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God’s Timing

Design

As a morning activity and dinnertime faith chat

Foundation

Learning about God’s perfect timing

Tools

  • You’ll need a slow cooker, such as a Crockpot®.
  • Gather ingredients for taco soup:
    1 pound ground beef
    1 onion, chopped
    1 (16 ounce) can chili beans, with liquid
    1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, with liquid
    1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, with liquid
    1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
    2 cups water
    2 (14.5 ounce) cans peeled and diced tomatoes
    1 (1.25 ounce) package taco seasoning mix
    1 (4 ounce) can diced green chili peppers (optional)
    1 package ranch-dip mix (optional)

Construction

Start this activity in the morning, at least eight hours before dinner.

SAY: “Tonight we are going to have a warm, yummy soup for dinner!  But, I need help because it takes a long time for this soup to be just right.”

DO: In a medium skillet, cook the ground beef over medium heat until browned. Drain, and set aside. Place the ground beef, onion, chili beans, kidney beans, corn, tomato sauce, water, diced tomatoes, and taco seasoning mix in a slow cooker. Mix to blend, and cook on the LOW setting for eight hours.

READ: Psalm 5:3 together: “In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.”

SAY: “We have put all the ingredients together and now we must wait expectantly for our yummy meal. God’s Word says to bring our requests to Him and wait expectantly for Him to answer.”

ASK: “Does God always answer our prayers immediately?”

ANSWER: “Sometimes God’s answer is for us to wait. He knows best and has the best plans for us.”

READ: Psalm 40:1 together: “I waited patiently for the LORD; He turned to me and heard my cry.”

DINNER PRAYER: Before you eat, pray together and thank God that He is in control and knows perfect timing: “We thank You, Lord, that You are in control. Help us to be pateint as we wait for Your perfect timing. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.”

DISCUSS: During the meal, talk about how long it took to cook the dinner. What if you had rushed the meal and eaten it before it was ready? In the same way, we have to wait pateintly for God’s timing.  We don’t always get everything we want when we want it. We can trust that God knows best.

© 2011 Inkling Innovations, Lydia Randall