Discuss: Who does God love? People? Animals? Plants?
Prayer: Name some of the things in God's creation that you want to thank him for—for example, dogs, sunshine, your friends.
5. "Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:39)
Discuss : How much do you love God? Why do you love God so much?
Prayer : Thank God for his love and ask him to work through you to help you love others more.
6. "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble." (Psalm 46:1)
Discuss : Think about times in your life, tough times, when you really need God.
Prayer: Thank God for being there in those difficult times, and ask him to continue to be there when life gets hard.
7. "The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?" (Psalm 27:1)
Discuss: Talk about things you are afraid of—for example, the dark, taking a test at school, making new friends. Discuss how God can help take away our fears.
Prayer: Thank God for helping you to be strong and confident in your life every single day.
8. "This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." (Psalm 118:24)
Discuss : Why do you think it's important to have a positive attitude every day? Do you have one? What could you do to be more positive?
Prayer: Thank God for everything that makes our lives special and wonderful every day.
Excerpted from the book I Love You to God and Back: A Mother and Child Can Find Faith and Love Through Bedtime Prayers by Amanda Lamb. Used by permission of Thomas Nelson Publishers.