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Calming our Fears

Teddy Bear

Key Verse

Isaiah 41:10

Additional Verses

2 Timothy 1:7; Psalm 56:3; Deuteronomy 31:6; Psalm 34:4; 1 John 4:18

Materials Needed

  • Teddy bear
  • Blanket
  • Money

Object Lesson

We all face things in our lives that cause us to be afraid and full of fear. God doesn’t want us to be afraid, but sometimes we let ourselves slide into fear. Have you ever been afraid before? Tell me about a time when you were afraid. (Wait for responses.)

What are some things that comfort us when we are afraid? What things do you hold on to when you are scared? (Wait for response.)

(Hold up the teddy bear.)

Do you think this will help you when you are afraid? Well, some people like to hold a stuffed animal when they are afraid, but I don’t think it would really help protect you very much.

(Hold up the blanket.)

How about this blanket? Have you ever hid under the blankets when you are afraid of a storm or something? It might comfort you a little bit, but I don’t think it will really keep you very safe.

(Hold up some money.)

How about this money? Did you know that many people think that having money will keep them safe and secure. They think that they can handle anything as long as they have money. Money might be able to help you with some things, but it really can’t protect you and keep you safe.

There is someone who can keep you safe and comfort you. In Isaiah 41:10 we see that God doesn’t want us to be afraid because He is with us! He says that He will give us strength to overcome the things that we face.

So when we are scared and afraid let’s not hold a teddy, blanket or money. Instead let us put our faith and trust in God and hold the One who says He will give us the strength that we need.

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Get Taller by Worrying

Change Your Height by Worry

Key Verse

Luke 12:25

Additional Verses

Philippians 4:6-7; 1 Peter 5:7; Matthew 6:25-34; John 14:27

Materials Needed

  • Tape measure

Object Lesson

Have you ever measured yourself to see how tall you were? How tall are you? (Wait for a few responses.) I need a volunteer to come up here so that I can measure them.

(Bring up a volunteer and measure them and then tell them how tall they are.)

Do you know what worry is? It is when we are really concerned about something until we cannot think about anything else and we are afraid that something bad will happen. I want you to worry really hard about not being tall enough. I think that will make you grow even taller and we will show everyone how well worry works.

To help you worry I will beat you with wet noodles if you don’t grow taller! If you can’t grow taller I will smear ice cream all over your face! I’m going to make you eat pickles and ice cream if you can’t make yourself grow taller!

How is it going? Do you feel like you are any taller than before? (Wait for response.) Let’s check.

(Measure them again.)

Oh no! It didn’t work! You did a great job at worrying but you weren’t able to make yourself grow any taller! This reminds me of what the Bible says in Luke 12:25.

And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?

Jesus was trying to get us to stop worrying. Did you know that when we worry it is because we really aren’t having faith in God and trusting him. Philippians 4:6 tells us to not worry about anything but to pray about everything instead. This is what we do when we are trusting God.

Worry doesn’t change anything, you can’t even grow taller by worrying. Prayer does change things, so let us put our faith in God!

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