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A Time To Pray — 52 Comments

  1. As I have grown older I have come to realize that to "pray always" is the solution to "taking every thought captive". Our own sinful nature will cause our thoughts to stray. The habit of praying at all times will assist us as we attempt to take every thought captive.

    And, Janette – You've made me wish I had an apron.

  2. As I have grown older I have come to realize that to "pray always" is the solution to "taking every thought captive". Our own sinful nature will cause our thoughts to stray. The habit of praying at all times will assist us as we attempt to take every thought captive.

    And, Janette – You've made me wish I had an apron.

  3. As I have grown older I have come to realize that to "pray always" is the solution to "taking every thought captive". Our own sinful nature will cause our thoughts to stray. The habit of praying at all times will assist us as we attempt to take every thought captive.

    And, Janette – You've made me wish I had an apron.

  4. As I have grown older I have come to realize that to "pray always" is the solution to "taking every thought captive". Our own sinful nature will cause our thoughts to stray. The habit of praying at all times will assist us as we attempt to take every thought captive.

    And, Janette – You've made me wish I had an apron.

  5. I am only now starting to be able to get up before the kids. Some days it still doesn't happen if I'm sick or the kids were up half of the night.

    But here is my secret. I asked God to wake me up. When I do, I always wake up about 2 minutes before the alarm should go off. When God wakes you up morning after morning it is so easy to return his favor and actually get out of bed. I wish I could take credit for this tid bit, but I learned it from someone else.

    If the kids have been up half of the night, I ask him to forgive me and I sleep until they wake up. I do make sure to find time somewhere in the day to read my Bible on those days though. Some days it takes ALL day.

  6. I am only now starting to be able to get up before the kids. Some days it still doesn't happen if I'm sick or the kids were up half of the night.

    But here is my secret. I asked God to wake me up. When I do, I always wake up about 2 minutes before the alarm should go off. When God wakes you up morning after morning it is so easy to return his favor and actually get out of bed. I wish I could take credit for this tid bit, but I learned it from someone else.

    If the kids have been up half of the night, I ask him to forgive me and I sleep until they wake up. I do make sure to find time somewhere in the day to read my Bible on those days though. Some days it takes ALL day.

  7. I am only now starting to be able to get up before the kids. Some days it still doesn't happen if I'm sick or the kids were up half of the night.

    But here is my secret. I asked God to wake me up. When I do, I always wake up about 2 minutes before the alarm should go off. When God wakes you up morning after morning it is so easy to return his favor and actually get out of bed. I wish I could take credit for this tid bit, but I learned it from someone else.

    If the kids have been up half of the night, I ask him to forgive me and I sleep until they wake up. I do make sure to find time somewhere in the day to read my Bible on those days though. Some days it takes ALL day.

  8. I am only now starting to be able to get up before the kids. Some days it still doesn't happen if I'm sick or the kids were up half of the night.

    But here is my secret. I asked God to wake me up. When I do, I always wake up about 2 minutes before the alarm should go off. When God wakes you up morning after morning it is so easy to return his favor and actually get out of bed. I wish I could take credit for this tid bit, but I learned it from someone else.

    If the kids have been up half of the night, I ask him to forgive me and I sleep until they wake up. I do make sure to find time somewhere in the day to read my Bible on those days though. Some days it takes ALL day.

  9. i'm learning that as a mommy of two littles, i can't be legalistic about my quiet times because otherwise it becomes a chore or another "to do" on my never ending list. plus, i'm reminded that the Lord's love and grace for me is only dependent on Christ's work on the cross and not dependent on me in any way… that has brought much freedom to me. it's now a joy to spend time with my Lord rather than a chore! it's much easier to find times for things you enjoy! : )

  10. i'm learning that as a mommy of two littles, i can't be legalistic about my quiet times because otherwise it becomes a chore or another "to do" on my never ending list. plus, i'm reminded that the Lord's love and grace for me is only dependent on Christ's work on the cross and not dependent on me in any way… that has brought much freedom to me. it's now a joy to spend time with my Lord rather than a chore! it's much easier to find times for things you enjoy! : )

  11. i'm learning that as a mommy of two littles, i can't be legalistic about my quiet times because otherwise it becomes a chore or another "to do" on my never ending list. plus, i'm reminded that the Lord's love and grace for me is only dependent on Christ's work on the cross and not dependent on me in any way… that has brought much freedom to me. it's now a joy to spend time with my Lord rather than a chore! it's much easier to find times for things you enjoy! : )

  12. i'm learning that as a mommy of two littles, i can't be legalistic about my quiet times because otherwise it becomes a chore or another "to do" on my never ending list. plus, i'm reminded that the Lord's love and grace for me is only dependent on Christ's work on the cross and not dependent on me in any way… that has brought much freedom to me. it's now a joy to spend time with my Lord rather than a chore! it's much easier to find times for things you enjoy! : )

  13. Beautiful picture and message…it is hard to find that quiet time in the day. There is always so much hanging over our heads that need to be done as women, moms, workers, wives, etc. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Beautiful picture and message…it is hard to find that quiet time in the day. There is always so much hanging over our heads that need to be done as women, moms, workers, wives, etc. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Beautiful picture and message…it is hard to find that quiet time in the day. There is always so much hanging over our heads that need to be done as women, moms, workers, wives, etc. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Beautiful picture and message…it is hard to find that quiet time in the day. There is always so much hanging over our heads that need to be done as women, moms, workers, wives, etc. Thanks for sharing.

  17. When I think of prayer and how rushed all of our lives can be I think of all the stories I have heard about Susanna Wesley. She would pull her apron up over her face and all her children knew she was in prayer. Prayer at that moment!
    I think our heavenly father enjoys hearing our voice…just like a mother can cherish her children's voices…..anytime!
    Blessings,
    Janette

  18. When I think of prayer and how rushed all of our lives can be I think of all the stories I have heard about Susanna Wesley. She would pull her apron up over her face and all her children knew she was in prayer. Prayer at that moment!
    I think our heavenly father enjoys hearing our voice…just like a mother can cherish her children's voices…..anytime!
    Blessings,
    Janette

  19. When I think of prayer and how rushed all of our lives can be I think of all the stories I have heard about Susanna Wesley. She would pull her apron up over her face and all her children knew she was in prayer. Prayer at that moment!
    I think our heavenly father enjoys hearing our voice…just like a mother can cherish her children's voices…..anytime!
    Blessings,
    Janette

  20. When I think of prayer and how rushed all of our lives can be I think of all the stories I have heard about Susanna Wesley. She would pull her apron up over her face and all her children knew she was in prayer. Prayer at that moment!
    I think our heavenly father enjoys hearing our voice…just like a mother can cherish her children's voices…..anytime!
    Blessings,
    Janette

  21. First off thanks for sharing and being so real. 2nd of all I love what your said about the mornings being the best time to be with the Lord. I totally agree. If not for my kids being my alarm clock I'd totally get up and head strait to my bible and pray. Now I do as you have mentioned, in the car, while doing dishes, while running laundry up and down the stairs. It's actually quite refreshing and I think it sets a good tone in the house. Great post. thanks for stopping by my blog. Just posted a new post.

  22. First off thanks for sharing and being so real. 2nd of all I love what your said about the mornings being the best time to be with the Lord. I totally agree. If not for my kids being my alarm clock I'd totally get up and head strait to my bible and pray. Now I do as you have mentioned, in the car, while doing dishes, while running laundry up and down the stairs. It's actually quite refreshing and I think it sets a good tone in the house. Great post. thanks for stopping by my blog. Just posted a new post.

  23. First off thanks for sharing and being so real. 2nd of all I love what your said about the mornings being the best time to be with the Lord. I totally agree. If not for my kids being my alarm clock I'd totally get up and head strait to my bible and pray. Now I do as you have mentioned, in the car, while doing dishes, while running laundry up and down the stairs. It's actually quite refreshing and I think it sets a good tone in the house. Great post. thanks for stopping by my blog. Just posted a new post.

  24. First off thanks for sharing and being so real. 2nd of all I love what your said about the mornings being the best time to be with the Lord. I totally agree. If not for my kids being my alarm clock I'd totally get up and head strait to my bible and pray. Now I do as you have mentioned, in the car, while doing dishes, while running laundry up and down the stairs. It's actually quite refreshing and I think it sets a good tone in the house. Great post. thanks for stopping by my blog. Just posted a new post.

  25. I was a night owl all through college, and now doing my best to maximize my mornings as a mom. I got tired of snoozing, so I developed the habit of popping straight up, using my right arm to move the covers at the same time, at the first "BEEP!" of my alarm. It worked well during school, but I lost the habit once summer started. Now I'm determined to start it up again. Thank you for sharing so honesty about your quiet time, it's definitely a battle to guard those times!

  26. I was a night owl all through college, and now doing my best to maximize my mornings as a mom. I got tired of snoozing, so I developed the habit of popping straight up, using my right arm to move the covers at the same time, at the first "BEEP!" of my alarm. It worked well during school, but I lost the habit once summer started. Now I'm determined to start it up again. Thank you for sharing so honesty about your quiet time, it's definitely a battle to guard those times!

  27. I was a night owl all through college, and now doing my best to maximize my mornings as a mom. I got tired of snoozing, so I developed the habit of popping straight up, using my right arm to move the covers at the same time, at the first "BEEP!" of my alarm. It worked well during school, but I lost the habit once summer started. Now I'm determined to start it up again. Thank you for sharing so honesty about your quiet time, it's definitely a battle to guard those times!

  28. I was a night owl all through college, and now doing my best to maximize my mornings as a mom. I got tired of snoozing, so I developed the habit of popping straight up, using my right arm to move the covers at the same time, at the first "BEEP!" of my alarm. It worked well during school, but I lost the habit once summer started. Now I'm determined to start it up again. Thank you for sharing so honesty about your quiet time, it's definitely a battle to guard those times!

  29. I'm such a morning person, that mornings are definitely best for me. I usually pray / read my Bible after Mike has gotten up and before the kids are awake (usually about 6 or 6:30). I love that time, although it isn't always interruption-free… lol!

  30. I'm such a morning person, that mornings are definitely best for me. I usually pray / read my Bible after Mike has gotten up and before the kids are awake (usually about 6 or 6:30). I love that time, although it isn't always interruption-free… lol!

  31. I'm such a morning person, that mornings are definitely best for me. I usually pray / read my Bible after Mike has gotten up and before the kids are awake (usually about 6 or 6:30). I love that time, although it isn't always interruption-free… lol!

  32. I'm such a morning person, that mornings are definitely best for me. I usually pray / read my Bible after Mike has gotten up and before the kids are awake (usually about 6 or 6:30). I love that time, although it isn't always interruption-free… lol!

  33. Okay Barbie I'm officially weird! Every time I see somebody has 199 followers, I feel like I HAVE to become their 200th follower! ha! I did that with Rachel (Finding Joy) too and various other random bloggers. I know… I'm just one odd duck aren't I? hee hee

    I hear ya on this post. I'm a sporadic quiet timer. Truth is, it's never quiet here. I blog late after the kids are in bed so it doesn't interrupt my time with them during the day. So, I don't get up until 7:00 or 7:30 – which happens to be WITH the kids. What I like to do is have my bible reading time with my little boys and then we pray together. Then when I'm laying down with Harry… or outside catching some sunshine… or driving somewhere alone (rare occurrence)… or showering… I pray alone.

    I hear you though, it does take EFFORT and I know God blesses those efforts. We are such weak, fickle people. We just can't help it can we? I absolutely love Paul's statement that basically says (in paraphrase) I can't seem to do what I want to do and I always do what I don't want to do. UGH! I can hear his frustration! Yet, knowing Paul – the marvelous man of God struggled, it makes me realize that we have something wonderful awaiting us in heaven, but for now… it's just always going to be a fight – a fight worth fighting though!

    Okay, that was my official comment for the morning. I must move to my house and fam now.

    Love ya.
    Lynnette

  34. Okay Barbie I'm officially weird! Every time I see somebody has 199 followers, I feel like I HAVE to become their 200th follower! ha! I did that with Rachel (Finding Joy) too and various other random bloggers. I know… I'm just one odd duck aren't I? hee hee

    I hear ya on this post. I'm a sporadic quiet timer. Truth is, it's never quiet here. I blog late after the kids are in bed so it doesn't interrupt my time with them during the day. So, I don't get up until 7:00 or 7:30 – which happens to be WITH the kids. What I like to do is have my bible reading time with my little boys and then we pray together. Then when I'm laying down with Harry… or outside catching some sunshine… or driving somewhere alone (rare occurrence)… or showering… I pray alone.

    I hear you though, it does take EFFORT and I know God blesses those efforts. We are such weak, fickle people. We just can't help it can we? I absolutely love Paul's statement that basically says (in paraphrase) I can't seem to do what I want to do and I always do what I don't want to do. UGH! I can hear his frustration! Yet, knowing Paul – the marvelous man of God struggled, it makes me realize that we have something wonderful awaiting us in heaven, but for now… it's just always going to be a fight – a fight worth fighting though!

    Okay, that was my official comment for the morning. I must move to my house and fam now.

    Love ya.
    Lynnette

  35. Okay Barbie I'm officially weird! Every time I see somebody has 199 followers, I feel like I HAVE to become their 200th follower! ha! I did that with Rachel (Finding Joy) too and various other random bloggers. I know… I'm just one odd duck aren't I? hee hee

    I hear ya on this post. I'm a sporadic quiet timer. Truth is, it's never quiet here. I blog late after the kids are in bed so it doesn't interrupt my time with them during the day. So, I don't get up until 7:00 or 7:30 – which happens to be WITH the kids. What I like to do is have my bible reading time with my little boys and then we pray together. Then when I'm laying down with Harry… or outside catching some sunshine… or driving somewhere alone (rare occurrence)… or showering… I pray alone.

    I hear you though, it does take EFFORT and I know God blesses those efforts. We are such weak, fickle people. We just can't help it can we? I absolutely love Paul's statement that basically says (in paraphrase) I can't seem to do what I want to do and I always do what I don't want to do. UGH! I can hear his frustration! Yet, knowing Paul – the marvelous man of God struggled, it makes me realize that we have something wonderful awaiting us in heaven, but for now… it's just always going to be a fight – a fight worth fighting though!

    Okay, that was my official comment for the morning. I must move to my house and fam now.

    Love ya.
    Lynnette

  36. Okay Barbie I'm officially weird! Every time I see somebody has 199 followers, I feel like I HAVE to become their 200th follower! ha! I did that with Rachel (Finding Joy) too and various other random bloggers. I know… I'm just one odd duck aren't I? hee hee

    I hear ya on this post. I'm a sporadic quiet timer. Truth is, it's never quiet here. I blog late after the kids are in bed so it doesn't interrupt my time with them during the day. So, I don't get up until 7:00 or 7:30 – which happens to be WITH the kids. What I like to do is have my bible reading time with my little boys and then we pray together. Then when I'm laying down with Harry… or outside catching some sunshine… or driving somewhere alone (rare occurrence)… or showering… I pray alone.

    I hear you though, it does take EFFORT and I know God blesses those efforts. We are such weak, fickle people. We just can't help it can we? I absolutely love Paul's statement that basically says (in paraphrase) I can't seem to do what I want to do and I always do what I don't want to do. UGH! I can hear his frustration! Yet, knowing Paul – the marvelous man of God struggled, it makes me realize that we have something wonderful awaiting us in heaven, but for now… it's just always going to be a fight – a fight worth fighting though!

    Okay, that was my official comment for the morning. I must move to my house and fam now.

    Love ya.
    Lynnette

  37. I agree that mornings just seem to be best as far as starting the day off right. I love to watch the sun rise as I read God's Word and chat with Him. Now — before you think I've got it all together (ha), I don't do this as often as I should Even now I hear the birds chirping and I'm being drawn to my deck.

    I know what you're saying Barbie. I feel the same way. So many times my priorities seem out of whack. Sleep vs. spending time with Jesus. Doesn't that seem like such an obvious choice: Jesus! Well … it doesn't always happen that way. Sigh.

    Love & hugs,
    Beth

  38. I agree that mornings just seem to be best as far as starting the day off right. I love to watch the sun rise as I read God's Word and chat with Him. Now — before you think I've got it all together (ha), I don't do this as often as I should Even now I hear the birds chirping and I'm being drawn to my deck.

    I know what you're saying Barbie. I feel the same way. So many times my priorities seem out of whack. Sleep vs. spending time with Jesus. Doesn't that seem like such an obvious choice: Jesus! Well … it doesn't always happen that way. Sigh.

    Love & hugs,
    Beth

  39. I agree that mornings just seem to be best as far as starting the day off right. I love to watch the sun rise as I read God's Word and chat with Him. Now — before you think I've got it all together (ha), I don't do this as often as I should Even now I hear the birds chirping and I'm being drawn to my deck.

    I know what you're saying Barbie. I feel the same way. So many times my priorities seem out of whack. Sleep vs. spending time with Jesus. Doesn't that seem like such an obvious choice: Jesus! Well … it doesn't always happen that way. Sigh.

    Love & hugs,
    Beth

  40. I agree that mornings just seem to be best as far as starting the day off right. I love to watch the sun rise as I read God's Word and chat with Him. Now — before you think I've got it all together (ha), I don't do this as often as I should Even now I hear the birds chirping and I'm being drawn to my deck.

    I know what you're saying Barbie. I feel the same way. So many times my priorities seem out of whack. Sleep vs. spending time with Jesus. Doesn't that seem like such an obvious choice: Jesus! Well … it doesn't always happen that way. Sigh.

    Love & hugs,
    Beth

  41. HI! And nice to meet you! Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday! I so often say that I can't find true quiet time with the Lord bc of crazy kiddos and schedules but a lot of times I too don't take the necessary steps of waking up earlier! Thanks for sharing your heart and for the challenge!

  42. HI! And nice to meet you! Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday! I so often say that I can't find true quiet time with the Lord bc of crazy kiddos and schedules but a lot of times I too don't take the necessary steps of waking up earlier! Thanks for sharing your heart and for the challenge!

  43. HI! And nice to meet you! Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday! I so often say that I can't find true quiet time with the Lord bc of crazy kiddos and schedules but a lot of times I too don't take the necessary steps of waking up earlier! Thanks for sharing your heart and for the challenge!

  44. HI! And nice to meet you! Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday! I so often say that I can't find true quiet time with the Lord bc of crazy kiddos and schedules but a lot of times I too don't take the necessary steps of waking up earlier! Thanks for sharing your heart and for the challenge!

  45. I have the same struggle, Barbie. Everything else just seems so much more important at the moment, and I think "I'll pray and talk to God later." Of course, that's a horrible habit to make. I think we all need to work to be like those moms that you talked about that pray to God during every moment of the day, no matter what we are doing. Then He will not seem so much like the forgotten boyfriend but rather, the always-constant husband.

    Love in Christ,
    Lizzy

  46. I have the same struggle, Barbie. Everything else just seems so much more important at the moment, and I think "I'll pray and talk to God later." Of course, that's a horrible habit to make. I think we all need to work to be like those moms that you talked about that pray to God during every moment of the day, no matter what we are doing. Then He will not seem so much like the forgotten boyfriend but rather, the always-constant husband.

    Love in Christ,
    Lizzy

  47. I have the same struggle, Barbie. Everything else just seems so much more important at the moment, and I think "I'll pray and talk to God later." Of course, that's a horrible habit to make. I think we all need to work to be like those moms that you talked about that pray to God during every moment of the day, no matter what we are doing. Then He will not seem so much like the forgotten boyfriend but rather, the always-constant husband.

    Love in Christ,
    Lizzy

  48. I have the same struggle, Barbie. Everything else just seems so much more important at the moment, and I think "I'll pray and talk to God later." Of course, that's a horrible habit to make. I think we all need to work to be like those moms that you talked about that pray to God during every moment of the day, no matter what we are doing. Then He will not seem so much like the forgotten boyfriend but rather, the always-constant husband.

    Love in Christ,
    Lizzy

  49. I have been struggling with the loss of my mom and my precious son being away from me. Everytime I come to the Lord I just cry and don't know what else to say.

    I know He knows my heart. There is so much pain right now.

  50. I have been struggling with the loss of my mom and my precious son being away from me. Everytime I come to the Lord I just cry and don't know what else to say.

    I know He knows my heart. There is so much pain right now.

  51. I have been struggling with the loss of my mom and my precious son being away from me. Everytime I come to the Lord I just cry and don't know what else to say.

    I know He knows my heart. There is so much pain right now.

  52. I have been struggling with the loss of my mom and my precious son being away from me. Everytime I come to the Lord I just cry and don't know what else to say.

    I know He knows my heart. There is so much pain right now.

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