August 4, 2008

Our Prayer Journals

One of the things we are incorporating into our school days this year is a prayer journal. My kids and I have never kept one but after conference this past week I realized it could be an extremely useful tool to help them learn the Bible and develop a deeper relationship with the Lord.
I went to Wal-greens and purchased two nice lined journals for the boys to write in. Something like this:
It couldn't be girly having two boys so we opted for green and a darker blue. I chose the following verse to begin with:
2 John 1:6 (New International Version)
6And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.
We printed it out and used a bit of rubber cement to affix it to the top of page one. (it doesn't wrinkle the page and dries quickly!)
The assignment was to write a few ways that they could show love to someone else. Then they were to write a prayer asking for God's help in showing love to others. I explained that it should only be one page so it would not be overwhelming.
So what do they learn through this?
  • verses
  • how to pray
  • how to write on specific topics
  • how to think critically


Jennifer said...

I am so stealing this idea from you for our first year of homeschooling! I love it :)

Angela said...

YES!!!! I would love it if you would steal it. If you date them they will even be able to keep track of how much they mature year to year in their prayers. My kids plan on adding 'answered' to the end of the ones that are answered clearly. Warms my heart! :)

Kgraham said...

You're good. So often I have ideas like this, but drop the ball when it comes to implementing them!! Thanks for visiting my blog, and I really like yours!!!

christy said...

"Ditto!" what kgraham said. In fact, the boys have journals that I made last year, sitting in their baskets. Oh dear...

We are off to a good start, though, Dad started going through Daniel with them this morning and that is enough and oh so much more than my efforts to make spiritual things a class. oh dear...again.

Kysha said...

We did this too with the 50cent composition books from Walmart. My dc love them! :)

Rachel said...

I love this idea :-) I can't wait to see how they use them!

Thanks for commenting on my blog -- I can use all the encouragement and suggestions I can get lol. I like the big present at the end -- I tried something similar before but it was after she filled in a chart with a certain number of stickers and that got filled too quickly and then, well, she regressed so maybe a sticker for everyday with no accidents or something? This will be much easier on my pocketbook LOL

Thanks so much :-)