Prayer Duty

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My New Year’s Resolution is to become a prayer warrior.  I typically pray every day but I was finding myself spending less and less time in prayer.  Some days, I would only get about 5 minutes in.  What a terrible state of affairs!  So for the last couple of weeks, I have been getting up about an hour to an hour and a half earlier than usual so that I could spend that time in prayer and reading God’s word. It has been a tremendous blessing. However, one day last week, I accidentally slept in.

I got up in time to get my girls dressed, fed, and get my seven-year-old out the door for school, but there was definitely not enough time for an hour’s worth of prayer.  I had my whole day planned already. Get the girls ready for the day; go to the gym and be back by 10:30 am (because that is the time that my toddler starts to get grouchy); have play and relax time with my toddler; make lunch….You get the picture.

I had put on my workout gear and was ready to jump in the car as soon as the bus picked up my daughter, but then something stopped me.  I just knew I had to put God first.  Those of you that know me well know how important my workouts are for me.  They are my stress relievers and my me time. They are an important part of my day, but this day, the workout was going to have to take a back seat.  I turned back around, put in a movie for my two-year-old, and I began to pray.

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After I was done, I decided to attempt to go to the gym anyway even though it would put me back at the house at 11:30 AM.  I was not sure how my toddler was going to handle that, but previous experience had shown me that when she is over-tired or over-stimulated, she can be almost too much to handle.  I was playing with fire….so I thought.

When I picked her up from the day care she was in good spirits.  On the ride back home, she was peaceful and quiet. During our relax and play time, she was such a pleasure. In fact, she was so well behaved, I thought I had probably picked up the wrong child.  The rest of the day proceeded without a hitch and I still had the time to do everything that I needed to do, mostly because my toddler was so cooperative.

And that is the way it is with God.  When you put Him first, He takes care of the rest.  What a lesson that was for me. What a wonderful sweet lesson.  As a mom, my first duty is to pray because only in God can I trust for everything to fall in place. And it if it does not fall in place, only in Him can I trust to have the strength to endure it.

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