"Truly it is a blessed thing to love on earth as we hope to love in Heaven, and to begin that friendship here which is to endure for ever there." --St. Francis de Sales
Friendship with Jesus. That’s my goal, to know Him as my friend. To live a holy friendship in step with him, to take him with me and share my life with Him. But mostly, to listen—to hear what He is whispering always in my ear.
I am grateful Lord, for your patient friendship. There are times when I am painfully aware of how I’ve failed my friends here on earth and how, even more, I fall short of your glory. Make me a better friend—to them and to you.
Every friendship requires focused time alone. Friendship with Jesus is no exception. Make a date with God today. Will you meet in a coffee shop? Take a walk together? Sit quietly in a chapel? Curl up on your couch? He'll be there; invite Him and give Him a heaping dose of quality time.
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.