Children’s Devotional Activity: God Loves You!

Originally published on the Tyndale Bibles Blog featuring an activity from the Hands-On Bible

Read these verses from the Psalm three times to remind yourself who knows you best.

“O Lord, you have examined my heart
and know everything about me.

You know when I sit down or stand up.
You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.

You see me when I travel
and when I rest at home.
You know everything I do.”

Psalm 139:1-3 NLT

Then ask a parent or guardian to help you print out a map of where you live.

Mark your map using the key below.

Use a highlighter to trace the roads your family uses, and then read Psalm 139:1–3 out loud.

God always knows where you are, what you’re doing, and what you’re thinking and feeling. Wherever you go, whatever you think or feel, God understands and loves you!

Use a red marker to draw a large heart that surrounds all the places you’ve highlighted on your map.

Now you can hang your map in your room to help you remember the verses you just learned!

Bonus Idea

You also can print a map of the world or your country and mark different places you’ve been or lived.

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Hands-On Bible NLT

Jesus taught with hands-on lessons and illustrations. The Hands-On Bible uses the same experience-based learning to communicate God’s Word in an active, understandable way. With hundreds of fun, memorable activities, the Hands-On Bible is packed with activities and experiences that invite kids to crawl inside the Scriptures and do God’s Word! Exciting Bible features include:

  • 102 Hands-On Bible Experiences
  • 52 Key Verse Activities
  • 31 Bible Hero Biographies
  • 16 Bible Bonanza Experiences
  • 82 Jesus Connections
  • 66 Bible Book Intros
  • 69 Fun Facts
  • “Where to Turn When I’m . . .” index
  • Kid-friendly Q and A
  • 28 full-color tip-in pages
  • Charts and maps

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Bethany was raised on a mini farm in Indiana where she fell in love with nature, faith, and imagination. Since then, she was employed as a marketer for the Center for the Study of C. S. Lewis & Friends before graduating with a Marketing and Management double major from Taylor University and joining the ranks of Tyndale House Publishers. Among her many interests are painting, riding horses, and basically living the dream.

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