Welcome to Day One of this new series. Every day through out the month of October we are going to dig in to how Life Happens and how to pray --when often times praying may feel like not enough, or like too little, too late... when praying is the last thing our flesh wants to do.
Listen, I am all about prayer.
Prayer is my jam.
And I pray all day, every day --but not in an oober religious, heavy burden kind of way. More in an ongoing conversation, love connection kind of way!
For this month, Saturdays and Sundays will bring you lighter posts...
Except for today, Saturdays will be set aside to sort of wrap up the previous weeks' topic and end in prayer.
Sundays will be short and simple, yet oh so powerful! We will use Sundays to practice a little Listening Prayer because it is Sabbath after all and some of the busiest and best ways Life Happens is over the weekend, right?
So for October, while I will be posting over the weekends, there will be no heavy burdens, or onslaught of words. We will pray together and prepare our hearts for what lies ahead!
So today, our first Saturday together, I thought I would ask you a question:
How is Life Happening to you in this season?
What is it that made you click on this series button and head on over to my little corner of the internet?
Because here's the thing:
If you have lived any amount of life at all, you soon come face to face with the fact that Life Happens to all of us! Not a one of us is exempt... not a one of us lives protected and charmed and free of pain and loss and disappointment.
Life Happens to all of us... and we get to choose how we deal with it when it comes straight for us!
I am oh so thankful to have been nurtured as a new believer in a community that highly valued prayer because whenever life would happen, Prayer became my go to response!
Whenever Life came at me all Happy, Shiny, and full of Joy... well, prayers of thanksgiving spilled out of a grateful heart!
Whenever a trial would rise up, or trouble would blindside me... when fear tried to grab hold of me and doubt threatened to pull me down... prayer was my knee jerk reaction and I have learned to always expect an answer!
It's not always the answer I hope for... but through prayer, I have come to know the heart of God and how it beats for me... I have come to trust that He is Truth and true to His Word and when I pray, He listens and when I cry out, He is moved to action.
Even now, as I type this post, our Jonah Boy kitty cat is waiting to be buried. We had to put him to sleep this afternoon and even though he was 17 and we sort of saw it coming, it happened fast and we are reeling a bit from the sudden loss.
When the vet came to check on him, we prayed. As she told us what all was going on with him, we prayed. God's presence was thick and His peace and comfort filled the room as we made the only real choice that we could. It was precious, being able to hold him in my arms and love him as he fell asleep and his breathing slowed and his pain subsided.
Maybe you're not facing the loss of a pet, but the loss of family or career or direction... maybe you're facing uncertainty, anger, or fear.
Maybe Life is Happening and it is all good right now... even then, prayer makes it better!
However Life is Happening for you right now, I promise you that prayer will help!
Come back tomorrow and we will put in to practice a little Listening Prayer, believing that God desires to meet with us and to be our shield and covering... that He knows that plans He has for us and He will work all things together for our good.
For today, I would love to begin this series in prayer for you! So if you are willing, I really would be honored if you would answer the question, "How is Life Happening to you...?" and allow me to cover you in prayer as we dive in!