Welcome to another week, Abba! Happy Monday. You are evergreen and always ready to begin anew. Fresh and exhilarating. Filled with the knowledge of all things. Aware of how everything works and what needs to happen for things to run smoothly, yet unattached to them “going well,” because You know the value of challenge and growth. You love each of us individually and equally. You’re especially fond of every single one of us. You are the reason for and source of everything that exists.
I confess that I lived another day paying so little attention to You—even on “the Lord’s day”! I confess that while I am 100% positive that prayer is the most important thing I do all day, connecting with You and spending time in awareness of Your presence, I still do so little of it. And I confess that I live, talk, and think way more about business and careers and self-fulfillment (for myself and others) way more than I do about spirit and things above and how a person’s relationship with You is going.
Thank You for bringing this to my attention. Thank You that it’s not a question of sacred vs. secular, but a matter of bringing the sacred into every moment. Thank You that You can and will teach me more of what that means and looks like and how to implement it in my specific circumstances. Thank You for Ben’s spiritual warfare breakthrough this weekend, speaking to fear and telling it to leave. Thank You for this amazing-sounding charter school for the arts that he might be going to very soon, and for the many changes that would bring to our little family. Thank You so so much for the growing circle of friends and community You’re bringing into our lives. Thank You for the great momversations I had yesterday at church and for my husband’s proactivity in getting us signed up to serve at Kids Connections so early in our time at this church. Thank You for his servant’s heart.
Please bring opportunities for him to serve in ways that are personally meaningful to him, where his personal strengths can really shine. Please bring me guidance as to how to best shape and structure and prioritize my writing, from fiction to non and which stories need to be told first/most and how to think of them so that they don’t take on more importance than they really have. Please bring me mentors and spiritual directors that can speak into my life and cut right to the heart with Your truth. Please heal my sweet baby and give us wisdom as to how to get through this winter season without all the drippy noses! You are so brilliant and kind. Be my vision, my guide, my mentor this week. May I pray more than I plot and give more than I take.
In Jesus’ mighty name I pray, amen!