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Hair Blessings

For about six years, my daughter has been growing her hair. Everyone always compliments her on her hair. They love the natural highlights, the curls, the red hair. Years ago, she found out that she could donate her hair to an organization who would give it to someone who lost their hair from cancer treatments. She set her mind to it and continued growing her hair to meet her goal.

Today was the big day. Her hair was finally long enough to make the cut for a donation. We went to the salon ready to make the next step. As she sat in the chair, we discussed this donation with the stylist. Surprisingly, there were many people sitting by with listening ears as they waited for their perms and colors to be finished. They started asking my daughter questions. How long did it take to grow your hair? Why are you donating your hair? I was so proud when my daughter responded that she has been blessed with hair everyone adores so she wanted to give her hair to someone else who could be blessed by it.

As we left the salon, with hair much shorter, and a plastic bag with the donation pony tail, we left with something else. We saw God moving in awesome ways at the salon. Someone who heard my daughter speaking decided to pay for her hair cut. We got to the register and the stylist said everything was covered. My daughter’s desire to bless was met with another person’s desire to bless. What a day of blessings! It all starts with God—He blesses us. We are blessed to be a blessing. Be a blessing today! Open your hands and watch how God moves!

“And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.” – Genesis 12:2 [ESV]

“Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.” – Proverbs 11:25 [ESV]

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Be a Blessing

Be a Blessing

Abraham was promised three things. God said He would make him a great nation. God said He would make his name great. God said He would bless him. We remember these promises. Again and again there is mention of this covenant, the Abrahamic Covenant. What a beautiful promise! What an awesome covenant!

So. So. So. Oh yes, there’s a second half of the verse. The verse continues, “So that you will be a blessing.” God will make Abraham a great nation, and bless him and make his name great SO that he will be a blessing. There’s receiving, but there’s also giving. There’s an expectation. There’s a response.

We each are blessed. Blessed to be a blessing. You have a choice in life. You can reach out and grab it all for yourself. Or you can ask yourself, how can I be a blessing? Today, consider what you can do to bless someone. It might be by using a gift or talent, by using something in your possession, by reaching into your pocketbook, or maybe it simply means to listen or smile or spend your time with someone. It is wonderful to be thankful for your blessings. But an attitude of gratitude should result in a desire to be a blessing.

“And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.” – Genesis 12:2 [ESV]

The Land I Show You

There are moments when God is leading us in a direction and we hesitate because we are uncertain of the direction. The “what ifs” and other questions go through our mind. Many times we experience this type of situation even when we are given clear direction. I can only imagine how it was for Abraham with no direction—only a promise.

The Lord told Abraham, or Abram, to leave his country and his family and go “to the land that I will show you.” So he was going to land that he didn’t even know anything about, not even a name or small piece of information. It was all about trusting God, trusting Him even when the road ahead could not be seen.

Perhaps Abraham did not know where the road would lead, but he had a promise. He had a promise from the Lord. We too might not see the road too far ahead, but we also have a promise. And a promise from God can be taken as truth. He is the ultimate promise keeper. May your faith be strong like Abraham—may you walk forward even when the road is hard to see, trusting that God has a great plan and He is faithful.

“Now the LORD said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.’” – Genesis 12:1 [NLT]

Children’s Ministry Lesson: Abraham Abundance and Blessing

Getting Started: Discussion of Count the Stars Simile

First tell children about some similes – brave as a lion, crazy like a fox, slow as molasses. Visual illustration: molasses poured out slowly.
Genesis 15 says “look up at the sky and count the stars… so shall your offspring be.” – As many people as stars.
Can you count the stars? Do you know how many stars there are in the sky? What does this mean? (You can also show your favorite constellation to intro to these questions).

Craft / Activity

Watered down glue / glitter / black or dark blue construction paper / brown or beige construction paper

Cut the brown / beige construction paper as a small land mass before class.

Spread the watered down glue on the papers. Put the land mass at the bottom of the paper. Sprinkle glitter on the paper. Be sure to have a small box to catch the glitter that falls from the paper.

On the land mass, write “Count the Stars” – Genesis 15:5

After doing the activity, begin digging deeper into the lesson (this allows for the papers to dry and for children to have another visual learning experience).

Genesis 12:1-5 – God’s promise to Abram

I will make you into a GREAT NATION

I will make your NAME GREAT

You will be A BLESSING

… ALL PEOPLES ON EARTH WILL BE BLESSED THROUGH YOU.

(New Home – Great Name – Family)

Abram (75 years old)  – left Haran with Sarai and Lot.

Genesis 15:2-6 – Count the Stars

Abram asked what the Lord could give. He had no children. The Lord said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars –if indeed you can count them. So shall your offspring be.” Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.

Genesis 18:10-14 – Sarah Laughs

Three men visit Abraham and food is prepared. They explain that Sarah would have a son. Sarah laughed. Is anything too hard for the LORD?

Genesis 21:1-7 –Isaac born

The Lord did as He promised. Abraham and Sarah had a son, Isaac, God has brought me laughter. Abraham was 100 years old.

Discuss what this means to us. Discuss blessing. Discuss abundance.

Closing Verse: 2 Corinthians 9:8

“And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”

What does this mean? What are we promised?

Download this Lesson (Dropbox Link to .doc file)

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The Altars of Abraham

Abraham built an altar at Shechem and thereafter built another altar to God at Bethel. He built an altar to call to God—to pray and worship. He built an altar to remember God’s promises to bless him (see Genesis 12:7-8). These altars were important.

We don’t build altars today but we do have churches. It is true that we can pray and worship in our homes or anywhere for that matter; however, it is beneficial and necessary to attend church. At church, you join together in a place dedicated to God, to pray and worship. At church, you are reminded of God’s promises to bless you.

Don’t neglect the opportunity to gather together to pray and to worship our Lord. As you join together to pray, to worship, to be reminded—you will be refreshed and equipped to continue walking forward.

“Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him. Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.”  – 1 Chronicles 16:28-29 [NIV]