Devotions for Kids – Taste & See!

What’s your favorite summertime treat? Ice cream? Watermelon? Strawberry shortcake?

How about s’mores? You know what s’mores are, right? Just take two graham crackers, a toasted marshmallow, your favorite chocolate and smoosh it all together into a yummy sandwich. It tastes so good, you’ll want s’more!

The Bible says that God is kind of like that. Psalm 34:8 says, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Once you taste God’s goodness, it will leave you wanting more!

You may hear people say all kinds things about God. Some of those might be true, but others might be wrong. That’s why the best way to discover what God’s like is to get to know Him yourself. Taste and see!

Once you get a taste of God’s goodness, you’ll want more of Him in your life. You can get your first taste of God by reading the Bible and praying.

Here are a few Bible verses to get you started. Check out Psalm 136:1, Psalm 145:9, and Psalm 23:1-4. Think about what those tell you about what God is like.

Next you can pray. Prayer is just talking to God. You don’t need any special words. You can talk to God anytime, anywhere about anything. Tell God what you love about Him, thank for Him for the good things in your life and ask Him for help with all your problems and worries. He is a good God who wants to help!

Finally think about all the things you love about summer: things like playing outside, chasing fireflies, splashing in the pool and eating s’mores. The God who made all of that stuff and made us to enjoy it, wants to be your friend!

Click here to download the campfire coloring sheet, color it and hang it up to remind you of God’s goodness.

Bye Bye Birdie


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There’s nothing more relaxing than a day at the beach with your family, unless, of course, your daughters start feeding the birds.  All it takes is tossing one piece of bread on the sand to turn your seaside picnic into a scene from an Alfred Hitchcock movie.

For my money seagulls are the telemarketers of the animal kingdom: persistent, annoying and constantly interrupting your meals.  To my daughters, however, they’re magical, as enchanting as the birds who helped the mice sew Cinderella’s dress for the ball.   They adore them.

So on this past spring break, before I even knew what happened, half our picnic had gone to the birds.  My girls weren’t satisfied with just throwing food at a distance, they wanted to get as close to them as possible.

They spoke gently to the gulls, and using their bread as bait, lured them to within petting distance.  Then they tossed the bread in the air and watched the gulls pluck it out of the sky just a few inches from their hands.  The birds were loving it.

The whole thing looked like so much fun a little boy walked up and joined in on the act.  He was probably four or five, and he copied my daughters’ technique to get to the birds to fly in as close as possible.

Except instead of bread, he had a stick.

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The Not-So-Lazy River

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When you’re the parent of a preschooler, water parks are anything but relaxing.  You spend most of your time chasing your kids across hot pavement, wiping water out of their eyes with a towel or helping them dodge hairy men in the wave pool.  If you want to catch a break, the lazy river is your only hope.

I don’t know who invented this concept, but it’s brilliant.  The whole idea is to lay down on an inner tube and do nothing.  You float.  That’s it.  If your kid is a big enough to hold on to a tube, you can almost take a nap.

Unfortunately no one told my four-year-old this.  The second we hit the lazy river last week, she took off running.  I’d just settled into my tube when she bolted like an Olympic sprinter.  I wanted to yell, “Hey, this is the LAZY river.  That is not lazy!”

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