Monday, September 9, 2013

Prayer Baskets- Taking care of Mom

I really struggle with getting my own quiet time with God.  Our family has Bible reading time together as a group and we work on verses and even do devotionals during the day.  That still does not change that I'm not getting my own time with God.

Recently while reading 15-Minute Organizer by Emilie Barnes, I read about having a prayer basket. I loved the idea, and thought it would help me.   My prayer basket has a small binder with divider tabs in it, a clip board for memory verses, a Bible, a silk flower (just for pretty), and supplies (including pen, postcards, cards, and stamps) and, if I'm reading one, a devotional book.

When I decided to make mine up, I thought that maybe my teen daughter would like one too.  I'd like to encourage this habit early in life for her so that she will (hopefully) not struggle as much as I do.  She thought that was a great idea.  We went out to dinner together and talked over what we thought our tabs should be labeled and put our binders together.  Then we went shopping for baskets and silk flowers (what a blessing, they were on sale!).

Our tabs we decided on are-
Rob(husband) and kids   OR  Dad, Mom, and siblings
Friends and Family
Missionaries and Pastors
Community and Nation
Notes and Verses

The postcards, cards, and stamps are so that we can send out thinking of you/praying for you notes out to those we have just prayed for or have been led to encourage.

I'm hoping that having all of this together will help encourage me to not only have regular prayer times but help keep my prayer life in order.  With a new baby on the way, I would like to use some of our nursing sessions for my quiet times.  My hope is that by using some nursing sessions for quiet time with God that I'll not only develop the habit of regular quiet times, but that my hunger and desire for these times would grow as well.

1 comment:

  1. What a wonderful idea. I am going to put this together for me and for Meredith too. Where do you place this in your house?
    -Maryann Oda