Hard Hearts

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hard1Best for ages 7 to
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You’ll need a Bible, hard-boiled eggs, and washable markers

Give every child an egg, and allow kids to decorate the outside
of the shells. As they work, ask: How does the outside of the egg
feel? Once they’ve finished decorating the eggs, read aloud Psalm
95:6-9.

Say: God wants our hearts to be soft toward him. But our hearts
can be hard.

Ask: What are some things that might happen to make people’s
hearts hard?Say: When our hearts get hard, they’re closed toward
God.

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Have kids crack their eggs. Once they’ve peeled away the shell,
ask them to feel the inside of the egg. Ask: Describe what the
inside of the egg feels like.

Say: When our hearts are hard, God can crack away the hard outer
shell to reveal something soft on the inside. What helps to make
your heart soft toward God? Pray with kids and ask God to make each
of their hearts soft like the inside of the egg, not hard like its
shell. Then let kids wash their eggs and enjoy a snack.

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