7up Prayer Challenge

Have you ever told someone you would pray for them, but then life got busy and you forgot to write it down? Or you wrote it down and then it was a “my dog ate my homework” scenario? Maybe you noticed someone really discouraged, a friend, relative, or co-worker, and you wanted to remember to lift them up in prayer?

Praying for others requires being intentional.

Today I have a super solution for intentionally praying for others. I’m issuing the 7up prayer challenge. (What in the world? Has she gone mad? Must be cabin fever.)

7up prayer challenge

What’s the 7up prayer challenge?

As I said earlier this week, one of the best ways I’ve found to combat discouragement is to be purposeful about encouraging someone else. Combine prayer and encouragement and wow, that’s a power-packed combo! So I thought some of you might like to join me in this prayer challenge. It’s simple.

1. Pray.

Ask God to put someone on your heart that needs your prayer encouragement. Maybe you already know exactly for whom you need to pray.

2. Purchase.

Buy a single bottle of 7up. I found mine at Speedway because gas stations typically carry small single bottles of soda. (Or you could buy a 2 liter, if someone needs a WHOLE lot of prayer. Just kidding. But a 2 liter would work!)

You could do this challenge without the gift and just give them the card. But the gift is an encouragement too!

3. Print.

Download and print out the graphic below. I created a single label sheet, as well as a sheet of four. You could share this activity with your small group or get your kiddos involved.

7up prayer tag

Download the single tag here.

Download the set of 4 here.

4. Pen it.

Fill out the label and attach it to the bottle.

5. Provide.

Deliver the 7up bottle to the person you plan for pray for the entire week ahead. You could leave it on the porch. Surprise your co-worker. Deliver it to the office where the person works. Leave it in their car. Have fun!

6. Pray.

Pray for your person for the entire week and then send them a text, social media message, call them or write them a note at the end of the week so they will know you followed through on your commitment.

It’s that easy!

Now I’m going to do the challenge beginning this Sunday, February 22,2015 through Saturday, February 28,2015, but it doesn’t matter WHEN you do it. However, I thought it would be really fun to add a hashtag so we can see how it’s working out. So use the hashtag:


There is nothing like the power of prayer.

The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. James 5:16

All right, who’s in this week? I’d love to hear from you!


BONUS: If you are praying for your husband or children, you can use these prayer guides to pray for 7 days:

7 ways to pray for your husband for 7 days

7 ways to pray for your children for 7 days

A Prayer for Wisdom

As we have studied Proverbs the last two months in the 2015 Bible reading challenge, I have noticed that I’m praying for wisdom more. Perhaps this is because I am learning how important wisdom truly is. That’s a good thing, right? Today I’m sharing this simple prayer for wisdom with you.

A Prayer for Wisdom

Dear Father,
Your wisdom is above all
And today I praise you for being the all-wise God.
Though my mind is incapable
of understanding all your ways,
I trust that you keep every one of your promises.
You are good
And you make all things for my good.
While I know this is true, I often fail
To be wise in applying this truth.
Help me, Father. I need you.
I need the heavenly wisdom
That can only come from you.
Give me the strength to pursue it;
Give me the power to practice it
And I’ll praise your name.

prayer for wisdom

Have a terrific Tuesday!


15 Ideas on Ways to Pray for Your Husband

ways to pray for your husband


This weekend I was thinking heavily on ways to pray for my husband. Due to some changes at work, he has been working long hours and though he is strong, I know that intervening to God on his behalf will provide strength from above. Though I have a phone reminder set to pray for him each day and I also pray for him every morning and night, I really wanted to focus on praying for him for the next two weeks. So I did a little research and today I wanted to share with you 15 Ideas on ways to pray for your husband that I really love.

1. Revive Our Hearts ministry from Nancy DeMoss has a 31 days of praying for your husband idea list.

2. Wendy Blight at Proverbs 31 ministries offers 6 Scriptural prayers for your husband.

3. Renee Swope has a wonderful printable that I love on praying for your husband from head to toe.

4. IMom has a great printable bookmark on 10 Ways to Pray for Your Husband.

5. Last year I wrote a post on 7 Ways to Pray for Your Husband for 7 Days.

6. My friend and fellow Tommy Nelson mommy has an awesome prayer idea that gives a hint for each hour of the day and a printable that would be great for the fridge. Or you could use her idea and place phone reminders in your phone.

7. I contribute at The Better Mom and we have a beautiful set of printable prayer cards for organizing prayer time, especially for your husband.

8. Kathi Lipp has written a book completely dedicated to praying God’s Word for your husband. She offers a free printable bookmark with six verses to pray for your husband.

9. My friend, Darlene, at Time Warp Wife, offers a free printable pack of prayers cards with 31 ways to pray for our husbands. 

10. Darlene has written a post on 5 Hard Things to pray for your husband and it is really on point. I know you’ll want to check it out also.

11. Women Living Well offers a short practical list to help us remember to pray for our husbands.

12. Unveiled Wife has written a post with 25 verses to pray over your husband.

13. Jen at Unveiled Wife also offers a wonderful reminder to pray for your husband daily- a prayer of the day email list to which you can subscribe.

14. One of my favorite authors, Lysa Terkeurst, has written an encouraging post on 5 Scriptures to pray over your marriage.

15. My friend, Sheila Gregoire, has a great post on praying the right thing for your husband. Her quote is so thought-provoking!

Bonus: Be sure to check out a Prayer of Thanks for My Husband and for more encouragement, a well-loved printable on 20 things to say to encourage your husband.

Happy Monday!