A Fun Game to Teach Your Active Kids To Just Be Still
Be still and Know God is God
Psalm 46:10 God says, “Be still and know that I am God. I will be praised in all the nations; I will be praised throughout the earth.
Where's your happy place? The place where you can rest and your soul can be still? For me it'd be looking at water - seas, rivers, lakes, even by a pool.
But how often do we get to go to our happy place? Often we have to learn how to find a still place within when we want to spend time with Jesus. But it's so easy to get caught up in the busy, with the belief that we can't stop. I want to teach my kids from a young age that they can stop and REST with God, wherever they are. But I need to set the example first.
I want my cubs to know how to be with God and know who they are in his presence. I want them to discover more of who he is for themselves. But how can I facilitate that when they're standing on their heads or half way up a door frame? Or every time I begin to ask them about Jesus the reply is, "Oh my gosh imagine your head was exploding with lava and a truck fell down a mountain and emptied monkeys all over you and you were stuck forever in the monkey lava mixture, what would you do?! Mum?! Mum?!" True story.
It's hard to be still with two little bouncing, climbing, demanding, crying, laughing children, pulling on your pants every 5 minutes. How do you get them to engage with God?
Sometimes I like to lie down, listen to some worship music and listen to Jesus. Can my kids to it too?
If you've got an active life, or active kids, don't be put off. Let's try this together.
FREE PRINTABLE at the end.
1) Put that music on - jump, dance and shake those blues away
Get those bodies rocking and the blood pumping!
Fact: When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body. Good news for those January blues!
Wait you thought this was about being still?! EXACTLY.
I find it helpful for my cubs to get lots of their energy out so that they are calmer when it comes to our discussions. So wear those babies out! Then follow the step 2.
Try this --> activity <-- too for some music fun.
2) Lie down
Play the classic game of Musical Statues but with three stages:
Dance, Lie Down, Discussion.
Unlike musical statues where you stop the music, in this game instead of stopping the music just say STILL and get everyone has to LIE DOWN while the music continues.
(You will all have more fun if you do it too!)
I found with my two being little that it worked well to break up my teaching and discussion in between the dancing, but you could do it all in one go if you prefer.
Dance: Play some upbeat funky music.
Lie Down: STILL - who can be the stillest?
Discuss (while lying down): Put your hands on your heart, can you feel it beating fast? You've been working so hard.
Dance: Keep the music going and energy up.
Lie Down: STILL
Discuss: Do you notice your breathing? In and out. Is it faster right now than usual? You’re using so much energy, so much joy and passion!
Dance: This time switch up the music to something you love to relax to, now try and keep dancing!
Try this --> Be Still by Steffany Frizzell Gretzinger
Or this --> Come To Me by Jenn Johnson
Lie Down: STILL
Discuss: Take a deep breath. Close your eyes (count to 10 if you've got little ones whose attention won't stick). Let's listen to the music. What do you hear? What words from the music do you hear?
Explain: God wants to say well done for your dancing, well done for working so hard. We want to be followers of Jesus who run and jump and dance thanking Him, praising Him, pursuing Him with all our energy, but we also need to rest. We can listen easier when we rest.
Invite: Close your eyes, and listen to Jesus, ask Him:
"What do you want to say to me today?"
Why is it good to rest?
This time stop the music and sit down.
Share these verses with your cubs, read them as though it's story time:
Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. Genesis 2:3
Matthew 11:28-29, Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are [tired] and carry heavy [worries], and I will give you rest. Take my [peace] upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Discuss: Why do you think it is important for us to rest?
Explain: It is important for us to rest, and not just when we are tired. God made the 7th day special for us to rest. To take time to reflect and be with him. Resting on the 7th day helps us remember Him and start and end our week with Him.
It's good for our bodies and our hearts. God also said that we would need to find rest throughout our lives, every day, not just on the Sabbath. Where do we find that rest? Being with Jesus is where we find it. Being with Him gives us rest.
A life lesson for us all.
Keep reading to get to printables - drawing invitation and bible verse bookmarks.
Pray with your cubs:
2 Corinthians 12:9 - But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.
Explain: We need His power to rest upon us! He is God, we are not.
In order to be more full of Him, we need to admit and offer our emptiness, our weakness, and receive his strength in exchange. He gives grace to the humble.
Invite your cubs to Pray: I will be still and know God is God.
Father, thank you that our rest is important to you and you made the 7th day for us to rest and reflect. Jesus, help me to come to you when I am tired or worried. Holy Spirit, please fill me with your power when I am weak, so I can know your presence, strength and your love. Amen.
4) Draw it
Finally ask your cubs to draw a picture of what Jesus said or showed them when they prayed and reflected. If they didn't see anything, ask them to draw what it would look like for them to rest with God.
--> FREE PRINTABLE - Download HERE <-- to help your activity
Use these cards to help them, the printable also includes bookmarks of the verses in this blog.
Before you go why not take 5 minutes to yourself and lie down asking God to speak to you today, don't miss this chance to encourage your heart.
Enjoy being still together! I pray it encourages your heart too my friends.
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