Friday, March 18, 2016

Starting: Fervent Friday

One of the many reasons I haven’t been blogging as much (other than the normal time commitments of life as a working mom of two who doesn’t sleep and attempts to workout and cook a decent meal every now and then) is that I have been writing. 

But, not writing blog posts.

Instead, I have been writing my prayers. Writing letters to God, if you will.

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(Sometimes Ina writes next to me.)

A few of the girls in my small group and I have started reading Fervent, a “woman’s battle plan for serious, specific, and strategic prayer". The author, Priscilla Shirer, details 10 different areas of our lives as women (sorry men, although I have been reading a lot of it to Dan too) and suggests how to pray about them. 

She opens the book by telling the sweetest story of watching her grandmother write down her prayers for years so that she "won't forget.” So that she “won't forget who the real enemy is, won’t forget the One in whom your hope lies, won’t forget your real need and dependencies are, and later won’t forget how God responds."

She describes life as a battle, and let’s be real, it is. We are constantly fighting something, many times something that Satan is behind, and she encourages us to use prayer as our biggest weapon to fight. 

When I studied for a test in pharmacy school, the first thing I did was re-write my notes in combination with what I had read in the textbook. Once I had written them down in a way that I understood them, organized in the way that my mind worked, it was like I had written them in my brain. The same can be said for real life, often times I can’t work through a problem until I have my thoughts about it written out. Even this blog applies - I will have posts memorized for months after I write them. 

So it would make perfect sense that for me, and likely others too, writing out our prayers works. 

Also, I love to pray, and often set aside time to do so only to be distracted by something else or not really know how to go about it. However, writing gives me a purpose. It keeps me focused. It makes me finish. It forces me to reflect.

Because prayer can be an intimidating thing, I decided I would share parts of my prayers on each subject with you here every Friday for the next 10 Fridays. 

Here are what the next 10 weeks will look like:

  • Passion
  • Focus
  • Identity
  • Family
  • Past
  • Fears
  • Purity
  • Pressures
  • Hurts
  • Relationships

As you can see, things are about to get real up in here. Of course there are parts of my prayers that are super personal that I won’t be sharing, but I hope to show you what writing down your prayers can look like. If you want to join me in this study, I would be absolutely thrilled, please let me know! (You can buy the book here).

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and I look forward to taking this step of faith with you!

xxoo

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