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Sticky Situations!

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In a world painted in shades of grey, things can get real sticky, real fast! How do we differentiate black from white, wrong from right when they seem to blend into each other?

God's Word is the ultimate arbiter of objective truth.

God's Word is the ultimate arbiter of objective truth - the Bible may have been written to a different audience, but its principles and values are timeless and designed to foster human flourishing. When we learn to apply what God's Word teaches to our lives, we are closer to living as God intended!

As you go through this year's devotional theme of "Sticky Situations" as a family, we hope that the monthly scenarios will resonate with you and your kids. As you discuss the various options (or come up with your own), think: what is guiding your decision-making? Are we just paying lip service to what we know are the "model answers", or are our lives truly being transformed so that our attitudes and actions line up with our words?

After reading and discussing each week's scenario, use the weekly devotional prompters in your wall planner to look at what the Bible says about the topic. Head over to our Instagram account @thetreasureboxsg or subscribe to our mailing list for weekly insights from our guest contributors!

We hope that this resource will be a blessing to you and your family in 2024, and that as a family, you will learn how when we face sticky situations in life, God’s word helps us get un-stuck!

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April: I Don't Feel Like Praising God...

Theme: Dealing with Personal Faith

Have you ever felt like your faith was weak? Times perhaps when you just didn't feel like going to church to worship God or read His word? If so, you are not alone. We all have times when we don't feel like praising God. The question is, what should we do in these situations? Should we give in to our emotions and our thoughts? Should we ignore them? Is there a better way?

Let's explore this Sticky Situation together!

Flip the book below to read the sticky situation. Discuss the options given and make a decision! 

Weekly devotional guides are below.

 

Week 1 Family Devotional Guide

Have you ever had a really bad day when everything just went wrong? Or you may have seen how bad things happened to good people. These are moments where we would often feel lost, confused or angry, and sometimes question if God even cares. Does He know what I’m going through? Ps 121:3,8 clearly tells us that God watches over us every second of our lives. Yes, He cares. He is the all-knowing God. He knows what you are thinking and how you are feeling right now. So, have faith to believe that He is right there by your side when bad things happen, even when you can’t see or feel His presence.

📖 Read
Psalm 121:3,8 NIV
(v3) He will not let your foot slip - He who watches over you will not slumber.
(v8) The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

🤔 Reflect
Consider this: God watches over us every second of our lives. He cares that we are feeling lost, confused or angry because of bad things that happen. He is right there by our side.

🏃🏻‍♂️ Respond
Write down on a piece of paper all the seemingly ‘bad’ situations that you are going through now. Talk to God about how you honestly feel about them. (Keep this paper for next week’s response activity).

 

Week 2 Family Devotional Guide

If He cares, why then do all these bad things happen to me?

We may have been taught that God will always help us and bless us with good things. So when ‘bad’ situations happen, it doesn’t make sense how a good God would not take them away immediately. In Isaiah 55:9, God declares that “My ways (are) higher that your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” It means God is fully aware of what’s happening and is fully in control of why certain situations happen to different people. This calls us to humbly recognise that He is God and we are not. Faith is believing that He knows exactly what He is doing.

📖 Read

Isaiah 55:8-9 ESV

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.“ As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”

🤔 Reflect

God is fully aware of what’s happening and is in full control of why certain situations happen to different people. Our response is to surrender the situation to Him and trust Him to work things out according to His (higher!) ways.

🏃🏻‍♂️ Respond

Take the list of ‘bad’ situations you wrote last week. Fold it and put it inside an envelope. Seal the envelope and write these words on it: “GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF THEM IN HIS WAYS.” Pray and surrender them to God.

Week 3 Family Devotional Guide (coming soon)

Week 4 Family Devotional Guide (coming soon)

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✍️ This month’s devotions are contributed by Pastor Joshua Wong, a Pastoral Staff at Covenant Evangelical Free Church. He graduated from NTU with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1992 and worked as an engineer for 8 years before the Lord called him out to full-time Children’s Ministry. He got his Masters degree from Singapore Bible College in 2011. He is married to Sharon with two grown-up kids, aged 21 and 18.

If you and your family enjoyed this resource, and would like to give a love gift to the ministry of The Treasure Box Singapore in reaching families in Singapore and beyond, click here.

March: To click or not to click?

Theme: Practicing Cyberwellness

Flip the book below to read the sticky situation. Discuss the options given and make a decision! 

Weekly devotional guides are below.

 

Week 1 Family Devotional Guide
Being curious about something is good; we want to find out what we don’t know. We need to remember to look for information from safe and trusted places. Just because a friend tells us to watch something does not mean it is safe and good for us. God sent us parents and other adults to love us and take care of us, and we can ask them for help to stay safe, both online and offline.

📖 Read
Proverbs 9:10 NLT
Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom.

🤔 Reflect
God is the Creator of heaven and earth and everything in this world belongs to Him - even the internet and social media! Stay close to God; keep learning from your parents and other loving adults whom He has surrounded you with, and you will grow wiser each day.

🏃🏻‍♂️ Respond
Pray and thank God for giving family and other adults who love and care for you. Ask Him to help you be wise when you are tempted!

Week 2 Family Devotional Guide
Sometimes we want to fit in with the crowd; when our friends say something is fun, we also want to see if it is fun. It is ok to like what our friends like or do what they do, as long as it is right and safe. It is also ok to say “No”, even if it means being different from our friends.

✍️ This month’s devotions are contributed by Carol Loi (@joyful.carol), a verified digital wellness educator and a Fellow of the Centre for Media Literacy.

📖 Read

Galatians 1:10 NLT

🤔 Reflect

What are some areas that you may feel pressured to fit in with your friends? Gaming too often with friends? Watching media content that you know is not kind or pleasing to God? Speaking words that are harsh and rude? Comparing school grades with others? 

🏃🏻‍♂️ Respond

Share your reflections as a family, and pray together for God to give you wisdom and strength to be different so as to please God and not please friends.

Week 3 Family Devotional Guide
We are usually careful with what we put into our bodies through our mouths - most of us don’t pick up food from the floor to eat even if it is our favourite food like chocolate (the 3-second rule is a myth!). We also need to be careful with what we put into our bodies through our eyes and ears - what do we watch on our devices, and what do we listen to? The more we watch or listen to things that are not appropriate - words that are unkind, songs that contain inappropriate lyrics, games that are violent - the more unhealthy we grow to become.

✍️ This month’s devotions are contributed by Carol Loi (@joyful.carol), a verified digital wellness educator and a Fellow of the Centre for Media Literacy.

📖 Read

1 Corinthians 10:23 NLT

🤔 Reflect

What are some things that you have allowed into your body through your eyes and ears that you know are not right? How do you decide what is healthy or not healthy for you when you are using your devices?

🏃🏻‍♂️ Respond

Discuss the questions as a family, and ask each other what you think and observe about how we are using our devices. Pray together to ask God for wisdom in making decisions about what you watch and listen to.

Week 4 Family Devotional Guide (Coming Soon)

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February: You have to! You need it!

Theme: Peer Pressure

Flip the book below to read the sticky situation. Discuss the options given and make a decision! 

Weekly devotional guides are below.

 

Week 1 Family Devotional Guide

Every little decision we make is an expression of who we are and what we want in life. Some are inconsequential, while others compound together and develop into something that impacts us in a bigger way. Our decisions also reveal what truly motivates us, underneath the choices we make. In this month’s Sticky Situation, Joanne is hesitant and unsure about what to do because unseen forces are pulling her in two directions: to be prudent with money or risk being rejected by her friends.

📖 Read
Matthew 6:21 (ESV)
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

🤔 Reflect
Consider what motivates your choices and actions. What is the “treasure” that you seek as you make a particular choice? Why do you see that as valuable to you?

🏃🏻‍♂️ Respond
Make a list of the things you truly value. Identify the top three things and bring them to the Lord.

Week 2 Family Devotional Guide

Back to Joanne’s dilemma.

Friendship or prudence? Camaraderie or pocket-money? Can we use money to buy friendships?

Joanne can choose to be wise, prudent, and honest about not wanting to spend money buying something she does not need. And of course, dressing like the Gals Generations together will be cool. What if spending a few dollars would really help develop the friendships between the girls? Some decisions are hard because the underlying motivations that pull us apart are seemingly all “good”! That’s what makes situations truly sticky. 

📖 Read

1 Corinthians 2:5 (ESV)
…so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

🤔 Reflect
Consider biblical principles and biblical counsel in making life choices. What would God require of us? How should God’s people choose? Will we trust God enough to take care of the consequences of our choices when we seek to honour him? 

🏃🏻‍♂️ Respond
Most of the decisions we make in life are also faith choices. Pray that we will learn to trust God and surrender our choices to Him as a key part of growing spiritually. 

Week 3 Family Devotional Guide (Coming Soon)

Week 4 Family Devotional Guide (Coming Soon)

If you and your family enjoyed this resource, and would like to give a love gift to the ministry of The Treasure Box Singapore in reaching families in Singapore and beyond, click here.

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January: Back to School

Theme: Fear and Uncertainty

Flip the book below to read the sticky situation. Discuss the options given and make a decision! 

Weekly devotional guides are below.

Week 1 Family Devotional Guide 

It's normal to feel anxious or worried when we don't know what will happen next, but our response to these feelings determine who we put our trust in. When things in life slip beyond our control, let us find hope by remembering the One who "holds all things together" (Col 1:17).

Read more here.

Week 2 Family Devotional Guide

We often classify our fears and anxieties into two big categories: “big stuff” and “small stuff”. We have no trouble bringing the “big stuff” to God. It’s the “small stuff” that we often end up fretting over because we think to ourselves: surely God has bigger things to worry about! The fact though, is that God does not make a distinction between the “big stuff” and the “small stuff”. He cares for “ALL stuff”! This week, let’s turn all our worries to Him - simply because He cares for us.

Read more here.

Week 3 Family Devotional Guide

𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐧 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐦, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐮𝐧 𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬. ☀️

When we’re going through an anxious time, it can feel like a dreary rainstorm with no end in sight. What we need in those moments is for someone to gently point out to us the cracks in the rain clouds where the sun’s rays are shining through. These are reminders that the storm will pass, and that even amidst flashing lightning and rumbling thunder, there is hope and beauty to be found.

A kind word; a simple prayer; a listening ear - God brings people along to offer us these little gestures of hope to remind us that even in the storm, the sun still shines.

Read more here.

Week 4 Family Devotional Guide

𝐑𝐮𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬

An ancient fortress is kept safe not just by what it is made of, but also by the people who live in it. God is a fortress for us, not just because He is all-powerful, but because in Christ, we find a community of believers in whom we can seek refuge and find shelter.
The walls of a fortress not only project strength; they also promise safety.

In times of trial and trouble, let us run to God our fortress; and to God’s people, our fellow fortress-dwellers.

Read more here.

If you and your family enjoyed this resource, and would like to give a love gift to the ministry of The Treasure Box Singapore in reaching families in Singapore and beyond, click here.

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