Free Devotion For Children - How God Made Me is Wonderful

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If children have special needs, they are sometimes made to feel 'different than "normal" children'. This devotion's aim is to help children understand that God made them wonderful; and that differences are good! Helps for special needs kids below.
Free Devotion for Children based on Psalm 139:13-18 - How God Made Me is Wonderful
Bible Verses: Psalm 139:13-17

Focus:

1. How God made each of us is wonderful and amazing!

2. God has many wonderful thoughts of you!

Items: Play dough; plastic tray (to play with play dough on); cloth or towel; blank booklet (Staple a few small pages together to make a little blank book); cContainer of sprinkles or colored sugar (used in baking).
Words for Parent to Say (Commentary in bold): Actions for Child (parent helps):
Let's read our Bible in Psalms. God has some really neat stuff to tell us.

Psalm 139:13 For you formed my inmost being.
You knit me together in my mother's womb. (WEB) Let's each make a baby out of the play dough I'll show you how.

(Form a baby with your play dough, as show your child each step: Roll some play dough in a ball for the head. Roll an oblong ball for the body, and roll some "logs" for the arms and legs, then press together.
Wow. You're doing a great job! That's a cool baby you made! Aren't you glad God didn't use play dough to make us? God knew how to make us just right because he is God! Let's go on. Point to the play dough babies.
Psalm 139:14 I will give thanks to you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. My soul knows that very well. (WEB).  
God didn't just make us with body parts. He gave us a mind to think with, a heart to love with. He makes everything work together. He gives us life so we could walk and breathe and talk to him. Only a great God like ours could do that! Pray a short prayer together thanking God for the wonderful way he made you.
Psalm 139:15 My frame wasn't hidden from you,
when I was made in secret, woven together in the depths of the earth. (WEB)
Put a cloth over the babies to hide them.
God didn't just go away and leave us. He was watching over us to make sure everything was ok. Psalm 139:16a Your eyes saw my body. (WEB) Take cloth off babies.
Psalm 139:16b In your book they were all written, the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there were none of them. (WEB) Take the little black book, draw a blank line and write the word Days next to it.
Even before God made you he knew how many days you were going to live. I left it blank because I don't know. But God does. He will make sure everything goes according to his great plan. Show your child and tell him what it says.
Psalm 139:17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
How vast is their sum! 18 If I would count them, they are more in number than the sand. When I wake up, I am still with you. (WEB
Lay your head on your hands and close your eyes. Say, "When we sleep, God is with us, and what do you know"? (Pretend to wake up). "When we wake up, God is still with us! He's there all the time!"
God has so many great thoughts about us. Did you know he knows the number of hairs on your head? That's true. He watches over you. He loves you. He has great plans for you. He is with us. He sings over us. He gives each of us an angel. He thinks we're more precious than the birds. He clothes us better than the beautiful flowers. He gave each of us special gifts. Help your child use his fingers to count each time you tell him a thought God has about us.
Oh its too many! I can't think of them all! Its right! Its more than the grains of sand on the beach, and more than the little balls in this!
Show your child the jar of sprinkles. Let him shake them and try to guess how many are in it just for fun. Say, "Its too many to count, just like God's wonderful thoughts of you!"
Reference verses for above thoughts: Psalm 34:7; Psalm 121:5; Jeremiah 29:11; Zephaniah 3:17; Matthew 6:25-26; Matthew 6:28-29; Matthew 10:30; Matthew 18:10; Romans 12:6.

Talk it Over: Skit to do together. Cut out picture of a teddy bear out of a magazine, and glue to a popscicle stick. Let your child hold it while you tell the story and act out what Bouncy Bear is saying.

Hi, Its Me, Bouncy Bear. I got my name because sometimes I have so much energy. I run around so much, its like I'm bouncing off the walls! Tckles the Bear is my best friend. Tickles knows that I'm a little different. But he doesn't mind because he knows everybody's different.

The doctor says I have A.D.D. I guess that means that I have trouble paying attention. Sometimes I get wiggly and can't sit still. Sometimes I talk out of turn, or act before I think. I don't mean to be that way. But you know what? Another doctor says its probably just that I need some nutrients - That's a big word. It just means stuff that our bodies need to be healthy.

I talk to my mom about it. I tell her I don't want to be different. I just want to be like everybody else. But she says that God made me just the way he wanted to, whether I have A.D.D. or not. And she says God loves me very much either way. She says there's good things about A.D.D. too. She says that lots of people with ADD are are good in art! She says I'm a good artist too, just like them. And she says that we all have things about us that are different. Tickles is more ticklish than anyone I know. My friend Sammy trips and falls all the time. See? Everybody is different. Nobody is perfect.

But you know something? God wants you to understand that the way he made you is wonderful and great! You are very special to him...no matter what. He made us each a little different on purpose. How he made each of us so wonderful and amazing!

Pray it: Pray a simple prayer and ask your children if they would like to say a prayer.

Play it: Let's make a life-size drawing of you! Then we can label all the wonderful parts that God made! Use some butcher paper or tape a few sheets of large paper together. Lay it on a exercise mat or other firm-but-soft surface. Trace around the shape fo your child. Help your child draw a face and hair and some clothes. Label the parts and talk about what each part does, and how God is so wonderful and he designed us in an amazing way!

Some websites you might find helpful about A.D.D. and A.D.H.D.
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Psalm 139:13 For you formed my inmost being.
You knit me together in my mother's womb.
14 I will give thanks to you,
for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Your works are wonderful.
My soul knows that very well.
15 My frame wasn't hidden from you,
when I was made in secret,
woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my body.
In your book they were all written,
the days that were ordained for me,
when as yet there were none of them.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
How vast is their sum!
18 If I would count them, they are more in number than the sand.
When I wake up, I am still with you. (WEB)

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Other Devotions in This Psalm 139 Series:
First Devotion in Psalm 139 series: God Cares, based on Psalm 139:71-6 Second Devotion in Psalm 139 series: Can't Hide, based on Psalm 139:7-12