Thursday, October 8, 2009

Faith and Frogs Object Lesson


Use a stuffed toy frog as the object. Other props are: $1 bill, mirror, picture of someone, fortune cookie, toy car or Lego toy, golden triangle to represent the Trinity or flashcard with "GOD" on it.


Introduction:
Not long ago, I received this frog as a gift, and as soon as I saw it, I was reminded of something, Write “FROG” on the blackboard as an acrostic. Do you know what “FROG” means?

F—ully (What does fully mean? Completely, all the way)
R—elying (What does relying mean? Trusting, leaning on)
O—n (What does on mean? Not behind or under)
G—od (What do we think of when we think of God? Our all-powerful Creator and Savior)

What do you and I rely on or trust or lean on? Do we trust in God? Or are we fully relying on something else?

Money (Use $1—our money says “In God We Trust”—Do we?)
Yourself (Use a mirror—How many times have you thought, “I can do this myself”?)
People (Use a picture of someone—Are you leaning on some other person to take care of you)
Luck (Use a fortune cookie—Do you believe in good luck/bad luck?)
Stuff (Use a small car—Are you relying on stuff to make you happy?)
God (Use a yellow triangle to represent the Trinity—Or are you leaning on God? )

We trust cars and airplanes to get us where we are going. We trust the bank to give us money from our account. We trust people to do what they say they will do. We trust our own abilities to do for ourselves. We sometimes trust in horoscopes/stars/luck/chance and gamble hoping to get something for nothing.

If we are believers in Jesus, we have trusted God to save us. But, do we trust Him to keep us and provide for us and lead us in the choices we make? Do we trust Him to help us love those who are not loveable, to do the things that are really hard for us? God wants us to keep on leaning on Him every day. He wants us to fully rely on Him.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5
I am going to keep this little frog, and when I see it, it will remind me to Fully Rely On God, and to trust God with all my heart...and to lean on Him every day, not on my own understanding! (Draw leaning figure on "GOD" triangle on blackboard)

Repeat verse: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” ”Proverbs. 3:5

31 comments:

  1. I would like to use this lesson in an upcoming lesson time in AWANA for our church. This year on Wed. night it is leap year and we are going with a frog theme for the night and this lesson would work perfectly.

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  2. Wendy--Absolutely! Hope it will be a blessing to both you and the children.

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  3. Hi Kat, I would also like to use this for our Wednesday night programming at church. Think the objects will really help the lesson stick with them.

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  4. Go ahead. The kids seem to really "get" this one.

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  5. Kat,

    I would also like permission to use this for a lesson tonight (2/29).

    Thanks!

    cindy

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  6. May I share parts of this lesson at our Ladies and Girls Spring Tea this evening? Our theme is frogs and butterflies.

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  7. Go for it! Hope it will be a blessing for both young and old.

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  8. May I use this lesson for our Wed. night activities at our church? We are having a jumping theme with jumping games and an inflatable jumper.

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  9. Sorry to answer this so late, but I was out of town and unable to access my email...
    You do have my permission to use the lesson whenever you wish.

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  10. May I use your lesson for our VBS next week? I have little stretchy frogs to hand out to the kids for a take home reminder. Thank you!

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  11. Yes--You are welcome to use the lesson for your VBS. I pray that it will be a blessing.

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  12. Can I use this lesson for middle school FCA?

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  13. Go for it! I'm glad to see the lesson being used.

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  14. Hi Kathy. I really like your lesson. I would like to use it for our Awana ministry. Would that be ok with you? It's very visual and I think it will hit home with the clubbers. Thank you.

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  15. Absolutely! My grandchildren at AWANA kids, and I know they enjoy their clubs. I pray that it will be a blessing to yours.

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  16. I would like to use this as an object lesson in trust tomorrow at Children's Church, is that alright with you?

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  17. I'd love to see the lesson used for the glory of God. Yes.

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  18. I love this devotional and have used it before. I lost the copy that I had and it to search for it again. I teach first graders in Sunday School and this has been a tradition the last Sunday before the summer break.

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    1. I'm so glad that you have been able to use the frog lesson. That really does resonate with the kids, doesn't it.

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  19. Please, may I have permission to use your FROG object lesson this Sunday in our Junior Church as well as in 8 Vacation Bible Schools. My husband and I travel from church to church in the summer to help conduct VBS's. Thanks!

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    1. Absolutely! Feel free to use it at every opportunity God gives you.

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  20. may I use your FROG object lesson this Sunday. Our small town has gone through a lot this week with the abduction of 2 young girls....I want to see if I can do the children's sermon tomorrow and let the children know that God is present and we can always trust God to watch over us and love us no matter how difficult life can get.

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    1. I would be honored to have you use that lesson and will pray that God will honor your faithfulness in encouraging the children and adults of your congregation.

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  21. I would like to use your FROG object lesson with the children who attend our Florida State CMA Rally at the end of this month.

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  22. Seeking permission to use some of your ideas from this blog post at a Lady's Meeting in OH on Jan. 13, 2014, please.

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    1. Feel free to use whatever you can for your meeting. I am happy that my material can be used. God is good!
      Kat

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  23. Kathy April 3, 2014April 3, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Would like to use this for upcoming Sunday school lesson. We have kids of all ages and think this is a message that appeals to all ages.

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    1. Yes--I'd love to see God use this for His glory in your SS.
      Kathy Wynveen

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  24. I love your unique and simple lesson. It matches my style and will be a great hook for my John 3:16-17 lesson this weekend for my Awana lesson and Easter!

    Thank you for sharing and may the Lord continue to bless you, your ministry and in all that you do for Him!

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