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projectblessed Prayer Pledge Day 4

This week, our prayer prompts will focus on prayer in action. We have a great example in the spirituality of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton as shared by Elizabeth Foss today.

Mother Seton, a convert, widow, and mother, knew hardship but did all things with grace and cheer. As our own Elizabeth writes, “[Cheerfulness] isn’t a forced smile through gritted teeth. Instead, it’s the prayerful plea for the ability to reflect God’s own joy in the image of the Creator that is you.”

In this Year of Mercy, we are called to live our faith in action and prayer together — bringing tenderness and openness to the world.

Comment below with your thoughts:

What simple tasks can you imbue with the joy of Christ today? How can you reflect God in your actions?

Or, simply answer:

Did you pray today?

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9 Comments

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    Sarah
    January 4, 2016 at 5:06 am

    Praying this morning and hoping to get the new week off to a better start with cheerfulness.

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    Ann-Marie
    January 4, 2016 at 6:19 am

    That quote, “The first purpose of our daily work is to do the will of God.” – St. Elizabeth Ann Seton – hit me between the eyes. I copied it on a slip of paper and will carry it in my pocket today. We start back with homeschooling today, and in truth, I’m not feeling up to it. I’m working on adjusting my attitude towards service and cheerfulness.

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    Kate
    January 4, 2016 at 7:05 am

    I meditated on the Magnificat this morning and will be praying again in the afternoon.
    I absolutely love the quote “[Cheerfulness] isn’t a forced smile through gritted teeth. Instead, it’s the prayerful plea for the ability to reflect God’s own joy in the image of the Creator that is you.” I strive every day to see the joy and beauty in what God has called me to do. My daughter is very ill and for some it is too much to handle. Her illness is something I talk about quite frequently, I apologize. However, it also is the reason that I have taken steps to become more devout and draw closer to Mary. I digress from the topic at hand. Anyway, I feel that God has given me strength to care for her and be her support, even if it means adjusting my attitude on days where it hits me like a ton of bricks.

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    Kara
    January 4, 2016 at 7:18 am

    I hate the end of the Christmas season. Winter is hard for me when there isn’t a lot of sunlight and it’s hard to get out. But I’m asking God to give me joy this week, because my attitude is often less than joyful. It’s hard when each day holds the same seemingly meaningless tasks and my energy seems completely gone.

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    Emily
    January 4, 2016 at 7:26 am

    Back to reality, my prayer today is that I can tackle my mundane to do list and my toddler with cheerfulness this week as we play catch up from holidays! I was dreading this week, but I am focused on doing my tasks with true cheer for the Lord. Wonderful and much needed mindset change:)

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    Karen
    January 4, 2016 at 7:35 am

    Well, this week I am determined to be more intentional about prayer and it has already begun with my husband and me involving our 3 kids as well, ages 19, 17 & 15. Here is our new family plan…each person will have his/her special day in which each of the other family members prays for THAT person. We are working from the youngest to the oldest. Today my 15-year-old will be prayed for by each of us. Then tomorrow will be the 17-year-old and so forth. My husband is 2 weeks older than me so my day is Thursday and his day is Friday! LOL

    My husband and I already pray for each other and our kids, but we really wanted to mix things up a bit, so as to be more connected with each other {as a family} throughout the day. I’m really hoping that the kids, especially, will feel the grace of God surround them as they move through their day.

    Blessings to all!

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    Gloria
    January 4, 2016 at 7:50 am

    I’m praying for joy as I start classes again this week. After Christmas break, it’s hard to enjoy getting up early. But I know God asks me to have joy, so I prayed that I will have joy and share it with the people around me.

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    Hollie
    January 4, 2016 at 8:30 am

    A tradition I started a while back, but I am re-energized today with cheerfulness in action, to pray for everyone in the elevator with me. Each day I go up and down the 7 floors of my building. There is that awkward elevator silence…but about a year ago I decided that God is present and not awkward in silence. So, I pray for each person in the elevator and their work for the day. I also make it a point to speak to and smile at each person as they enter or exit. Might be annoying to some, but cheerfulness wins!! Some days it feels like a task that I committed to, to check off my list, but today I will be joyful in Jesus Christ!

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    Amanda L.
    January 4, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    Said a few short prayers today. That quote from Elizabeth Foss is really making me think. Wow. I really needed that right now.

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