Scriptures to Pray for Each of My Children in 2013

Scriptures to Pray for Each of My Children in 2013

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:

Big Brother:

“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.


Little Brother:

“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.



journal 2

 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. :)



journal 1

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. :)


  1. I started keeping a journal of letters for my little girl (who was then just an infant) when I found out that I had a life-threatening disease. The fact that I could have died without my little girl remembering me was one of the hardest things I went through during my illness. I hid those journals away now that I am better but I still record things every month or two in a new fun journal. Like you, I am hoping she will enjoy looking at it when she’s older. It is so easy to forget all the little cute things she says unless I write them down! I also do Project Life memory keeping and I love how the journaling cards let me put all that stuff right into my family’s scrapbook.

  2. I love this idea! I just received “Praying Circles Around Your Children” in the mail the other day from Amazon!

  3. Our boys are 20 and 23
    I am going to do this for them!
    As I am a kindy teacher I am going to do this for each of my children in my class
    Thank you

  4. This is such a beautiful idea – I will be pinning it! :) I especially like the scripture you chose for your oldest son. My oldest boy has “zeal” too. It seems like the perfect scripture for him. So glad you shared this.

  5. This is such a great idea & very creative! I never thought of doing that while pregnant, but I plan to buy journals for each of them now! Thanx so much & God bless!

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