Faith-Filled Moment: Five-Thousand Freckles

My new book Faith-Filled Moments is releasing October 1, 2009 from Wesleyan Publishing House! It’s a collection of all sorts of ways parents like you can use games, recipes, outdoor experiences, crafts, science experiments, and more to help your child connect with God and love him more. So…I thought I’d give you a taste of what the content in the book is like. This one is especially great for preschoolers! If you like this, you’ll love the 80+ unique moments that you’ll only find in my upcoming book. COMING SOON to this site: Info on how to pre-order a signed copy of Faith-Filled Moments!


Five-Thousand Freckles

Count your body parts together and meditate on God’s detailed knowledge of and care for each of you.

Supplies: mirror, magnifying glass (optional)

Experience

Invite your child to practice his math skills with you by counting his body parts while you count yours. Start out with some that are very easy to count, asking, “How many ears do you have? How many noses do you have? How many eyes do you have?” Then move on to slightly more challenging parts by asking, “How many toes do you have? How many teeth do you have?” (You can prompt your child use a mirror at this point.)

When you’re ready to tackle some even tougher ones together, ask questions that are nearly impossible to answer, like, “How many freckles do you have on your face? How many wrinkles do you have on the palm of your hand? How many hairs do you have on your forearm? How many eyelashes do you think you have?”

Last, move to the truly impossible by asking, “How many hairs do you have on your head? How many do you think you have on your entire body? (if applicable: How many freckles do you have on your entire body?)”

Connection

God knows everything.

What an amazing, overwhelming thought! Often our first reaction to this truth is to think of the big picture: God knows all of history, he knows the name and location of every star and planet, he knows all future events, he knows all the people in the world! And naturally kids sometimes wonder if God is “too busy” running the universe to care about the details of their lives.

Use this fun activity to assure your child that God’s knowledge and care also includes the “little picture.” Scripture assures us that God knows and cares about even the teeny, tiny details of our lives. Share this truth with your child by telling him, “You are so special to God that he knows every single detail about you. He knows the location of every freckle. He knows exactly what makes you smile. The Bible even tells us that God knows the exact number of hairs on your head (Matthew 10:30; Luke 12:7)!”

Exploration

You may want to ask your child questions like…

  • Did you realize that God knows the exact number of hairs on your head? What other details in your life do you think he knows about?
  • Sometimes people worry that God is too busy running the universe to really care about them. Do you ever wonder about that? Why or why not?
  • God cares about the important issues in your life. But how does it make you feel to know that God cares about the “little things” in your life too?
  • How important do you think you are to God if he cares about even the tiniest details of your life? Explain.
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