Last year, our church decided to give the Legacy Milestone approach a try (via Brian Haynes). We adapted our Baby Dedication class and spent time discussing the significance of writing a blessing for your child (to pray over them each night). I had previously watched this video about praying a blessing over your child and was really touched by the idea.
We wrote a blessing for each our two children and I decided to take it a step further and make some canvas art featuring our blessing prayer. Alas, I have not yet finished Malachi’s, but you can see Abigail’s below. Her blessing is based on Philippians 1:9-11, which reads:
And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.
What You Need:
- Canvas (I chose 10 x 10)
- Sharpies (fine tip markers)
- Ruler (if you’re as incapable of writing straight as me)
What You Do:
Begin by mapping out how the words will fit using your pencil and ruler. I had just begun to explore different lettering techniques when I made this, so I wanted to add a little bit of flair to my art.
In case you’re wondering, I was using this book:
Once I managed to get all the words to fit, I began to fill in the words with the set of sharpies. I actually used gel pens at the top for her name, but after a little while, the canvas ruined the tips, so I wouldn’t recommend that.
Once the lettering was done, I painted purple water colors in a diagonals all over the canvas. Purple is Abigail’s favorite color, so it was a natural choice.
I wasn’t completely happy with some of experimental lettering, but Abigail was thrilled with her “special project”, so I’m glad about that. It now sits on her dresser and we pray the blessing over her every night.
What about you?
Do you have a special prayer for your children?
More Things to Check Out:
- Brian’s Book: Shift: What it Takes to Finally Reach Families Today
- Brian’s Blog: http://legacyblog.org/
- The Blessing: Giving the Gift of Unconditional Love and Acceptance