This program is not a "rewrite" of existing relationship programs with scriptures added on, but a fresh approach from Biblical Hebrew and Greek giving hope and practical tools to change hurtful patterns and restore wounded relationships.

"We became aware of A Child’s Heart when the founder, Jackie Cotton, attended the pilot of our adult seminar, based on the healing principles of Isaiah 61. In response to her request, we granted A Child’s Heart permission to adapt our adult curriculum, 'Building Healthy Relationships in an Unhealthy World,' for children [and teens and families]. This adapted curriculum is called 'A Child's Heart.' "
     ~ Valerie Acuff, founder of Skills for Living ~

▪ This is not psychotherapy.
▪ This is not just reading or memorizing Bible stories.
▪ This is discovering more about who God really is and what His heart is toward us.
▪ This is learning how to use God’s instructions for living healthy live.


The Core Seeds of the "A Child's Heart" Bible Study:

    • Who is God?
    • What is God like?
    • How does God feel about me and how does He see me?
    • What does God want for me in life?



    • When I face hard, sad things, what can I do?
    • How do I get God's help for my problems?
    • How can my safe people help me love God and learn His ways?
    • What situations could I take to a safe person for support or prayer?

Bible Study Topics

At A Child's Heart we try to remember that the name Nehemiah means “Yahweh consoles.” This Bible study, used either in sequence or by topic, will serve as a strong, consoling ministry to help build the family. Yes, "Yahweh consoles" with Biblical truths.

A Child's Heart~Foundation

God loves our family and will bless us for choosing His way.


Session 1 ~ Hope for the Heart

(God wants to fill all the needs of my heart with His love.)


Session 2 ~ Maturing in God’s Family

(God loves me and has a family plan to fill the longings of my heart.)


Session 3 ~ Relationships: God's Way

(God loves me and wants me to live in His love toward others.)


Session 4 ~ Choosing How to Think

(God loves me and wants to show me the truth about my inner thoughts and feelings.)


Session 5 ~ God’s Toolbox for Anger

(God loves me and will help me to choose reactions to anger that will strengthen my relationships.)


Session 6 ~ Our True Worth

(God loves me and wants me to understand that my worth comes from Him, not from things that give me guilt and shame.)


Session 7 ~ God's Balance of Submission and Love

(God loves me and will help me to obey the Safe People in charge of me.)


Session 8 ~ Forgiveness

(God's trail to real freedom is forgiving others.)


Session 9 ~ Grief and Mourning

(God loves me when my heart is breaking; He promises joy and hope.)


Session 10 ~ Communication

God loves me and wants me to learn how to build understanding with others.


Session 11 ~ Conflict Resolution

God loves me and wants me to learn how to solve problems that I have with another person.


Session 12 ~ Building Healthy Relationships

God loves me and wants me to learn how to live in His love.


Bible study lessons can be taught in one of two formats:
  • Parents teach a lesson to their children at home, then discuss each week's material with other families—in age-level groups—with volunteer leaders from the church.
  • Volunteer leaders from the church lead a lesson/discussion—once per week—with a specific age group of children, teens, or parents.

These group meetings can include snacks or a meal, and/or a large-group potluck at the end of each 6-8 week session.

Nehemiah Community:
Choose a program format and invite other churches in your area to start one of these support groups. Coordinate the content of the lessons and meet after the end of each 6-8 week session to share new understandings and growth. A potluck is an option for this meeting.

Weekly Family Sections:

  • "Digging Deeper":
    offers opportunity for you to find more Bible passages related to the lesson, or encouragement specific to the topics raised in the lesson.
  • "Viewing God's Truth—Journal":
    This is a private world between you and God. This benefits you by tracking your thoughts on how each lesson has impacted you during the week. By doing this you can record your spiritual growth with God. It would be beneficial to encourage your older children to do the same. A "cool" journal (locking) could help them get their thoughts and worries on paper. "Private"—just for them!!!
  • "Family Talking Time":
    Talk as things come up during the week, and pray with your children about the "Nutrient Nugget" (the core spiritual "nutrient" from each lesson, displayed on the fridge) and the memory verse. Discuss how these apply to their lives.

As Deuteronomy 6:5-9 says, regularly talking with your children about God's Word is a critical part of teaching your children about walking through life with God! In the "Longings of the Heart" lessons, the children may be called Bible "detectives" to search out the application to their own lives. Feel free to adapt the Pre-K questions to your child's level.

Safe People will be a theme interwoven throughout the lessons—how to choose Safe People and protect yourself and your child(ren).