Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Finger Painting

Esme has recently discovered the joy of finger painting.  I think I've had finger paints in the closet since she turned one but I first started out by having her paint with water and then by using sponges cut into shapes.  I'm not exactly sure what took me so long to let her actually finger paint, but I have a hunch it has something to do with minimizing chaos.

Of course finger painting is great in and of itself, especially on a busy day.  But when I came across this idea for Hand Prayers on the Vibrant Faith at Home website, the two seemed to go hand-in-hand (no pun intended)!  The thing I love about this activity plan is that it tells you exactly what to say and do so there is no guesswork involved.

Hand Prayers Activity Plan
  1. Gather in a comfortable space and pray aloud: Dear God, thank you for always listening to our prayers. Amen. 
  2. Open your Bible and read aloud Philippians 4:4, 6-7 or use the following text: Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 
  3. Comment that sometimes it’s hard to remember to pray or to think of what to pray about. At times like that, looking at one of your hands can be a simple guide for prayer. Offer up your prayer petitions as you wiggle each finger:
  • Thumb: The thumb is closest to your heart. Begin by thanking God for the people who are closest to you, including parents, siblings, grandparents and other relatives, and close friends and neighbors. Ask God to love and protect these people.
  • Pointer finger: The pointer finger reminds you to pray for those who teach and heal—people who "point" you in the right direction. This might include teachers, doctors, coaches, priests or ministers, and Sunday School teachers. Pray that the Spirit will give them wisdom and patience.
  • Tallest finger: The tallest finger reminds you to pray for those who are in charge, including leaders of your nation and area leaders like the mayor and governor. Pray that God will guide them to make wise decisions.
  • Ring finger: The ring finger is the weakest finger; it reminds you to pray for those who are weak, sick, hungry, or in pain. Pray that God will strengthen and heal them, and send people to care for them.
  • Little finger: The smallest finger reminds you to pray for yourself.

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