’s food supply for as long as she needs.

 

Family Together Time

•     When you go grocery shopping this week, make it a point to buy at least one extra nonperishable item to donate. (If that’s a stretch for you financially, ask God to help you trust him as you give generously.)

•     If your kids don’t normally go shopping with you, you might involve them by having them list some ideas of what to buy to donate. Or you could make a special trip where each child chooses one item within your budget.

•     Donate the items together, either to a food pantry your church offers, a homeless shelter, or a community food pantry.

•     Before you drop off the food, hold the item (or items) and pray for God to reveal his generous heart to whoever receives your donations.

 

Talk About This…

•     What’s the best thing God has provided for you?

•     Give an example of what it means to give generously.

 

Discuss and Watch “A Widow Shares”

We’re learning that God is generous, so we’re generous.

•     What’s the most generous thing you’ve seen someone do?

Let’s see how God and the widow showed generosity.

Watch “A Widow Shares.”

•     Tell about a time you felt really hungry. Share your own story first.

•     Imagine I’d asked you for food during that time. How would you have felt?

The widow wasn’t merely hungry; this was the very last bit of food she had. But she still shared! That’s generous. She did it because she trusted that God would be generous, too. And he was! She always had enough food because God is generous.


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Here’s what happens…

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