Monday, August 23, 2010

Baby Shower Prayer Cards

Have you ever been to a prayer shower? I have been to MANY. The sweet ladies at my church make sure to throw one for every old mom, new mom, young mom, blue mom. And it's obvious I'm a mom that reads way too much Dr. Suess.

Ever since falling in love with Photoshop, I have been making these prayer cards for sweet friends at their baby showers. I love sitting around with women I adore, babies in the womb I already love, interceding for them, praising God for this little life, recognizing our own inadequacy in raising children and trusting God's faithfulness.

In the past, I made these cards with each baby's specific name and the Mom and Dad's names, but since then I have had many people ask me about them and asking for generic ones, so I finally sat down and inserted the generic "this baby", "his," and "her." I'm excited to make these available and hear about these cards blessing other ladies.

There are generic boy and girl cards to choose from. You will need to:

1. Select and download the cards that you want to use (boy cards or girl cards) from my album in Picasa.

2. Have them printed however you prefer.

I usually have them printed as photos and them put them in a cute photo album for the expectant mom after we are doing praying. You could also have them printed on cardstock and attach them to scrapbook paper, ready to place in a baby book or hole-punched and fastened together with ribbon. The options are really limitless! Please send me pictures if you have a unique, finished product. I'd love to post your ideas!

3. Be encouraged that these prayers will bless an expectant mom now and will be remembered in the future, as the child grows and sees them answered.

***These are only for personal use***

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Bible Curriculum for Children

I have had many people ask me what curriculum I use for teaching the Bible to my kids. Other than doing family worship, which Allen leads, we do a Bible class once a week that me and a friend switch off teaching. The curriculum we use is from John Piper's ministry, Desiring God. The children end of things is called Children Desiring God. Instead of telling you how this curriculum is different than other curriculums, listen and watch for yourself.

Children Desiring God promo for Teachers/Volunteers from Children Desiring God on Vimeo.

I can't say enough good things about this material. God has used it to bear fruit in my children's lives, much of which is to come. I trust in the work He is doing in their hearts inwardly, whether or not I see overwhelming change and outward understanding, though it's definitely there. Taylor Joy is asking more questions about Jesus than ever. God promises that "His word will not return void." I'm banking on it.

Additionally, I have grown tremendously in preparing these lessons. It's not a quick, glance and prep for the day tomorrow kind of a lesson. It's a sit down, open the Word, pray and trust God to teach you the Word and what will be beneficial for your specific kids to hear. I am so thankful that I became aware of this curriculum and that my children are receiving a glimpse into the Word in this Christ-centered way.

There are many different categories for curriculum. They have studies for Toddler and Nursery age, Preschool age, School age and Youth. If you go to the site, you can see curriculum samples for each lesson. Hope this info is helpful for you!

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