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Hagar's eyes are open by God in the Book of Genesis.

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

Albert Einstein said, “You never fail until you stop trying.” Hagar stopped looking for water. She placed Ishmael under a tree and left figuring that he would die. But God showed her water.

Bible Study Tools

Bible Talk

Discuss with your children:

  • Do they think that Hagar looked for water?
        • If not, why not?
        • If so, why do they think that Hagar stopped looking for water?
  • Did Hagar make a good decision leaving Ishmael alone to die or should she have stayed with him?
  • How often do your children stop looking for something and then find out that it was really close by?
        • Why do we stop looking?
        • At what point is it a waste of time to keep looking?

Creative Thinking

  • If Hagar lived today she would probably take out her smartphone and look at an app to find water. What would you like to be able to find easily in the future that is hard to find today?

Homeschool Projects

  • God had to open Hagar’s eyes in order for her to see the water. Make a list of things that you think the world, your community, or family should open their eyes to.
        • Write a speech to get people to open their eyes to one thing on your list.
        • Create a TV commercial to get people to open their eyes to one thing on your list.
  • People cannot live without water.
        • Research water and why it is so important to life.
        • Water is a limited resource. Create a poster to get people to conserve water.
  • Is it possible that you are missing something that is right in front of your eyes? Try again to do something that you have given up on. Make sure that your eyes are open – go in with the idea that you can find the answer.
  • Write out directions from your house to the nearest body of fresh water.
  • Draw a map from your house to the nearest body of fresh water.
  • Write a magazine article about the importance of water to the earth and/or the human body.
  • Make a power point presentation to a group of people who are thinking of investing in water.
  • Look up other creative homeschool activities that you can relate to Hagar leaving Ishmael in the desert with no water.
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