A few weeks ago, I kind of impulsively painted our pantry door with chalkboard paint and I LOVE it! I intended to use it for daily to-do’s, but I always end up using the dry erase board in my office for those. So my pretty pantry door has sat rather empty of words. But I was inspired by something I saw on Pinterest the other day, had an “a-ha” moment, and decided to turn our pantry door into a “Family Prayer Door”.
Here’s the plan. Each week, I will write a specific thing that I want to pray about for Phillip and each of the boys. Then as a family, we will choose a few other people to pray for, and write their names and needs on the door. This will help me tremendously in reminding me to pray for others, because I walk by that door about 500 times a day. As a busy mom, prayer isn’t always the first thing on my mind. (Except for “Lord, please help me survive Little Man’s terrible two’s!”)
I have always struggled in praying for others aside from my immediate family because I feel like there are so many people and so many needs, and if I don’t pray for all of them, I feel guilty. With this door, I hope to focus my prayers on just a couple of people a week, unless of course an immediate need arises that needs prayer.
I think this will also help me in my One Word goal for the year, which was to be more intentional in my friendships. I have several friendships that I specifically want to invest in, so I will keep their names in rotation on my door.
Hopefully this will help out with teaching and encouraging the boys to pray. Buddy is funny. He refuses to pray for meals right now. He tells us that he doesn’t pray anymore. Hmmm…might need to add that to my door.