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projectblessed Prayer Pledge Day 3

Today, we celebrate the Epiphany, and this week, we will reflect on Prayer in Action as a community. As Kathryn Whitaker writes today, what better way to celebrate the gifts of the Magi than to use our own gifts as a blessing to others?

Kathryn’s words of advice are pertinent every day as we serve God and each other: “Instead of complaining, begging and wishing our gifts away, let’s give God the very best of us. Our words of thanks for the gifts He bestows upon us is never enough. Instead, use your gifts. Use them for His glory. His purpose. His will.”

Comment below with your thoughts:

We offer this month of prayer together as a community. What gift can you lay before the Christ Child this month in your prayer?

Or, simply answer:

Did you pray today?

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18 Comments

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    Ann-Marie
    January 3, 2016 at 6:37 am

    Up early for prayer time before Mass. After reading the readings for Epiphany and the reflection . . . God knew just what he was doing when He created me. Me, with my specific gifts and talents. I can use my gifts for Him – offering them to Him each morning, and seeking His grace each time He calls me to use them (especially when I just don’t feel like it).

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      Jenna
      January 3, 2016 at 3:19 pm

      So beautiful, Ann-Marie. He knew just what He was doing, you’re absolutely right 🙂

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    Gloria
    January 3, 2016 at 8:46 am

    I prayed about the specific talents and gifts God has given me. I asked for wisdom in discerning how He wants me to use those gifts and talents.

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      Jenna
      January 3, 2016 at 3:19 pm

      I love that, Gloria. Asking for wisdom is something I need to do, as well.

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    Laura Daniel
    January 3, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    The message in today’s post rings true to me about how we look at other’s gifts and want them. So often we feel inadequate, but we are all blessed with unique gifts. I want to really discover what mine are and find out how the Lord wants me to give them back to Him. How can I, a beloved daughter of God, make a difference this year? Praying for all the women at BIS to discover and share their unique talents and gifts this year.

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      Jenna
      January 3, 2016 at 3:20 pm

      Absolutely! I love this so much! I hope and pray that our sisters everywhere realize how unique and beautiful their gifts are.

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    Christina
    January 3, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    The first thing I thought of was the gifts I have but haven’t cultivated. Then I thought of my week ; I had shared my gifts just by being me, helpful, concerned, supportive, participating fully in whatever I was doing & doing it joyfully. A simple plan & execution.

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      Jenna
      January 3, 2016 at 3:20 pm

      Absolutely, Christina. I find it interesting how we each have such beautiful gifts and sometimes we don’t even notice them, until we really sit down to ponder and open ourselves up to what the Lord is telling us they are.

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    Jenna
    January 3, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    Today I wrote a poem, something that I wish I did more often. I used to write poetry all the time when I was younger (and had ALLLL the time in the world). I know that I want to mesh together prayer + poetry and I think working on it during my prayer time will really help cultivate a prayerful poetry in my head.

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      Sarah
      January 3, 2016 at 4:59 pm

      Jenna, I used to write poetry all the time, too! When I do write poetry now, it’s almost exclusively in prayer (thinking I might share one on my blog in the near future) – the meeting of the two is a wonderful thing!
      I will pray for your prayerful poetry! 😉

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    Sarah
    January 3, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    I have felt pretty used up all of the time lately, between work and leading my parish’s high school Confirmation program, and trying to keep things together everywhere else in my life.
    I’m using some of my gifts, for sure, but other things are collecting dust – until yesterday, I’d neglected my blog for a few months – and though I’ve spent a fair amount of time in prayer in the last few months, I can’t say I’ve really been doing much to push myself *intellectually* with regard to the Faith.
    Last year, I’d been considering pursuing an MA in theology, but with everything else going on, that fell by the wayside. It’s re-entered my mind in the last few days, and I prayed about that specifically this morning. We’ll see what happens…

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    Sarah
    January 3, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    I needed to read the message this evening. As a mom with so many things going on and people to care for, I often struggle really knowing what my gifts and talents are these days. I hope to pray about that more and figure them out along with using them well.

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    Laura
    January 3, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    This is something I could think and pray about a lot more! As I approach a big time of transition (college graduation, new job, new home, etc.), I want to do everything for the glory of God and use what He has given me at the service of others. Today I enjoyed the readings and Kathryn’s reflection before heading to mass. I’ve been feeling the nudge to get back into blogging, something I am good at but have been neglecting.

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    Katy
    January 3, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    Today’s devotion gave me another much-needed attitude adjustment. I believe that my greatest gift from God is my ability to teach. So, even though I am really dragging my feet about going back to work in the morning, the best way to use my gift is to teach with a smile and a positive attitude.

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    Mary
    January 3, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    I spent 45 min before mass today in prayer in a quiet country church. Peace and joy was the result of this little extra time with Jesus

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    Amanda L.
    January 3, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    Hmmm. I have to really think. Probably offer up my suffering to him instead of griping about it. I struggle with anxiety disorder and its gotten worse the last few months (lost my job because of it).

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    Jocelin
    January 4, 2016 at 1:23 am

    I prayed!

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    Angelissa
    January 4, 2016 at 4:40 am

    I offer my weary and tired heart so that I can be there for other weary and tired hearts. Like last night when a dear friend needed to cry out her ache from suffering depression. ….

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