in a Bag
Lent in a Bag is a tool to use during the season of Lent—the season
when Christians prepare their hearts to celebrate Easter by pondering
and remembering God’s redemptive move in and through Christ. As
your family steps into this Lenten season by concentrating on the
Psalms, spend some time with the touchpoints below, focusing in
particular on the attributes of God. Note, the touchpoints correlate
with Holy Trinity’s Forty Days with the Psalms readings. You will see
the “Day” designated next to each lesson. A second way to use this
resource would be to save the readings for Holy Week, picking a
special time of day to focus on the goodness and greatness of the
Lord. Additionally, encourage kids who are readers to read both the
Scripture and kids portions below. Regardless of which method
works best for your family, use the Scripture and simple activities
within this devotional to discover together new truths about God!
Our prayer is this resource will bless you and yours.
Ash Wednesday is February 17—Let’s get started!
Lesson 1| Day 1—God Is Our Creator
“ 2 From the mouths of children and babies come songs of praise to
you. They sing of your power… 3 I look at the heavens you made
with your hands. I see the moon and the stars you created. 4 And I
wonder, “Why are people so important to you? Why do you even
think about them? Why do you care so much about humans? Why
do you even notice them?”
Kids, do you realize how very precious you are to God?
Reread verse 2 to discover a very important role children
played—kids just like you played in God’s story! Take a look
at the next verse, notice how powerful God is. Let the truth that God
is the Creator of all things sink in. Do you agree with verse 4? Have
you ever wondered why God created people and why we are valuable
to him? Take a minute to think fully about this. Know that the Bible
tells us over and over again that God cares deeply for humanity—the
God of the universe adores you! As we wrap up, refocus on God the
Creator of all things—is there one thing you can thank God for creating
• Instruct children to use the playdoh to copy something God
created: sun, moon, stars, people?
• On a clear night during Lent, take a walk outside and stare up
at the stars. Let your children marvel at God’s creation!
Remind them that even children and babies can praise the Lord
and recognize his power and wonder!
Lesson 2 | Day 7—God Is Our Help
Lord, hear my prayer, and be kind to me. Lord, help me!” 11 You
have changed my sorrow into dancing. You have taken away my
sackcloth (clothing of sadness) and clothed me with joy. 12 You
wanted me to praise you and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise
Friend, don’t you love how the psalmist (the person who wrote
the words) cries out to God in prayer when things are not going
well? Whether young or old, this is a great thing to remember:
pray to God when you have a need or are in trouble! Kids, this could be
at school, on the playground, participating in a sport and especially at
home! God always wants to hear from us—talking to God either out
loud or in our thoughts is prayer! Finally, have you ever wondered if
God hears you when you pray? If yes, take a look at these verses again
because not only does God hear, his answers bring joy, dancing and
• Ask children to write a prayer request on the prayer card
provided (it’s the card with the cross) and place the prayer card
in a prominent spot within your home as a reminder.
Additionally, use any teachable moments throughout the week
to remind children to turn to God in prayer when they feel sad,
stressed, happy or even out of control.
• Sometime this week play a game of freeze dance. Enjoy this
game by playing some fun music for your kids to dance to, and
then randomly stop the music so they can freeze… repeat!
Remind children that God loves it when we pray—trusting God
with our concerns brings joy, dancing, peace and praise!
Lesson 3 | Day 13—God Is Our Rescuer
Look at what God has done! These things amaze us. 6 He changed
the sea to dry land, and his people went across the water on foot. So
let’s celebrate because of what he has done!
Okay, kids! What do think these Bible verses are referring to?
What scene is the psalmist encouraging us to remember?
Think Old Testament, think Moses! Did you guess Moses
leading the Israelites across the Red Sea on dry ground (Exodus 14)?
God rescued the Israelites—parting the waters was something only he
could do! God has rescued us, too. He has rescued us from sin
through the gift of Jesus. Let us truly celebrate what God has done!
• Fill up a small container with some water and add the water
beads. Afford children the opportunity to explore and play. At
some point, ask them to try to separate the water beads (just
like God separated the sea for Moses and the Israelites) trying
to create a dry space in the middle. Talk about how hard
making a dry spot in the middle of the water beads is to do.
Remind your kids of what God did for Moses and the Israelites,
as well as what God has done for each of us through Jesus!
• If there’s a rainy day this week, don raincoats and rain boots
and head outdoors to splash in some puddles! Have children
re-tell the story of God parting the Red Sea. Help children
remember to celebrate the goodness of God!
Lesson 4 | Day 19—God Is Good News
Activity—Musical Note Card
Sing a new song to the Lord! Let the whole world sing to the Lord!
Sing to the Lord and praise his name! Tell the good news every day
about how he saves us!
What do you do when you’ve found out some good news?
What if you got an “A” on a test, or a family member or friend
got better after having been really sick. What would you do?
This verse tells us God can save us. This is good news! From the verses
above we learn that we should sing a new song, tell the world, and
praise the name of the Lord because of his saving power. This is
• Have kids write on their musical note card a word of praise
about God. Consider writing an attribute of God (faithful,
loving, kind, righteous, good), or a word of gratitude: “God,
I’m grateful you helped me with _____,” etc.
• Below are a few links to songs that your children might enjoy
singing or dancing to—making a new song to the Lord!
• Dance, Shout, Sing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
• My God: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_eRnF0oXaE
• Praise The Lord Every Day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Lesson 5 | Day 25—God Is Our Promise Keeper
The Lord is our God. He rules the whole world. 8 He will remember
his agreement forever. He will always keep the promises he made to
Tell the truth! Have you ever said you’d do something, and
then completely forgot or decided for some reason not to do
it? If we’re being honest, each one of us can remember doing
this! God is not like us, he is perfect in every way! Do you know what
happens when God says he’ll do something? He will do it—God is a
promise keeper! God remembered, and kept, His agreement with
Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and on-and-on until Jesus! Often times
followers of God would place stones in a pile to remind themselves
that God was a promise keeper! We definitely should strive or try to
be a promise keeper like God! We won’t always get it right, but,
remember God has so much love for us and offers us forgiveness
because of his son Jesus Christ!
• Give each child a stone from the bag and ask the question,
“What do you want to remember about God, our promise
keeper?” (If you have a metallic or white sharpie, consider
writing a word of remembrance on the stone provided.) After
each child has shared, encourage them to place the stone in a
prominent spot in the home or encourage them to carry the
stone around in a pocket—either will be a reminder of God’s
• During the week google search and play the song, Way Maker,
by Leeland (https://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=iJCV_2H9xD0). Have your kids listen for the words,
“promise keeper,” and clap, snap, stomp each time they hear
these words! Additionally, you could ask them what other
attributes are given to God?
Lesson 6 | Day 31—God Is Love
I love the Lord for hearing me, for listening to my prayers. 2 Yes, he
paid attention to me, so I will always call to him whenever I need
Verse 1 starts with the psalmist (remember, the person who
wrote the words) declaring his love for God. We learn that
he loves God because God heard his prayers and is faithful, especially
when things are hard. The psalmist is able to say he loves God
because God reached out and loved him first. 1 John 4:19 says, “We
love because God first loved us.” As we celebrate Holy Week starting
on Sunday, consider (think about) all that Jesus did because of his
incredible love for us!
• Instruct children to draw a cross on one side of the heart
shape as a reminder of Jesus’ great love for all people. On the
opposite side of the heart, have the child write their name as
a reminder that Jesus loves them personally and dearly!
• During the week encourage kids to practice random acts of
love to you, other family members and the world around
Lesson 7 | Day 37—God Is Our Lord and King
Psalm 145: 1-3
Activity—Count Down to Resurrection Day
I will tell of your greatness, my God and King. I will praise your
name forever and ever. 2 I will praise you every day. I will praise
your name forever and ever. 3 The Lord is great and deserves all our
praise! No one can fully understand his greatness!
This weekend we will celebrate Jesus’ death on the cross
and resurrection—the tomb was empty and our sins are
cancelled, gone! Just like the psalm above states, we, too,
can tell of God’s greatness. We can praise his name forever because
Jesus, the King of kings willingly died on the cross for our sins and
God supernaturally (something only God can do) raised Jesus from
the dead—halleluiah! The last part of verse 3 states, “No one can
fully understand his greatness!” This is truth! Praise to you, Lord
• Use the strips of paper provided to create a paper chain (note,
we’ve included a few extras) to count down the days until
Jesus’ resurrection. Feel free to use staples, tape or glue to
adhere strips together.
• On a blank piece of paper have your son or daughter, or help
them, write down any sins (something they’ve done wrong)
they want Jesus to forgive. With parent supervision, have
them go outside and light those sins on fire because Jesus’
death and resurrection removes all our sins!