Hey everyone! I am going to warn you.. this is one of my more “serious” posts because it is something close to my heart.. so now that you have that warning, read on 🙂
Have you every felt like your prayer life is a little “unorganized”? I know that I have gotten into a slump with prayer before and so I wanted to do something to change that.I am a firm believer that prayer changes things. I have seen it happen in my own personal life, and others around me. (They may not think it was prayer that changed their situation- but I do, because I was the one praying for them!) Anyways, as you all know I am blessed to be able to stay at home with my children and work when I want/need to. We are not rich by any means- we garage sale for pretty much EVERYTHING and we both work hard and do our part to allow us to pay the bills. So, as a stay at home mom, I have the job of picking up toys, teaching children to share, clean up crumbs on the kitchen floor, scrub the toilets, clean up messy diapers, comfort sick children, and kiss boo boo’s good bye.( you get what I am sayin…) I also have the opportunity to teach my children that God is their best friend, who loves them dearly and wants to have a relationship with them. One way I can teach them this, is not only letting them see ME pray, but by teaching THEM how to pray. So, for me, my husband, and for my kids; I have created a Prayer Jar.
I have been working on praying with my son before a meal and before bed ever since the little guy was born. I want him to know that God is first in our life, and I want him to look back at his childhood and know that God was here with us every step of the way whether it felt like it or not.
With “J” being a boy, I want him to grow up to be a spiritual leader for his future wife. And that does not just happen automatically when he pops the question to the woman he loves. No. It starts here. It starts now. We have done a great job at praying for our immediate family with “J”. But now I want to take it one step further. I want to teach him that prayer is not just for OUR needs- but for others as well! I wrote down a bunch of friends and extended family members on some Popsicle sticks and stuck them in the jar. Everyday, we get to pick out a different stick and that person/family would be who we would pray for during that day.”J” likes to pick out the person each day out of the jar 🙂 This is not only good for my son and his new walk with the Lord, but for my family as a whole. We are getting stronger through praying together for these people in our life. In fact, today my husband text me after he left the house asking who the person on the stick was for today, because we didn’t pull one out before he left! Talk about awesome!Doing this small simple craft has allowed my family to come together through prayer and have a stronger relationship with our God Almighty. And in my opinion, it is even more fun when I hang out with the person that is on the stick for that day. It is like my little secret between me and the Lord. I could tell them that they are who we are praying for all day, but I think it is more special when they don’t know 🙂 I hope my prayer jar has inspired you to make one! Let me know if you do!!God Bless,Kirsie