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You will need a pack of plain muffin or cake mix and a few different fillings such as blueberries or cherries, chocolate, jam/marmalade/lemon curd or marshmallows as well as some muffin/cake cases.
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Have fun guessing what might be inside before you eat your muffins!
Life is full of surprises. Some people enjoy being surprised and others prefer to always know what lies ahead. Whatever your preference may be, the best way to respond to a surprise is by thanking God for the good gift of life – even when it surprises you.
James 1:17 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”
Sweet or Sour
Buy some Haribo Tangfastics or other ‘sour’ sweets. Get your kids to pop one in their mouth and focus on the taste and feeling in their mouth. As they suck the sweet and the tangy coating disappears get them to notice the sweetness that appears.
We can ask God to help us see the sweetness in circumstances that seem sour at first.
Talk about how life sometimes seems disappointing when something happens that we don’t like, or we have to make a change that we don’t like. Explain that sometimes circumstances that seem “sour” to us at first can still turn out to be okay.
Next, take turns listing aspects of life that involve change. Help your kids practice “looking on the bright side” by listing some of the positive aspects of those life changes.
Pray together, giving thanks to God that He is with you at all times. Ask Him to help you see the sweetness in life circumstances that seem sour at first.
Explain that when you choose to thank God for less-than-ideal circumstances, even these times can seem much brighter. Finish by singing a song of thanks and praise to God.
Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
Ephesians 5:18b-20 “. . . be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ . . .”
Psalm 42:11 “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise Him, my salvation and my God.”