I've been feeling God's calling to pray more DILIGENTLY for my family. While I've kept a journal with names and requests for many years, I felt I needed something more tangible for my prayer time. I was inspired by a woman in my small group who has a note card for each of her family members with requests written on the back. So I took the idea and ran with it.
I wanted to see the faces of the people I'm praying for, so I used my Shutterfly.com account and printed out 4x6 photos to put on the front of my cards.
But I've also been feeling called to specifically pray scripture. So on the back of my prayer cards I have scriptures that I pray specifically for that person.
Then, I decided to make sets for each of my kids. They can learn to pray for others, too. Their cards don't have anything on the backs, just the pictures of family members and their friends. Some day I hope they look back on the cards and remember praying for their friends, Annalise or Ben, when they were only 5 years old.
Are they a little time-consuming? A little. There is definitely some prep involved--collecting and printing out pictures (luckily most of mine were already uploaded to Shutterfly), selecting scriptures, etc. BUT I have to say, it is TOTALLY worth it. These will be used for years to come.
The tutorial below is a guideline but here are some variations and suggestions:
- I used actual photos, but you could consider just writing the name of the person on the front of the card.
- Have your child draw a picture of the person.
- I laminated the cards so they would last for the long haul, but I have added un-laminated notecards behind the photos so I can write requests (and praises for answered prayers).
- I made custom covers for the front of the card sets at www.picnik.com. Just upload your photo, write over it using their fonts, save it and then print it out.
- 4x6 index cards
- 4x6 photos of family members
- permanent spray adhesive
- verses/scriptures printed out (you could also write them by hand)
- hold punch
- binder rings
- scraps of fabric and ribbon (optional)
Outside (a well-ventilated area), spray your photos with the adhesive and place them on one side of the card.
Then, do the same with the verses you have printed out, placing them on the opposite side of the cards.
Laminate the cards (if you wish).
Then, punch a hole in the corner.
Put them on your ring.
Using scraps of fabric, riboons, twine, etc. decorate your binder ring.
Knot the ribbons around the ring.
Jack's boy-ish "ribbons" (leather strips and twine).
Here is my set of cards. I opted not to decorate the ring because I want to be able to flip the cards completely around the ring while I am on the treadmill.
I'll do a post tomorrow sharing some of the scriptures I'm praying for my family.
And here are my cards in action. I have been using them on the treadmill in the mornings. But the laminated cards are also helpful when I spill my coffee at the breakfast table.The great thing about these sets of cards is how easy they travel--to the gym, in your purse, on a trip.