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Words. I need words. Sometimes I struggle. My day is busy. Guests are visiting. And I really don’t know what to write. I don’t know what to write in this place that I come to. But for some reason I need this place, for some reason I long for a moment or two of quiet. A moment when I can write down my thoughts and prayers and place them on this blog.

And so, I distract the baby for a minute or two. I find a quiet spot to sit. And I pray that God will speak to me. I don’t often have very long. Before I know it the baby will be crying. In fact, there she is now. Sigh. I’m glad I serve a patient God who understands the restraints of a new mommy. Because I truly wish I had more time to write each day. Before I leave to check on her, I’ll give you a thought to ponder.

In my devotions I recently reached Philippians 1. I love this portion of scripture. I know I’ve written about it before. It’s a chapter that reminds me how truly thankful I am for the people in my life. It’s a chapter that reminds me to strive for what is right and true in my own life. Paul writes,

I give thanks to my God for every remembrance of you, always praying with joy for all of you in my every prayer” (Philippians 1: 3-4 HCSB).  After reading this, I asked myself how often I truly pray for the people in my life. Yes, I pray for them when their sick or struggling, but do I simply thank God for them? Do I pray for them on the good days? Do I send up prayers of thanksgiving for them? This is one area of my prayer life that could definitely improve.

And so there you have it. I did find some words to write after all. The words, I suppose, are prayers of joy and thankfulness for the people who make up my life.
What about you? What have you been learning through your devotions? What area of your prayer life might need improvement?