At the start of a new year, I don't normally make resolutions, but I do feel the need to organize my home! I clean out my pantry and refrigerator by throwing away any expired items and categorizing everything. I straighten and refold clothes in my dresser and donate the pieces I don't wear anymore. When my kids were younger, I would purge their old toys to make room for the new ones they had gotten for Christmas. It just feels good to get my surroundings in order to start the new year fresh!
I also feel the need to organize my life each January 1. I ask myself, "Are there practices that I can adopt to make my life feel less cluttered?" This year, I find myself drawn to improving and "tidying up" my prayer life. I want to be more intentional about who and what I pray for as well as document how my prayers are answered.
I've found some resources that will help me with this, and I wanted to share them with you.
- Beth Moore has an extensive list of Prayers Drawn from Scripture that parents can pray over their children. I've found this list to be helpful no matter the age of the child!
- I like a good, old-fashioned, paper prayer journal, and I've used this one by Debbie Taylor Williams many times. It provides space to list prayers by date and by category. My favorite thing about it is that it provides a record in black and white of the ways my prayers have been answered.
- When I'm on the go and need to make a note to pray for someone, I use the Prayer Notebook app to keep track of prayer requests and remind me to pray at a specific time for a certain event.
- I often read the tried-and-true books by Stormie Omartian. They are a huge help in strengthening and focusing my prayer life.
I also want to remind you that our Moms in Prayer group meets every Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m. in Room B114. I invite you to participate in prayer with moms walking alongside each other in educating their children.
If you find any of these resources helpful, I would love to hear from you! Or if you use a prayer tool that you love, please share it with me.
Rick Warren says, "The more you pray, the less you'll panic. The more you worship, the less you worry. You'll feel more patient and less pressured."
Here's to a 2019 of feeling more patient and less pressured!
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