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Strength in the Struggle – When You Don’t Quit!

Last week I confessed how I usually give up some goals when I fall behind. That night, not only did I see the value in reading God’s Word, I saw the value in not giving up. I also noticed the value of not giving up in another area.


strength struggle

I’ve shared with you before about my daughter’s struggle.

We’ve worked hard.

Last week, when we read the Bible together, she wanted a turn to read. She picked up the heavy family Bible, raised her voice, and read. Boldly. It wasn’t a children’s Bible. There were lots of hard words. She didn’t quit when she faltered. Frustration stayed away. She read. And read. And read. Verse after verse. Truth after truth. She read.

She showed me strength in the struggle.

It was beautiful.

I’m so thankful we didn’t give up.

Family Connection: The Olympic Rings

Ideas for Olympic Crafts

If your house is anything like mine, we have Olympic fever. As soon as the theme song comes on, all heads snap to the TV to see what event is competing. Major events like the Olympics bring us sitting together as a family. This is a great opportunity to build bridges and connect with your kids. How about an Olympic Family Devotion?!

The Olympic Rings

Do you know what the Olympic Rings symbolize?

There are five rings. Each ring represents one of the regions of the World — Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe, and Oceana. The rings are blue, yellow, black, green, and red. If you look at all the National flags of the World, you will see that every flag has a color represented.

A ring is a symbol that never ends. This is the love God has for us. Read Jeremiah 31:3.

In the New International Reader’s Version, the last part of that verse describes God’s love for us as a “faithful love.”

If you ever need a reminder of God’s faithful love, find a circle. Hold it and remember that His love for you never ends. It won’t run out. It is faithful.

Here are some fun, family games to connect and take the learning to a tangible level. All you need are a few Hula Hoops.

Bumper Car Hoops:

  • Put several hoops on the floor. If you have enough hoops for each person, that is ideal, it also works with more than one person in a hoop. You will need a large area for this. The driveway will work if you want to take it outside.
  • Everyone needs to be standing in a hoop, with it on the floor.
  • Move the hoops by shuffling your feet. (little tiny steps that will inch the hoops across the floor)
  • Gently bump the hoops into each other like bumper cars.
  • Play music, then stop it suddenly. When the music stops, everyone freezes. Yell “Switch Hoops!” and everyone runs to a different hoop.
  • Start the music again.
  • You can make it an elimination game by taking away hoops. If more than one person in a hoop – Everyone will have to squeeze into the remaining hoops. If each person has their own hoop at the start of the game – someone will sit out until there are only two remaining.

Don’t break the ring!

  • Stand in a circle and join hands.
  • Put a hoop in the circle, by unclasping two hands and inserting the hoop. Join hands through the hoop so it rests on the arm.
  • Move the hoop around the circle without breaking the ring! (Tip: There are two ways to do this – you will have to step through and lift it over your head, or lift your arm over your head, ducking your head so the hoop will go over it, then step through it.)
  • You can add another hoop and send it around the circle in the opposite direction. It is possible to keep the hoops going in opposite direction, even when they cross!

Don’t forget about doing what hula hoops do best! Hula with them! Have a competition! But most of all, have fun.

While the hoops are going round and round, remind your children of God’s faithful, never-ending love. Celebrate the Olympics, and celebrate God’s faithful love.

When you build bridges and connect with your children, you are giving them the gold.

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