To Remain in Him

Think

To remain in Jesus is to live a life of constant prayer. The doesn't mean that our heads are bowed and eyes are closed all the time. It means that praying is as constant as breathing, that we remain in dialogue with the Lord all the time. There is no part of our days that we don't give to Him and no thought that isn't part of a loving conversation with Him. Henri Nouwen writes, . "Prayer requires that we stand in God’s presence with open hands, naked and vulnerable, proclaiming to ourselves and to others that without God we can do nothing. This is difficult in a climate where the predominant counsel is ‘Do your best and God will do the rest.’ When life is divided into ‘our best’ and ‘God’s rest,’ we have turned prayer into a last resort to be used only when all our own resources are depleted. Then even the Lord has become the victim of our impatience.Discipleship does not mean to use God when we can no longer function ourselves. On the contrary, it means to recognize that we can do nothing at all, but that God can do everything through us. As disciples, we find not some but all of our strength, hope, courage, and confidence in God. Therefore, prayer must be our first concern."

 

Pray

Act

For a few minutes this morning, put aside your busyness and just be still with God. Not everything is pragmatic and measurable, not every act of love is an actual action. Just be a for  few minutes. Make yourself vulnerable; pour out all the little details and every concern. Do it as the first thing, not the last resort. Then, take that time together--that precious memory of intimacy-- and carry it with you all day. Bring it to mind again and again and bring God into every thought and every deed. Remain, all day, in Him.

 

I like to pray when I run in the morning. Often, I listen to Divine Office and pray Morning Prayer or the Office of Readings. Then, I just take up a conversation with God. I'd love to pray for you! Please leave your prayer requests below and we can pray for each other, no matter how we spend our morning prayer time. Meet me back here tomorrow and I'll share the ponderings from my morning run.

Morning Run

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So often, we begin our days with all the best of intentions. We have our lists and we say our prayers and we commit the whole thing to the Lord, hoping that we will do His will. And then someone drops an egg on the floor, and we realize that whoever was up for a midnight snack drank the last of the milk, and the details of the day sweep us up and into the world. 

It's not bad and it's not hopeless; it's just messy and busy. At midday, the Church invites us to pause, just for a few moments and to pray together for a holy re-setting. We invite God in to see the progress we've made and we ask Him to {gently} re-direct us where we've gone awry. We can come away from this midday prayer, refreshed and ready to take on the afternoon. 

Pray

The prayer above is from today's Divine Office. Just click the Daytime Prayer tab.

The prayer above is from today's Divine Office. Just click the Daytime Prayer tab.

Act

Make Midday Prayer your new habit. You can pray along with Divine Office--it doesn't take very long, fewer than ten minutes today. Or you can just closet yourself in your room with your Bible and let the Lord speak into your noontime. There is respite in that. It's actually a lovely habit for children as well, a chance to pause and give thanks and re-commit the day to the Creator. Give it a go! I think you'll be glad you did.

I like to pray when I run in the morning. Often, I listen to Divine Office and pray Morning Prayer or the Office of Readings. Then, I just take up a conversation with God. I'd love to pray for you! Please leave your prayer requests below and we can pray for each other, no matter how we spend our morning prayer time. Meet me back here tomorrow and I'll share the ponderings from my morning run. 

Christmas Pajamas Sew-Along (and a Giveaway)

It's almost Nutcracker time in our house and I'm looking at a costume list that rivals Santa's naughty and nice list. Mostly, there's lots of lace and tulle to be prettied up. But at the top of the list is the complete creation of three pairs of Christmas PJs. Once upon a time, on the day that Sarah was born and began her NICU adventure, twin boys were sent home after their NICU odyssey. They were the sons of Mary Beth's ballet teacher. Six years later, when Sarah was allowed to invite two friends to celebrate her birthday, she chose Brett and Dominic. They're best buddies from birth. Conveniently, they are all also tiny for their age and just about the same size. They will dance together during the party scene in the beginning, playing the roles of Clara's youngest siblings. (Yes, we make stuff up to suit our cuteness potential.)

Photo courtesy: Oliver + S

Photo courtesy: Oliver + S


Photo courtesy: Oliver + S

Photo courtesy: Oliver + S

So, three sets of Christmas pajamas--two for boys and one for a girl. I'll be using the Oliver + S Sleepover Pajamas pattern and fabric to be ordered tomorrow. No later. I'll be ordering from the Fat Quarter Shop. It doesn't necessarily have to be Christmas fabric, though there's lots to choose from in FQS Christmas Cloth Store. It could be red and green something else. Because FQS has super fast regular shipping, I know if I order tomorrow, it will be here by Friday and I can share it with you on Saturday's Needle & thREAD. I'm thinking about dots--red with green cuffs on Sarah and the reverse on the boys, maybe. And Sarah's will have ruffle trim. I'm going to use quilting cotton, because they have to dance in it, but flannel would be really nice.

Here's the deal: Help me find the fabric. Leave a link below with your suggestion and you will be entered to win $25 towards your own fabric purchase. But wait! There's more! As we sew along (I have to be finished the week before Thanksgiving), we can share our creations. At the end, all the sewalong participants will be eligible for a $50 giveaway from Fat Quarter  Shop. This a super quick turnaround on the first giveaway: winner announced this Saturday. And then, just a three week sewalong and another winner.

Who's in?

Leave a link below to a fabric selection at the Fat Quarter Shop and you'll be entered to win $25 towards your next purchase there. 

Happy 18th Birthday, Mary Beth

We have a tradition of birthday posts here. It's a tradition my children look forward to every year (and one for which I'm three behind this month, but there's grace...). We also have a slideshow tradition. For big birthdays or when someone is leaving home, there's a slideshow. It involves much sifting and sorting through all photos, mom laughing and crying at the discoveries of memories, and Mary Beth staying up late to pull it all together. 

Today is Mary Beth's birthday.

Someone else stayed up late with all the memories. The same guy who used to walk across the hall from his room to hers and stay up late talking about anything and everything. The brother who is her hero and the standard by which she subconsciously measures all other men. The one who left her without a best friend when he was called up to the National Team at 16 and went to live in Florida.  Her best friend is back in his place of honor again, and their constant banter continues, if from afar. With some help from the forces on the ground here at home, he created his very first Youtube video for his first little sister.

So, Bee, Happy Birthday from Patrick: