A Prayer for Easter

A Prayer for Easter

Dear Father,

My eyes lift to Heaven
In total adoration of the one true God you are.
Your incredible love for the world
Exceeds my imagination
And your gracious gift of life
Excels beyond my understanding.
When I reflect on the cross of Calvary,
My mind fails to grasp the depth of darkness-
The day you turned your back on your son
As he bore the sin of the world.
For everyone ever born.
For me.
The price was so great yet his blood poured out
To yield the highest return of investment ever known.
O Death- where is your sting?
O Grave- where is your victory?
Death? It is extinguished.
The Grave? It has been conquered.
And the empty tomb? Celebrated.
He is Risen and we praise you, Father!

Hosanna and Amen!

easter prayer

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.

blessings book giveaway

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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More Than We Can Ask or Imagine and Whimsical Wednesday Linkup

Sometimes we limit God, don’t you think? We put Him in a box, without even realizing it. Then we place the lid firmly on that box because we know just what is needed in the situation. We might even tie a pretty bow around the box, just to make it look like we have our act together and all.

How do we do this?

Just by being human. You see, we may not  intend to limit God, but our minds just aren’t capable of grasping the whole picture. Even the most sound intellectual minds of our age aren’t capable of thinking higher than the Creator of the Universe.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9

When I try to wrap my head around the intricacy of God’s plan for the entire world, my mind nearly explodes. So when I go to God in prayer with my “agenda,” I’m sure if I were him, I’d be shaking my head at me. While he loves to hear my voice and listen to my heart, he wants to give me more than I ask him for.

Doesn’t it seem strange to be afraid to ask God for too much? It’s as if we think we are standing in line at the school cafeteria and God just dollops a spoonful of potatoes on our plate. We really love mashed potatoes and want to ask for more, but well, potatoes are a starch and they just can’t be too good for a person.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, Ephesians 3:20

This is God’s Word saying:

Girl, God’s not only got your mashed potatoes; He’ll give you a whole plate of them if you’re that hungry. And he knows you love gravy. Yep- get yourself some gravy. That gravy is better than any you’ve ever tasted before.

Ok, so that’s my loose interpretation but truthfully?

God’s plan for your life extends far beyond your mind’s creativity level.

gods plan extends

God’s plan for you exceeds your logical ability to request from him and you can’t even begin to imagine what He has in store for you.

So go ahead. Love him. Ask for more. Dream bigger.

Because he loves you. That. Much.

Hey there bloggers! Thanks for coming to Whimsical Wednesday and linking up; I love checking out all the encouraging posts!!

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I’ve been dreaming pretty big lately and if you hang out on our Facebook page, (which you will love!) then you might have gathered I enjoy coffee. (Almost as much as gravy.) Dayspring has this cool coffee mug designed with Eph. 3:20 that I wanted you to see…


Dream, Ephesians 3:20 – Christian Mug

I love the verse on the mug:

God can do much, much more than anything we can ask or imagine.  Ephesians 3:20

So I’m asking a big question today:

If you could ask God for anything, what would it be?

I’m challenging you to share it with us–

that prayer you’ve been praying for 10 years…

or that dream you’ve thought the Holy Spirit was whispering to your heart, but you’ve been afraid to say out loud….

Or that silly little thing you haven’t taken to God because you know that it’s just “too small.”

No matter the issue.

Today we’re going to pray for more than we can ask or imagine.

Even more than a second helping of mashed potatoes with gravy.

Rachel



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