In chapter three of the Proverbs book of the Bible, verses 3 to 5 urge people to trust in God with all of your heart and He will show you the way. While this is relatively simple concept to state, living by this proverb is not always so easy. Teaching this proverb to children is not always easy because it is hard for them to trust God with things that are happening in their lives.
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- Moderately Easy
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Teach them the proverb in its entirety. Make sure children understand all the words used and explain it using age-appropriate language. Encourage children to ask questions and make sure they understand the answers you provide.
Live this proverb yourself. Actions often speak louder than words and putting your faith in God will help children become accustomed to doing so, too. Regardless of whether you are a parent, leader in the religious community, godparent or Sunday schoolteacher, it is important for all the adults surrounding the children to practice what is preached.
Encourage the children to pray. It is during this prayer that children can talk to God and share their fears or worries with Him. Emphasize that it is important to pray all the time, not only when you are scared or worried. Teach children to ask God for His help when they pray.
Explain to children that God's plan is not always easy to understand. Many children will question this proverb and ask questions about specific tragic or sorrowful events they've experienced and ask why God would do that to them. You must emphasise that God does everything for a reason, even if the reason cannot be seen immediately. Encourage continued prayer on these matters and reiterate that God will "make your paths straight," as the proverb states.
Employ trust-building exercises. This will help children of all ages to understand what trust is and learn to trust others. Activities need to be age-appropriate in order for the message to be understood. Some examples of trust activities include one child leading another blindfolded child around the room without bumping into anything or one child falling backward into the arms of another with their eyes closed.
Reiterate this message often. Children need repetition to learn. All adults within the religious community need to constantly reiterate this message, and live it, so that children will learn it and begin to live it themselves.
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