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Let’s take a moment to refresh our souls this week, month and year.
As I ask myself, “how can I “rejuvenate my prayer life” this year while twin toddlers are crawling on me
and my six year old still needs to learn how to tie his shoes . . .
I’ve come up with ways that can work in my busy life without requiring any drastic changes.
1. First, recognize that God is “among the pots and pans”.
God walks among the pots and pans”
is attributed to St. Teresa of Avila.
I’m so glad I came across those words of wisdom – probably while scrolling through Facebook or Instagram. What a beautiful reminder to stop, take a breath and know that even in mundane tasks, we are serving the Lord and loving our families. Just recognizing and thinking about that truth refreshes and relieves me. I hope it does the same for you.
2. Take comfort that a prayer is the “leap from your heart”. Prayers can be short but powerful!
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3. Add an additional prayer to your daily routine
Do you say “Grace Before Meals”? Do you pray before you go to sleep at night?
Even though I am in constant survival mode, I pray three prayers consistently every day.
Grace Before Meals, A Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and the Spiritual Adoption Prayer.
I am a hot mess, so if I can do this – so can you!
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4. Go to Eucharistic Adoration
Okay, the first two were fairly easy. This one requires us to make a bigger move.
I’m not sure when or how I will get to Adoration this week – but I’m determined to try and think of times I can make it happen. It’s been on my heart lately and I recently read an article that made me think about a post I wrote awhile back – Five Presents You Can Open in His Presence.
The article, titled “Why Adoration is Essential for the Soul and Body”,
sites and stresses how Adoration isn’t just good for our soul, but our physical health as well:
according to a study by Dr. Herbert Benson of the Harvard Medical School, people who pray enter a “relaxation response”. The body’s metabolism decreases, the heart rate slows, blood pressure goes down, and our breath becomes calmer and more regular. Our body responds to the state of our soul in the presence of God.
We’re so used to doing. When we’re with him in his presence, we need only be. He simply asks us to just exist before him. We don’t have to pray a certain way. We don’t have to say the right, holy thing. We just need to be, and he will take care of the rest. Are you in need of that rest?”
Read the whole article here: Why Adoration is Essential for the Soul and Body
I know you’re busy. I know I’m busy. But, I know I need to be the best version of myself. Adoration – and certainly spending time with Our Lord – helps us to be the best version of ourselves.
Adoration can be a place we pray by sitting in silence. It can be a place where we bring a prayer journal. It can even be a place you bring your colored pencils and an inspirational coloring page. So much healing, growing and renewal can happen in that little chapel. Let’s go – whether it’s for 10 minutes or an hour, let’s just do it.
And yes, you can go with children! Check out this amazing article from Sara over at ToJesusSincerely! Why (And How) to Bring Your Kids to Adoration
5. Embrace the Sacraments of Penance and Holy Eucharist
I still don’t want to go to confession.
But, at the same time, I do want to go. I look at it like a “grace vitamin”. Sure, I am not perfect and have sins to confess – but I always remember my mom telling me, “the Pope goes every day”. I don’t know if the Pope really went to confession every day – but, I still recall my Mom telling me that. I remember thinking, well he’s not sinning that much and he’s still going frequently.
Since I have an aversion to it, thinking about how it is a way to receive God’s grace in a special way draws me to it.
The act of going is an act of humility. The grace I receive is real and beautiful. The way it makes me look at my relationship with Jesus is illuminative.
When I asked a close friend, “how can you “rejuvenate” his or her faith”? She responded Adoration.
I said, I already have that one – got another answer?
She said, “daily Mass”.
I thought, that’s a great answer. So is simply:
“Go to Mass.”
I’m certain some people have falling out of the habit of going to Mass on Sundays and, we are creatures of habit. If you are one of those people, I urge you to go to Mass this Sunday. I encourage you to go to Confession first so that you can receive Jesus in the Eucharist.
Jesus truly thirsts for you in this way. Trust Him. He has a plan for you and our faith is rooted in His Real Presence in the Eucharist.
Every Gospel speaks of it.
He is the Bread of Life!
Let us all run to Him!