When I pray, I often feel overwhelmed by the shoulds. I feel like I should pray for so many things that sometimes (often) its easier to either not pray at all or just vomit out what's easiest or most pressing. Part of my problem is time management and when/how often I decide to pray, but also there are just so many things that need God's guidance, protection and help. And being the emotional person that I am, I want so many things to be solved or to flourish. So, while its not exactly a solution, I've come up with something to help me fight back the overwhelming shoulds.
On a semi-weekly basis, I hope to write about something I'm praying for and why I think its important. Hopefully instead of feeling obligated to pray for everything every time I pray, I'll be encouraged to spend several prayers and meditations on an individual matter, in hopes of even deeper comfort and answers. And if you'd like to join me in this, it can only help!
This week: Relationships
One of my first thoughts when I pray is often Randy and our marriage. I know first hand how volatile we can be unless we work at it so I'm always searching for extra protection. And I want that for my friends and family, in their marriages. But even further, I know how absolutely maddening it is to live in a world seemingly designed for the married when you're single. So, this prayer reaches beyond married or single and really is about our relationships with others. How we treat each other, being at peace with our life, how open we are to accept and receive others, faults and all. Friendships are hard, but so important. It's even about how we treat ourselves. I think you would agree that we all desperately need some help with our relationships. Well, this week(end), especially in light of Valentine's Day that brings so much pressure on us one way or another, I'm going to be praying about these things.