Lent is the time of year that is meant to help us turn our focus away from worldly things. As a mother of a Catholic family, this time of year always scares me a little.
I want to get it right. I want my children to prepare for Easter in a special way. I want my children to learn how to fast, but I don’t want to starve my sweet children.
I want my children to pray more. But sometimes the baby is fussy and the two year old is impossible, the seven year old is hanging upside down on the couch and I feel like an utter failure.
Let’s face it. It is tough sometimes just to make sure everyone is fed and that our dear husband and precious children get a hug or smile from us some days.
The Lent Prayer Journal
The Lord tells us in the Gospel of Matthew 11:28-30:
“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
In this season of my life, I need to keep things simple. I have a baby, a crazy toddler, and several other children that need me to be sane.
The Lord heard my call. He knows our needs and answers. He asked me to create a Lent Prayer Journal.
This Lent Prayer Journal is meant to help simplify and enrich the lives of Catholic families. It is a gentle way to teach children how to pray, fast and give alms.
What to Expect
There are 58 pages in this compact 6×9″ Lent Prayer Journal. There are a few pages for the parents, but the bulk of the book is for the kids.
It begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter Sunday. Although, the Sundays in Lent are not counted in the 40 days, I included them in the journal.
Each day, includes a bible verse. It is a short verse taken from the liturgy of the day. Sometimes it is a Psalm or from a reading and other days it comes from the Communion Antiphon.
I did my best to choose child-friendly verses. By that, I mean that I chose ones that are easier to read, perhaps recognize and understand.
Below the daily Bible verse you will see three sentence prompts:
Jesus today I am praying for (name a person or organization):
Jesus today I am fasting from (I am giving up):
Jesus today I promise to (I will help someone by):
The children can use the space in the box to write out the bible verse, draw a picture or journal any thoughts they have that day.
The entire journal follows the same format. There are a few coloring pages and lists included.
The lists contain ideas for each of the three writing prompts. If a child can’t think of someone to pray for, he can choose someone from the list. There are lots of examples to choose from.
The list of things to fast from include things like talking back, grumbling, or playing with their favorite toy.
In the list of ideas of how a child can give alms you will find ideas including cleaning up a mess they didn’t make, reading to a sibling, picking up trash around the neighborhood and many more.
These Lent Prayer Journals are available to purchase exclusively on Amazon in the country of your choice. There are several different cover designs to choose from.
These journals are printed on demand by Amazon, so don’t wait too long to decide if you want to grab some. I also had to order like everybody else.
I can hardly wait to have ours come in the mail. My kids are excited to get started.
Don’t forget to share this post with anyone whom you think will enjoy using these journals with their children.
The sale of these journals helps to cover the cost involved in creating them and will make it possible for me to create even more resources for families like yours.
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