projectblessed Prayer Pledge Day 7

project blessed day 7

This week, we continue to reflect on prayer in action, and every day in January, we are together taking action by finding time for prayer. Laurel Muff originally wrote this post for her blog, and while it focuses on making time for prayer as a mother, all of us can learn from Laurel’s advice for finding quiet moments of prayer in our days.

I tend to be a fan of structure. Not quite Type-A level, but I like when things are organized and when there is a plan. However, since having children, I have been learning the difficult {on occasion} lesson of being more flexible with my time and expectations.

{This is not to say all has gone by the wayside. A certain structure to the day is essential (and necessary) with little people. Even if it is crashing down around you from one minute to the next.}

As a single person, with only my own needs to attend to, I tended to be more strict with times for prayer scattered throughout my day.

In an effort to not leave my relationship with Our Lord merely in the margins now as a married person with children, I still need intentional places and times of prayer in my day. But these often have to be more flexible, as my saying a Morning Offering upon rising is difficult when rising might happen several times throughout the wee hours of the morning.

Here are five times in my day that connect me back to Our Creator and help me to continue to build my relationship with Him.

1) At meal times // We pray together as a family at each meal whoever is at home {or if we are out — awesome method of evangelization!}. It is also a great way to teach my daughters to be thankful for the gifts we are given. {Evelyn loves to say, “Thank you, Jesus…AMEN!”} We spend the time before dinner taking turns with intentions for those who have asked our prayers throughout the day.

2) While nursing the baby // I tend to have my cell phone with me while I nurse my little one. At least one nursing session is spent reading these daily devotions from Blessed is She. Through them, I am able to participate in the Church calendar by reading the readings of the day from Mass {going to daily Mass is just too much for us right now} and spending some time with a short meditation which accompanies and is based upon the readings.

3) In the car // I don’t know if it is just me or if drivers are becoming more hostile lately. I spend quite a bit of time praying for the people I encounter on the road who either must be having a bad day or need prayers for a change of heart in their attitude about the way the drive, endangering their life and the lives of others.

4) When I awake in the night // This is almost guaranteed with my little one still nursing through the night. I pray for my husband who is sleeping by my side, for his protection, and that God will be His strength the trials of the following day.

5) While putting the children to sleep // I love these quiet moments as they are drifting off to sleep to remember to pray for their little souls. I offer prayers of thanksgiving and petition for these sweet ones entrusted to my care that they may grow up to be good girls and that I may follow the Spirit’s prompting in how to guide them.

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Comment below with your thoughts:

When is your favorite time to pray? How to you make room in your day to seek the Lord?

or, simply answer:

Did you pray today?

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    January 7, 2016 at 6:11 am

    My favorite time to pray is very early in the morning. I’ve (finally, oh so finally) gotten into a good routine with time for quiet, the Daily Readings, reflection and journaling. I know it will all get derailed when this new baby is born, but it is such a good reminder that even when it does – it matter not so much what my prayer time looks like, but that it happens. I love the idea of nursing and praying.

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    January 7, 2016 at 6:18 am

    These are wonderful ideas! I loved my prayer during nursing times with my first and look forward to it again once our second baby arrives. I love waking up before everyone in the house and enjoying prayer, scripture, devotional reading with my coffee and treasuring the silence, although, with a toddler and a new baby on the way… That gets tricky to do always. This new year I am striving to get up early assuming it will work and then rolling with it if the toddler changes the plan.

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    January 7, 2016 at 9:29 am

    These are very helpful concrete ideas for me and I look forward to implementing some of them into my day. For us, daily mass is also unattainable, but I have started to watch the mass online in the morning with my babies. Usually they are running around and playing, but I get to mostly pay attention to it. This way I get to hear the readings and a homily and it helps me feel much more connected to God then I might otherwise.

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    January 7, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    I like these ideas and can relate to the bedtime one. It just feels natural to give thanks as you’re gazing down at a peaceful sleeping little one…whom you’ve undoubtedly poured a lot of your energy into all day!

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    January 7, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    I love praying right when I wake up in the morning and as I’m showering at night. It’s wonderful to start and end my day with the Lord

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    Amanda L.
    January 7, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    Sadly I don’t pray enough and I will admit that. I do try to pray at before bed and the morning offering.

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    January 7, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    “As a single person, with only my own needs to attend to, I tended to be more strict with times for prayer scattered throughout my day.”

    Yes, this, SO MUCH. It’s funny because I realized how lucky I am, right now, at this time in my life with being single and in my last year of my Master’s program that I can pray and spent more time with God without having other people vying for my attention. It’s been really nice scheduling time for prayer (and BIS devotions/reflection!) in the morning right when I get up. I’m certain it’ll be a nice thing to look back on when I’m (maybe) one day a wife and (hopefully) a mom. Trying to set a good foundation now while I can. 🙂

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    January 8, 2016 at 12:44 am

    Even though I don’t always do it, starting the day with the readings and reflection is my favorite. I also enjoy journaling when I have a chunk of time. Otherwise, my prayers are pretty random in their timing…whenever I’m reminded of someone who needs prayers or such, I try to pause right then so I don’t forget.

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    January 8, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    I’ve gotten into the habit of praying in the morning before work for about 40 minutes; I usually start with praying with the day’s gospel reading and then I pray extemporaneously for the rest of the time. I’m fortunate to live and work on a property that has two Eucharistic chapels, so I always do my morning prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. At night, before I go to bed, I try to do an examen and some spiritual reading. I’ve been reading He and I by Gabrielle Bossis and a few times Jesus encourages Gabrielle to call on Him if she woke up in the middle of the night, so I’ve adopted that practice, too 🙂

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