Hear My Prayer Activity Pages

Hear My Prayer Activity Pages

Book 1 Children

   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 ~Philippians 1:9-10a

We are working on some activity pages. And I have to say, they are pretty cool. But that’s just my opinion. You will have to check it out for yourself, and let us know!

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Pete is saying “Well thats a prooty good list.”

The idea behind the activity pages was to give parents another tool for talking about prayer and the Bible with their children. Activities we have so far:

  • A page with verses you can look up and discuss with your child (always good to read the Bible!).
  • A page that asks the kids what they think Porkie and Pete are praying about.
  • And the last page asks the kids to make a prayer list for themselves. (Also a chance to color Porkie and Pete!)

My favorite part of the activities is asking kids to make their own prayer list, and then checking back with it after a few days/weeks/months (whatever works for you). My kids light up like Christmas trees when they find out that God has answered their prayers. It confirms to them that God does care about them, and that God really does hear our prayers!

My older son has been wanting to get his picture “on the internet.” So he did a few activities, and now he is “famous.” (His words) Kids are too funny! He is in love with the planet and animals. He has a lot of concern for “extinkt animals.” It is fun to see his cares and concerns as he prays. (And kid spelling is always entertaining!)

May God bless you with wisdom, and give you insight into the hearts of the children in your life. May you be filled with compassion as you teach and love these children God has blessed you with. In Jesus name, Amen!

~Lindsay
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Click Here: Hear My Prayer – Activity Pages

Pete Prayer Activity Sheet

So you wrote a book?

So you wrote a book?

Book 1 Encouragement From the Authors

We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you,
Colossians 1:3

It has been such a great week for us (the book team), as friends and family encouraged us and showered us with their love. We feel infinitely blessed.

IMG_20150331_135231745We (my mother and myself) were very nervous to publish this book or even let anyone know that we had a book. Not because friends or family would have said anything against us, but because of doubts and insecurities within ourselves.

I think many of us struggle with insecurities. Talking about our faith is daunting. Probably because faith is so personal. It defines us. Sharing our faith makes us feel vulnerable.

So you see, your encouragement* and support has been more valuable than you can imagine. We all need support, encouragement, and cheerleaders**. And perhaps some of us (yes, me) feel the need for it even more than you would have supposed.

To anyone who is in doubt about sharing even a little part of your faith- I want to remind you of what Love can do, and what Love has already done. He did it on the cross and paid too high a cost to let doubts and fear of rejection stop us from lovingly telling others who He is. And also, I know how much we need the reminder of who we are:

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
1 Peter 2:9

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May He surround you with people who love Him and will encourage you. In Jesus name, Amen!

~Lindsay

*”Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11

**Cheerleaders. My husband always wants to know why I cook such complex meals for my brother. It is not because I love my brother more (which was what my husband was teasing me about). It is because my brother is a chef-cheerleader! He always ends his meals at our house by saying something like, “Thank you. That was really delicious!” And that little compliment causes my spine to straighten, my lips to smile, and inside I think to myself, next time I’ll make him something even more spectacular. Encouragement has power (see above*).

***Confession: Yes, we totally posed the kids for the pictures. They aren’t candid shots. We are actual professionals now. (ok… not really, but we sometimes tell ourselves that… right before we laugh ourselves silly)

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Our First Book!

Our First Book!

Book 1

but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

Well, it finally happened! We have our first book, Hear My Prayer, up on Amazon!

Hear_My_PrayerI drove down to my mom’s house yesterday, and was here for the ‘big moment’ when we released our book for sale. It wasn’t quite as exciting as we were anticipating. No confetti shot out of the computer, no trumpeting horns when we finally ‘pushed the button.’ We were, however, immediately taken to another page that asked us a bunch of questions about the book, and we had that dazed and slightly clueless look about us as we muddled our way through. But then, this morning, the big pay off! We went to Amazon, did a search for Porkie and Pete, and miracle of miracles- there it was!

It seems very surreal, and we keep pinching ourselves to make sure we aren’t dreaming. So we decided to celebrate, as only we know how to celebrate. That’s right, we went and got coffee. On the way home, Mom said, “This reminds me of that song, ‘Impossible things are happening every day!’*” And laughing, we drove the rest of the way home sipping our coffee and singing that song**. I was really amazed at the number of lines we actually remembered. But if you listen to the lyrics, they sum up how absolutely impossible this all seemed to us at the beginning. Over a year ago, when my Uncle Bob said we would have these books for sale on Amazon, I think I may have snorted in disbelief.

BUT God does not find our dreams ridiculous or impossible. And when we dream with God, then I would dare to say that even the impossible becomes probable. He is good and faithful. He sees his work through to completion. He does not give up on us, even when we give up on ourselves. So as giggly and silly as my mom and I are this morning, we are pointing straight toward heaven and giving credit where it is due.

Thanks for celebrating with us!

May God bless your wildest dreams, and come along beside you to encourage you as you work! In Jesus name, Amen!

~Lindsay

*Impossible from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella

**And in case you want to sing along with a couple of daft and dewy eyed dopes…

Talents and Faith

Talents and Faith

Book 1 From the Authors

I’m so thankful to share this post with you. A post written by my mother, Lori. Hope you enjoy!

“For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away.  He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. ~Matthew 25:14-17  (ESV)

Our Porkie and Pete journey began with a gift from God. This gift was a series of stories laid on our hearts. The stories feature two friends, a porcupine and a moose, who yearn to share God’s love with others.

Learning what to do with the gift entrusted to us has been a challenge. What were we supposed to do with these stories? How were we supposed to share them with others? Did we have the talent and the drive to pull this off?

Well, we tried to make a go of these stories. In fact, we tried for years and then, one day, we stopped trying. The task seemed insurmountable.

A year and a half ago, the stories were buried in our homes under clutter (and in a piano bench). Then, God nudged us.  Was that it? Was that the best we could do with His precious gift?

Well, as it turns out, it wasn’t.

This past year, realizing we couldn’t do this on our own, we:

  • Leaned on God as we did what we thought impossible
  • Prayed (continually) for guidance and wisdom
  • Rejoiced with God as we hurdled over each roadblock
  • Believed we could do this, after all, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” ~Philippians 4:13

The conclusion of the first leg of our journey is almost here. We pray that we have been faithful to the gift we have been given.

“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’”~Matthew 25:23 (ESV)

~Lori

It’s coming…

It’s coming…

Book 1 Children From the Authors Our Story

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
What do workers gain from their toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.
Ecclesiastes 3:1,9-14***

This picture summarizes kids- whether we are at home, or in public.
This picture summarizes kids- whether we are at home, or in public.

Let me (very quickly) comment on the last line, and the ‘fear of the Lord.‘ I used to struggle with this. If Jesus is my friend, why would I be afraid of him?

Now, skip to my most recent shopping adventure with three young children, where I am out in public. One child is screaming and throwing My Little Pony umbrellas on the ground, while the other two are playing a very rowdie game of hide-and-seek. I try to act like a better mom, getting down to their level and talking quietly to them. (All the while wanting to shout and tell them to knock it off.) Why not shout?* Because I don’t want people to think I’m a terrible mom. That is the kind of ‘fear’ we are talking about. I’m so worried about other people’s opinions, I change my behavior.

Now God sees us all the time. What if I worried about His opinions more? What if I cared about other people’s opinions less and instead trusted in who I am in Christ?

Fear of God is reverence and esteem for Him. It is doing what He would want you to do. Partially because He is so holy and awesome and mighty and powerful, but also because we should be so in love with Him, we want to do things His Way.**

That being said…

You may have not realized this, but this web site is part of our journey relating to the ins and outs, and ups and downs associated with writing a series of books. This blog, while not always about the books, highlights our thoughts along the way. Which is its own story.

I am excited to report, that our book team has met. We have made our final edits. We have divided up the last of the work… and… all I can say is, “It’s coming!”

May the Lord, who made you unique among all people, bless you today. May He show you the way, illuminate your path, and give you the strength you need for one more day. In Jesus name, Amen!

~Lindsay

*In this example, fear of the Lord lined up with worrying about other people’s opinions. God doesn’t want me to be a tyrannical mother. But my point is, I was not worried about what God would think. I was worried what people would think.

**Ta-da! The fear of the Lord! This is an abbreviated version of all my thoughts on this subject. Mostly, I want to encourage you to let God’s opinions of you determine your worth, not other people’s. Because He thinks you’re pretty amazing!

***Ecclesiastes 3**** is something to read! The whole thing, not just the above, abbreviated version.

****Ecclesiastes is also nearly impossible for me to spell.

Everyone Has a Story

Everyone Has a Story

Book 1 Our Story The Man Behind the Curtain

While I have been the primary blogger for our little writing group, it was never my intention to be the blogger. As we finalize our book, and are preparing to [finally] get our books published, it seemed appropriate to get some of the other voices from our group on the blog. So here is a post, written by my wonderful Uncle Bob, our very own ‘Man behind the curtain’ (in other words, the one who figures stuff out and gets things done). Enjoy! ~Lindsay

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.”

– I John 5:14

Uncle Bob with his great-niece and great-nephew (Lindsay's children)
Uncle Bob with his great-niece and great-nephew (Lindsay’s children)

Everyone has a story; stories that are filled with the experiences, thoughts and emotions of our every day life; stories that we tell others and tell ourselves. Stories that are filled with the ups and downs, challenges and struggles, hopes and hurts that characterize life in a 21st Century world that is moving faster and faster each day into uncharted waters.

Over the past six months, Lindsay, one of the Porkie and Pete’s storytellers and my niece, has been filling you in on bits and pieces of our family story. It’s a story of ordinary parents, grandparents, children and grandchildren who face many of the same struggles that you do. It’s a story that was inspired seven years ago when my sister Lori, the other Porkie and Pete storyteller, faced a very dark and difficult time in her life; a time, as she explained it, “When you are living one day at a time because life is so painful, unexpected, and not going the way you had planned.”

When I asked her to explain, she put it this way. “I was five years into my struggle, I was traveling home after dealing with a situation from my own life drama. I was making a ninety mile trip for the third time in one week. I was sad. I was depleted. I was PUSHing for a miracle. I didn’t think that I would make it home because I was so tired I could hardly keep my eyes open. So, I started having a conversation with God. During the rest of the drive I became energized as a story and characters were given to me. I have no other way to explain it. I called Lindsay and began to tell her the story because I didn’t want to forget and I wanted to share.”

When I asked Lori how she made it through those difficult times, she replied, “If you are smart you reach for God. If you are patient and keep PUSHing (Pray Until Something Happens) you will be blessed in ways unimaginable.” And that’s when Lindsay got the call about the story and characters.

“I was amazed when mom called because I had been thinking about a child’s relationship with God after spending some time with one of my young nieces. My niece was learning about God, the Bible, and prayer and had asked me some simple- yet profound- questions on faith. At the exact moment my mother called, I was pondering ways to communicate who God is to a child. I listened to my mother’s idea, went home and started writing, and writing, and writing.”

And that’s how it began. “Hear My Prayer” and the other Porcupine and Moose tales that will follow are stories with a purpose; a purpose of communicating the message of hope that is found in the gospel of Jesus Christ. A message about a loving Father and compassionate, caring Savior, who knows everything about us, cares deeply for us, and wants to be intimately involved in each of our lives. He is a God who will not force Himself on us, but is ready, willing, and available to “Hear our Prayers” and come alongside us and help us if we ask Him too.

Yes, everyone has a story to tell and like the young ones in our family, we want children everywhere to know about the greatest story ever told; about a God who is there for them no matter what they may be facing; a God who cares for them; a God who wants them to understand that He has a plan and purpose for their lives; a God who loves them unconditionally.

Book Update

Book Update

Book 1 From the Authors

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I want to give you an update on our children’s book. We are formatting the text and images for print. When I say ‘we’, I mean ‘my mom’. It is on mom’s shoulders right now. She is our tech wizard. She makes computers do things, and explains them to me… and while I nod and smile as if I understand, half of what she says sounds like gibberish. So the short version is: Mom has to convert our images into a higher resolution to make sure every page follows a certain set of criteria so our book actually looks like a book rather than a blurry, pixelated mess.

It’s a lot of work. But she is a positive worker. She said she only needs to find the ‘key,’ and then everything she has learned will fall into place. She also smiles and says she’s learning a lot.

This is a better attitude than mine. I recently went through ‘a series of unfortunate events.’ Each event alone would be bearable. But all together, they became too much for a young mother of three to handle. My life had become a crazy sitcom episode! But thankfully I have Jesus. Because at my low point, when I was driving and trying not to lose my cool, I leaned on God in prayer. And in my prayer I felt as if God was waiting for me to throw back my head and laugh at the ridiculousness of life. Not that he was belittling my life, or my circumstances, rather, to laugh with joy because of who He is. Because He is with me. Because none of the ‘stuff’ in life is ever going to be bigger than He is. As the words of my prayer winged to God, I turned on the radio and, I kid you not, these were the words I heard.

I just wanna make you laugh
I just wanna see that smile
We’re only here for a little while*

Now, I know. Coincidence, right? I think not, for I was awed in that moment. I was comforted in that moment. I felt unexplainable joy in that moment. And when you have these ‘moments’ often enough, you learn to listen for His voice. Remember the story of Elijah**? God was not in the fire, He was not in the earthquake, or the rushing wind. He was in the gentle whisper. All I’m saying is that if we are in relationship with Him, and waiting for a gigantic sign from heaven, we might have to wait a very long time. But if we are listening for that gentle voice, we will receive the comfort we need in countless moments.

My prayer for you this week is that you would receive comfort from the One who made you. That you would be blessed to feel His Presence when you draw near to Him. That whatever you are working on would find success. That you would be renewed to do the work set before you. And that you would bless others as you work. In Jesus’ strong name, Amen!

~Lindsay

*These lyrics are from a band called O.A.R the song is titled “Peace.” It is currently a pretty popular song on the radio.

**1 Kings 19, you should check it out

 

 

Hear My Prayer: The Long Journey

Hear My Prayer: The Long Journey

Book 1 Our Story

O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it. Psalm 139:1-6 (ESV)

Did you just stumble across this blog and wonder, “What in the world?” If you did- well, you’re probably not alone. I could write a long post describing this blog… but the short answer is: we wrote a children’s book (7 years ago!) that we are trying to publish.

What does it take to place our ‘Porkie and Pete’ book into your hands? Well, a lot of work, learning, and perseverance. It’s been over a year since my mother told my uncle about these books. A year since he said, I can help with that. A year since he suggested my cousin illustrate the books for us.

We are not necessarily slow. Distracted, yes. Busy, always. But not slow. And we have been very meticulous. We rewrote, edited, and reworked the illustrations for this book- well, I’ve lost count how many times. Then we sent the book out to be reviewed. After receiving comments from our readers, we realized it needed to be edited yet again. AGAIN!?

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Now, I’m not afraid of hard work. Well… at least, I don’t want to be afraid of hard work. And that wasn’t the case here. But when is enough, enough?

Well, I don’t know that there is a finite answer to that. I would say: When God says it is. But let’s be honest here, He doesn’t usually send post cards that say:

Dear Child of Mine, Good work. That is quite enough. You can be done with that now. Love, your Heavenly Father.

(Wouldn’t that be nice?)

So I finally sat down with the original script of the book, the seven-year-old notes I’d made, and the beautifully illustrated ‘final’ version that had just been reviewed by friends and acquaintances. Looking between all these papers, I seriously thought about beating my head against the wall.

Then I asked myself an important question, that I maybe should have asked myself… oh… eight years ago?

What is the purpose of this book? What are we trying to tell kids with this book?

And it didn’t come right away, but as I thought and prayed, it gradually came to me. This book is to tell kids that:

  1. God hears them
  2. God knows them

To be heard and known by God, the creator of all things, your rock, provider, Ancient of Days! What an awesome gift!

So that is how we ended up with this book. Or at least, that was the start of the final edits, and the final illustrations, and the blog posts, and the parent resource pages (Mother Moose Tidbits- don’t worry, they are coming). Because we want to put a tool into parents hands to help them tell their children that God knows them, and hears them.

Being heard and understood is a big deal in our family. Big. Deal. I know one member of the family (who will remain anonymous, but you know who you are!) who will talk a point to death. Just to make sure you absolutely 110% know exactly what they are thinking/feeling. My own son will cry if he is interrupted. He is afraid that if he does not say what he has to say right-this-second, he will forget the important things he wants to say. (Important things like “Why do shoes have to go on the right feet, but socks don’t?”) At six he feels the importance of being heard and understood.

We all do. (Well, hopefully you don’t cry when you’re interrupted- but you want to be heard and understood!)

My prayer for you today is that you are blessed with the knowledge that your Father in Heaven hears you. He hears the things in your heart, even those you cannot put into words. And He knows you. He knows who you were five years ago, who you will be next week, and ten years from now. He is a good Father. The best Father. And I ask that God would bless you to help children know they are heard and understood by you, and by their Heavenly Father. Amen!

~Lindsay

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