Bible Study for Kids-Check Your Heart, 1 Samuel 16:1-13







By Kathy Hutto

Check Your Heart – a Bible Study for Kids

SHOW a cup that is clean on the inside, but dirty on the outside.  – Tell about leaving it on your desk at work over the weekend and what you found inside on Monday!  Yuck!  (Note-a travel cup with lid would work well for the big reveal of the inside.)

SAY, Did you know people are like that?

READ Matthew 23:25-26, Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.  You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean. (ESV)

TELL the story – I was riding along with my kids and their friends.  We passed a house with household items set outside.  One of the girls in back said, Look at all that junk!  To her it did look like junk and she didn’t realize it was actually a Yard Sale.  But, it made me think…It’s mid-week and these people are having a Yard Sale, so they must really need money right now.  I need to pray for them.  The truth is, sometimes I don’t always initially have a heart of compassion – all I see is junk.

READ Matthew 15:18, But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. (ESV)

Here’s a catch phrase to help us remember – Check your heart! (repeat)

Have everyone stand and run in place for one minute.  At the end of the minute, have the kids count their heart beats for one minute.  They should count about 120 beats.  (Let a few kids tell how many beats they counted.)

SAY, we just checked our physical hearts and today we will learn how to check our spiritual hearts.

Let’s read from the Bible about David.  Saul was King over the Israelites – God’s chosen people.  He was a good King.  (thumbs up)  Later, he began to disobey God (thumbs down).  God said He had chosen a new king.

READ 1 Samuel 13:14, But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought out a man after his own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be prince over his people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you. (ESV)

ASK, Was God looking for the strongest person to be king? (no) the most popular? (no) the tallest? (no) the best dressed? (no)

What was God looking for in a king? (a man after His own heart)

SAY, God told Samuel – a prophet, who was someone God would speak to and then he would tell the people what God said – that He would choose a new king from Jesse’s sons.

READ 1 Samuel 16:1-13, The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go. I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.” And Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears it, he will kill me.” And the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ And invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do. And you shall anoint for me him whom I declare to you.” Samuel did what the Lord commanded and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling and said, “Do you come peaceably?” And he said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Consecrate yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice.” And he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.

When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord‘s anointed is before him.” But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” Then Jesse called Abinadab and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” Then Jesse made Shammah pass by.  And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” 10 And Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen these.” 11 Then Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest,but behold, he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and get him, for we will not sit down till he comes here.” 12 And he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy and had beautiful eyes and was handsome. And the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him, for this is he.” 13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward. And Samuel rose up and went to Ramah. (ESV)

SAY, God told Samuel he would choose one of Jesse’s sons to be the next king.  One by one, the sons came before Samuel.  Each time, God said, No-that’s not the one.  Finally, after all 7 brothers (count to 7) had been brought, Samuel asked if there were any more.  Jesse told him there was just one more-the youngest-out keeping the sheep.  When he came before Samuel, God confirmed he was the one! His name was David.

Even to David’s own dad, he didn’t seem like the logical choice.  But, God looks at the heart-and David had a heart like God’s!

It isn’t about following a bunch of rules, but in letting Him be the Ruler.

Sure you won’t go out and murder someone.  But, the Bible says if you hate in your heart, it’s the same thing!  Because the feelings are there with/without the actions.  READ 1 John 3:15, Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. (ESV)

READ this quote, “Jesus did not come into the world simply because we have some bad habits that need to be broken.  He came into the world because we have such dirty hearts that need to be purified.”

So how do you, Check your heart?  (repeat)

We strive to have a heart like God’s (a boy/girl after God’s own heart).  Let our thoughts and actions stem from a desire to think the way God would think and do what God would do.  How do we know what God would think/do?  He tells us in the Bible.  Read your Bible often and you will begin to know more about God and His character.  Ask God to give you a heart like His.

WRITE a check on each child’s hand as they exit – assure them it’s a washable marker.  Let it serve as a reminder to check your heart.


FREE Bible Study for Girls – Samaritan Woman

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Free Bible Study for Girls on the Samaritan Woman to go along with the Women’s Bible Study this week.

Download here:

Samaritan Woman

If you missed the craft idea we did in Sunday School (bucket and well), click here.

Bible Study for Kids FREE – Eve

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I’d like to offer a Bible Study on Eve for your girls as we Kickoff our Summer Online Women’s Bible Study starting on Monday.  You’re daughter can learn about Eve right along with you!  You’ll have much more to talk about when you’re studying the same passages.  I have a feeling this will be a very rewarding time!

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You can purchase all my Bible Studies for kids at Currclick.  This week, they are having a Summer Sale.  Each of these studies is 70 cents!  The Growing Character Bible Study for girls bundle is $3.50 and will include 47 weeks worth of Bible Studies when complete.

Here’s a list of the women we will be studying this summer: (I have a Bible Study for girls for most of these listed and will be adding new ones for the others this summer.)








Samaritan Woman

Martha & Mary

Mary Magdalene




Bible Study for Kids FREE – Daniel 10

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I hope that your son or daughter enjoys this Bible Study on Daniel 10.  Your child will use his/her own Bible with this Bible Study.  There are thoughtful, short answer questions each day to aid with understanding.

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Parents, there’s nothing more important for your day than daily Bible reading and prayer.  Do whatever it takes to encourage your children to do this  – by your example, providing them with resources, helping them manage their time, etc.


FREE Bible Study for Kids – Nehemiah

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Nehemiah is one of my personal favorites!  It serves as a perfect picture of God’s Sovereignty.  It clearly shows He keeps His promises.

Through this study, your child will discover Nehemiah cared about others, prayed first before acting, obeyed God, was a good leader, and was determined and did not quit.

This Bible Study for kids is for girls or boys.  Your child will use his or her own Bible to study selections from the book of Nehemiah.  There are thoughtful, short answer questions to aid with understanding.

It takes just 15 days to complete this Bible Study.

This study includes a Prayer Journal at the end.  For every day of the study, there is a corresponding prayer journal page with related activities.

Also included: 3 cover options for girls or boys.

There is no greater thing your child can do this summer than spend time in God’s Word!


For His glory,


Growing Character Bible Study Journal Week 10 Abigail & Humility

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I just added Week 10 to the Growing Character Bible Study Journal.  The character word is Humility.  The Character Study is Abigail.

I LOVE Abigail!  She was a beautiful, intelligent, wise woman, who brilliantly displayed humility.

This entire story is so fascinating.  In fact, I based my Family Connection Online Bible Study this week on this story. Check it out here.

Here’s a little teaser…

Do you know what happened to Goliath’s sword after David used it to behead him?  Did you think David got to keep it?  He didn’t!  But, later he finds it.  It was stored in a tabernacle and he gets it back!  (1 Samuel 21:9)

Please do me a huge favor and let your homeschooling friends know about this resource.  It’s near and dear to my heart!  I truly believe that our girls need to be in the Word every day!  I want them to study these awesome women of the Bible as they are growing into awesome women of God themselves!  I recommend getting a white notebook with a clear pocket on the front.  Print the cover sheet and slip in the clear cover pocket.  Fill the notebook with the weeks I’ve already finished.  Add to the notebook as new content is uploaded.  When finished, your daughter will have 47 weeks worth of Bible studies in her notebook! And hey, buy her a super cute pen to go with this!;)  You can also get creative with the bookmark.  I’m thinking a trendy ribbon hot glued on the spine (kind of like the ribbon ones found in Bibles) would be a good idea.  Let us know in the Comment section if you have other ideas.

Click here to order through Teacherspayteachers.



Growing Character Bible Study Journal for girls Updated

(Since it’s Spring Break week, I’m taking a break from the Family Connection posts.  I’ll get started back up next week!)

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I just added Week 8 to the Growing Character Devotional Journal.  In addition, I tweaked the cover just a tad.  It reads, Growing Character Bible Study Journal now.  I felt this was a more accurate title since girls are reading straight from their own Bibles and hopefully learning to study the Bible for themselves.  It’s been a pleasure studying the women of the Bible and assigning character traits that they exemplify.

Week 8 is all about Eve, the very first woman.  Did you know that her name is only mentioned 4 times in the whole Bible?  Did you know that her beauty, which must have been flawless, is never mentioned!  It was the great purpose God had for her that is included in Scripture.  And Eve was very purposeful in carrying it out! (which is the character word for Week 8) Hope your daughter will see her value in the inner person and not in outward beauty after reading all about Eve.



Don’t forget, Moms, to subscribe to my blog so that we can have our own Bible Study time!  We are reading through the Gospels and as soon as my teenage son helps me figure it out, I’m adding a live Youtube feed each morning so I can give you the day’s Scripture reading and pray for you.  Hopefully next week! 🙂

Growing Character Devotional Journal for girls










Dear Moms,

I am so passionate about the resource I’m sharing with you today. I wanted my children to start 2017 with Devotional Journals and so the search began. 

I found a good one for boys, which was also recommended to me by our youth pastor. 

But, I just couldn’t find what I was looking for in a preteen/young teen girl’s devotional book. I had some pretty specific things that I wanted to see included and some things I wanted to avoid.  First, I wanted it to include Scripture! I did not want a devotional style book with short stories.  I wanted my daughter to be challenged to think about what she was reading and how to apply it to her life.

After having written a number of Bible Studies for Preteens, this project seemed to be a good progression of that series.  I was able to tailor-make this journal to include the things I had in mind for a study.

The Growing Character Devotional Journal will be tool for preteen/teen girls to use that will have them in the Word and studying Godly character traits that could shape their developing personalities.  I’m so passionate about this resource and I pray that God will “multiply the seed sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness.” (2 Cor. 9:10)

Please join me in praying that God would use this resource to bring liberality and set up a love for God and His Word by all the young girls who use it.  Pray that God would be glorified; that it would cause thanksgiving to Him; and that His name be praised as a result.

You can sample all of Week 1 below.  To order, click here.

Growing Character Devotional Journal Week 1 Sample

Very Sincerely,



Product Description:

Growing Character Devotional Journal for Girls is a GROWING BUNDLE. That means that I will continue to add to it.  You purchase it once and will be notified when new content is added.  You will be able to download the the new additions, at no additional cost.

As more content is added, the price will increase.  So you will want to purchase this  bundle as early as possible.


I’ve decided to offer this product as a Growing Bundle for a couple of reasons.

Reason #1 – This is an extensive project and I want to take my time.  I am creating this product for my own daughter and with yours in mind, so I’m meticulously pouring over it.  I don’t want to rush to publish it all at once at the risk of sacrificing quality.

Reason #2 – This journal will be a devotional that your child can use for the entire year and I’d like for our girls to be able to begin in January, which is soon approaching.

You will need to purchase a Notebook for your daughter.  Print the cover sheet (included) and slip it into the clear sleeve on the front of the notebook. Print Week 1 (included) and add it to the notebook. You’re all set to begin the first week of January.  I will upload the preceding weeks as I have them ready.  You will receive a notification via email from Currclick.  You can print and add new content to your daughter’s notebook as it becomes available.


I wanted a daily devotional book for my children, and so the search began.  I was able to find a good one for teen boys, and you can read about that recommendation on my blog.  But, I just couldn’t find what I was looking for in a preteen/young teen girl’s devotional book.

I had some pretty specific things that I wanted to see included and some things I wanted to avoid.  First, I wanted it to include Scripture! I did not want a devotional style book with short stories.  I wanted my daughter to be challenged to think about what she was reading and how to apply it to her life.

After having written a number of Bible Studies for Preteens, this project seemed to be a good progression of that series.  I was able to tailor make this journal to include the things I had in mind for a study.


The preteen/young teen age can be challenging.  Girls this age are exploring who they are and developing their individuality and personality.  It’s the perfect time to work on identity and character building.

In addition to studying a character trait, your child will be studying a character in the Bible who exemplified that trait.


There is a Weekly Sheet with the Character Word and definition that will be the focus of the week.  There is a place to write the weekly Memory Verse.  This sheet also includes a place for writing down prayer needs for family and friends as well as praises.  Following this sheet are 5 daily sheets – for Monday through Friday.  Each daily sheet includes 4 sections:  Plant it (Introduction), Water it (Bible Study), Watch it Grow (Application), and Memory Verse practice.

Character Traits that you will see in upcoming weeks include…

Worthiness – Mary Magdalene

Loyalty – Ruth

Courage – Esther

Perseverance – Hannah

Generosity – Mary (Lazarus’ sister)

Kindness – Rebekah

Humility – Mary (Jesus’ mother)



There will be 47 character traits studied this year – one for each week of the year, excluding spring break, fall break, Thanksgiving week and Christmas break.

About the author: Kathy Hutto has an education degree from Mercer University.  She serves on staff at her Baptist church and is a freelance writer.  She also homeschools her two children. She’s written over 200 educational and church-related products, which can be purchased through Currclick.

Click here if you’re ready to order.  This is a growing bundle and the price will increase as more content is added.  It’s super cheap right now.:)


Fall Flash Sale- Bible Studies for Kids

I am running a Fall Flash Sale at Currclick on Bible Studies for Kids. You can get the bundle of 10 products for 1.50!

This product is my favorite because it gets kids in the Word.

Any help promoting would be much appreciated!
I will continue this sale all week.



Fruit of the Spirit Character Ed Curriculum

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Start your school year off right by planning a monthly Character Ed lesson based on the Fruit of the Spirit found in Galations 5:22-23. Cover one trait at the beginning of the month and reinforce it all month long.

Each Fruit of the Spirit Character Trait lesson includes:

  • Definition
  • Memory Verse
  • Bible Story
  • Activities
  • Craft


August………………………………………  Story of Ruth and Naomi

September…………….joy………………………..Story of Job

October………………..  peace…………………….Story of Daniel

November…………….  patience………………..Story of Moses

December……………..kindness……………….Story of Paul

January…………………  goodness………………  Story of Josiah

February……………….faithfulness……………Story of Abraham

March…………………..  gentleness…………….Story of Woman who was to be Stoned

April………………………self-control……………Story of David and Saul

May……………………….Review………………….Go back through the previous lessons and review

Includes a poster with word and definition for easy reference throughout the month.  Hang on your refrigerator.