Thursday, April 20, 2006

Prayers

There are so many things that I am thankful for: Great friends, extended family (mine and my hubbys) and my husband and kids. Life is so much easier when you have these things. Danny Sullivan taught the class last night and he was discussing prayer. I really enjoyed listening to him and it really got me thinking about it. I prayed the same way for my entire life up till about 6 years ago. Laura Bull and I were praying together and I realized at that moment exactly what the purpose of prayer was. Now some of you are going to say "Duh- you're just now figuring that out", but it was an eye opener for me. I realized that you don't have to have structure, you can say what ever you want. You can praise God for everything and anything that is in your heart and mind. It is great to praise Him. You can also "ask" for things, but the main reason of prayer is to praise Him- to know Him- to communicate with Him and to form a relationship with Him. Now I will be honest- I don't pray as often as I think I should. The business of the day gets to me and I loose track of time. There are lots of things I don't get to in my day, but that is one thing I HAVE to get to. I have to make the time. I have to set time aside to do this. So I am learning and growing every day. Slowly but surely I will get there.

Anyway, just pray for our family as we search out God's will for us. And that we will listen to it when we hear it.

5 comments:

Kann said...

I totally know what you are talking about Marie! Thanks for the reminder.... I think we all could take more time to pray.. I will add your family to my prayer list, as long as you add mine to yours!

Marie said...

You bet I will. Hope y'all are feeling well!

Kimmie said...

Wow! What a great reminder for me on the true purpose of prayer. Thanks for being willing to share that from your heart. It gave me something to think about. I love you and miss you dearly. I'm so glad you have this so I can keep up with you!

Marie said...

Kimmie!!- How are you? Start up one so I can see that beautiful Maggie! Was thinking and praying for you the other day- you are always in my thoughts..

laura bull said...

Marie,
I think the most treasured thing that I have these days is prayer. I like you do not do it near often enough. But it is the one thing that I have right now that will stretch across the miles between me and every person that I love in the states. Thank you for reminding me that dialogue with the Father is important no matter what is going on in my heart. I think that I am beginning the true culture shock of being here, and have been taking that out on my prayer life. It's hard to talk to the person that you sent you miles and miles away from all you know and love. But he longs to hear those thoughts as well as the pretty ones. So thank you for reminding of lessons learned years ago. I think this life is a cycle of reminders of lessons we've already learned, just being reminded of them in different ways because of different situations in our lives. I look forward to the days ahead with Nathan when he and I interact like you and your boys. God bless you and your sweet family.

Laura Bull