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Abraham sends Hagar and Ishmael out first thing in the morning.

Excerpt from the upcoming book Enjoying Genesis: The Bible in Rhyme by Marcia Goldlist.

We know that Abraham did not want to send Hagar and Ishmael off, yet he accepted that this is something that he had to do. The remarkable thing is that he got up early in the morning to do  this deed. How often do we put off what we really don’t want to do, even if we know that we have to get it done?

Bible Study Tools

Bible Talk

Discuss with your children:

  • What does it say about Abraham as a person that he got up early to do what he did not want to do?

Creative Thinking

  • Abraham sent Hagar and Ishmael off into the desert with water and bread. If they lived by you in today’s world what would you send them off with?
  • We all procrastinate sometimes. Think of things that you can do so that you don’t procrastinate as much.

Homeschool Activities

  • Make up a rhyme about why you should not procrastinate.
  • Write a story about someone who procrastinates and something bad that happens because of it.
  • Write a blog entry for Abraham the day that he sent Hagar and Ishmael away.
  • Write a journal entry for Hagar and Ishmael the day that they were sent away. How are they different?
  • Research procrastination. See what makes people procrastinate and ways to avoid it.
  • Check out other homeschool projects to express yourself on an aspect of this topic.
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