Jonah Pouts but the LORD God Prepares a Gourd

Jonah pouts before the LORD

When we last left Jonah, he had emerged as one of the world’s most successful evangelists. He had a very simple message…”In 40 days, Nineveh shall be overthrown…So the people of Nineveh believed God, proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth from the greatest to the least of them.” This passage in Jonah 3:5  is one of the most miraculous  scriptures in the Bible, in my opinion.  Now Jonah knew God’s character from the passage in Exodus 34, yet he was really ticked off that the LORD was being merciful.   After indulging in a pity party he asks the LORD to take his life but is gently questioned by his Sovereign who asks him,”Is it right for you to be angry?  Now the same LORD God who had prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah, now prepares a plant to grow up quickly and shade Jonah who has trudged out of the city, built a shelter, and sat watching to see what God would do.  “Jonah was very grateful for the plant.” Next, God prepares a worm to damage the plant so that it withers and offers no protection from the hot sun and wind.  He again pouts and wishes to die.  Jonah’s anger is due to selfishness and he continues to justify his rebellious attitude.  Jonah’s mixed-up values of putting more importance on his reputation and comfort are challenged by the LORD , who reminds the whining prophet that His character extends to all of His creation.  I think Jonah finally learned his lesson and  the story of Jonah  can encourage kids and teachers  to “put off” pouting when we don’t get our way.

Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering…and above all these things put on charity…and let the peace of God rule in your hearts…and be thankful.” Colossians 3: 12-15

Color and separate the worksheet on the solid line above Jonah’s head. Cut out Jonah and  the leaves and glue them as in the sample above.  If you have access to vine tendrils, they can be glued on before the leaves.  Color the worm brightly so he stands out!  For younger children you may want to add some magnification to the worksheet when printing, so the leaves are easier to cut out.  They will have fun giving Jonah some shade!

Jonah pouts

Jonah Pouts – worksheet w/ text

Text is from Jonah 4:5-8 – “So Jonah went out of the city…there he made a shelter…And the LORD God prepared a gourd and made it come up over Jonah, that it might be shade for his head to deliver him from his misery… But as morning dawned the next day… God prepared a worm… and it so damaged the gourd that it withered… God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat on Jonah’s head so that he grew faint…”

“Behold, I Stand at the Door and Knock”

A Royal Invitation

Answering His knock

Jesus gave John seven messages to give His church in the book of Revelation.  They were individual messages to actual churches.  They also have personal application to all of His children (“He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”) Some bible scholars teach that these messages portray a prophetic profile of church history but I do not want to focus this lesson on this debatable point.  Rather, I would like to point out that the church with one of the worst reputations is offered the most eminent of all of the promises if they repent and overcome…”Therefore be zealous and repent.  Behold, I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne…” Notice the great love and intense affection Jesus has for the members of this church…”As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten…” 

I think it is remarkable that the Lord wants to spare them shame…lest their nakedness be revealed!  He counsels them to buy from Him gold refined in the fire so they will have true riches, instead of just worldly wealth, and He also wants to give them spiritual sight and white robes.  Do you think this wealthy church who said  “I am rich and have need of nothing”, will realize their true condition of being wretched, miserable, poor blind and naked?

I hope they answer His knock and invite Him in to  dine and fellowship .  This is not fast food, people! To ignore this request invites the LORD’s displeasure…”so then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.” Rev. 3:16

Behold, I stand at the Door – wkst

Separate the worksheet between the floor and the door with text.  Cut out the door and write the rest of Revelation 3:20 on the back.  Have the kids choose a figure to color and cut out,  to represent themselves answering the door…or use both figures! When gluing figure do not glue hand.  That is what will “open” the door  and prevents it from “flapping” open! Color the top portion and apply glue to the  right edge of the doorframe around the figure of Jesus.  Only glue one edge as you want the door to swing open ! Optional: add glitter to Jesus’ hair…”His head and His hair were white like white wool, as white as snow…and His face  was like the sun shining in full power at midday.” Revelation 1: 14-16 (you might read the description of Jesus  from this passage while the kids are coloring Him.)

Alpha and Omega

Behold – worksheet – no text

Love not the World

Love not the World

Welcome to Aunties Bible Lessons. FYI…I will also be posting in the future  on “kidsbible.wordpress.com”.

Today,  I have been led to a study from 1 John 2, and a look at what it means to “love the world”.  We are warned by the Holy Spirit to keep ourselves from attaching ourselves to the world, but how often do we really contemplate what this means. This will be a lesson for older children as the themes are for a more mature audience and can be used as an alternate lesson when teaching about  the temptations of Eve or Jesus.  This worksheet would be good for supplementing your teaching on the temptation of Christ, the temptation of Eve, or before you begin your lessons on the kings of Israel or the Second Coming of Christ.

The amplified version of the Bible gives good definitions of what “the world” encompasses.  The  “lust of the flesh” is the first of three  mentioned in this “worldly” category, and is described as being  the craving for gratification. ..or in other words…one’s “God-given” bodily appetites are “out of control”. We have a lot of appetites that are legitimate like hunger and the need for sleep.  But we all know that overeating, and too much sleep are bad habits that lead to laziness and poor health.   Eve was tempted by the  “forbidden” fruit as she  determined it was good for food…she forgot all  about the other good fruit that God had freely provided.  Jesus was tempted by Satan to turn the stones to bread. Jesus looked to God to provide for all of His needs.  He did not need to follow His enemy’s suggestions for meeting them even though He was hungry from fasting for forty days.  We also read that the kings of Israel were not to multiply wives to themselves lest their hearts be led astray.(Solomon  should have paid attention to this!) This law was written for Israel’s future kings in Deuteronomy 17 to protect them from “lusts of the flesh”.  God ordained marriage between one man and one woman and this is our LORD’S ideal design.

“The lust of the eyes” are greedy longings of the mind. This is excellently portrayed in scripture by Achan , who coveted a beautiful Babylonian garment and other treasure  after Jericho’s destruction, stealing “the accursed things” and hiding them in his tent.  Who can forget King David who took a woman unlawfully as she was another man’s wife! (Uriah was one of David’s faithful “thirty” warriors but that did not stop this great king from sinning  against the LORD and his friend once lust was aroused.)  Both Achan and David’s transgressions had dire consequences that affected not only these men but their entire families and  nation.  Eve looked at the fruit of the tree in the midst of the garden that God had instructed them not to eat and saw that it was delightful, so she fell for the rest of the serpent’s lies.(why had she forgotten that  all of the other fruit was also pleasant to the sight! Genesis 2:9)  All of mankind has inherited a sin nature as a result.  The  kings of Israel were not to covet wealth and were instructed not to multiply to themselves silver and gold to help protect them from the “lust of the eyes”. Satan took Jesus to a high mountain and tempted Him by allowing all the kingdoms of the world to pass before Him.  The devil said he would give these kingdoms to Jesus if He would worship him.

The last arena we are tempted in is a very powerful lure in America.  The amplified Bible defines “the pride of life” as having “assurance in one’s own resources or in the stability of earthly things.”   We “pride” ourselves in being independent. (ouch) Who hasn’t heard that old expression “just pull yourself up by your own bootstraps”. The Kings of Israel were not to multiply horses to themselves.  They were not to trust in their military might but in the LORD of hosts.  Jesus was tempted by Satan to cast Himself down from the pinnacle of the temple…then God could rescue Him and prove He really was God’s Son.  Eve was tempted with the “pride of life” also, as ‘the fruit was desired to make one wise”….

“This I say then,  Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16

Memory verse:  “And now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He is made visible we may have and enjoy perfect confidence and not be ashamed and shrink from Him at his coming. ” 1 John 2: 28

Love not the World wkst

The “Love not the world” worksheet #2 contains 9 pictures. Three depict Eve’s temptations, three illustrate Jesus’ temptations and three show what Israel’s kings were not to multiply to themselves.  Each one is to be glued in one of the three headings, either: (1) the lust of the flesh (2) the lust of the eyes and (3) and the pride of life. In my class, we worked on one section at a time.

Note: I printed this from the website and had to enlarge it  …129% would be ideal…the rectangles measuring 2 inches by 1 & 1/4 inch.

“Assembling” Together

Hebrews 10:25

“…making the most of your time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:16

“…knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.”              Romans 13: 11

We are busy serving the LORD… getting lessons together and teaching kids. But I would like to exhort you to  make sure you prioritize your  time for  corporate worship,  and  are getting refreshed and nourished in your spirit with good teaching. We also need to be sensitive to opportunities for encouraging and exhorting the “adult” members of the body of Christ.  As I heard in a sermon this past  Sunday, is not enough to just “gather together” like the watches in the photo

“it’s time”

we must not be”…forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is: but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as we SEE the DAY approaching.” The previous verse says that we need to “consider one another to provoke unto love and good works…”  Hebrews 10:24

…but “assembling together”

When the body is functioning properly it is just like the workings of a timepiece.  Each part does its own special work and like Ephesians 4:16 teaches, we should be maturing in a healthy manner, growing in love.  Jesus is our example here.  Not only did he regularly attend the synagogue “…and as his custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day…” (Luke 4:16) , He was in constant communion with His disciples; teaching, exhorting, encouraging… and showing them perfect compassion, patience, fearlessness and joy.  I can be very patient with a child because I do not expect maturity from them… but rubbing shoulders with a Christian brother or sister is very revealing .  The Holy Spirit has a perfect chance to open our eyes to our true spiritual needs as we see how difficult it is to truly “consider others”.

assembling together – worksheet #4

As always, you might have to play around with “shrinking to fit” the parts of the worksheet.  Worksheet #4 is what you will measure all your other pieces to and works well with  this smaller dimension.  Try to get the image to print about 6 &1/4 inches across and 4 & 1/8  tall and  you will be able to get 2 images per page. That will put the “faces” of the timepiece at aprox. 5 inches across…this also means you will be able to print the other worksheets with 2 images per page. I punched “holes”  using the nut can seals (we used them for Leah’s veil)…rubbing off the texture with a pencil erasure and creasing the middle with a pencil… by just drawing a line you can simulate a little watch screw. You will need 13 “holes” for each timepiece, and a few “rubies”.(these can just be colored in)  Color  and assemble as in samples above using a thin line of tacky glue connecting wkst #2 (the timepiece face) to wkst #4 after you have glued the verse from worksheet #3 to the back of the timepiece face..This may seem like an extra piece of paper but I do not like the words of the verse to show through on the timepiece…if you do not mind this, worksheet #3 can be eliminated but the kids will have to write the  verse from Ephesians 4:16.  Worksheet #4 is the bottom layer  and the glue goes applied in the space provided to the left of the dotted line…this will make your project 3 layers after you glue the  edge of the gold watch cover (wkst #1) to the edge of the timepiece face (wkst#2). If you want to keep the front cover from flapping open, magic tape is your friend…just roll a little piece  “stickie-side” out, and place it on the backside, near the outer edge…..press to close. Optional:  the kids can copy a verse on the back of the golden cover (#1)  Ephesians 5:16 or Romans 13:11 are good choices for this. If you want to  emphasize  the contract between “just meeting” together and assembling…you may want to cut out  and glue  the pieces of  a watch in a little collage.  If this is the case, you can glue your collage onto worksheet #4…just leave space  to do so.   To make the spring, cut out a circle the size of a quarter from a nut can seal.  Rub out the texture, and cut as thin as possible in a continuous circle.  Cut 2 sizes of wheels out of grey paper, or use the foil …(or white paper colored grey or with pencil!)  You might cut some circles out of gold paper  also…then you will have to patiently scallop the edges or use the scissors that have that sort of edge.  The watches are easy to piece together out of black card stock.  Copy the basic design from the photo above.  You will be surprised how the Holy Spirit can give you a burst of creativity.

I sometimes think of Bezaleel from Exodus 35-36…”whom the  LORD had filled with the Spirit of God, in wisdom and understanding, and in all manner of workmanship; and to devise curious works, and to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, and in the cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of wood, to make any manner of cunning work…”I mean the list goes on and on..engraving, teaching, embroidering, weaving…all for the glory of God .  As he was giving himself to the construction of the tabernacle, what joy must have overwhelmed his heart as he realized the LORD was using him and gifting him with these abilities.    *             *                *             *              *

assembling together – worksheet #2

gathered together collage

back cover of timepiece #3

golden timepiece cover- wkst#1

“Consider your Ways!”

“Consider your ways!”

The phrase  “consider your ways” literally means “put your heart on your roads”, or in other words, consider what direction your life is taking. A good message for all of the LORD’S people today but specifically it was sent to His much beloved remnant…a small group of less than 50,000 Jews  that had pulled up stakes in Babylon ( 537 B.C.)  to return to Jerusalem .  Worship had been joyfully restored , and the foundation of the temple was laid but  this noble purpose was frustrated  after two years, and extinguished by crushing opposition. After lagging fourteen years, Haggai was sent to admonish the children of  Judah and Benjamin for prioritizing their own security and comfortable  “paneled” homes, but neglecting the ruined temple. (Some speculate that the cedar logs from Lebanon mentioned in Ezra 3:7, probably ended up in their private residences….now new wood was to be procured from the mountains) The people were to take stock of their lives and quit making excuses as to why they could not fully obey the LORD…hadn’t they noticed that their crops, livestock and labors were not being blessed ? This was going to take an acknowledgement of the LORD’S dealing with them so they could repent.  Good news!   All of the remnant obeyed the LORD “…and feared His presence.” (“…love the LORD with all your heart, with all your soul…”) and they were willing to be strong and work hard (“…love the LORD with all your strength.” Deuteronomy 6:5) I hope we are all paying attention here… Could we be experiencing “blight” from the LORD…or perhaps we are putting our wages in bags with holes?  Let us “consider our ways” so we can repent and turn to Him with our first love.  Then the LORD will take pleasure in His church, and He will be glorified as He was in the days of Haggai.

Haggai – worksheet

Color page, cutting strip on the end.  (the sample above was printed on ivory parchment  cardstock)  Glue correct scene in the window.  Go over the meaning of the word “remnant”.  Have the kids practice saying Zerubbabel. Optional: Have them write in the verse from 1 Samuel 12:24 in the space below the window.

You may notice a difference in style with the earlier posts.  I wish I could start over and annotate all of the texts on the worksheets and samples but I just learned how to do this (and have still not worked out all of the bugs)!  I had no idea this blog would have a “world-wide” following and I did not accommodate  for the language barrier.  I am trying to take this into account for all future posts.  Hopefully you have some good ideas and can “rewrite” them to suit your needs. Yay white-out!

God’s Holy Convocations – part two

We discussed the spring feasts in May (God’s Holy Convocations – part one), so let’s finish with the final 3 feasts which occur in the fall.  We have determined that the feasts are commemorative as well as prophetical, with the spring feasts having already been fulfilled by the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.  After a four month gap while the people waited for the harvest;  the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah) which commenced the first day of the seventh month, (Tishri) was celebrated  by a Sabbath rest, a memorial  of blowing of trumpets and a holy convocation involving an offering made by fire as a sweet aroma to the LORD (Numbers 29:1-6)  As this was a gathering of the people with the use of trumpets, many scholars of prophecy believe that Jesus will come for His church during a future  Feast of  Trumpets.  Are  we watching and praying always so that Day does not come on us unexpectedly?  Not growing weary as we participate in the great harvest of souls? These are truly “Days of Awe” when we should be preparing ourselves and our kids “to stand before the Son of Man.” Luke 21:36

The “day above all days” took place nine days later, the high holy Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur).  The people were to fast and afflict their souls from evening to evening, and the high priest was to offer the blood of a bull to make atonement for his sins, and the blood of a goat for the people’s sins .  The blood was sprinkled on the mercy seat located on top of the ark in the Most Holy Place, but first the high priest had to make sure this holy space  was  covered with a cloud of incense, lest he die. (Leviticus 16 has the specific instructions as much more is detailed)   Zechariah 12:10 speaks of the fulfillment of this feast when, at the Second Coming of the Lord…”I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; and they will look on me whom they pierced, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.  In that day there shall be mourning at Hadad Rimmom  in the plain of Megiddo ( the same intensity as when King Josiah died).  In that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and uncleanness…”

The last verses in Zechariah speak of the aftermath of that great battle in which Jesus comes against all of the  people and nations that have  gathered together to come against the remnant  of  “the apple of His eye”…“their eyes shall dissolve in their sockets ( and other yucky stuff) and like the battles of old , “a great panic from the LORD will be among them.  Everyone will seize the hand of his neighbor and the hand of the one shall be raised against the hand of the other.”  Any who are left alive shall go up year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.  This last feast (also called the Feast of Ingathering or Sukkoth) was the joyful, week-long celebration of thanksgiving for their bountiful harvest.  The men were all to come to the temple in Jerusalem  to make booths out of tree branches and “camp-out” to commemorate the LORD bringing them out of the land of Egypt, through the wilderness and finally to the promised land.  Besides the regular offerings specified for each day of the feast,  vows and freewill offerings were presented.  In the 1,000 year millennial  kingdom, the people of Judah and Jerusalem will fulfill their destiny as a holy, priestly nation and the rejoicing and thanksgiving will continue in an annual Feast of Tabernacles.

 

coloring page

Man of the Tombs – alternate worksheet

Man of the Tombs

Man of the Tombs – worksheet

Because I am so inspired by the compassion of  our Savior  in this story,  I decided to make a less complicated, alternate project . Color the page  and write an appropriate verse.  Again, I used the thick foil seal from a nut can to make the “fetters” but regular foil is o.k. too.  Cut three, shape a slight curve  over a pencil before gluing these on where indicated with a thick blop of tacky glue. You will also need one of those small novelty chains… (the kind that a rabbit’s foot is attached to) Unhook the clasp and poke a tiny hole with a pencil by the man’s leg to insert the end of the chain.  Now make another tiny hole to inset the  other end of the chain in. (Don’t forget to check out the video mentioned in yesterday’s post)

Leah – A Mother of Israel

The wedding veil is an ancient symbol of modesty. The first we read of a veil in the Bible was when Rebekah covered herself with a veil before she was introduced to her future husband ,Isaac, in Gen. 24.   Commentators speculate that it was also used to play a trick on Jacob during his marriage to who he thought was his beloved Rachel.( Remember when he played a trick on his “dim-eyed” father , pretending to be Esau?)  Leah’s identity was not  ascertained until the morning.  A belligerent groom  was quick to confront his father-in-law and  Rachel was promised  to Jacob after Leah’s bridal week was fulfilled at the cost of seven more years of labor.  The Lord blessed Leah with six sons and we see a progression of her faith with the naming of these boys: Reuben[See, a son!]; “because the Lord has seen my humiliation; now my husband will love me.” Simeon [God hears];”because the Lord heard that I am despised”. Levi [companion]; “now this time my husband will be a companion to me”. Judah [praise]; “now I will praise the Lord”. Issachar [hired]; “God has given me my hire.  And Leah became pregnant again and bore Jacob her sixth son.  Then Leah said, ‘God has endowed me with a good marriage gift; now he will dwell with me because I have borne him six sons'; and she named him Zebulun[dwelling].”   Faithful Leah was buried  by Jacob in the cave  of Machpelah  along with Abraham, Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah … a space reserved beside her when he too would “be gathered to his people”.

While we do not go around in long veils today, modesty is still required by women of God. If the LORD has commanded men to “treat older women as mothers and younger women as sisters, in all purity”, (1 Timothy 5:2) we should make every effort to not put temptation before their eyes.  Let’s teach modesty by word and example to the girls in our sphere of influence.  You might consider a special evening class or “sleep-over” to really go into depth with this vital teaching.

The worksheet  includes Leah’s wedding dress, one “modest” outfit, and one inappropriate outfit for you to discuss…(if you have boys in your class..please cut off the bottom two outfits and only give them the top portion.)  Color Leah and cut  a rectangle …from the edge 3 3/4 inches and 8 1/4 inch tall…leaving a space to write the verse from 1 Timothy. Cut out the space for Leah’s eyes to show through.  If you choose to,  you may cut more of the veil off  to show more of her face.

Leah with face showing

Color dress and cut out.  Save the heavy duty foil seals that come on coffee cans or nuts, and cut them with a hole-punch …glue above eyes after gluing the veil which is cheese cloth or other gauzey material.  Have the girls toss the  immodest outfit in the trash to further illustrate your lesson.

Leah – modesty w/text

Leah - modesty - wkstThe worksheet and instruction for Korah’s Rebellion is now posted.

King Jehoshaphat Prepares his Heart

“…Whoever wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” James 4:4

A king prepares his heart

A king prepares his heart

Jehoshaphat inherited the throne of Judah after the death of his father Asa.  We read that the LORD was with Jehoshaphat because he walked in the ways of David, obediently…until he made the bad decision to ally himself with the wickedest king Israel had known –  Ahab. Not only did he allow his son to marry Jezabel’s daughter, but Ahab talked the good king of Judah into entering a battle with him, one in which only one king would return home alive!  On his way home to Jerusalem, Jehoshaphat was met by the son of the seer who had rebuked his father and was given this stern reproof…”Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the LORD?”( 2 Chronicles 19:2)  Thankfully we read a different outcome as a result of the confrontation…Jehoshaphat prepared his heart to seek God.  He went out among the people from Beersheba to the mountains of Ephraim and brought them back to the LORD God of their fathers. He set judges throughout the land and commanded them to act in the fear of the LORD, faithfully and with loyal hearts.  When a large army came to battle against him, he set himself to seek the LORD and proclaimed a fast .  Read the prayer that was lifted up in 2 Chronicles 20: 6-12.  God delivered  Judah in an amazing way after the people had begun to steadfastly believe the Word of the LORD, and lift up His name in praise.  There are so many good points to bring out in this story that you may want to take extra time teaching it… the worksheet for this lesson is  a coloring page that can be divided into two parts.  The typos in the sample above,  have been corrected in the worksheet below!

King Jehoshaphat – coloring page

The Shunammite Woman

“Given to hospitality”

I would like to spend extra time on this lesson  so there is just a coloring page .  The Amplified Bible has an excellent rendition of the 1 Peter passage “…Above all things have intense and unfailing love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins [forgives and disregards the offenses of other].  Practice hospitality to one another (those of the household of faith). [Be hospitable, be a lover of strangers, with brotherly affection for the unknown guests, the foreigners, the poor, and all others who come your way who are of Christ's body.] And [in each instance] do it ungrudgingly (cordially and graciously, without complaining but as representing Him).  There are probably some heavy sighs after reading this, especially since we might be having a struggle just feeding our own family…but lets check out the life of a lady the Bible refers to as “great” and  “notable”, for inspiration and encouragement.  Elisha had a divine appointment with this Shunammite woman, and “just so happened” to pass by her house on his many journeys. She “constrained” (did not take no for an answer) him to stop  and eat with her  every time he was in the area and then had a good idea to present to her husband…” I perceive that this is a holy man of God, who passes by continually.  Please let us make a little chamber on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, a stool and a candlestick: and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in here.”  2 Kings 4: 9-10   This woman was incredibly  blessed by God with a child and  given great faith to believe the impossible when he suddenly died but I would like to focus this lesson on hospitality which was a requirement for New Testament  church leaders (1 Timothy 3:2, Titus 1:8) and a virtue we are to “practice”. (Romans 12:13)  How can we get kids excited about it???  Let’s show them how simple and fun it is. Explain that to get the ball rolling there needs to be an invitation.  Sometimes it is intimidating to invite people to come over…there is always the chance they could say no.  But keep practicing  and know that we are pleasing our LORD when we walk in obedience.  Then there needs to be some preparation.  Bring a small meal to share  with your class like bread or muffins, water, juice or tea to drink, and some fruit in season, taking into consideration any allergies…( butter, jam or cheese would be nice additions but not required)  See if you can get your kids to ask their parents if they can practice hospitality by inviting a friend or two over.  Talk about the things that may hinder hospitality while you are eating.  Pray for success and for any concerns they may have.

The Shunammite woman – worksheet