Prayer Pledge 2017: Day 12

Another day, another opportunity for me to think about ins and outs of my schedule. There are always so many things I want to squeeze in — sometimes my to-do list crowds out my simple human needs: sleep, food, exercise… How can I breeze past those basics?!

At this time of year, I often find myself reflecting on the basic human needs required by the Incarnation. Jesus, too, still just needed to eat dinner. Mary, the Immaculate Conception, still had to find time to cook meals for her child.

Tonight, I am taking the time to make a meal. Instead of multi-tasking on my phone or putting a podcast on or worrying about what I need to do next, I am going to work in whatever stillness I can find.

Chopping, stirring, and serving, just like the Blessed Mother would have on a countless number of occasions.

Whether you are cooking for a family or just yourself (like I am!), these daily chores matter and have meaning. The work of daily life is itself holy.

Comment below with your thoughts:

Reflect on how Mary moved through her days, serving and caring for herself and her family. How can you channel her holiness in your own day?

or, simply answer:

Did you pray today?

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    January 12, 2017 at 6:58 am

    I prayed….

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    January 12, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Thank you for this reminder. I am going to “work in whatever stillness I can find” today. One opportunity I know will be folding laundry and I am now grateful for the task and looking forward to it. My prayer focus today is patience.

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    Dorothy McKnight
    January 12, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    I just want to pop in and say that this prayer pledge and the daily devotions have been wonderful for me lately! The BIS instastories each day have also been super helpful, especially when you all share your own personal tips for making prayer time during the day. Thank you, thank you!

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    Megan Cahill-Assenza
    January 15, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    Mary said yes. She said yes to God’s will and serves as an example for all of us. Her yes included devoting everything that was given to her by the Lord…the joy, the sorrow, and the glorious. No matter what, if it was a time of joy or pain stricken sorrow, Mary followed through. Mary said yes to it all.

    Whatever our crosses may be, even the littlest ones we just happen to experience on any given day, when we love our Lord, like Mary, we say yes to Him….we say yes to the joy, the sorrow, the glorious. Though our yeses come with strife and difficulties, as humans and sinners, we do our best for Him. He graciously accepts our faults and our cries because He loves us more than we love Him. God always gets us through all our days, all our crosses and celebrates all our joys with us.

    When days are tough and overwhelming, I channel Mary’s holiness in my day by praying the rosary and tell God yes…I say yes to my cross.

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