Breaking Down My Goals – Spiritual

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When I first wrote out my twelve goals of twelve this year, I had no idea how I was going to accomplish some of it.

This goal is the one I should be tackling first as there is nothing more important than serving the Lord and how to serve Him better, yet I admit that I have a hard time “scheduling” a devotional time.

This post goes over my plan to devote time to prayer.

A gift never used for the greatest gifts given to meMy first child was born in 2005, shortly after the date of this note that was written in the book, “The Power of a Praying Parent” by Stormie Omartian.

This book was a gift, and as many times of life happen, I didn’t open the book to read it (or I don’t recall opening it) until January 2016 – just over ten years after receiving it.

Judge me if you will, but now is the time.

My goal this year in this “category” is to pray twelve intentional prayers.

By just skimming the contents of this book, it appears there are at least 31.

As this book is on my list of books to read this year, I will be selecting twelve of the prayers, or perhaps fewer, to write out and read over again and again.

I plan on trying to schedule my devotional time during my lunch hours at least two times a week.  I also want to get into a better habit of reading on Sunday nights, and this book will be one of the first on that list.

My goal will be met on a tangible basis by intentionally writing out twelve prayers in a notebook to look over, and write notes on if those prayers get answered, and if not, know that it’s all in God’s timing anyway.

I am in constant prayer for my children’s safety, health and overall well being, but I know I could be both praying more for them, and for more specific things that so many others ask for, when they reach out to ask for prayer.

That’s what I intend to accomplish this year.

Do you have any spiritual goals you’re working on?  Any devotionals that seem to be calling your name for the year?

I would love to know.

Thanks for reading as always,

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Praying Hands – Day 3 of Resurrection Crafts

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Praying Hands CraftThis is the third day of my 12 Days of Resurrection Crafts series.

Day three from the Resurrection Eggs Easter craft comes from Mark 14:32, and is represented by praying hands.

A relatively simple craft, we started out with different colors of paper, some cardstock and some just colored printer paper.  It was folded in half, pressed down well, and I placed the pinky side of my child’s hands along the fold. fold & traceI then traced around the closed hand (verses an open-fingered hand) and cut along the traced lines. cutting the hand out

Open the hands to write, stick a typed up prayer, or just to keep as a reminder to pray.opened hands to place your prayerAs I have three children in various stages of their own Christian walk, and technical savvy, my oldest wanted his prayer typed out, cut and glued onto the inside of his praying hands.  typed up prayer request

glue down the typed up requestglueing the prayer request down

My middle (4-years old) first wanted to “write” her own prayer (hence the scribbles) but made a second set of her hands so I could hand-write her actual prayer request. scribbling a prayer request

hand written prayer requestAnyway you do it, even if it’s like the three-year old who didn’t want anything written in his praying hands, the little hands are a great reminder to pray, just as Jesus did in the Garden. different prayers for different kidsYou bet these little hands will go into the saved paperwork for this mommy…. =)


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