BLESS THE LORD
Read It – Psalm 103 The Message
A David Psalm
O my soul, bless God.
From head to toe, I’ll bless his holy name!
O my soul, bless God,
don’t forget a single blessing!
He forgives your sins—every one.
He heals your diseases—every one.
He redeems you from hell—saves your life!
He crowns you with love and mercy—a paradise crown.
He wraps you in goodness—beauty eternal.
He renews your youth—you’re always young in his presence.
Number the 6 Blessings in the Psalm.
Draw a picture of yourself – beside the picture of YOURSELF, label how each Blessing would look on you.
What do these 6 Blessings mean to you?
What do we learn about God?
What do we learn about our relationship with God?
How about you? Think about what these 6 Blessings mean to you
Thank God for Forgiving YOUR sins, EVERY ONE.
Ask God to heal your diseases, EVERY ONE.
Thank God for redeeming and saving your life from hell.
Ask God to help you walk in His Love and Mercy.
Thank God for wrapping you up in His Goodness and Eternal Beauty.
Ask God to renew you in His Presence.
PRAY – Think about what you just wrote down in each section.
Ask God’s Spirit to help you live out His TRUTH in your life.
God created us as His masterpiece.
God created us for connection.
THINK ABOUT THIS:
Your middle schooler may hesitate to speak up when it comes to bullying. In this phase, reporting bullying to an adult is viewed as a form of tattling rather than standing up for themselves or someone else.
When you approach conversations about bullying in less direct ways, your kid may be more willing to open up. Questions like, “Did you run into anyone who was hard to get along with today?” may give you the answers you’re looking for.
Reach out to your kid’s school to learn about the programs or policies they have related to bullying. Get involved in any anti-bullying initiatives in your community. Simple things like this let your kid see that you’re taking an interest in an important topic.
Take time to reach out to the important adults in your kid’s life—their teachers, coaches, Small Group Leaders, and more. Ask them how your kid is doing and how they’re interacting with others to get an idea of what’s happening in your student’s life when you’re not around.
Share a story from your own life (preferably in middle school!) of a time you played a specific role in a bullying scenario. Whether you were the bully, the bullied, or the bystander, tell your kid how it made you feel and how you handled it. Don’t ask them to share their own story; just be open to the possibility of the conversation from there!
If your student has social media accounts, make sure you’re following them. Pay attention to the comments made on their pages and read the comments they’re making on the pages of others. This will give you a glimpse into how they’re interacting with the people around them.
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