Prayer for week of January 4 — It’s the little moments

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Ever have great intentions of having quality time with the Lord? You’re gonna read the whole Bible this year or have an hour of prayer time a day.  You’re gonna make it to extra church services or spend time with amazing journaling prompts. And then…..life.  Life that eeeeeeks away at your time. You wake up in the morning, you blink, and then it’s 8pm and you’re putting the kids in bed. The whole day gone.  It was just one big blur of housekeeping, bill-paying, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and settling sibling fights. Oy.

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Here’s the thing, Mama, sometimes you have to take what you can get when you can get it.  You know how people say “Sleep when the baby sleeps”? Take that same mindset to prayer and devotional time.  Want a painful example? My month old wee one has decided 4-7am is a great time to be wide awake, poop a bunch of diapers, burp, cry and just generally keep his parents awake.  Some nights I have sat there is utter desperation and tears.  Then two nights ago I took a different approach. He wouldn’t sleep so I got up. I put some cinnamon rolls to bake. Then I sat by the fireplace and prayed the Rosary. It wasn’t a hour of professional devotional time. I didn’t get to read any heady theology or even my Bible. But, I did (as JP2 says) ponder the face of Christ with Mary. And that was a beautiful thing.  (and yes, I did take a nap later with the baby!)

Sometimes those moments of deep spirituality come over a sink full of dishes as I pray for people’s special intentions, sometimes I might get a few moments to read Scriptures or devotional book while waiting for a child to come out of a class, sometimes it’s putting on great worship music while rocking the baby to sleep.

It can be summed up thus: TAKE WHAT YOU CAN GET!  Don’t be a perfectionist about getting time with Jesus. A few moments here, a few lines from Psalms there, pondering some things in your heart. It all counts.

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“He does not ask much of us, merely a thought of Him from time to time, a little act of adoration, sometimes to ask for His grace, sometimes to offer Him your sufferings, at other times to thank Him for the graces, past and present, He has bestowed on you, in the midst of your troubles to take solace in Him as often as you can. Lift up your heart to Him during your meals and in company; the least little remembrance will always be the most pleasing to Him. One need not cry out very loudly; He is nearer to us than we think.” (Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God)

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