Happy Saturday and happy new year! I haven’t been too active on the blog scene these past few months, so it feels really nice seeing the “New Post” screen again! My new year is off to a good but fast start! My husband, Matt, and I rang in the new year by going to dinner and a comedy show followed by Mass on New Years morning. It’s hard to believe it’s already the 9th of January – goodness!
I’ve never been the best at setting and keeping resolutions for the new year, so this year, I decided to keep my resolution simple:
Journal in my prayer journal each night before going to bed.
I’ve always been a journaler, and for the past few years, I’ve found it helpful to pray with a journal. In the morning while eating breakfast, I take notes on any words/lines from the daily readings, and at night before going to bed, I journal using the “P-A-L” format which I’ll explain in the next section!
If you haven’t heard of the “P-A-L” format, don’t worry, because it’s really nothing too groundbreaking, just a simple way to organize thoughts and prayer intentions. When I’m journaling under the “P” section, I write and reflect on praises and thanks from the days. Again, these can range from simply thanking God for my husband or family, but they are also sometimes incredibly basic such as thanking the Lord for a delicious dessert. 🙂 Head to #4 to read about the “A”…
To be totally honest, the “A” section is generally the category of prayer I feel like I spend the most time as this is the “asking” section. In this section I reflect and write about my intentions ranging from safe travels for family members to praying for a personal intention I may have stumbled across on a Blessed is She regional Facebook group post. Okay, I know you’re dying to read about the “L.”… 😉
After praising and asking it seems only fitting to listen (what the “L” stands for). During this time of my prayer I generally reread the day’s Gospel passage and try to relate it back to my day or any of my prayer intentions. This whole routine of prayer usually takes around 5-10 minutes, so if you’re looking to spice up your routine, I’d encourage you to try it out too! 🙂
Since I’m on the topic of prayer, I thought I’d share a great post I stumbled upon in which a Sister from the Dominican Sisters of Hope offers 6 ways to grow deeper in prayer. Some of her suggestions without spoiling her ideas include keeping a journal, adding movement to prayer, and staying disciplined. Do you have a prayer routine that you’d like to share or any tips that have helped you stay focused with prayer?
I’m going to leave you today with a song that’s been stuck in my head since my husband introduced me to it. It’s an awesome rendition of “Silent Night” by Marie Miller who is one of my favorite singers. I’ve literally been listening to it at least one time everyday on my drive to work. Any songs that you’ve had stuck in your head lately? I hope you have a fabulous weekend and stay safe and warm wherever you may be! 🙂
Hope you have a wonderful weekend! 🙂
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