So I implemented a new tool in the past week or so. While working on the house a couple of weeks ago – I was listening to a Family Life Today broadcast and they were talking about prayer. (click HERE to go to the broadcast) I am sure I have heard many people talk about prayer, how they pray, ways to pray, things to pray about, etc. This time though, it seemed different. This was a man who talked about how he prayed everyday. He had a small stack (well small is my interpretation – not really sure how big the stack was) of 3x5 cards that he carried everywhere. [I think this appealed to the former Army Officer in me since I always had 3x5 cards on me with notes]
He explained that he had a card for everyone in his life he was praying daily for. He had the same one he started with years ago for his children – and specific prayers he prayed over them and for them over the years. I am not sure my specific cards will last years, but I loved the idea of note cards with each person’s name. He then said he put requests, needs, and verses on these cards that he was praying. Then whenever he had a few moments in his day he would pray through them. He said it is usually a 30 second prayer per person. This is what caught my attention. This is not a system to add hours of prayer to my already busy day. This was a system that I could implement today and might just last a while!
So I got out some note cards, put each child’s name on a card, then put many other cards in there (parents, brother(s), friends, our nation) and I start each day praying through these cards – it is very quick – not insignificant quick, but doable quick. I love that each time I look at my card for one of my kids I am reminded of the real battles he needs me to help him fight through, not just what comes to mind that morning. It reminds me of the important stuff, then I found character traits that I am specifically praying for each of my kids (their weaknesses).
I have really felt like this way of praying for those in my life is much more significant than anything I have ever done before.
So that is one tool I want to rave about today.
The other is HERE.
It is a chore chart generator for your home. I saw this and saved it on my computer the other day. Today I was able to actually play with it a little while and OH MY!! It is so good! You can make it do anything you want. I can go in and assign chores specific to each child each day – and have daily ones too. I just love it. I cannot wait to implement it next week. It is going to get our home running much smoother I think!!
Hope one of these tools will help you simplify your life!!