The Body Armor of God's Righteousness
Welcome to week #6 of Home-made JAM!
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In the Bible, Paul talks about the spiritual battle we’re fighting against evil and tells us to put on the shoes of peace that comes from the good news about Jesus. Just as shoes help a soldier walk safely in a battle, the shoes of peace help us when we face bad and hard things.
This week we are focusing on two songs again. The first one, Stand Strong should be familiar to you. This song reminds us that no matter what happens to us in our life, God gives us the power to face it. The second song is a new one. Shalom is the Hebrew word for peace. We can have peace in this life because we have the all-powerful God on our side.
Take some time to learn these songs and sing them with your kids!
Game - Make Me Smile
Talk About Bringing a Smile
When we’re around someone who’s angry, we can help bring peace by being kind and gentle. Sometimes even a nice smile can help someone’s angry feelings go away. Share examples of things people do that make you smile. Then talk about what you can do to make someone smile.
Make Friends Smile
There are lots of ways to bring a smile to someone’s face, and it’s hard to be angry when you have a big smile. Let’s practice bringing joy to others with a game.
- Have one person be the Peacemaker.
- Encourage everyone else to make angry faces.
- The Peacemaker should smile and do things to get everyone else to laugh or smile.
- When everyone is smiling, choose a new Peacemaker and begin a new round.
We can bring peace to others by sharing our joy.
Craft - Shoelace Tags
- thin cardboard
- aluminum foil
- glue sticks
- hole punches
Make a Set of Shoelace Tags
- Use the poster board and aluminum foil from your box. Cut a rectangle out of the poster board (it should be about 1x3 inches, but you can adjust the size as you’d like). Set the piece on your foot to make sure it doesn’t look too big or too small for your preferences.
- Tear a piece of aluminum foil that will wrap all the way around your cardboard.
- Glue the aluminum foil to the cardboard, cutting off any excess.
- Punch a hole on each side of your shoelace tag.
- Use a pen to write the word “peace” on the tag.
- You can also add swirls or lines around the word.
- Repeat so you have one tag for each shoe.
- Unlace your shoes so the laces come out of the top two holes.
- Thread the laces through the tags and re-lace them.
Talk About It
- When do you like to wear sneakers or other shoes with laces?
- What would it look like to show peace in those times?
The Bible compares peace that comes from the good news of Jesus to wearing shoes. And not just any shoes—armor shoes! These shoes would protect a soldier’s feet. Your shoelace tags may not protect you from physical harm, but they can remind you to put on your spiritual shoes of peace when you’re up against evil!
Wrap it Up - Peaceful Tippy-Toes
Tiptoe in Place
This week we learned we fight evil with peace, and we learned to use our shoes of peace. (tiptoe in place) With shoes of peace, we are gentle and kind. We are also patient and we walk away when someone wants to argue or fight.
Let’s talk to God as we use our peaceful feet (Keep tiptoeing). “Thank you, God, for giving me shoes of peace.” Ask God for help with fighting the bad things that happen in your life with peace. Invite the rest of your family to say their own personal prayers if they choose to.
Through the Week
Have each person in your family grab the pair of shoes he or she will wear the most this week.
- On the soles of the shoes (either on the bottom or on the insole), use a permanent marker to write “peace.” Your little ones won’t be able to read the word, but if you write it for them and tell them what you’re writing, they’ll know what it says!
- Whenever you put on those shoes, ask God to help you wear His shoes of peace that day.
- Looking at your shoes can also be a good reminder in non-peaceful moments!