This week I enjoyed looking into the goodness of the fruit I picked for the week, blueberries. Blueberries are packed with health benefits. All berries have great health benefits but of them all blueberries are the best, health wise. From the research I did I found these little blue berries fight age-related diseases, are an anti-inflammatory, fights depression, improves learning abilities, reduce cancer risk, are great for heart health and skin health. WOW!!! I figured with all this seemingly super abilities our blueberries deserved a cape. My 12 year old thought I was a little weird take a picture of a bowl of blueberries with a cape. LOL!!! It was entertaining.
So, the first day I introduced the kids to blueberries and told them in simple language the benefits of them. I connected the benefits of the blueberry to the benefits the Lord gives us. For example He helps our hearts. As our hearts are changed we begin seeing things through His eyes. He reduces our risk of getting spiritual cancers and diseases that eat away at us as we become more and more set apart for Him. Let’s certainly not forget that He fights depression. I stand as a witness to this. The Lord healed me from depression. It was a process but I am no longer on depression medication. The goodness between the Lord and the blueberry is similar. Who else could make such a magnificent fruit besides our Magnificent Creator.
After talking to them about the goodness of the blueberry and of the Lord, the kids ate some blueberries. Then we cut out our paper blueberries and taped them in our paper fruit baskets.
There are SO many verses that talk about the goodness of God. So day two I talked to the kids about how God is SO good. We can see through creation as early as Genesis chapter one how good God is. Several times after creating things the bible says God saw “that it was good”. This is also a good day to talk about the memory verse. “Let us not become tired of doing good. At the right time we will gather a crop if we don’t give us.” Galatians 6:9 (New International Readers Version for Young Readers) I also found a coloring sheet for the kids online of a farmer in his corn field. This was such great timing with the crops coming up in the summer. It helped the kids relate to this verse.
Day three we learned that Jesus is our Good Shepherd. There is a lesson in the Bob Jones 1st grade Bible lessons that helps explain it. It uses the story of the lost sheep from Luke 15: 3-7. This story is also a good lead into tomorrow’s lesson. I used a coloring sheet from ministry-to-children.com to reinforce Jesus is our Good Shepherd. The kids tried gluten-free blueberry pancakes. My oldest was the only one who liked them.
Day four we talked about the Good News of the gospel. I explained to them what that was and encouraged them to talk to people about the Good News of Christ. We had gluten-free cupcakes with blueberries for a snack. Mighty tasty!!!
Day five we learned we can let God’s love shine through us by being kind, loving, patient, etc… Look at that! Those are the fruit of the Spirit! We talked about how they all work together. We read the story of the Good Samaritan as an example of how God’s goodness can shine through us.
When we focus on the goodness of God in our lives it causes us to be thankful and makes it easier to shine His goodness to others.