Teaching Our Kids to Pray for Others - Prayer Calendar

As a family we pray often - we pray before our meals, we pray before we go to bed, we pray when we sin and repent, and often we will pray on our way to places. But I realized that one weak area of praying with our children is praying for others.

 The Bear & Squirrel 2019 calendar. Can be purchased here:  http://www.bear-squirrel.com?aff=4 ( affiliate link)

The Bear & Squirrel 2019 calendar. Can be purchased here: http://www.bear-squirrel.com?aff=4 (affiliate link)

So often we thank God and we pray for things that would help us and bless our family (like for a safe trip to Grandma’s, or for good friends), but often we forget to pray for others.

As parents, we are charged with teaching our children a lot of things, and one is how to love others. One way we love others is to pray for them.

The Bear & Squirrel Prayer Calendar is a great tool to help us teach our children to pray for others!

How to use the Calendar:

  • Each month pick someone to pray for and write down their name and interests on the calendar

  • Each day has a Bible verse and a prayer prompt to pray for your buddy

  • Each month encourages us to encourage our friend we are praying for

The calendar has beautiful, whimsical graphics, fun facts that point to God’s glory and is interactive for the family.

There is even room on each day to write other things like appointments or events.

Want this tool to help teach your kids to pray for others?

Get one here (this is an affiliate link):

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 The Bear & Squirrel Prayer Calendar is a great teaching tool for parents to teach their kids about praying for others. Order here:  http://www.bear-squirrel.com?aff=4  (affiliate link)

The Bear & Squirrel Prayer Calendar is a great teaching tool for parents to teach their kids about praying for others. Order here: http://www.bear-squirrel.com?aff=4 (affiliate link)

 Each month choose a prayer buddy and pray for them throughout the month! Order here:  http://www.bear-squirrel.com?aff=4  (affiliate link)

Each month choose a prayer buddy and pray for them throughout the month! Order here: http://www.bear-squirrel.com?aff=4 (affiliate link)



Audiobooks & Why We Love Them

It’s no secret if you’ve been listening to the SPF podcast that our family LOVES audiobooks.

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It started with library books that came with CDs, and then we checked out Little House on the Prairie. We were hooked. But our CD player broke and my kids nor I are very good at figuring out the DVD situation (that machine is the worst in our house), so I finally decided to try Audible.

I wasn’t so sure, but I figured a free month and two free books to keep forever was enough incentive to at least try it.

I blinked and here we are a year later and still loving it and using it every day. That’s right, we use Audible every day!

How? When? Where?

  • We have the Audible app on our iPad and phones.

  • You can listen to the same book or different books at the same time on the same account from different devices.

  • That means at rest time, my kids can listen to an audiobook of their choice without paying for extra accounts.

  • I can play audiobooks in the car on trips - to Grandma’s or to the grocery store. I use my phone with headphones for my kids or I can play it through the bluetooth on the car speakers.

Why we love it:

  • My kids get to hear stories and literature being read aloud to them at rest time and on trips.

  • I get one free audiobook a month and many of the children’s books are inexpensive

  • If we don’t like a book (it’s happened), we can return it at ANY time and get a full refund.

  • It’s been a fun way to connect over stories on road trips.

  • My kids love it.

  • We get to play the Jesus Storybook Bible at night as the kids go to bed.

  • We get to keep the audiobooks FOREVER! even if we cancel our membership

We really do love it!

And now you can try it for FREE for one month and get TWO FREE audiobooks to KEEP FOREVER! Not only that - when you try it through my special link, you are supporting the SPF podcast. For every trial, Audible kicks back a small amount and it goes directly to helping me produce the podcast!

Want to give it a try?

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If you’re looking for ideas to spend your credits, here are some of our favorites: (contains affiliate links)

Family Worship

I often get asked about Family Worship - what is it, how does it work, how to start, etc.

Family Worship is the parents of the home taking initiative of setting aside a time to teach and instruct their children with the Word of God and songs and prayer. That formal instruction then lends to continual instruction throughout the day.

Family Worship is about instructing the next generation about the Lord for their good and the glory of God!

You can refer to this podcast for more info all about Family Worship:

 

The podcast has some great information and encouragement!

Three Reminders for Daily Family Worship

  1. Brevity
  2. Regularity
  3. Flexibility

With that - check out this little video I put together of our Family Worship.

Family Worship (with little ones)

Recommended Resources

Here are things we use for Family Worship and love!

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ESV Family Devotional Bible
By ESV Bibles by Crossway
Family Worship Bible Guide
By Joel R Beeke Ph.D.
The Ology
By Sovereign Grace Music
Family Worship
By Donald S. Whitney