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2012 - Wk. 38: Consider the Lilies


What You'll Need: scriptures, GAK 212/GAB 39: The Sermon on the Mount, lilies and birds poster (if needed), white paper, pencil, scissors, clear tape, green pipe cleaner, yellow pipe cleaner.

CLICK HERE to download the pdf of this lesson for easy printing. If you download, please leave a comment here on what you like about this lesson. Note: GAK vs GAB pictures explained here.

Scripture:  Proverbs 3: 5-6   Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Opening Song: I Know my Father Lives (PCS #5)


(show GAK 212/GAB 39: The Sermon on the Mount)

When Jesus was on the earth he taught people using parables.  A PARABLE is a story that uses every day objects to explain gospel lessons.  He taught a parable about birds and flowers.

(Go outside.  Look for birds and flowers.  If you cannot go outside due to weather CLICK HERE to download show the following pictures.)

Let's talk about the birds first: Do you see them flying back and forth? Or walking around and pecking at the ground? Our Heavenly Father made them that way, and gave them the seeds and bugs to eat, and feathers that shed water so they won't get wet when it rains. Look closely; do they look worried about the seeds running out? Are they holding up signs saying: "We need more bugs!"?

What about the flowers? They are very pretty too, aren't they? Do they look like they are worried about the next rain shower, or if the sun will shine tomorrow?

Do you know why the birds and the flowers don't have to worry about anything? It is because our Heavenly Father takes care of them all the time, every day, rain or shine.

Jesus told a story about the flowers and birds to show us how we should trust our Heavenly Father just like the birds and flowers do. They do not have to go to work, and they do not have to save anything in the bank; they trust our Heavenly Father to provide for them each and every day.

In Luke, chapter 12, Jesus said:

Consider the [birds]: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls? Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that {a king] in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field...how much more will he clothe you...And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.

In this story, Jesus pointed out that even though birds and flowers do not wear clothes, or have houses, they are more pretty and better protected than even rich kings in their fancy robes and big houses.

He told us that our Heavenly Father knows every flower and every bird, and watches over each and every one of them. But He also said that we are much more important to HIM than any bird or any flower, so we should be even more sure that HE will protect us every day.

Sometimes we have a lot of worries. We worry that we won't be okay. Or have enough things to make us safe and happy.  In Luke Chapter 12 Jesus said, ...seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Jesus was saying that if we do our best to follow him and keep the commands we don't need to worry about other things. He will always take care of us.  No matter what. Our belief that God will always take care of us is called FAITH.  Faith means that we believe in Him and we also believe that He is our Father who wants us to be happy.

Bear your testimony about times when you were worried and Heavenly Father took care of you.  Express your testimony that if we do our best, everything will always be all right and that Heavenly Father loves us.

(For tips on sharing your testimony please click here.)

Practice Song: If you are teaching your family the SEPTEMBER Song of the Month, go over the words and music with your family.

Activity: Lily Craft
CLICK HERE to download instruction sheet.

4 Way Righteous Comments:

Abby O! said...

Thank you for this wonderful lesson! The craft is great for my 3 year old and the lesson was just what my family needed. Thank you!

Evette Mendisabal said...

Thanks for this lesson. My kids loved it, especially creating the Lily.

juli said...

Great and simple lesson plan that is easily adaptable to teenagers. Thank you!

Selesitila said...

Thank you for this simple yet great lesson. I will be using these ideas for a young women lesson. Much appreciated Thank you! :)

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