Intentional October was a huge success in my house. We memorized one verse each week of the month, and we learned the new ones while we made a craft. Throughout the week, we kept the craft out and used it to review the verse.
Only one of the crafts was a big disappointment. The rest were awesome! So awesome that I have already planned out Intentional November and Intentional December. Woohoo! (And I added pictures to the October post if you want to peek or pin any.)
So below you will see a link to a craft idea I found on Pinterest, a Bible verse to memorize, and how you can connect the verse and craft to the gospel. I’d love to hear if you’re participating in the Intentional activities and how they’re working out for you. 🙂
Week 1: 11/1-11/3 – This is a continuous activity throughout the month.
Craft: Thankful Tree – We have already set ours up – see it in progress above! I pre-cut a bunch of leaves so that we can just add new ones easily each day. And all guests are invited to put up a leaf, too. I can’t wait to see it in full bloom. 🙂
Verse: Psalm 118:1
“Give thanks to the Lord for He is good. His love endures forever.”
Connection to Gospel: It is so obvious through Scripture that our God is a good and loving God, but the ultimate showing of God’s affection and goodness is displayed through the gospel – that Jesus willingly laid down His life to save the lost (me. you. everyone.). Share the gospel with your child, and emphasize God’s goodness through this Godly plan. Tie in the “enduring” nature of this love by communicating that our salvation is sealed when we give our lives to Jesus – it lasts forever!
Week 2: 11/4-11/10
Craft: Hanging Pumpkin
Verse: 1 Thessalonians 5:18
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
Connection to Gospel: I plan on hanging our pumpkin from the light fixture in the dining room and talking about the pumpkin in terms of harvest. Sometimes we will have much and sometimes we will have little. And no matter which one we have, it is God’s will. And since our God is good (review Psalm 118:1), we know His will is good and we can give thanks! This is a great time to pray for those who currently have little.
Week 3: 11/11-11/17
Craft: Coffee Filter Tree
Verse: 1 Corinthians 15:57
“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Connection to Gospel: This verse clearly lays out the gospel in relation to thanksgiving. We can be sure of our victory over death and sin through Jesus! I am using the thankful tree and trees in general as a symbol of thanksgiving this month. And it would be a great follow up to explain that when Jesus died, it was on a cross made from a tree.
Week 4: 11/18-11/24
Craft: Pasta Turkeys
Verse: 2 Corinthians 9:11
“You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.”
Connection to Gospel: This week is Thanksgiving! We will be feasting and serving and praying and rejoicing. Connect all of the festivities of the holiday through the gospel this week. Even if it involves sacrificing comfort and expense to see family members. I’m going to use this turkey to explain the holiday (because Samuel is not quite 3 and doesn’t remember). However you are serving others this week, explain that when we give, we are the ones who are blessed with thanksgiving! Isn’t that great! How are you getting your kids in on service this week?
Week 5: 11/25-11/30
“So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit.”
Connection to Gospel: We start off with a diseased heart, but God wants to give us a new, healthy heart! He does this through the salvation offered to us through Jesus and through the Spirit working in our lives.