Do you have a set prayer time each day? I’m thinking of individual time for you with God. Family prayer time (if you do that in your family) is great, but we all need to spend some quiet time with God one-on-one. Have you found that time for yourself and God in your daily life?
Maybe it’s first thing in the morning before the kids get out of bed. Maybe it’s in the evening after the kids are in bed. Maybe you offer little prayers or have brief moments to speak to God one-on-one at random moments throughout each day.
I’m curious to know what you do and why? Do you feel like prayer is a normal part of your day or are you just trying to fit it in? Prayer is an aspect of my faith life that I regularly struggle with. I’m guessing that I’m not alone.
I met someone once who talked about how she has an “appointment with God” each day. She would go to a local coffee shop each day with her Bible and spend an hour with Scripture and talking with God. Every day. I was so impressed with this commitment and have never forgotten how she talked about how much she looked forward to this time each day.
I know many women who rise early so they can spend time praying first thing in the morning. The stillness of the house while the children are asleep lends itself to a quiet way to begin the day with God by her side. I love the idea of this too, but I’m not a morning person, so I find it difficult to do myself.
I have tried different times of day for a regular daily prayer time with God. Evenings, my lunch break at work, even mornings. I always feel like I am trying to find a place to “fit prayer in.” I don’t like feeling like I’m only fitting God into my day. I want God to be a top priority in my everyday life.
So what has worked for you? How have you developed an appointment with God in your daily life?
Share your thoughts and stories in the comments.
Kerri Baunach is a Catholic wife and mother of three boys (plus three in heaven). She and her family live in beautiful central Kentucky where she is active in her church, a member of Cursillo, and a Benedictine Oblate. Kerri often writes on her Catholic faith, pregnancy loss, her kids, and pro-life issues. Kerri is a former music librarian (16 years) now stay-at-home mom, was a musician for over 20 years, loves taking her kids to the library (and loves that they love it), is passionately pro-life, can’t cook, and has lived in six states. In additional to writing at Catholic Sistas you can also find Kerri on her own blog at Journal of a Nobody.