January 17 Devotional


Open your Bibles together and read Joshua 23:1-24:28.  Remember, any version works, or try a kids’ Bible or Bible app!


Younger Ones:  Notes of Encouragement
Gather construction paper and markers. Allow children to decorate the paper. Then help by writing an encouraging message on the note. Together think of someone who may need this note of encouragement, such as a friend, family member or neighbor. You may even want to add some homemade cookies to the note! 

Older Ones:  Knock Down Idols
Gather 10 bottles of water, sticky notes, a marker and a tennis ball. Help kids brainstorm things that people tend to value more than God, such as money, relationships, success at school or in activities, popularity, celebrities we follow, our looks or possessions. Have kids write an example of an idol on a sticky note and place it on a water bottle. When all ten bottles have a note, line them up like bowling pins and knock them down.


Younger Ones:  Why did Joshua speak to the Israelites? What did Joshua tell the Israelites to obey? Joshua reminded the Israelites that He rescued them from slavery in what country?

Older Ones:  Joshua said that he and his family would worship only who? What is another word for God? What did Joshua place under an oak tree?

Frond.pngOrganic Conversation

This week as a family, discuss what it means to encourage someone. Why is it important to encourage others? How do you feel when you are encouraged? How can you encourage others? As a family, choose someone that you can encourage this week.

Ribbon.pngVerse of the Week

Work as a family to learn the following verse: “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord Your God will be with you wherever you go,” Joshua 1:9. Use a paint marker and write this verse on your bathroom mirror!

TalkBoxes.pngPrayer Prompts

This week say this prayer…
Dear God, thank You so much for sending Your Son, Jesus, to die on the cross and rise again so we can be forgiven of our sins when we trust in Him. Thank You for sending Your Holy Spirit to us to be with us forever. In Your name we pray, amen.

Plus.pngAdditional Resources

Check out this website for a list of encouraging books for kids!