• Matt Beam

Are We Bored Yet?

"These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up." Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Social distancing and sheltering in place are now the norm. People are working from home. Children are going to school online. We are trying to do our part to minimize the impact of Covid-19 on our society. Without our daily tasks of work, school, youth sports, and other activities we normally do, we are struggling to find things to keep our families entertained with something other than a TV, computer, or video game.

We like to think there is a bright side to every circumstance. There is one here in our current situation. It gives some of us an opportunity to spend more time with our families. For those of us that have that, let's try and take advantage. Spend more time together around the dinner table. Play a game or do an activity that engages each other in a meaningful way. You can have a chance to make this difficult situation have a positive and lasting memory for you and your family.

Here are a few Christian based games and activities that you can do as a family. They may alleviate some of this boredom even if it is for a short while.

  • Bible Charades: Playing Bible Charades is simple. It requires a little preparation by cutting up small pieces of paper and writing either Bible characters, Bible stories, books of the Bible, or Bible verses. You act out what's on the paper, while the others guess. Bible charades is a great game for both individuals and groups of teams.

  • Biblical 20 Questions: Played like traditional 20 Questions, this biblical version requires similar preparation to charades, where you will need to predetermine the topics to be covered. Then the opposing team gets to ask 20 questions to determine the Bible character, verse, etc.

  • Bible Trivia App: This one is from Salem Communications that you can download on your phone. It is fun for adults and kids. You can learn and grow with scripture.

  • Here is a charming online storybook for kids. It is free from the publisher

  • If you have some painters tape and washable tempura paint, you can create your own stained glass:

Easy to do this fun activity and easy to clean up!

  • A timely series for adults and older youth, Amplify Media is offering for free Adam Hamilton's Unafraid - Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times. We all worry and at times are afraid of something or a situation. This explores the worries and fears most of us experience. It helps you learn to identify fears and discover practical steps for overcoming them. All in the light of scripture and faith. It is a series of 5 parts that are all 15-18 minutes long that you can watch together and discuss. This is available for free until April 19th.

  • Gratitude Journal: You can personally or as a family keep a journal of daily blessings and things for which to be grateful. A positive way to keep back the negativity that is being felt at the moment.

  • Please remember that there are some that do not have the blessings of family close to them right now. An activity that can be done by all is making cards and sending to those that are alone in their social distancing for the foreseeable time. This small act would be well appreciated.

If you are looking for some new things to keep entertained, give a few of these game and activities a try. Search for ways for those closest to you to stay positively engaged and maybe strengthen your faith, all in the shining light of God's Grace.

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