In January, the kids are learning about Self Control (choosing to do what you should do, not what you want to do).  Our lessons for the month are:

Week 1 (January 3):
For week one, we’ll look at Proverbs 25:28:  “A person without self-control is like a city whose walls are broken through.” In ancient times, a city without walls was exposed to harsh elements and to cities that could conquer them. Like an unwalled city, a lack of self-control exposes you to danger.

     Bottom Line: God can give you the power to control yourself. We want kids to start the month realizing they can lean into God’s power to help them demonstrate self-control.

Week 2 (January 10):
In week two, we’ll discover more about Proverbs 16:32:  “It is better to be patient than to fight. It is better to control your temper than to take a city.” God reminds us that having patience and showing self-control is more important than winning an argument or conquering an entire city.

     Bottom Line: Pause before you lose your temper. God wants us to know that pausing and showing patience (even when it’s difficult) is better than choosing to fight our way through life.

Week 3 (January 17):
For week three, we’ll look at Proverbs 21:23:  “Those who are careful about what they say, keep themselves out of trouble.” We want kids to understand the power of showing self-control with the words they say.

     Bottom Line: Select your words carefully. When we lean into God’s power and select our words carefully, we may show others a glimpse of God’s grace, which could change them forever.

Week 4 (January 24):
In week four, we’ll see what God says in Proverbs 25:16:  “If you find honey, eat just enough. If you eat too much of it, you will throw up.” You can have too much of a good thing. Here we are given a clear picture of what could happen if we don’t know when to stop.
     Bottom Line: Know when to stop. When we are able to show self-control and stop what we’re doing, we might end up with too much of something. And having too much can cause us harm.

Week 5 (January 31):
For the final week, we’ll look closer at Proverbs 4:23:  “Above everything else, guard your heart. Everything you do comes from it.” In order to show self-control, you need to fill your heart and minds with what will help you guard your heart. The apostle Paul gives us an idea of what some of those are in Philippians 4:8. We should think about what is noble, right, and pure, lovey and worthy of respect. When we fill our heart with these things, we’ll have a better chance of responding with self-control. 

     Bottom Line: Use God’s words to guide your thoughts. If we focus on God’s Word, when those frustrating moments come, we’ll be able to remember the truth of Scripture to help us show self-control.

With all of the Proverbs we are discovering in January, we know that God can help us protect ourselves from the consequences of not demonstrating self-control. 

Remember, kids earn 5 Bible Bucks each week of January in which they can recite the memory verse from the picture below (Proverbs 25:28).  Help your child learn to keep God’s word in his/her heart.