I whittled the list down to a single word or phrase for each of the things to pray for your children. Then I asked my mom, who is one of the most talented artists I know, if she would write each of the words on a heavy piece of paper. She not only wrote the words, but she did a cool handwritten border around the mat. While she was working on this, I made a frame for it out of walnut. This joint effort was a Mother's Day present for my wife.
But here is the really cool thing about this list. It hangs between the doors of our kids' rooms. So every night, just before I go to bed, I go in to give them a kiss and say a prayer over them that is centered around the virtue of the day. That means that in a year I have prayed for courage for each of my kids a minimum of 12 times. I have prayed for self-control a minimum of 12 times. Yeah, number 31 gets the shaft five months out of the year, but you can either put your least favorite virtue there, or you can double up on the last day of the month.
Here are the virtues in list form:
- Growth in Grace
- Love for God's Word
- Work Ethic
- Missions Heart
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