When, Where, and Why
One thing I struggled with growing up was remembering to pray. As a Christian this seems silly, but I am sure I’m not the only one that struggled with this. As I progressed into a younger adult I started to make sure I made time for it. Some days I struggled, but as I came into my own routine I realized the importance of taking just a few minutes out of my day to communicate with God. The when, where, and why.
It doesn’t matter when, just take that ten minutes out of your day for prayer.
As a child, I always thought praying before bed or before meals was customary. But sometimes before a meal I was surrounded by other people and would forget or I would fall asleep before I could finish communicating all I wanted to communicate. I needed a change.
Any time I need strength throughout the day, I take a minute outside on my deck and just look to the sky. The serene background gives me peace with no distractions. I found that in the mornings after my husband has left for work is when I have this time. So, sometimes I decide to have my communication then. Others my husband works late at night or does not come home at all, and I feel lonely. I take my trip outside to my designated chair and have my time with Him.
Find a space with little distraction potential.
As I mentioned above, I go to that peaceful place outside on my deck. I look at the trees, the sky, anything around me that can be calm so I can focus in my prayer. Before I moved, my bedroom was where I felt the most calm and serene. Your “where” may change depending on where you are, but I find it helpful to have a safe and calm space where I can really get inside my own head and express my feelings with God.
My personal reasons.
I am by no means a religion expert. I am in no position to tell people what they should and should not do. This post (and blog) is just my personal experiences that I would like to share with others. If anyone can relate to me, I hope that in some way I can explain what I do and how I feel to make people feel they are not alone.
When I pray, I try to be more thankful for what I have than what I am asking The Lord for. I am thankful for the things He has done for me. I have had so many blessings throughout my life, and especially within this past year that I feel being thankful is just as important as praying for my worries.
My thoughts are scatterbrained and, if you are anything like me, I will start to pray about one thing and my mind races twenty other places before I can get myself back on track. That is why I decided on a when and where. It gives me my peaceful time with Him to really communicate everything I have going on. My goals, my hopes, my worries, and everything in between.
It’s the little things that get you through the day, don’t forget about them.
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