How do you examine your life?
I have been thinking about that question for the past month or so. I could divide my life activities into categories, slices of life, layers, paths or any way that helps me evaluate how I am doing in this world. You may have a category for books and reading, hobbies, enjoyment, the spiritual life, whatever engages you the best in seeing yourself. I do admit that I am not in favor of categorizing my life. It leaves me open to behaving in one category without seeing how it effects me in the other categories. It’s the same as departmentalizing life.
I don’t like to see my spiritual life as a department or a layer at all but as an overall setting that defines me.
Right now I am struggling with prayer and with hobbies. Ya, I know that sounds funny. But everyone needs some recreation. And prayer is even more necessary.
I have played with a lot of hobbies in my life. Lately, I ‘m thinking about soap making. I don’t know what I will do with it but you can bet I will be clean. I will report more on that when I actually get working on it. Have any of you made soap before?
Do you have any helpful suggestions? Would you let me know what your hobby is and how you are doing on it?
Now, for part two. I am struggling for a deep prayer life. Because my pain is so intense, it is later in the day before I can get my mind wrapped around praying for anyone other than myself. Selfish, I know. And, I haven’t always been that way. I used to use my own pain as a reminder of others who are in pain or in a bad situation. I would like to get back to that stage. My morning prayer can stretch out to friends and family as I work to get my mind off myself. But generally not further than right now. That comes later in the day.
The Bible tells us to pray for everyone including the king (our president.) 1First of all, then,I urge that petitions, prayers, prayers for others, and thanksgiving be offered on behalf of everyone, for kings and all those in authority, so that we may lead tranquil and quiet lives in all godliness and dignity.… I Tim. 1-2
I especially like Luke 18:1 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that
they should always pray and not give up. . . .
Whenever I am weak in faith, I am reminded that Jesus knew we would all feel like giving up at times because our prayers are not being answered rapidly. So, I let his words remind me that he does hear me so I should keep on praying.
There are so many different kinds of prayer. Yet, generally, prayer is talking to God and we can do that any place any time. However, setting aside a specific time of day as an appointment to spend time with God can be compared to communication in a a marriage. You can call or text your spouse several times a day. But enjoying time over a meal to talk, going out on a date, or scheduling time together for intimacy is so much different from the casual phone call. That is very much like enjoying God’s presence in prayer. That is what I want to work on. It is essential to having a loving relationship with him. If like me, you are having difficulty maintaining your prayer life, let me know. We can pray for each other.
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