– by Mary May Larmoyeux – Years ago my friend Suzanne told me about making a blessing book for her husband. In it she jotted down why she was grateful for him and included some fun pictures.
So, following Suzanne’s lead, I made a blessing book for my husband. And he loved it! I used a small photo album and inserted note cards with written messages, pictures, etc.
Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it, and it’s a great time for us to think about making a blessing book. You might make one for your spouse. Or, you could make one for a special person with your children or grandchildren. There’s really no right or wrong way to make this special gift.
A Blessing Book Can Encourage Someone For Years
If you decide to make a blessing book, begin by deciding who will receive it—a spouse … parent … grandparent … teacher … neighbor … good friend. And remember that it could be a cherished gift for years to come.
Here are some ideas:
- Purchase a small photo album, journal, or notebook and select some favorite pics to go into it. Jot down in the journal or note book, or on note cards for the photo album, why you are grateful for this person. You could attach pictures, include Bible verses that remind you of the special person, write a list of why you are grateful for the person, etc.
- Ask your kids or grandkids to help you make the book. Encourage young ones to be creative: draw pictures with their messages, attach stickers or dried flowers, etc.
- Even if kids or grandkids live close far away, you could make a blessing book with them. You could make separate blessing books together via Skype or Facetime. Or, you could send the kids everything they need to make their own blessing book wherever they live.
- If loved ones live near you, ask everyone in the family to help fill up a small photo album or notebook with their personalized cards. Are parents thankful for their spouses and children? Did a husband get a needed promotion … a child learn how to ride a bike … a bad habit get broken?
- Ask long-distance grandkids to prepare the “blessing” cards and mail them to you for Grandpa (and you could put it all together).
- Whether the person you want to encourage lives nearby or far way, you may prefer to make a special photo book using an online company like snapfish.com. Write encouraging photo captions.
What are some of your ideas for making a blessing book? How do you help your kids or grandkids have a spirit of encouragement?
Copyright © 2014, 2018 by Mary May Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.
Photo Courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife.
Check out The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild’s Heart. It’s filled with creative ways that grandparents near and far can connect with their grandchildren every month. Written by a USA Teacher of the Year, Nancy Downing, and Mary Larmoyeux, a writer for FamilyLife, paper and electronic versions are available. (Great for parents, aunts and uncles, too!)