A Child’s Prayer of Thanks & 12 Little Blessings Book Giveaway

When children are young, finding words to pray can sometimes be challenging. This is the reason many of us know the faithful prayer “Now I lay me down to sleep…” Reciting prayers can be helpful for children to form words and habits of prayer. Encouraging your children to form their own words is truly wonderful, but for times they need a little help, a short memorized prayer is a great way to continue God-honoring behavior.

Simple habits for young children potentially develop into powerful prayer habits as adults. Here are just a few tips on ways our family has discovered to unify our hearts regarding prayer (and not that we’ve perfected them by any means!):

  • Close your eyes. This is simply a sign of reverence.
  • Fold your hands. This will help them stay focused.
  • Or hold hands with family members. Doing this signals unity in prayer and love for family.
  • Keep prayer reminders on the fridge- a great way to keep prayer a priority.
  • Use prayer journals to track prayers and answers to prayers.
  • Pray at the same time each day. Before meals and at bedtime have really worked for us.

The above are just a few ideas our family has found to encourage prayer in the lives of children. I also wrote this child’s prayer of thanks. This short prayer can assist in keeping a positive attitude and remembering the Provider of all blessings.

Dear God,

I’m thankful

For all You give:

For food,

For love,

A place to live.

I thank you for my family too

And I want you to know

that I love you.

Amen.

childs prayer of thanks

Today I have the most precious children’s book up for giveaway! 12 Little Blessings is a book about counting God’s provisions. Each page includes a Bible verse and a two phrase prayer, perfectly designed for children ages 3-7.

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I love this little book and so do my kiddos, especially my two youngest. As part of the Really Woolly brand, the sweet animal characters in the book are fun and cute. The soft sweet rhymes are a wonderful reminder that God is the giver of every wonderful thing. This book is also a great tool for teaching your children to count! Here’s a little preview of the book:

 

Isn’t the Really Woolly brand sooo adorable?

I was thinking the colors of the book are perfect to tuck in an Easter basket and then I discovered a couple items that would be super cute with it! Here’s the puzzle:


Really Woolly – John 3:16 – Easter Puzzle – $2.99

from: DaySpring Cards Inc

And this wonderful set to keep the focus on Christ at Easter:


Really Woolly Kids – Jesus is Risen! Celebration Set – $2.99

from: DaySpring Cards Inc

If you’d like to see more information or order this sweet DaySpring 12 Little Blessings book, click here. And if you want to tuck in the Jelly Bean Poem in your Easter baskets or to give away as sweet Gospel reminders, then click here for the free printables.

But I KNOW you want to enter to win a copy of the book, so follow the Rafflecopter and I’ll see you tomorrow!

Rachel

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Spring Bible Verse Scavenger Hunt

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Next week my kiddos are on spring break and I wanted to be prepared to have some fun with a new Bible Verse scavenger hunt. So I thought I’d share it with you on the occasion that the weather breaks wherever you live and you have an opportunity to enjoy some time outdoors.

Click HERE and the free printable pdf will open.

Don’t forget that these are fun to do with a camera! Look up the Bible Verse, write down the answers and head out to take some fun photos and make a memory or two.

Using the camera instead of collecting the items can have a few advantages.
A. You don’t have to touch anything gross or dirty (spoken like a true outdoorswoman, right?)
B. You can avoid potential living creatures.

Whether you decide to point and click, check off the list, or collect in a bag, this Spring Bible Verse Scavenger Hunt is sure to be a hit with your family!

If you’ve missed out on the other FREE Printable Bible verse scavenger hunts, you can find the Outdoor Bible Verse Scavenger Hunt here and the Indoor hunt here.

If you enjoy these Bible verse scavenger hunts, then be sure to check out my Pinterest board titled “Kids Will Love,” where I pin all things I think my kids will enjoy and I’m guessing yours will too.

Have a great day!

Rachel

Teaching Children to Trust God in All Things

teaching children to trust god

Teaching children to trust God in all things is not always easy. When life is tough, children aren’t afraid to ask the hard questions. Questions like:

  • Who made God?
  • Why do we have to breathe?
  • Where do babies come from?

You knew that last question was coming, right? But seriously, I love that my mom taught me a very young age to trust God in all things. Here are 5 ideas for teaching children to trust God in all things:

1. Teach children that God created everything.

When your child makes their own artwork, whether at home, school, or church, talk to them about how they created their art. Explain the creator of the art owns and loves the art. Using their own artwork as an example could help them to understand that just as they love their coloring creation, God loves His creation. He takes care of the whole world and He can be trusted to care for His creation.

2. Teach children what the Bible says about trusting God.

Here is a list of 15 Bible Verses for Trusting God in Tough Times. Take one at a time and talk through them. Remind them that God’s Word is always true and never changes.

3. Remind children of the answers to your family’s prayers.

One of my favorite answers to prayer in our family is when one of my daughters prayed for a baby sister. She prayed faithfully for a sister for many months and I love how God answered her prayer in such a beautiful way. If you’d like to read the entire story, you can find it in my book, The Sensational Scent of Prayer.

4. Teach children that God is bigger than our scope of understanding.

When I personally need the reminder that God’s plan is bigger than mine, I read the book of Job, especially chapter 38. To help children understand this concept, take a trip to the planetarium or use a stargazing app on the smartphone or tablet in the backyard at night.

5. Check out this awesome DVD resource from Hermie & Friends, I Will Trust God.

i will trust god

This wonderful DVD beautifully teaches children to trust God with the good and the bad. With two stories from the garden, Max Lucado provides the narration and Tim Conway provides the fun. What a wonderful way for children ages 4-7 to enjoy the lesson of learning to trust God!

If you’d like to order this 2 DVD set, you can do so here.

Today, I’m so excited to be giving one away! Just follow the Rafflecopter and I’ll see you tomorrow.

Rachel

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Disclosure: Product provided by publisher. All opinions are my own. Post contains affiliate links. Site may be compensated if purchase is made. See full disclosure policy here.