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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Week 4 - Psalm 103:11-12

Welcome to Week 4 at Grow Little Seeds!

If you have not already read the post for this week at Sow Little Seeds, we encourage you to head that way first and then look over the information and resources we have provided there.

You may also want to read our Getting Started page and our beginning post from Week 1.

Here are links to printable activities for Week 4:

Word Search Puzzles:
Week 4: Psalm 103:11-12 - Level 2
Week 4: Psalm 103:11-12 - Level 2 Answer Key
Week 4: Psalm 103:11-12 - Level 3
Week 4: Psalm 103:11-12 - Level 3 Answer Key

Word Scramble Activity Pages:
Week 4: Psalm 103:11-12 - Level 2
Week 4: Psalm 103:11-12 - Level 2 Answer Key
Week 4: Psalm 103:11-12 - Level 3
Week 4: Psalm 103:11-12 - Level 3 Answer Key

Cut-Out Word Pages:
Week 4: Psalm 103:11-12 [solid]
Week 4: Psalm 103:11-12 [tracing]

More Activities:
Week 4: Psalm 103:11-12 - Picture-coded Message - Level 1

This week our memory verse is :

“For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is His love for those who fear Him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far has He removed our transgressions from us."
– Psalm 103:11-12

This verse has been shortened for those who are memorizing at levels 1 & 2.

This is our second week of studying and memorizing verses from Psalm 103. This chapter gives us a glimpse into the character of God; we see His strength and His gentle care; His great love and His compassion.
Our central thought this weeks is still: God loves me.

When we studied Acts 17:24-25 and again as we learned Psalm 139:13-14,16, our emphasis has been that God made us. We have looked at God as our creator, as the designer of the earth and heavens and as the maker of each one of us. We've explored a bit of His creativity and wisdom.

As we studies Psalm 139, we talked about how God views us - that He knows us, that He cares about us and has a purpose for us. As we read Psalm 103 and continue to consider who God is, His character and how we should respond to Him, our focus will be on how God views us and how God treats us.

This week our post is short. We hope you will take some extra time to review the verses we've suggested in our Additional Resources section of our Notes to Parents in this week's post. Prayerfully consider how God is leading you to talk with your family about God's great love for each of them and how you can be an example to your household and others around you of His love and His forgiveness.

Remember that in many ways, you as the parent, are the example to your child of who God is and what He is like. The way you deal with issues of sin and forgiveness within your own family will certainly impact everyone within your home. Consider how you can reflect God's character this week.

We encourage you to read through the discussion questions and pray that God will lead you as you begin talking with your family about these verses. Pray for the hearts of your children. As you plant the seeds of God's Word, the Bible, into their minds, continue to nourish that seed.

Water these seeds with reminders of His truth throughout the day; look for opportunities to talk with them about this God who loves us.  Feed these seeds with the light of Christ as you reflect His love and forgiveness in your conversation and interactions with your family. And be patient as you wait for them to sprout up and show some fruit. We may plant and water, but God is the one who gives life - He is the one who makes things grow. Trust Him with the hearts of your children - He knows each one of them and loves them dearly.

We are so glad you have joined us this week and pray that you will be encouraged by the material provided here on Grow Little Seeds and our companion blog, Sow Little Seeds.

In His great love,
Sow Little Seeds Contributor