I've been thinking a lot about prayer this week. I truly want my prayer life to grow. I want to spend dedicated time each day truly going through prayer requests, people I've promised to pray for, things on my heart. And I want to spend time listening. Because my world is a noisy one!
Prayers in this season of life are usually rushed, often spoken throughout the day.
Lately, I've been choosing to get up early. To spend time working out on the Elliptical, and also reading some morning scriptures. Taking care of my own physical and spiritual health. It's good for me. It's pushing me to do something for myself.
These disciplines are something I want my kids to see as well. I want them to see the importance I place on being healthy, in all senses of the word.
But it's not easy.
It's not easy to find time in an already jam packed life.
I get so frustrated when that extra prayer time doesn't happen.
This season, with children that are still so dependent on me, is fleeting.
Perhaps it's less about finding more time away from my kids in prayer, and more about finding moments to pray with them.
- Pray with them in the car, on our way to school in the morning.
- Pray with them at dinner time.
- Encourage them to pray on their own at bedtime.
- Pray for them with their confused, upset, frustrated. Teach them that God is always there, ready to listen to our hearts.
- Pray with them, and teach them to come to God during the good moments and bad. To praise Him for all He's done and all that He's about to do.
Because my greatest influence, is right in front of me. I have the privilege of teaching these two about Jesus day in and day out.
And so, instead of being frustrated by time I don't have, I'll be thankful for all the learning moments I do have.
For we are the aroma of Christ to our children, our friends, our neighbors.
Just how will we use that influence?