The holidays can be a challenging time of year for many. The lists get longer, the stress gets bigger and the demands on our time grow. My friend, Pam, and I decided this holiday we were going to do an Advent Bible Study. In addition we are going to pray specifically for requests that line up with the weeks of Advent. I am personally adding in a month of prayer discipline.
The end of the year tends to be, at least for me, filled with some annoying stressful things that make me think the entire year stunk. (This is helped along by the fact that I usually haven't given myself a period of rest from the never ending tasks on my to do list). This year, I don't want to be focused on the stress. I want to focus on my Savior. To participate in the anticipation of His coming.
So here's to an end of the year filled with anticipation not of things but of hope!
Here's to an end of the year meant to set up the beginning of the new year with success!
Here's to growth in areas of value!
As far as the prayer discipline, I wanted to share what I'm doing.
I have a hard time praying for a few reasons. The first being that my head is so full of tasks and thoughts I can't seem to maintain a quite time of prayer for any length of time. The second is I've had some heartbreak in the area of prayer I thought was answered and seemingly isn't. I'm working on these in two ways. I'm going to start a prayer log. I think typing out my prayers will force me to focus and help me keep a record. I'm also going to allow my brain a period of time to think about everything I have to do that day and I'm going to write it down. I'll give it a to do list to show my brain I heard it and I'll get to it in due time. My prayer is that this will allow me the space to focus on God. So here's my to do list for today. Now to prayer!