Infusing Grace in Bite-Sized Pieces
Find Rest, Own Grace. Your family demands a lot from you. Here are some ideas to help you help your family spend more time with God. As little as five minutes of your day can pay big dividends. Don't try to do everything all at once—easy does it, you have enough on your plate. And here's the dividend: When you combine the grace that God gives you with thanks and gratitude, what you get is JOY.
Loving Life at Home website has wonderful "printables" to help you pray head-to-toe for your children, husband, wife, unborn child, parents, teens, the sick, and yourself. These short little prayers help you focus your thoughts. They come with Scripture references should you decide to go deeper. Click HERE.
Popsicle Stick Prayers:
Write names on a Popsicle sticks and keep in a jar. Pick out a stick and pray for that person. If you're not feeling particularly creative, there are lots of DIY sites about this. Click HERE for a Sample.
Bedtime Prayers for Kids:
Take turns. Make up your own or try a few HERE.
Saturate your home with prayer. Click HERE.
Apps to Remind:
There are free apps to remind you to pray, keep track of prayers answered, share them with friends and family. Here's one called Echo Prayer. Click HERE.
SCRIPTURE BY HEART
Make your own cards, put them on a ring and carry them with you. Memorize them with your kids in the car, in line at the grocery store—wherever you have a minute. Fun project for the kids to help illustrate, or click HERE for some free downloads. You can also write Scripture on disposable place mats or use China Markers (test first) to write directly on your countertop, replacing with a new message each week.
READ TOGETHER, PLAY TOGETHER, WATCH TOGETHER, SING TOGETHER, SAY THANKS TOGETHER
Check out PARENT CUE. It's a free app that customizes activities based on your child's age. Based on the premise that you have 936 weeks to influence your children before they leave the nest. Look for it in your app store.
The Bible Project is visual storytelling at its best. Amazing short little videos on every book and aspect of the Bible. Go deeper with with notes and plans. Click HERE.
Pure Flix is like Netflix. "Faith, Family Fun." Sites like Pandora, Spotify, Amazon have great albums for kids, sing-a-longs, lullabies to signal quiet time, bedtime. Check online for games, coloring books, charades, board games. For $1.00 you can download charade cards HERE.
Create a Gratitude Jar. We all tend to collect the frustrating moments in life. Sometimes is seems one bad moment can erase a dozen good moments. The answer is to write down what we grateful for. So accumulate expressions of gratitude by writing them down and putting them in a jar. The only rule is to be specific. Not "I love Susie," but, "I love how Susie helped me with the dishes today."
I would love to hear from you if you'd like to add to this list. This is a supplement to my presentations about infusing grace in bite-sized pieces. If your group has an interest in a presentation, contact me.