The focus of this family time is to use five easy steps to teach our children that God often sets his love on and does amazing things through people who are unloved, unwanted, unattractive, and unpopular — just like Leah and just like Jesus.
Learn the Memory Verse together and say it throughout the week to help your family remember and apply what they have learned.
Play This or That: Use these questions as a fun time to know more about each other. Have fun discussing why each person answered the way they did
- Pancake or Waffle?
- Strawberry or Vanilla?
- Running or Hiking?
- New clothes or New toys?
- Go to Zoo or Go to Beach?
- Ice Cream or Cake?
- Library or Park?
- Pasta or Pizza?
- Black or White?
- Soup or Salad?
- Police car or Fire truck?
- Painting or Drawing?
- Broccoli or Cauliflower?
- Piano or Guitar?
- Superman or Batman?
- Milkshake or Juice?
- Travel in train or Travel in airplane?
- Cookies or Cupcakes?
- Warm weather or Cold weather?
- Swimming or Dancing?
- Sleep late or Wake up early?
- Elsa or Ana?
- Fruits or Vegetables?
- Hop like kangaroo or Swing like monkey?
- Eat at home or Eat at restaurant?
- Watch movie at home or Go shopping at store?
- Eagle or Peacock?
- Watermelon or Mango?
- Frozen or Moana?
- Hugs or Kisses?
STEP 2. WORSHIP!
- Sing and have fun while worshiping then pray. Take a moment here to thank God for your family and your time together!!
STEP 4. DISCUSSION!
Use these questions and points to have a conversation with your children about the Bible story.
- Call out the description and allow kids to answer “Leah” or “Rachel”
- The younger sister. Answer: RACHEL Say: Yes, it is Rachel.
- The beautiful sister. Answer: RACHEL Say: Yes, Rachel is the beautiful younger sister.
- The older sister who no one noticed. Answer: LEAH Say: Yes, it is Leah.
- The sister Jacob wanted to marry. Answer: RACHEL Say: What did Jacob have to do in order to marry Rachel? Yes, he had to work for his uncle Laban for seven years.
- After seven years the sister Jacob first married. Answer: LEAH Say: Correct, Jacob thought he was marrying Rachel, but actually it was Leah. Laban played a nasty trick on Jacob.
- The second sister Jacob married. Answer: RACHEL Say: Jacob had married both sisters.
- The sister Jacob loved. Answer: RACHEL Say: How did Leah feel knowing that Jacob loved Rachel best? Yes, not loved, not attractive, and not wanted.
- The sister God chose to set his love on. Answer: LEAH Say: Even though Leah was not wanted, not attractive, and not loved by others, God chose to set his love on her.
- The sister with a son named Judah. Answer: LEAH Say: The name Judah means “this time I will praise the Lord.” Which is exactly what Leah did!
- The sister through whose family God would rescue his people. Answer: LEAH Say: Yes, one of Judah’s children’s children’s children would be Jesus. Isn’t that amazing! It is through Leah’s family that Jesus would one day come.
Jesus in the Story
- Say: “Leah’s son Judah would have children and they would have children and they would have children and one of those children’s children would be Jesus. God had chosen Leah’s family to be the family through whom he would rescue his people.”
- Say: “God often chooses people we would not. God often sets his love on and does amazing things through people who are not loved, not wanted, not attractive, and not popular — just like Leah and just like Jesus.”
STEP 5. Pray!
- Pray aloud, thanking God that he often sets his love on and does amazing things through people who are not loved, not wanted, not attractive, and not popular — just like Leah and just like Jesus.
- Ask the children to think of a way in which God has shown that he loves them and then to pray, thanking God for the way he loves them.