Can’t Monday come on another day?

What is it with me and Monday’s?  I take them so personally!  Like really, now!  It’s a bummer getting up after having the weekend off to enjoy being free.  I’m a baby!  I accept it!  Here’s what I meant to say…..I’m thankful for you Monday morning!  Glad I lived to see you….once again!   🙂

On another positive note, it’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day!  A day many young people just cannot grasp.  It’s a completely different world.  The time he invested working towards civil rights seems unreal.  His heartfelt desire was to see all people treated equal.  It’s almost too much to bear when I see anything that reflects that time.  I have trouble understanding how anyone could mistreat another because of the color of their skin.  It disgusts me and makes me feel embarrassed….even though, I had no part in it.  I feel the shame as if I did!  So again, thank you Lord for the life and legacy left by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  He continues to inspire me today more than 40 years after his death.

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. – John 15:12-13

I’m starting a new approach to my prayer life.  Our small group kicked off 2010 last night with a great lesson on talking to God.  Next week we’ll discuss “listening”!  I can’t wait!  I tend to do most of the talking in the majority of my relationships (something I’m working on…really).  So, I’m looking forward to sharpening my listening tools.

What about you?  Do you have a prayer plan?  If not, here are a few ideas to think on.

ACTS prayers!  I love this.  It really helps my all over the map brain stay on track.

A-Acknowledgement or Adoration (praise Him….adore Him and tell Him)
C-Confess (spill it!  say it!  get rid of it!)

T-Thanksgiving (thank Him for what He’s done for  you and going to do)

S-Supplication (ask Him for things….meet a need, health issues, friends/family)


Create a file system.  You’ll need 8 index cards or a folded piece of paper (folded in half and then again….8 boxes).  Name them.

Daily. Sunday. Monday. Tuesday……etc.  Then fill in your prayer plans for each of those days.  Stick to them.  A daily prayer need would be one that you need to focus time on each day.  The rest are your own to tackle as they come.  I like this one too.  I need structure.  Both of these prayer plans do that for me.  Give me a set direction to focus on.

But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.  Matt. 6:6

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