I was in flash card design mode over the summer and during the height of that frenzy, I decided to make a set of prayer cards for my kids. This list has been around for as long as the Internets, and it’s a good one. Each day, there’s a specific prayer focus for various character traits. Today’s is this:

“Teach my children, Lord, to value work and to work at it with all their heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” Col. 3:23

Which happens to be beautifully appropriate on this day that we chose to forego our formal studies and instead bless Daddy (aka Loys, my husband). He and the boys are hosting a Scout campout this weekend at “Camp Cotton,” and the area where they boys will hold their bonfire and eat most of their meals was in sore need of some TLC. Loys is one of the assistant Scout leaders and so I knew it was especially important to him that everything be cleaned up and so I decided to make that the priority of our day. Pa came down to our house just as we finished up our math lessons this morning (there are very few days when math isn’t done at our house!) and led our little work crew in raking, hoeing, sweeping, mowing, hauling, and burning for a good two hours. Our little shelter looks 100% better now, and will be much nicer for our guests to enjoy (even if they *are* primarily 12 year old boys who probably wouldn’t even have noticed the mess). The bigger blessing is that by their doing the work today, Loys doesn’t have to do it tomorrow on his day off–which was the whole point.

Full disclosure: they weren’t all that enthusiastic to begin with about working outside, mainly pulling weeds. More than once, Pa and I had to redirect them when they got distracted by discoveries of a moccasin skin, examining a chrysalis (which, as it turn out, is NOT dead), and tending to the fire, which took a while to get going. But they did work hard and seeing the verse today reminds me how important it is that I continue to pray this prayer for them and give them plenty of opportunities to learn what hard work looks like.

I keep my set in an acrylic business card holder just beneath the computer monitor in my studio. You could also laminate and put them on a ring and keep them in your purse. However you choose to use them, I hope they bless you and your family as much as they have me and mine.Prayers for My Children | a free download from Antiquated Notions

Download the set here.