Building a Family Prayer Wall

Building a Family Prayer Wall

I am an Oklahoman by birth, a Texan by current living situation, but claim the world as my playground.I love to travel and hope to someday soon take our family on adventures to far off lands, where we can share God with others and experience all the wonders He has created.

I am a mother of 5 crazy, homeschooling children ages 10 & under, wife to an amazing man, and daughter of the King of the Universe!I enjoy reading, making my kids laugh, cooking, all things natural, learning to play guitar and dusting off my piano skills.One day I hope to run again, but until then I’m learning patience.
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An activity that we recently did has stirred up a lot of excitement in our house. Our kids are now enthusiastically thinking of new things they can talk to God about.

So what activity has caused this excitement?  It’s Family Time Training’s free activity of the month called the Prayer Wall. It digs in to how Jesus is the cornerstone of our faith and our prayer life. It’s fun to hear what kids guess what they think a cornerstone is and how that applies to Jesus and our faith.  Then when they begin to understand that without Jesus we have no hope of a connection to God, they see how he is the cornerstone of our faith.  Not only does it discuss this concept but it brings in a hands-on activity that is acting as a daily reminder to us how he is our cornerstone.

It’s Time to Build a Prayer Wall

Mom, are we really going to build a wall?

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Our kiddos adding what they would like to pray for to our prayer wall.

So no, we are not building an actual wall but using note cards to build a prayer wall on our already existing wall.  For those who want to wear their hard hats for this process feel free, but I promise there will be no plaster or actual bricks needed.  Just grab your note cards, markers, or magazines to cut up and let the ideas roll.  We are even planning on printing out pictures of people we are praying for so as we walk by and see who needs a prayer, we can do it then and not have to wait for our formal prayer time.  Teaching our kids that prayer doesn’t have to be rigid and can happen anytime, anyplace, anywhere is teaching them that they are always important to God, no matter what is going on in their lives.  He loves them and wants a relationship with them always.

Prayer is the link that connects us with God.
– A.B. Simpson

It’s Time to Praise God for Everything

So what can we pray about?  That’s the great thing, we are told to pray about everything!

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying.
Ephesians 6:18

Family Time Training has a great list in their activity that will get your kids started thinking about all the things they can pray for and then they will continue to brainstorm and grow their own list.  I’ve decided to keep a little basket of the note cards easily accessible so as they think of things to pray for they can either write them down or draw them and add to the wall quickly.

After hanging their first cards on the wall, my kids wanted to know what will happen when we fill up the wall.  They came up with some great solutions:

  • We can take the answered prayers down and keep them in a treasure box.
  • We can leave them up and start on a new wall…maybe the ceiling!
  • When we move, we have to take all the cards with us.

This activity has totally got them excited about connecting with God and I am loving it.  Like most families, we pray when we eat and when we go to bed and when random things happen throughout the day, but providing a way for our children to physically see what we are praying is a new experience for them and it gets them thinking about all the things they can pray about.

An extra little step…

Because my kids were so excited about the prayer wall, I decided to dedicate this wall in our house as the permanent prayer wall. We moved over our prayer painting that we had previously made to add a little extra color to the wall, while we wait for our prayers to fill it up.  This wall is in the hub of our house.  It’s small in the living room with entrances to both the kitchen and the hallway.  It’s a wall we won’t be able to miss!

Creating this painting was simple.  I simply printed out the word prayer in large font and glued the letters to a blank canvas.  I let each child choose their favorite color and then painted their hands that color. Then they took turns, placing their hands all over the canvas.

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This wall has been dedicated as the place to stick our prayers to God.  With a reminder that Jesus is the cornerstone of our faith!

Get great activities like this one free every month from Family Time Training.  This Prayer Wall activity is only available through October 2016, so get it now, even if you can’t do it until later. 

What are some of the things your kids pray for?

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Family Time Training: Teaching Children Delayed Gratification

Family Time Training: Teaching Children Delayed Gratification

Hello. I grew up traveling the world as a military brat. I ultimately felt God's pull to Oklahoma Christian University where I met my husband. We now have 3 beautiful children and have settled in Mustang, Oklahoma.I am a homeschooling mom and with 3 kiddos it is a full time job! I am daily encouraged by God's great patience and grace in my life. In my free time I enjoy reading and crafting.

Anticipating a Family Time Activity

This month I had the privilege of doing a lesson about delayed gratification from Family Time Training.  Can I just tell you how much my kids loved this little activity?  They were so excited that we were going to do something new and fun that we’ve never tried before.  When I mentioned the plan, they speculated what it might be.  As I filled our bucket with ice, water, and marbles, they threw out all sorts of crazy ideas. They marveled at how very cold the water was while I gathered my camera and bible.

(Click here to get this activity for free during the month of September. )

Princess Ballerina and Iron Man are feeling a little unsure about sticking a foot in this icy cold water...

Princess Ballerina and Iron Man are feeling a little unsure about sticking a foot in this icy cold water.

Learning about Delayed Gratification

My kids took their best guesses on what they thought delayed gratification meant and then I read the definition from the lesson.  We discussed a few good examples that they would be able to relate to and then we read our verses from the bible.  I always enjoy reading from the bible with my children because Iron Man can read very well, however his comprehension of what he just read lines right up with his age and life experience.  Princess Ballerina still lives in la-la land a lot of the time so she’s kind of hit or miss on comprehension as well.  I find that it’s always beneficial to make sure they understand the meaning of the words they are reading and then wrap the whole concept up for them after we’ve read it through a couple of times.
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Lessons for Adults and Kids Alike

This verse really blessed me when we read it.  If you want a conversation starter just read this verse with your kiddos and let the questions fly.  It was such a gentle reminder to me as I explained to my children that this world is not our home.  The world may be against us but we count ourselves as blessed!  After reading through Matthew 16:19-21 (another excellent opportunity to explore our worldly tendencies against our heavenly purpose) we got ourselves psyched up to get chilly!

My little Princess Ballerina struggled a bit with the discomfort of this activity.  She did get some marbles but not nearly as many as her brother.  That’s to be expected as she’s just 5!  Iron Man is 7 and really took this challenge seriously.  I guarantee you they won’t forget what delayed gratification is after this frigid lesson!

Are you looking for exciting faith training lessons for the whole family?  I encourage you to check out Family Time Training and all the awesome stuff on their website.  I hope it blesses your family as it has mine! 

Be sure to click on over to Family Time Training and check out the free activity for the month! Each month they offer a free, downloadable lesson, or you can browse the many options available for purchase. There are options for all different age levels!

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Family Time Training Bible Activities

Family Time Training Bible Activities

I am an Oklahoman by birth, a Texan by current living situation, but claim the world as my playground.I love to travel and hope to someday soon take our family on adventures to far off lands, where we can share God with others and experience all the wonders He has created.

I am a mother of 5 crazy, homeschooling children ages 10 & under, wife to an amazing man, and daughter of the King of the Universe!I enjoy reading, making my kids laugh, cooking, all things natural, learning to play guitar and dusting off my piano skills.One day I hope to run again, but until then I’m learning patience.
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Disclosure:  We have partnered with Family Time Training, in order to bring you a great giveaway that your family will benefit from spiritually.  We have used these Bible Activities in our own family and all opinions are 100% ours.  Enjoy!

 

God is fun and creative!  He has provided so many ways for us to dig into His Word so it will plant in our hearts and grow! Sometimes, we mistakenly think that having a Bible study has to be boring.  Family Time Training proves this myth wrong.

If you were anything like my husband and I when we first had children, we wondered how in the world we were going to teach them Bible principles at home. We started with songs and bible stories from children’s bibles.

Then we found Family Time Training and it gave us an amazing tool in our Bible teaching toolbelt.  Like God, it’s fun and creative and helps God’s Word stick in our kids’ hearts. Not to mention ours as well.

What’s so great about Family Time Training?

1. They do all the planning for you.

Yes, all you have to do is pull out a lesson, read over it, gather the materials and you are ready to go.  They even put in bold the main phrases parents should say, so it makes preparing for a Bible lesson very easy, especially if you don’t have time to prepare a Bible lesson during the week.

2.  It helps bring your family together so you can plant the Word of God in their hearts!

Sometimes, the hardest part of studying the Bible with our kids is just getting in the habit of doing it.  Family Time Training suggests picking one night a week that you have an easy dinner so you can quickly come together afterwards and have fun studying the Bible. Of course, you can always choose to do it another time, like on a Saturday afternoon or whatever suits your family best.

3.  They make it FUN!

Yes, fun and studying the Bible can go together.  It doesn’t have to be dry and boring.  With Family Time Training’s activities your kids will not only have fun but they will learn about the Bible in such a way that sticks.

4.  Lessons that Stick

Because the lessons have fun activities, kids typically remember them more easily.  We could be driving down the street and a topic comes up.  In trying to relate it back to God’s word, it’s easy to say,

“Hey, do you remember when we wrapped you up in toilet paper (or did such and such activity)?

Do you remember which character in the Bible you were pretending to be when we wrapped you in toilet paper?  Yes, Lazarus.

Well, did Lazarus need help getting unwrapped?  Yes!

Why? Because he couldn’t do it by himself.

Your right and there are times in life when we can’t do things by ourselves.  From whom should we ask for help?  Right! God.

5.  Easy to find exactly what you need!

Family Time Training does have physical workbooks for all ages, but my personal favorite is their Total Access.  Total Access is an electronic database that allows you to search through over 300 activities in seconds to find the perfect one you need.

Do you want to do a Bible lesson on Abraham?  Just type in his name.  Or maybe you want to find a lesson that will help a certain child with a bad habit…type it in and voilà, there it is.

Watch how easy this is….

6 – Very Affordable!

Total Access so awesome and easy to fit into the budget. For only $6/month or $60/year, you can quickly access as many activities as your family needs.  A congregation can even purchase a yearly membership for $400, which allows ALL of it’s members unlimited access to the activities.

Yes, Family Time Training’s goal is to make it easy and affordable for family’s to be able to teach their kids Biblical principles and values in the home!

FREE gift for you!

The Chocolate Milk Activity

Family Time Training graciously agreed to give you my favorite Bible activity to for free! There are many reasons why the following activity is my favorite:

#1 – It introduces kids to the “stirring” of the Holy Spirit and how He acts in our lives.  Truly, how many of us as adult have a difficult time explaining to other adults about how the Holy Spirit works, let alone explaining it to our children?

#2 – It uses chocolate milk! And come on, who doesn’t like an activity that involves chocolate milk.

 

Isn’t that an awesome activity?  Download it now:Download this Chocolate Milk Activity

Sign up right now, to get a FREE activity in your email box every month.
Team Curriculum

Family Time Training has also developed a fantastic team curriculum for training groups of people who are passionate about investing in the lives of children and passing their faith on to the next generation.

The Family Time Team Curriculum includes:

  • 2 DVDs and 1 CD-ROM
  • Leader’s intro video and guide
  • 12 Team Sessions with participant guides
  • 12 Family Activity demonstration videos
  • 72 printable Family Time activities

Learn more here.

 

Enter now to Win access to all of Total Access’ Bible Activities for an ENTIRE Month!
Giveaway end July 7 at 12:00am Central time.

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Deuteronomy  6:4-9

The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.  (emphasis added)

 

Family Time’s activities make this goal of teaching our children and pouring God’s wisdom into their hearts easy and fun!
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Get Ready to Celebrate!

Get Ready to Celebrate!

I am an Oklahoman by birth, a Texan by current living situation, but claim the world as my playground.I love to travel and hope to someday soon take our family on adventures to far off lands, where we can share God with others and experience all the wonders He has created.

I am a mother of 5 crazy, homeschooling children ages 10 & under, wife to an amazing man, and daughter of the King of the Universe!I enjoy reading, making my kids laugh, cooking, all things natural, learning to play guitar and dusting off my piano skills.One day I hope to run again, but until then I’m learning patience.
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In one week we will be kicking off our birthday celebration and you will not want to miss it! It will last all month long and includes some great stuff…read on to see how we will celebrate.

That’s right! One year ago, we were getting ready to kick-off this Creating a Great Day blog.  There was a lot of excitement and anticipation as to where God would take it.

When we started we knew one thing for sure:

Since our goal was and still is to encourage others and glorify God whatever the day may bring, we knew the devil would try to attack and destroy it however he could.  This is how the devil works, we know that so, from day one we started praying this prayer:

Lord, you are an awesome and Holy God and daily are bringing us into better understanding of who you are and how to love you and those you have created.  We pray that your will be done with Creating a Great Day blog.  That our hearts and minds will be open to you and your guiding Holy Spirit.  We pray that all we do will be glorifying to you and draw others into a closer relationship with you as well.  We look at this as a mission field to encourage our fellow sisters but also hopefully to reach others who may not be in a relationship with you right now.  May our words and internet presence be a shining light for you and may you be with each of these ladies as they lift up your name!  In the One who is the Word himself, Amen!

So much has changed this first year.  We’ve learned a lot, had to be flexible, and roll with the punches of life but God’s faithfulness has remained the same and we are excited to celebrate all He has done.

When God called us to start the Creating a Great Day blog, we obeyed and He provided every step of the way and continues to do so.

It has been exciting to see God’s faithfulness during this ministry throughout the entire year, and that is definitely something to celebrate.

Even though the blog’s birthday is July 1st, we will be celebrating with a Birthday Bash throughout the month of July.

We have so many wonderful ways of celebrating planned and hope you will join along side us!  We are sure you could say that in your own life as well.

Celebrate by sharing Your Story of God’s Faithfulness

We would love to hear your story!  How have you seen God be faithful to you over this past year(s)?  Share it with us by emailing it to info(at)creatingagreatday.com  or sending it through our “contact us” page. We may feature your story on our blog.   (Use the @ sign instead of the (at) when typing our email address.  We typed it like that on this post so fake emails won’t come our way.)

In your email to us include the following:

  • Your name
  • Your story of God’s faithfulness to you over this year or which ever time you want to celebrate.  (Minimum 300 words, Maximum 1500 words.)
  • A picture of yourself
  • A short biography of yourself (3-6 sentences – check out our about us page if you need help.)

Hearing how God has worked in other’s lives is truly encouraging and gives hope as well as glorifies God, so share with us.  We can’t wait to learn how God has worked in your life!

Celebrate with Giveaways

It’s not a true celebration without gifts, but instead of receiving we will be giving!

Every Friday in July we will be spotlighting some services/products from fantastic companies that have impacted our lives and our ministry for the Lord.  We know you will benefit from knowing about them too.  Be sure to check them out and enter to win some great gifts!

We can’t wait to introduce you to:

So don’t forget next Friday, July 1st the festivities begin!  But you don’t have to wait until then to share how God has been faithful to you.

The Future

None of us know what the future holds, but we do know the One who holds the future. Because of that, we can stand strong in the faith and create a great day whatever the day may bring!

 

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