Sunday, January 3, 2010

Kid's Prayer Journal

So I made a handmade gift this year -a prayer journal for my 8-year-old.

At first I didn't want to share because I hate to pretend I'm a creative, crafty person, when I'm about 83 years behind in my scrapbooks. But I decided the concept was worth sharing, so don't be looking at how I don't cut straight or coordinate my paper colors right:

We've been working for a long time on the different elements of prayer (Praise, Confession, Thanksgiving, Asking...), so there's one page for each. For the Praise page I used a step book to give her an idea of something to praise God for each day.

For example, if you lift up Monday, it would say:
"How great is the love
the Father
has lavished on us
that we should be called
children of God!"
1 John 1:3

I found free lapbook templates that I used for the step book, and other elements like this shutterfold that holds a verse on the confession page:

For the page on Thanking God, I used a circle book that gives ideas of things to thank God for:

The next page has pocket folders to hold cards for anything she would want to pray about for herself, and another pocket with cards that have pictures of family members.

Now I'm not gonna tell you that my daughter did flips over this or that she locks herself in her room with this thing praying all the time.

I'm not even gonna try and tell you that she took the time to read the heartfelt things I wrote to her on the dedication page (I'm sure it will mean something to her someday...)

I've realized it's something we still need to do together. So we have all been going through this during morning devotions, stopping on every page to each say a small prayer. It takes about a minute and a half to go through the whole book and they usually enjoy it.

I sometimes wonder if it is worth my time to do this with them while they are still so young and fidgety during prayer time. Are they even getting this at all? I wonder when I have to extract a fistful of someone's hair out of Joshua's grasp while we're praising God. (You know my heart is just so in the right place at that moment.)

But I really do believe that my kids can have a special friendship with God now and be part of what He's doing in the earth now, not just when they're old enough to sit still and stop pulling hair.

Oh, and I don't want to forget the last page:

When we thought back over last years' answered prayers with the kids, it was an amazing list, including two people who we were told were dying that God healed.

I can't wait to see what gets written here this year.


Carrie @ OrganicThrifty said...

What a beautiful idea! That's sooo important to teach your children, even if they are not seemingly "into it" yet. What a great template and foundation you are laying for their prayer life! I'm passing this on to my mom's fellowship group from Church, and I know my daughter would really enjoy something like this as well!

Thanks for the inspiration (I'm like 83 years behind on my scrapbooks too!!!)

shopannies said...

love this idea so glad you did share I am always looking for good ideas to do with my kids as well as the kids I teach in sunday school

debby94 said...

This is awesome! I saw something similar on a website one time. Wonderful idea Angie!!!!

Vanessa Washburn said...

This is a great idea. And I don't think kids are ever too young to start learning about prayer and praying. Keeping is short is probably good for short attention spans, but the book is a great way of creating a prayer routine. I really like the answered prayers page in the back. Great idea!

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