I'm not very good at praying.
How silly does that sound? Is there anyone out there in blog land that feels the same way? I have wanted to post on this subject for a while now but embarrassed to actually type these words out.
Is there anyone out there that would rather run a 5K in the Texas heat than pray out loud in front of a group for fear of not saying the right thing like me? Do you have a specific time you pray so you don't forget to? Our dinner prayer is: God is Great, God is Good, let us thank him for our food"...seriously it's time for me to break out and really talk to God and teach my children to connect with him in their own way.
Why is praying out loud so hard?
I recently went to the MOPs international conference where I attended a session on "the melody of prayer". Jonalyn Grace Fincher was our speaker and I encourage you to click on the link to follow her blog. She was such a nice and calming spirit to listen to in the midst of a large conference when we were on the go from session to session.
Her tips for prayer were simple:
You can find peace in nature and music to help keep you centered on God. Jonalyn says to pay attention to things you naturally notice in life and start praying about those things.
I don't know about you but I often have little thoughts creep in like...Dear God, thank you for giving me my health today(oh gosh...did I start the dishwasher before I left home) also thank you for giving me strength to keep calm when my 5 year old wrote with a sharpie all over my cabinets today(oh yeah...that really happened!)
I find myself picturing something happy and calming when I talk to God:
Sometimes late at night I will play a sound machine of the ocean and pray.
Familiar or favorite smells also help me feel calm and ready to pray. I like to light a candle when I want to connect to God or just center myself when life gets crazy and fast moving.
What centers you as a prayerful woman, mother, child of God?
When I hear beautiful worship music at church on Sunday it always makes me feel like the gap from this world to god is a little bit closer (which can be hard considering the place we all live in these days).
This will be an ongoing journey for me and I would love to hear your thoughts on prayer and what helps you to make the connection.