What Should We Think About? {Philippians Family Time#11}

Have you ever thought about what it means to love God with all your mind?
What do you find yourself thinking about??
And your kids- What do they think about???

It’s amazing how my mind can go from pencils… to garages… to last year’s Birthday party… to worrying about the leak in the roof… to wishing my pant leg didn’t have a hole in it… to wondering if anyone saw my new Facebook message.

And it’s sad how often I fail to think on things that are truly worthy to be thought about.

Yet, the Bible is clear on what we SHOULD think about.
And it IS possible (with God’s help) to train our minds to think about such things.
And that is what this week’s Family {Bible} Time is all about!
It’s a continuation from last week’s family time and will help guide our hearts and minds to the God of peace!

{We used this as a way to start our school year off… with the reminder of what GOD wants us to think about… not if the work seems too hard, or if we can’t do it perfectly, or if mommy feels like a failure. And now we have a special snack to remind us each day! Join us…}

Philippians Family Time 11

Family {Bible} TimeDiving Into Philippians– Week 11
{Correlates with this week’s Diving Into Philippians Bible Study and can also be viewed as a simple pdf document here.}

If your kids are anything like mine- they will be eyeing up the treats and fun! It’s a {sneaky} way to get them excited for Family {Bible} Time and ready to memorize (and hopefully keep remembering) Philippians 4:8 for years to come!! :)

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable if anything is excellent or praiseworthy think about such things.”
Philippians 4:8 NIV 1984 -emphasis mine

*You will need 8 different types of snacks… 1 for each word that describes what we should think about, as seen in Philippians 4:8. (Your version may contain slightly different wording. We chose the NIV 1984 translation because it correlates with the music we listened to… more on that in a little bit.) You can choose ANY snacks you would like! Thankfully the only known allergy in our family is kiwi, and our little one-year old (who would choke on almost all of these yummy treats) was napping… so if you have allergies in your family, or want even the littlest to participate, or you just like different snacks- go ahead and substitute!! :) Just make sure all 8 are different! {And, I tried to have ours be all things that would not go stale/to waste quickly!}
Here’s what we chose (I’ll explain a little bit about why we chose each item later, but don’t worry there isn’t a right or wrong way to do this)…

  • TRUE… almonds (hint: get the unsalted kind)
  • NOBLE… cashews
  • RIGHT… fruit snacks
  • PURE… mini-marshmallows
  • LOVELY… Hershey’s kisses
  • ADMIRABLE… Crispex/Chex cereal
  • EXCELLENT… fish crackers
    (Other items we thought of… skittles, raisins, cheez-its, pretzels, candy hearts, chocolate chips, popcorn, sweet tarts, butterscotch chips, mini-Oreos… I know- SUPER healthy!- wink!)

*Each item got poured into a different cup, and labeled with the word it was representing. (You can download your own labels here.)

yummy treats
*Then each cup got set in different places around our yard. {Had it been cold or rainy, I would have set each cup in different rooms of our house.}

*I then grabbed a large jar (for our family collection) and gave each child a Ziploc baggie… and then we started!

*We read Philippians 4:8-9 together.
-I asked if they remembered what we learned last week (about NOT worrying… but PRAYING!).
-We talked about how these verses also show how we can have peace!
-And I told them that this week we were going to memorize Philippians 4:8 with the help of some yummy snacks.

*We went (by order in the verse) to each cup around the yard. At each place we sat around the cup and I said something simple like, “We should think on things that are true. Can you think of things that are true? Is thinking about monsters true?” We took turns filling our family jar and each individual baggie with the treat. As they munched on the extra treats, I read a Bible story highlighting that particular word (true, noble, right…).

whatever is right whatever is pure

*We’d say the part of the verse that we learned so far, and then move on to the next cup- repeating the process until we had gone through the entire verse (thus storing and munching on 8 different snacks).

think about such things
Now, you don’t have to read a different Bible story for each item as we did… for it does take quite a while (It took us about an hour from start to finish.), but it was very meaningful and was a great way to help everyone see that God is true and noble and right and pure, etc. So, I’ll share what stories we read. The stories came right from The Jesus Storybook Bible, (I ended up skimming most of them.) but I’ll also share where you can find these stories in any Bible!

  • TRUE:
    I read the part in the introduction (p. 17) that says, “You see, the best thing about this Story is – it’s true!” and “The Beginning: A Perfect Home” pages 18-27 {The Song of Creation, from Genesis 1-2}.
    (Almonds… because they look like a seed, reminding us that all new life starts with God… it is all a part of His TRUE story!)
  • NOBLE:
    “A New Beginning” pages 38-47 {Noah’s Ark, from Genesis 6-9}.

    (Cashews… because if you tip them one way they look like a boat… the other way they look like a rainbow, thus reminding us of this story of a man who was NOBLE.)
  • RIGHT:
    “Ten Ways to Be Perfect” pages104-107 {The Ten Commandments from Exodus 19-20}.
    (Fruit-snacks… because they remind me of the “fruit of the Spirit” and how God can work in our hearts to do what is RIGHT.)
  • PURE:
    “A Little servant Girl and the Proud General” pages 136-143 {The Little Slave Girl and Naaman, from 2 Kings 5}. We talked of how just like Naaman was unclean on the outside, our hearts are unclean on the inside… until God makes them PURE.
    (Marshmallows… because they are white- PURE.)
    “He’s Here!” pages 176-183 {The Nativity, from Luke 1-2}
    We talked of how LOVELY Mary was, and we talked of how even more LOVELY Jesus was.
    (Hershey’s kisses… because they remind me of love.)
    The most ADMIRABLE story I could think of was “The Sun Stops Shining” pages 302-309 {The Crucifixion, from Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 23, John 19}.
    (Crispex/Chex cereal… because they get crushed/broken- just like the body of Jesus.)
    “God’s Most Wonderful Surprise” pages 310-317 {The Resurrection, from Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, John 20}.
    (Fish crackers… because many early Christians used a fish symbol for Jesus, and He is EXCELLENT!)
    “A Dream of Heaven” pages 342-348 {John sees the future, from Revelation 1, 5, 21, 22}. These words beautifully proclaim praise to God, who alone is PRAISEWORTHY!
    (M&M’s… because they are colorful (like heaven) and are so yummy you want to PRAISE.)

Family Time
*When you’re done, say the whole verse together, and then save the rest of the snack.

*Whenever you need a reminder of what to think on (as we will often as we start school), take a small handful and remember these truths that lead to peace.

Philippians 4.8

To make this family {Bible} time a little easier, I’ve created a simple document that you can download and/or print for your convenience… just click on the link. :)

Philippians Family Bible Time #11
What do YOU think about?
Let’s train our children {and ourselves} to think on things of God and His amazing gospel, the Good News of Christ!


  1. Love this! I’m going to share your site with my readers! Thanks for taking the time to share all your great ideas for the Philippians study! :)

    • Desire’- Thank you so much for your encouragement! It truly blessed me!
      (And I always appreciate stopping by your site and gleaming wisdom from you as well!)

  2. What a wonderful idea! I found you through When You Rise. I was just recently trying to think of creative ways to teach Bible stories and verses. We are definitely doing this soon!!

  3. This looks so fun and absolutely perfect for what I’m planning this Friday. I’m teaching a chapel service for a private elementary school and the theme I was given is “think right”. Thanks for putting this out there for others to use. very creative! God bless, Julie

  4. Am so thankful to have found this today! I will use this activity tonight to kick-off the year with the group of young ladies I am mentoring! THANK YOU for the resources. It will be a fun and tasty activity for them!

  5. What a fantastic idea! And thank you for the printable. I love this!