Prayer...something that I do throughout the day...to give me strength to face various trials and tribulations...to thank my maker for blessings...as well as to pray for my brothers and sisters that are hurting. However, sometimes, I don't know if you are anything like me...but, sometimes I feel overwhelmed by those hurting around me (I might even be included). Specific prayers might be needed to be lifted up for specific needs. And, while I lift up my friends and family when I'm reminded...I have set a goal for myself to be MORE INTENTIONAL in my prayers for others. When someone is struggling and asking for my prayers...I want to be intentional in my response and intentional in my constant mention to my father.
How, you may wonder, do I intend to become more intentional in my prayers for others? I developed a Prayer Board...and my husband and I hung it in the "heart of the home"...in the kitchen, right beside my refrigerator. Here is the finished Prayer Chalkboard:
My husband, Michael, was very excited to see this project come to fruition after I explained it to him...as he will be adding to the prayer board as well...it is for us both (to add and utilize). As we know of specific needs of friends and family...the name/needs will be added. As prayers are answered (even if answered in ways not initially expected)...we will praise God for his answered prayers and erase, etc. This, I believe, will allow more intentional prayer for my brothers and sisters...and not blanket prayers as well as just praying for friends, family members as I remember, etc.
This project, as usual with most of my projects, was done on the thrifty side. I purchased an old mirror from an estate sale to use for this project for just a few dollars. Here it was before I started working on it:
To begin, I painted the gold frame out with a taupe paint (personal preference...just so that it would match our kitchen colors). Next, I painted a primer straight onto the mirrored surface...this was so that chalkboard paint would adhere and not peel off. After the primer dried...I painted 3 coats of chalkboard paint...yeah, I know seems like overkill...BUT, I was seeing brushstrokes...REALLY 3 coats was necessary!! (By the way...the chalkboard paint was FREE!!...yeah, you heard me right FREE!!! one of my wonderful friends gave me both the primer and chalkboard paint for free after she was done with a project...LOVE HER!!!) Afterwards, my wonderful, patient, sure handed husband completely touch uped around the edges. I then utilized some of my stencils to stencil "Prayers" with some of my colored chalk...I don't intend to ever erase this!
That is really all there is to it! Honestly, one of those easy projects...but, I'm so happy with it...and, SO HAPPY with how it will help our family with intentional prayer life. What are some ways that you utilize to be intentional with your prayer life...I would love to hear them!! Many blessings friends,
"The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer." 1 Peter 3: 12
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