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Taste and See for Yourself that God is Good!

Taste and See for Yourself that God is Good!

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October is the month filled with hayrides, freshly fried apple pies, pumpkin carvings, and of course, candy corn. The mention of two desserts is no coincidence because October 14th was National Dessert Day! Even the Bible has something to say about the joy of tasting.  Today’s {yummy} autumn activity offers a choice—you can either buy or bake, depending on your time constraints.

Skill level:

Little Helping Hands, ages 2-5: Smaller hands will enjoy either picking out their favorite dessert or the ingredients to make it. They can also help in the baking process, if applicable.

I’d Rather Do It Myself, ages 6+: Older children will also enjoy choosing a dessert or helping in the baking efforts. Depending on the age, he/she may also be able to read from the Bible.

What you’ll need:

  • Buy or bake your favorite fall-themed dessert (pumpkin pie, cookies, pumpkin bread, apple pie, etc.)
  • Plates, forks, and spoons
  • Bible

Time:

It depends on you’re buying or baking!

Instructions/Dig Deeper:

  • Read Psalm 34:8
  • Discuss what it means to taste and see that God is good – and then eat your dessert (see Dig Deeper section)

“Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.”

Ask:

  • What do you think it means to taste that the LORD is good? Once your child has an opportunity to share his or her thoughts, tell him/her that when we taste something, it’s a personal thing.

Do:

  • Ask everyone to take a bite of his or her dessert.

Ask:

  • When you took a bite of your dessert, who tasted your food? Did Mommy taste it? Did Daddy? Once your child has an opportunity to share his or her response, say that in the same way he/she tasted and chewed his/her own food, we each experience God in our own way, too. Each of us asks Jesus to come into our own heart. Mommy and Daddy can’t ask Him to come into your heart for you, although we can pray that you do. When we ask Jesus into our hearts, or when we pray, we know for ourselves that God is good.

Share:

Psalm 34:8 says we are blessed when we take refuge in God, which means that we can go to God in prayer for any reason—when we’re happy, sad, or for no reason at all, just to be with Him—because He is a good God.

Ask:

  • Who are some people you go to when you are happy or sad? Does knowing that God is good make it easier for you to go to Him?
  • Is there anything you would like to pray about today? (If so, pray right then and there.)

Suggested prayer:

Dear heavenly Father,

You are good.

We taste Your love through our many blessings.

And because You are good, we can come to You

for everything.

Amen.

Additional Resource: The Bridge (Understanding Salvation) for Children The hyperlink: https://teresaklassen.wordpress.com/2010/04/01/the-bridge-understanding-salvation/

By: Cathy Baker @ Cultivating Creativity (www.cathybaker.org) Pauses for the Vacationing Soul: A Sensory-Based Devotional Guide for the Beach and Pauses for the Vacationing Soul: A Sensory-Based Devotional Guide for the Mountains. Visit Cathy’s site to download your free e-book, “Praying In Each Room of Your Home.”

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