“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”
A few weeks ago, a mom of an elementary aged-girl asked me for words of wisdom to help her daughter who is having anxiety issues. I came across a great gift idea on Pinterest and decided to take it one step further.
The original idea was to type out James 4:8a on a sheet of copy paper, being sure to use different, vibrant colors for the word “draw”. Then use fancy-edged scissors to cut out the verse and use curling ribbon to attach it to a box of markers.
What I decided to do was to include a journal with the markers (I added colored pencils as well). I wanted the recipient to have a safe place to doodle and write her thoughts about what was troubling her, her prayers to God, and Bible verses that help her to remember that no matter what, God is with her.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- White copy paper or cardstock
- Color printer
- Tape or glue
- Markers, crayons, or colored pencils (You could also use paints)
- Small journal
- Gift bag and tissue paper OR wrapping paper
Here’s step-by-step instructions for how I put this gift together:
- Type the verse (James 4:8a) onto a sheet of white copy paper. (I used a fun font – it was for a child.)
- Use vibrant colors for the word “draw”.
- Cut out the verse using fancy-edged scissors. (I used pinking shears to edge the verse.)
- Attach the verse to the package of markers, crayons or colored pencils using tape or glue.
- In the front of the journal, write a personal note to the child receiving it. Include Bible verses that reassure a child that God is with them. Suggestions might include: Deuteronomy 31:6; Matthew 28:20; Hebrews 13:5; Isaiah 41:10; Psalm 46:1.
- Wrap the gift or place in a gift bag with tissue paper. Add a fun tag, if desired.
- Say a prayer for the child that will receive the gift before you bless them with it.
This was a very inexpensive gift but one that the mom has already told me has blessed her daughter in a special way.
How have you helped a child who struggles with anxiety? Share your ideas below!