So, with the kids starting public school this week (instead of homeschooling), our routines have been all twisted up and turned around and I’m looking forward to getting a rhythm back. One thing that I’m having to be patient with right now is that my daily morning routine of sitting in the quiet of the sleeping household and reading my devotionals has been hit or miss the past couple days. I am already NOT a morning person. This girl has loved her sleep since day one and so getting up early was already a bit of a struggle, but enjoying the quiet time in the word has been a good incentive. It helps me to start my day off on the right foot and I don’t wake to kids raiding the kitchen. Well, worth the lost hour or two of sleep!
Since my morning routine has been kind of sketchy, so has my spiritual focus. I’m having to deal with kids who don’t want to eat breakfast for the first time in their life (usually they eat like Hobbits….2nd, 3rd, halvesies breakfasts if I don’t catch them), a clingy 1st grader who is SO much like her momma and so I feel every turn of her stomach at the thought of being alone all day, and pushy carpool drivers. I do try to say my silent prayers and keep a dialogue open with God as I’m getting ready, though, so I am at least trying to remain focused on the source of my strength.
I read a piece later this morning that caught my eye and it talked about something that I’ve been trying to be intentional about. It begged the question of, do you pray reactively or proactively? The obvious answer would be that I definitely pray reactively, but I am trying to be better at praying proactively as well. When times get rough and things come up, God wants us to turn to Him first and to bring our troubles to Him. He wants our response, or reaction, to a desire or need to be coming to Him in prayer. However, He also wants to be praised and trusted that He is always there, always listening and always working. He is, after all, the creator of everything we see and do throughout our day. So why not pray even when times are good?
Today was one of those days when I really didn’t have anything pressing on me or worrying me to the point that I felt like I was struggling. So, I turned to Him and simply prayed for wisdom, for guidance and for everything and everyone I could think of that may need His tender care. I thank Him for never being weak and for being a good God that I know will bring me through the hard seasons in my life. I thank Him for working in my family’s lives, even though I may not see the fruits of it. I thank Him for His son and for the gift of His love and direct access to Him through prayer.
Even though my normal routine may be a bit wonky for a little while, I am so thankful for the knowledge that I can and should be proactive in my prayers. Without it I know I would try to do life my way, and that very rarely turns out to be a good day for anyone. Not to mention prayer doesn’t require silence, coffee or even my glasses, because I’m already blind as a bat so why not pray for better vision while I’m at it?!Tags: change, Devotions, faith, God, Praise, Pray, Proactive, Reactive, Routine
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