Dear friend, guard Clear Thinking and Common Sense with your life;
don’t for a minute lose sight of them.
They’ll keep your soul alive and well,
they’ll keep you fit and attractive.
You’ll travel safely,
you’ll neither tire nor trip.
You’ll take afternoon naps without a worry,
you’ll enjoy a good night’s sleep.
No need to panic over alarms or surprises,
or predictions that doomsday’s just around the corner,
Because God will be right there with you;
he’ll keep you safe and sound. (The Message, Proverbs 21-26)
Dear Jesus, You know I'm tired. And you know that when I am tired I'm not clear-headed. I'm not patient. I'm not prudent. I have very little sense at all. Please override every system in my body that is telling me to press on now and sleep later. Dear God, please propel me towards a nap and then, tonight, a good night's sleep.
It's common sense to sleep when you're tired and to eat when you're hungry. Why do we think that the more intense our life is, the more we should press on around common sense and cheat clear thinking? Seriously, sleep. You'll be glad you did and so will everyone around you.
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Motherhood can feel like the loneliest vocation in the world. Surrounded by children, who frequently bring us to our knees, both literally and figuratively, we can be overwhelmed by isolation. Mothers need community. We can be community for one another. We can encourage on another and hold each other accountable. If you like these short devotions, please share the image and send another woman here. And when you're here, please take a moment to pray with another mother who is visiting. Leave a comment and when you do, pray for the woman whose comment is just above yours. Just a moment--blessed--will begin to build community.
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 #morningrun.