Sweet and sour candies

Fun with food

Have your kids close their eyes as they choose sweet or sour candy from a bag.

Discussion point: We can ask God to help us see the sweetness in circumstances that seem sour at first.

Mix some sweet candies, such as jujubes, in a bag together with some sour candies. Have your kids close their eyes as they choose a candy from the bag.

Talk about how life sometimes seems disappointing when something happens that we don’t like, or we have to make a change that we don’t like. Explain that sometimes circumstances that seem “sour” to us at first can still turn out to be okay.

Next, take turns listing aspects of life that involve change. Help your kids practice “looking on the bright side” by listing some of the positive aspects of those life changes.

Pray together, giving thanks to God that He is with you at all times. Ask Him to help you see the sweetness in life circumstances that seem sour at first.

Explain that when you choose to thank God for less-than-ideal circumstances, even these times can seem much brighter. Finish by singing a song of thanks and praise to God.

Relevant Scripture

Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

Ephesians 5:18b-20 “. . . be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ . . .”

Psalm 42:11 “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise Him, my salvation and my God.”