***Promise Cards: Back to School***
When I am facing a special challenge, I like to find verses in my Bible to help me trust God and know what He wants me to do. One of my favorite things to do with the verses is to make Promise Cards.
Making Promise Cards is simple and can be a lot of fun. First, you will need some 3- x 5-inch index cards. They may be with or without lines–either kind will work. (I prefer the blank ones because I like to draw and make things fancy. The lined ones are nice if you like lines for your writing.)
If you do not have index cards, you can make some. Just use some clean pasteboard. This is the stuff that cereal boxes, cracker boxes, and many other packages are made out of. You could even use plain white paper, if that is all you have, but it will not last as long as the cards would. Cut out your cards to all be the same size by first cutting one out and then tracing it to make the others.
Then, choose some Bible verses that are special to you. Today I have several to share with you about going to school. You may pick the ones that mean the most to you–or maybe you have some others in mind that you would like to use, too.
Write your special Bible verses on your cards, one on each card. Make the words as simple or as fancy as you like. You may use colored markers or pencils or crayons–whatever you have. You can even decorate your cards with little drawings, pretty stickers, or stamps and an ink pad.
Put your Promise Cards in a small envelope (like you would use to mail a letter) and write “My Promise Cards” on the front. Then put them in a place where you can find them easily when you need to hear some special words from Jesus. Since these are Back to School Promises, your backpack or pencil box might be a good spot to keep them.
Even if you have school at home, I am sure you will find some Promises here that will be special to you! Here are some of the Promises that I found for you:
“…Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” –Matthew 28:20
“Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence….” –Philippians 2:12
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” –James 1:5
(“liberally” means a lot; and “upraideth not” means God does not tell us, “What a silly question! You should have known that!” )
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” –Philippians 4:13
“Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” –Ephesians 4:32
“What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.” –Psalm 56:3
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners…but his delight is in the law of the Lord….” –Psalm 1:1,2
“Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.” –Proverbs 8:33
“O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee….” –Psalm 63:1
“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.” –Psalm 37:23,24
“Fret not thyself because of evil-doers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.” –Psalm 37:1-3
“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.” –Psalm 34:19
“When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.” –Psalm 27:8
“Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake….” –I Peter 2:13 (In other words, obey every rule that people make…but also remember…)
“…We ought to obey God rather than men.” –Acts 5:29
“Wherefore my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: for the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.” –James 1:19,20
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith….” –Hebrews 12:2
“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” –Hebrews 13:5
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” –Genesis 1:1
“…be not slothful….” –Hebrews 6:12
Check back next week because I will be sharing some more Back-to-School Promises!