Safely Handling Stress

Scripture: Exodus 13-16

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn God will provide what we need.
  • Students will learn God does not always give us what we want.
  • Students will learn God wants us to appreciate the gifts He has given us.
  • Students will learn how to handle stress.

Guiding Question: How can students appropriately handle stress?

Materials: Poster paper, pencils, markers

Procedure: Review the story of the Israelites escaping Egypt focusing on how God provided for their needs. Explain that to live you need food/water, shelter/safety and love. God provided for the Israelites and he provides for us too. God will always provide for our needs but we still have to do our part to take care of ourselves and have a plan for how to provide for ourselves in difficult times. God wants us to be smart and plan ahead so that we can help others and ourselves.

Introduce the activity. Talk to the students about how there are healthy ways to deal with stress. Remind students that the Israelites had stress of leaving Egypt quickly. Sometimes we have lots of stress that we have to manage.Have students create charts they can hang in their homes to remind them of healthy things to do when they feel stressed.

Additional Questions: How can scripture and prayer help stress?

Supplemental Activity: Have students create a prayer they can say when they are stressed and list Bible verses they can turn to when they feel stress.

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