Sunday, February 15, 2015

Resolution Check-In: Prayer Life


Resolution:  Improve my prayer life.

Hmmm, it doesn't seem like I've been doing very well with this month's goal of growing stronger my prayer life.  But it's a slow process, right?  The biggest problem I've had is actually remembering to do the things that aren't habits yet...


1. Pray with my husband and my family.  Jim and I have been reading the Blessed Is She or Faith ND devotions and a "saint of the day" almost every night out loud to one another.  But I think we need to talk about it more afterwards.  And I haven't been doing well with the kids...I keep forgetting!  What can I do to remember?! 


2. Read spiritual books.  I have been keeping up with both books: Momnipotent and Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World.  The second one speaks to me a little more because of my type A personality, but both books are very good.  (And I'm excited because this is the theme of my Lenten journal...see below!)  Book club discussions have been so helpful.  I love being in these 2 groups of Catholic women!


3. Journal.  I haven't started this one yet because it's my plan for Lent...and Ash Wednesday on February 18th kicks off Lent this week!  (My Blessed Is She Lenten journal came yesterday - Happy Valentine's Day to me!)

"Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing.  Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her."  Luke 10:41-42

4. Pray through my actions.  This one has been so-so.  I still forget a lot.  But I do remember too, which is better than how I started!  So I just need to keep remembering.

I was thinking about praying through my actions more and realized I need to be saying a Morning Offering more consistently.  This would be good to say with the kids too.  Here are two that I found for kids...what do you say with your little ones?


Good morning, dear Jesus, this day is for You. I offer You all that I think, say, and do. Amen.

Dear God, now that I start the day, I offer You my heart and pray, guide me in everything I do, and keep me always close to You. Amen. 


And as I write this, I remembered how Jim and I used to offer up specific hours during the day for specific intentions back when we were in college.  (For example, everything we did between 10-11am would be offered up as a prayer for our relationship with each other that we'd grow in love and holiness; 11-noon for another intention, and so on.)

We went to different schools hours away so this was a way to unite us in prayer across the miles.  I think we should get back to this, but make it a family thing.  (I seriously feel like a light bulb just went off as I wrote this - this would be perfect for us to do together as a family!)


Our family's Prayer Altar

5. Realize what I'm saying and doing.  I have been slowing down when I say memorized prayers and the responses at Mass.  I still need to focus on what I'm saying more, but I think I've been doing better.  And the ACTS has really been helping.  Especially having it written on the chalkboard above our home altar!


So it looks like the glaring problem is actually remembering to pray all of these different ways and times throughout the day.  What do you do to remember to pray throughout the day?  Or how do you remember to do anything that isn't a habit yet?

How are your resolutions going this month?


               


Linking up for Ladies Collective with Iulia, Stephanie, and Sarah,
Capture Your Journey Wednesday with Amber,
Women with Intention Wednesdays with Jenny,
and The Shine Blog Hop with Jennifer

13 comments:

  1. I'm also on the slow and steady pace...

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  2. We all have peaks and valleys in our prayer lives, I know I do. But, remember our Father in heaven loves us unconditionally. He knows as a mom, wife, and the ten other titles you have that life can get busy. He knows you have Him in the center of your heart. I'll be posting in a couple of days a prayer I have been writing that will bring you joy! www.grammietime2.blogspot.com

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  3. This is so beautiful and inspiring. I love the thought and intentions you put into your spiritual life. I need to keep a prayer list/journal.

    Thanks for sharing and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop.

    Wishing you a lovely day.
    xoxo

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  4. I love the idea of offering my day to the Lord every morning....actually verbally saying something aloud before the day's tasks consume my mind. How awesome that you are doing this with your children. :)

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  5. Thank you for writing this post...it encourages me to improve my prayer life! I particularly resonated with the "praying through actions" point. Since becoming a mother, I've learned that the only way I can be the mother my kids need is to be connect to God at all times!

    Thank you so much for linking up with the Ladies Collective Linkup. Hope to see you again on Wednesday www.bestofbabylady.com!

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  6. Haha, glad to know I'm not the only one! -Jess

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  7. Thank you. I definitely need to remember that. It's so easy to get caught up in what's around you instead of focusing on Him. Yesterday, at my book club, one woman said she just tells God, "Read my heart, dear Lord" as her prayer. I think this fits in perfectly with what you said here! -Jess

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  8. Thank you, Heather! Lists and notes are what help me to remember too! Blessings to you and your family too! -Jess

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  9. Thanks, Jennifer! The journal has been helping so much this Lent. It really helps me focus on what I read, prayed about, etc. Thanks for hosting! -Jess

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  10. Thanks, Laura! Still working on making it a habit! It is such a hard and amazing job being a parent and leading your kids towards Him! -Jess

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  11. I think that is the best way for me to pray as well. I'm always doing this or that for the kids, husband, or house...so why not make it into a prayer? I just have to keep trying! I hope it works for you as well. Thanks for hosting! -Jess

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  12. Jenny @ Women With IntentionFebruary 25, 2015 at 2:39 PM

    I've had problems remembering, too until I put some reminders in my smart phone and my Erin Condren planner. It seemed strange at first but it has helped! Thanks for linking up at Women With Intention Wednesdays!

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  13. That's a really good idea to put a reminder on your phone....thanks!!!!!! -Jess

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