I wanted to share a little bit about the importance of Prayer in my life. Prayer is something that we can do anytime, anywhere throughout the day and night. However, for some reason, I seem to forget this at times and need to remind myself to pray. There are days when, without realizing it, I try to do life without it. It is during those times that I have to stop and remind myself that I need to take a moment and talk to God.
In doing so, I can begin to feel a calm and a peace that surpasses all understanding. When I make a conscious effort to start my day praying, I seem to be more focused and things go much smoother throughout the day. It helps me to gain perspective and to remember to take things slowly, a day at a time, a moment at a time. It is very comforting to know that God is near and He is with me, and He will never leave me.
"Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9
As I travel along the path of my new normal,since the loss of my beautiful daughter, Kayla, I sometimes feel lonely and alone, anxious and very heavyhearted. Losing our beautiful daughter has changed me and changed my life in so many ways. But, I always need to remember that God has not changed - I can still pray to Him for the strength and encouragement that I need to get through every moment and every day.
Sometimes it can be very hard to know what to pray or even how to do so. When in doubt about how to pray, The Lord's Prayer is a beautiful prayer to recite. Prayers of thankfulness and gratitude are very comforting, too - all of us have so much to be grateful and thankful for, but the horrible cloud of grief doesn't always allow us to see that truth.
While we can't change what happened to our beautiful and precious children and grandchildren, we can always pray. I think of the acronym, ASAP - "Always Say A Prayer". Life has been changed for each one of us and our new normal is not an easy one. Our hearts have a huge hole in them and we hurt and ache for our child/grandchild to be with us again. Some days can be painfully more difficult than others. But, if we can, we need to try to remember to ask God for His help, remember that He is with us and He will make the journey more tolerable and provide us with a peace and a hope that all will be well. "Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer."Romans 12:12
We can experience quiet conversations with God, and as a result may hear Him speak to us. By doing so, we can experience God's presence, support and His peace in all situations and circumstances.
"Never stop praying." 1 Thessalonians 5:17
It is my prayer for each one of you that is taking the time to read this, that if you are not already doing so, you will stop and talk to God and ask Him for his help and direction. "And the peace of God , which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:7
May God bless each one of you with His comfort, peace, strength and encouragement, as you travel along the grief journey.
Blessings and peace to you always,
"A Mom Like You"
Fort Collins, CO
"What wings are to a bird, and sails to a ship, so is prayer to the soul." -Corrie Ten Boom