I pin a LOT of idea on Pinterest but I only try around 10 percent of them (or less). A while ago I had pinned this idea for praying a specific scripture for your child each year from This Lil Light O’ Mine (and then I repinned it to remind myself) and I’m finally getting around to it. I’ve been reading through Praying Circles Around Your Children and finally decided I needed to get on the ball and choose a scripture for each of our boys. There’s no better time than the beginning of the year, right?
First, I tried to think of a scripture that acknowledged each child’s strengths while also encouraging them in areas in which they can grow and improve.
Here are the two scriptures I chose for our boys:
“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12: 10-12
I chose this verse for two reasons. The first is because of the world “zeal”…if I could describe Big Brother’s perspective on life and on God, it would be with the word “zeal.” He has an enthusiasm that I admire and I hope he never loses. It is contagious. The second reason is because I want him to honor others above himself. Along with his zeal, he has a lot of confidence (which is good, unless it becomes bragging), but I pray that he always places his confidence in God and treats others with humility.
“And 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.” -2 John 1:6
Little Brother loves and loves well. He is compassionate and tender-hearted, especially toward animals and young children. Like most three-year olds, he wants to be independent and sometimes has difficulty obeying. I pray that this year will be a year of learning to be obedient to us and ultimately to God. I want him to know obedience is an act of love.
Just like This Lil Light O’ Mine, I too traced each boy’s handprint (twice) and wrote the scripture on each one. One to keep in my Bible and the other to put in their journals.
My children don’t have giant hands…I am just keeping them in my small Bible. :)
In addition to placing one in my Bible to remind me to pray these scriptures for them, I also included one in each of their journals. I have written in these journals for each of our boys from the time I found out I was pregnant with them. Instead of giving a birthday card, I write in the journals. At holidays, I write in the journals. For their big milestones, I write in the journals. The entries are fewer and farther between these days, but it is something I hope they will treasure when they are older. And as morbid as it sounds, if something ever happens to me, it is my hope that they would know how much I loved and treasured them throughout their entire lives while reading the letters in their journals.
When I glued them in the journals, I also wrote a note explaining each verse and why I chose it for each child. I blurred the note part out…that’s personal between me and my babies. :)
I showed Prince Charming the handprints with verses and he asked, “Where’s my verse?” Perhaps we’ll choose a verse together to pray for our relationship as well. :)