My Bible Lifts Me Up Toddler Lesson

Week 19 - My Bible Lifts Me Up!

Concepts Children Learn: My Bible lifts me up. It gives me comfort when I am sad. It gives me hope when I am discouraged.

Prep: Mark you bible with the memory verses: Psalm 145:8-9, 18. Psalm 119:16, 52. Print the b&w or color story pages. (You may already have Page 2 and 9 from week 14, and page 7 from week 12) : 1bw, 1color, 2bw, 2color, accesssories, 3bw, 3color, 4bw, 5bw, 6bw, 6color, 7bw, 7color, 8bw, 9bw, stickers, 10bw, 10color, 11bw. Extra picture.

The numbers in parentheses tell you what Story Page to hold up while you are telling the story. (You don't need to read the words on the actual story pages. They are for use as posters or coloring pages). Only read words that are not in parentheses for the lesson. The words in parentheses tell you what actions you do.

Key Bible Verse: Psalm 145:8-9, 18. Psalm 119:16, 52, Other verses used in lesson: Other Scriptures used as reference: Psalm 119:52, 77; Romans 15;4. 2 Cor.1:3-4
LESSON:
Teacher: (1) This is Justin, and this is (2) Bible Bear. He has been helping us with our lessons.
Justin: (Mumbles) Hi.
Bible Bear: Hey...Look at Justin. He doesn't look very happy today. What's wrong Justin?
Justin: I just feel bad. No matter how hard I try, I keep messing up.
Teacher: Do you want to tell us what happened, Justin?
Justin: I didn't share my toys with my little brother. I was mean to him.
Teacher: Did you say you were sorry?
Justin: (3) Yes. And then I did share my toys with him. Then he forgave me. (4) I prayed, too, and told the Lord I was sorry. But, I feel like God is still mad at me, like he's far away. (5) I wonder if God still loves me?
Bible Bear: Uh-oh. I think Justin forgot what the Bible says. (Pull his Bible out of his pocket and stick on Justin's hand). I have a verse for you that might help. (Read Psalm 145:8-9)
Justin: What does that mean?
Teacher: It means the Lord knows we are weak. And, even when you don't do what the Bible says, it hurts him. But, he loves you so much that when you pray to him, he forgives you, and helps you do what is right.
Justin: So, he's not mad at me anymore?
Teacher: (Shake head no). (4 again) No. You told him you were sorry. (Point to Justin in picture). He understands, and he forgives you. And, God is not far away. Listen to this verse too: (Read Psalm 145:18). You told him the truth about what you did. He promises he is still close to you.
Justin: Oh. That makes me feel better. I'm glad he didn't go anywhere. I did forget how much he loves me. I guess he doesn't expect me to be perfect all the time. He knows that I'm young, and I'm still learning.
Teacher: Yes, that's right. And you will always be his precious little child, no matter how much you grow up, just like each of the children here today. (6) (Use hand to motion to all of the children). When we remember God's words in the Bible, he promises to comfort us. (Read Psalm 119:52) (7) And, us older people tell the younger ones the Bible stories. Then they can learn about all the wonderful things that God does, and when they think about him, they remember that they have a Father in heaven who loves them so much, and is always watching over them!
Justin:

I'm sure glad that you and our parents tell us the Bible stories. When I think about how God helped the people in the Bible, then I can be sure he will love me the same way too! (8, 9, stickers) (Read card:) When I'm feeling sad, my Bible lifts me up! And, it comforts me when I'm scared. (10)

Bible Bear: Yea-a-a-! Now Justin is learning! That reminds me of another verse: (Reads Psalm 119:16). I delight in your decrees. I know what that means. It means that I gotta remember to keep on listening to Bible stories and thinking about them.
Justin: (10) I love my Bible so much because its God's words! And, I love God, and I always want to be close to him!
Teacher: I love my Bible too, and I love God too! After snack we can talk some more about our Bibles (Proceed with Circle Talk Time after snack).

CIRCLE TIME: (What does this mean for me?)

Bring out your soft, cuddly teddy bear. Squeeze him and hold him close. This Teddy Bear is so squeezable and soft. I'm going to pass him around so you each have a turn to see how soft and lovable he is. (Pass around a big, squeezable teddy bear and give each of the children a chance to hug him). A lot of times, we get comfort from a teddy bear, don't we? It makes us feel good to hug him. He's always there to pick up whenever we want something to hug. Who wants to tell us about their teddy bear that they have? (Give children a chance to tell about their teddy bears). I still like teddy bears too. But, still a teddy bear is just a toy. The comfort that God gives us is much better than a teddy bear's comfort. God is real. Even though we can't see him, he's not really far away.He is listening to our prayers. He cares so much about us that he tells us how much he loves us. (Hold up a children's bible and point to the words inside). (11) The words in the Bible are God's words. He uses his words of love to comfort us. So, when we listen to the Bible stories, we see how much God loves us! And, when we remember his promises, we get comfort from those too. Then we don't have to be sad. God's loving words lift us up. We feel better when we know he forgives us and helps us. For all the rest of our lives, the Bible will give us comfort! Even our moms and dads get comfort from the Bible. Who wants to pray with me, and tell God how much we love him and love his Bible!

PRAYER: Allow children to pray after adult prays.
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