In celebration of “Labor Day,” I decided to wrap up my personal labor of love and complete the “God Made Me” set of scripture and prayer cards I’ve been working on the last several weeks. This set includes 24 cards with writing on both the front and back. The front of the cards includes Scripture related to a particular body part, and the back of the cards includes prayers related to the corresponding body part. The cards are laminated, and look so adorable hanging over the door to a child’s room or on a dresser. Here are some pictures of the finished product:
To see some more examples of the cards (examples I posted on the Shepherd My Child Facebook page) as these cards were “in process,” click here: www.facebook.com/ShepherdMyChild
The idea for these cards (and the corresponding “God Made Me” video that Shepherd My Child is currently in the process of filming) came to me as I was trying to teach my son about his own body parts. I was struck by how “segmented” education (in general) and Bible education appeared to be for young children. Most education (for the smallest children) only consists of Bible stories, and I was really looking for something to show how God was involved in the day-to-day of everything that Shaan was learning – body parts, shapes, colors, numbers, nature, and so on.
What’s great about these cards is that they can be used with your child(ren) for years. At the earliest age, you can point your baby to the pictures and simply state “God Made You,” God Made Your Eyes,” “God Made Your Ears,” etc. As the baby grows, you can start speaking the Scripture to your young one at bedtime and maybe doing one prayer each night. For instance, when my son turned one I started reciting the “Lord’s prayer” to him every evening. I wasn’t trying to get him to memorize it, I was just speaking it over him before we said “our prayers” to God. One day at church when he was 2 (before the break to take children to “children’s church”), the members were reciting the Lord’s prayer as part of the service and I was shocked when Shaan jumped right in and starting saying it too. He had practically the whole thing memorized!!! These children are little sponges and these prayer cards will help you as their caretaker to be deliberate about speaking Scripture to them in a fun way.
As they get older, you can work on memorizing the verses together, and using the corresponding prayers to reinforce the meanings of the verses.
I’m really excited about these cards because it makes my job a little easier. It helps me be deliberate about getting Shaan in the Word and talking to God. I’m really enjoying memorizing the Scripture with him too.
As I mentioned, these cards were a labor of love. It takes quite a bit to of time to produce them – folding, pasting, cutting, laminating, cutting after lamination, etc. However, it’s great because throughout the whole “putting the cards together” process, you get a chance to pray for the young one each step of the way as you’re putting the cards together.
Eventually, my plan is to offer these cards in some capacity on the Shepherd My Child website. However, I’m gearing up to be out of town for a couple of weeks, so won’t be offering them online until then.
IN THE MEANTIME…since the completion of these cards marks the completion of the very first Shepherd My Child product (hooray, hooray, hooray!), I want to give away two sets of cards at random to Shepherd My Child fans who would use these cards with their little ones. If you are interested in winning a free set (p.s. the sets can either be personalized as shown above or generic (i.e. “God Made Me”) if you have multiple children and want to use the same set for all children), here’s what you need to do – simply leave me a comment on this blog post below that you are interested in a free copy of these cards.
Make sure you leave your email when posting (don’t worry – your email won’t be seen by anyone besides me, I just need a way to contact you if you happen to be one of the winners).
Two weeks from today (September 17th) when I’m back in town, I’ll take all the names of the commenters from today (3rd) through the 17th, place them in a hat, and draw out two names at random.
Let me know if you’re interested!!! And Happy Labor Day!!!