Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Creating a prayer poster

Late last fall Mr. Steady and I read the book Praying Circles Around Your Children by Mark Batterson. It's a small book- an easy read when you get past the hit you upside the head why didn't I think of that before parts. I cannot recommend the book highly enough. This book will inspire and ignite your prayers for your children. Seriously.

In the book he shares how he and his wife created a prayer poster for their daughter. Immediately after reading this Mr. Steady and I knew we needed to do this for our Ms. Books for her very soon to come sixteenth birthday.

Ms. Books' personal prayer poster

We sat down with a piece of paper and pen and began with first listing the positive God honoring character traits we already see in her and want to encourage her to continue to grow in. We then began brainstorming other traits we would like to see manifested in her life, traits we know, based on her personality type, that she would greatly need.
We used some of the resources I wrote about in this post to help us fine tune this list in order to create a real one of a kind, speak to the heart of our girl list. When we finished and read the list out loud we got crazy excited goose bumps.
Next up was turning the list into a poster. Batterson spoke of how they created a poster to hang in her room so that their daughter might look at it daily and be reminded of the specific prayers that were being prayed over her. He writes, "Those framed words started to frame her. She started to see herself in the light of her God-ordained identity and destiny." That's what we wanted for our girl.
Along with the poster, I looked up specific scriptures to fit each trait and wrote them out on pieces of card stock which I bound together with a metal binding ring. On her birthday morning, after she opened the poster, Mr. Steady read each piece of scripture to her. To say it was a defining, special moment doesn't quite compare to the reality.
Our daughter now has a very prominent reminder of all that we hope for her to be, all that we pray for her to be. Mr. Steady and I will pray this list for her the rest of her life.

How to Create Your Own Prayer Poster:

1. Decide on the character traits you wish to encourage in your child. Think of great character traits you already see being manifested in your child- make a list. Next, think of other character traits you would like to see growing in your child. Perhaps your kiddo has problems with knuckling down and completing school assignments on time, or being anywhere on time- you may want to put Diligence on the list. Perhaps your child is a bit naive- then discernment and wisdom would be great traits. Remember though, you aren't making this list to point out their faults- instead you are creating a better way to pray through and past these areas and be positive. Instead of praying what you hope your child won't be, you pray positive for what you want them to be.

2. Pray over this list of traits for at least a week. Do you feel God leading you to tweak this list? Ask Him to reveal to you the character traits your child most needs. Your list doesn't have to be twelve traits like ours. It could be five or nine or fifteen.

3. After you've decided on your exact list, it's time to create your poster. I created my poster using PicMonkey.
Upload a high resolution photo to Picmonkey
Click on Overlays, then click Geometric (top of column) and choose the rectangle

Enlarge the rectangle so it completely covers your photo
At this point you can change the color of your rectangle

Now you're ready to start adding the list words- click the "P" in the lefthand column and this will take you to the text. Select a font type and click "Add Text"- a text box will appear on your screen. Click on it and type your chosen word. 

You can now resize and move that piece of text. You can also change the color of your text.
[Should you choose each word could be a different color.]

Repeat this process until you've typed out all your words and have them placed where you want them. Next up- resize your photo. We had already decided that we wanted our poster to be 16x20- the easiest way to do this is to recrop your photo to an 8x10 (this is why it's important to use a high res photo). 

Make sure to leave white space around your words so that none of your words could possibly be cut off in the printing process. Also, after you've cropped your print- click resize and make sure your work is at least 1600x2000.

Don't forget to save your work!

4. You've created your poster. Now for the printing. I love Mpix. Their quality and service is top notch. I select/create an album, uploaded my print, selected the size and add it to my cart. 

Once it's in the cart, I double check the cropping to make sure everything is inside the grey area. Once that's done I order the print. 

A 16x20 print is $15.99 plus shipping and handling, it comes double-wrapped and sandwiched between two pieces of cardboard which is inside a cardboard box. Very nice.

For framing, I head to Hobby Lobby, either armed with a 40% off coupon or when they're having their 50% off frame sale (which is just about monthly).

Should you wish to go a cheaper route- make your background black or grey scale- check out this tutorial.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you! I'm reading Batterson's book and your help is just what I needed! Thanks for your help and encouragement!!!



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