Disclaimer: I received a coupon from Chick-fil-A in order to facilitate this challenge. Any opinions expressed are completely my own.
I love a good challenge, and when it comes from one of my favorite restaurants, I’m all for it!
Chick-fil-A sent me a gift card to try their new Spicy Southwest Salad, and our challenge was to take the container and upcycle it in a creative way.
Now, here’s what I love most about Chick-fil-A: I don’t like spicy anything. At all. So, the wonderful folks at my local Chick-fil-A made sure my salad wasn’t spicy, but I still got a little of the Southwest kick. I just adore my local Chick-fil-A. 🙂
After I enjoyed my salad, (which was super yummy, by the way!), I brought home the container, washed it out, and thought for days about how I would upcycle it.
I browsed the Chick-fil-A Mom’s Panel, and so many of them came up with some amazing ideas! (Seriously, you need to search using the hashtag in this post if you haven’t already! You’ll even find one mom who turned her salad container into a night light for her kids! Amazing!!)
I wanted to do something different, and I wanted to go out of the box. Then, I thought about a project I had done recently: Our Family Prayer Box. It’s a shadow box that we place our answered prayers in. On one side of the heart is the request, and on the other side is the date it was answered. I love it, and it hangs on my wall where everyone can see it as soon as they walk in our door.
The reason I made the prayer box is to show my kids that God answers prayer. Sometimes, we like the answer. But, sometimes, the answer isn’t what we were hoping for. But, through the PrayerBox, I’m teaching them that God is always faithful and He hears our prayers. We just have to trust that His way is perfect, even when it’s not what we were expecting – or wanting.
So, I got to thinking: How can I further my children’s OWN relationship with the Lord? I want them to have quality prayer time with Him, and they will each have their own requests. So, what if I gave them each their OWN prayer box? For this post, Lucy and I made one together, but all of the kids and I will be making their own boxes, just because I love the thought behind this.
Here’s how Lucy’s prayer box turned out:
Isn’t it pretty? And it was so easy to make! The hardest part was cutting the slot to put the rose petals (answered prayers) into, and I’m afraid it isn’t very straight. Whoops! I’m sure you all could do a better job than me!
Then, I let Lucy pick the colors of vinyl she wanted to use, I cut out the year and the words “answered prayer,” and I let her put it all together. She picked the ribbon, and the 4 little “breathing holes” were perfect for lacing the ribbon through. Each of the kids will get to decorate their prayer box however they want. (Gage has already requested Superhero stickers for his box.) I’m excited to see how they all turn out.
She absolutely LOVES the way it turned out, and she can’t wait to write all of her requests out and start watching God answer them. Each year, we’ll change the color of rose petals, and that way we’ll know exactly when we asked the request and when God answered.
This is such a fun, easy project, and it’s a great way to encourage your child in their relationship with Jesus. Let them make a prayer box, and watch His answers start rolling in!