"When a soul recognises the will of God and shows a readiness to submit to it entirely, then God gives Himself to such a soul and renders it most powerful succour under all circumstances." - Rev. Jean-Pierre de Caussade

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Small pockets of prayer

It's funny how your prayer life changes depending on your current season in life. I know sometimes it feels like I have little to no time to pray and others where I have plenty of time. And still others where I have the time but not the motivation (thank you bedrest). (I'm not pregnant!)

I know that sometimes it feels like life goes a million miles a minute and stopping to pray feels so.dang.hard. I get it, I really do!

But I also know that somehow taking the time to pray, even when it feels like I have no time to do it, is what gets me through the rest of the day. Or heck, the next hour of the day, depending on how c.r.a.z.y of a day it is.
A few of my favorite prayer things lately

Over the last few months, I've been noticing there are several small pockets of prayer throughout my day. I've always taken advantage of longer car drives or nap time to pray the Rosary, and to pray Morning Prayer from Liturgy of the Hours before the kids wake up. But what other times could I squeeze in a little prayer?
  • While filling up your car with gas (a decade of the Rosary)
  • While waiting in line at the grocery store (maybe an Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be or an impromptu prayer for the cashier or the person checking out in front of you)
  • While washing the dishes (I hate dishes, so offer it up, baby!)
  • While checking on your kids in their beds before you go to bed (am I the only one who does this? I try to say a Hail Mary for each of my boys as I admire their cute sleeping faces)
  • While waiting for the microwave to heat up your food (Okay, I don't really use a microwave - it's in the garage - but you might as well say a prayer while standing there waiting, right?)
  • While folding the laundry (A few times I've played a podcast of the Rosary when I haven't been able to squeeze in my Rosary for the day. But I try not to do that unless absolutely necessary.)
  • While rocking the baby to sleep (It's hard to get frustrated at him fighting sleep when I'm meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary! Thinking about Jesus carrying His cross really puts things into perspective sometimes)
  • Waiting in the doctor's office (Rosary, Liturgy of the Hours with an app on your phone)
  • Walking to the mailbox (thank God for all of his blessings)
  • While my kids play outside (many days this is when I say most of my Rosary)
  • As I lie in bed in the morning, willing my body to get up (Lord Jesus, help me!)
Let me just say that I absolutely think there's no substitute for set times of prayer throughout your day. But if you're having trouble with that, start with those small pockets of prayer! Gradually build up to longer periods of prayer. Replace some less-important activities (hello, social media scrolling) with the more important period of prayer.

I know sometimes the world seems to conspire against us when we try make time for prayer, and it's easy to throw in the towel. Just remember, a relationship takes work, and thankfully our merciful Lord blesses even the tiniest effort we give. Don't lose heart!

How about you? When do you sneak in more prayer throughout your day?

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