It’s been 8 days since I’ve written. Time goes by so fast that if we don’t purposefully plan certain activities, they simply won’t get done. I’m often saying, “There are not enough hours in the day.”
The piano recital went well. Doodlebug was the youngest player and one of a couple students who had practiced hard enough to play his song through completely without error. Thankfully Mommy’s part in the piano duet went well also and I didn’t blow it for him. (smile)
I woke up super early this morning. In my quiet time I was reading a devotional that I thought had an awesome idea that I’d like to share with you. (But, be forewarned. Don’t take it on and promise it as a gift to someone unless you have the intention of actually doing it.) I have been getting a daily e-mail update from Proverbs 31 Ministries (http://www.proverbs31.org/). In today’s e-mail, Holly Good wrote about the best Christmas gift she had ever received in 44 years. A friend of hers gave her an ornament, but also wrote a letter to her promising to pray for her every single day for the next 365 days. Her response:
“Tears threatened to spill down my cheeks as I silently stood and hugged my friend. Her written words were an immediate healing balm to my soul. My mouth could not produce the thoughts I was longing to say aloud. I calmly folded my sweet letter and replaced it in the envelope. And smiled. Someone would be praying for me every day! Without fail. What a gift.” (To read the rest of the devotional go to http://www.proverbs31.org/ and click on “Read Today’s Devotion”. If you’re looking this up after 08-Dec-2011, type in “365 Days of Blessing” in the box that says “Search Past Devotions”.)
That devotion had me thinking about prayer and commitment. Prayer is a pretty awesome thing and we often take it so lightly. Imgine… we have a way to speak with God!! He’s not a genie in a bottle who grants us whatever wishes we want and then we ignore Him the rest of the time. He’s not a buffet table where we can take what we want and leave the rest. He is God Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. He created you and me. And yet, He wants communion with us and provides a way for us to communicate with Him. That is incredibly awesome.
So often prayer is all about us. We ask God for what we want and then the prayer is ended. That’s it for the rest of the day (except, maybe, for grace at the table). But, think about all of the opportunities to pray to God. Prayer doesn’t have to be formal and done in a certain way at a certain time. In fact, we’re told, “Pray without ceasing.” in I Thessalonians 5:17. That doesn’t mean that we have to abandon everything and simply sit and pray. But, we need to be mindful about our relationship with God.
All throughout the day notice things in nature that speak about God’s creativity and artistry. Take a moment to praise Him for it. When people come to mind, pray for them specifically. Turn the radio off for a while and use your commute to and/or from work to pray (with eyes wide open) while you’re driving. Sing praise and prayers to God. When you’re going about your work (whether in a Corporate office, out in a field, in a volunteer position, or at home) ask for strength, ask God to keep you ever mindful of living a life of integrity, ask for opportunities (whether through lifestyle of words) to share Him with others.
Have a devotion time and make time specifically for prayer. (Here’s where purposefully planning certain activities comes in.) When you lay in bed at night and close your eyes, take time to thank God for all that He’s done for you and all that He’s given you. It will amaze you how your perspective will change when you keep God and others in mind throughout the day.
Hopefully you’re praying faithfully every day for each member of your family. But, if you’re so lead to commit to praying for someone else specifically 365 days a year, think about the gift that Holly Good wrote about in Proverbs 31 Ministries and give that gift for Christmas to that special person. What an awesome gift!