“Count Your Blessings” Activity

Throughout the year, I have my children write out prayer requests and put them in a decorative box. I teach them that this symbolizes presenting our requests to God. On New Year’s Day, my family gathers around our kitchen table, and we take turns reading aloud the prayer requests from the prayer box. After reading each individual request, we discuss it and decide if God answered our prayer. If we feel our request was not answered yet, we place it back into the prayer box for the following year.

I love this activity because it teaches children that God may take years to answer a prayer or He may answer it differently than we ever expected. So many times we tend to pray for something and focus on that particular need or want without realizing all the prayers that have been answered. This is a wonderful activity that the entire family can participate in that demonstrates how God is working in your lives. You can literally count your blessings from answered and unanswered prayers.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. ~Philippians 4:6 (New International Version)

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Anonymous said...

sHey there! We will be doing this later as we are still all out of sorts from moving... but it reminds me a little bit (in the sense of writing things down) of a tradition we started this year in November. It has always bugged me that All Saints Day has become completely overrun by Halloween (I am not against Halloween we enjoy it) so this year I came up with something and it worked really well. after dinner on All Saints Day my children (ages 9,7, and 5) my "little brother" (via Big Brothers Big Sisters who is now all grown up) and my Mother participated with me in our first All Saints Day Prayer Tradition. Each of us wrote down a remeberence, prayer, thanksgiving for someone - or in the case of many of the kids a something/pet - that had died, and when we were done we folded them up and placed them inside our lighted jack-o-lanterns. We talked briefly about how in some cultures burning things up in smoke allows them to go into the spirit realm and about how pre-Christ in the old Testament prayers were offered with burn sacrifices. It was remarkably successful way to help the kids tangibly deal with death, and caring and loving those we have lost to death. (My dad died before they were born and my cousin died at the age of 16 two years ago, and then the of course the pets... one dog, countless fish, a hermit crag - were all remembered.)