Summertime is a wonderful time to take on a new project. The daylight hours are longer, the children are out of school, and families tend to have more vacation time together.
One project I have worked on for my granddaughter, June, is "Prayer Sticks." June is too young to make prayer sticks on her own but perhaps your children or grandchildren are older and won't need much assistance with this meaningful activity. Its even a great idea for adults too!
The popsicle sticks I used cost just $1 at the Dollar Store. That was for a bag of a couple hundred sticks. Then I took some bright markers and wrote simple prayers or praises on them.
Help me, Lord, to learn to share.
Thank you, Jesus, for my bed.
Dear God, Teach me to obey.
God, please help the sick.
On the back side of the sticks, I made colorful little flowers or polka-dots, just so they would be eye-catching and cute. I placed June's sticks in a small jar with a ribbon. Then, two or threes times a day, when she is visiting me, she can pull out a stick and we can say a prayer together.
Several things make this an excellent project:
It's very inexpensive!
It teaches the importance of prayer!
It help our young ones learn how to talk to God about everything!
It can keep on going!
You might choose to purchase styrofoam and put it in a pot to hold the sticks, like flowers. You probably can think of several other ways to place these prayer sticks around your home. Keep adding to the sticks over time. You can even put specific names on the sticks, such as a school friend who gets sick or a pet that gets hurt. Nothing is too small to the Lord because He cares about everything in our lives! Isn't it awesome to serve such a wonderful God?
"And they that know your name will put their trust in you: for you, Lord, will not forsake those that seek you."
~Psalm 9: 10