Friday, October 3, 2014

7 Quick Takes - Prayer Struggles, Packers, and Fall Colors

Bond falls, Upper Peninsula, Michigan
Lots on mind lately, here's a little peak. Also, more Quick Takes at Conversion Diary.

1. Coming Clean about My Prayer Life - I'm struggling with my prayer life over here. I try to get have a prayer time before work each day, but I cut my time short by sleeping too late or checking email on my phone. Ugh. When I do sit down to pray my mind wanders. I read some scripture and a psalm but have no idea what I've even read. It's like in one ear, and out the other. I use Magnificat and In Conversation with God reflections, but feel like I never get deeper than reading the Gospel, a meditation, and offering up a few intentions to God. I want to go deeper with God. At other times in life I have had a more fruitful prayer life, but right now I feel stuck. I recently decided to get to daily mass a few more times a week, so hopefully that will help.

2. A Rule of Thumb for Prayer - A priest shared a simple suggestion for making time for God. He suggested starting with 15 minutes of prayer each day. After two weeks increase that by 5 minutes for two more weeks. Then, slowly add a few minutes each week until I get to one minute of prayer, for how many years old I am. For me that is 32. While 32 minutes is not much time when it comes to spending time in prayer, for me this seems like a long time. I know it is something I can do, but I'm going to need lots of grace.

3. Prayer for Vocations - We visited a parish out of town. In the pews was a beautiful holy card with a prayer for vocations. The prayer is below. I love how it asks God for an increase in religious vocations and also mentions married and single vocations. I was reminded that marriage is an important vocation, with or without children.

A Prayer for Vocations
Heavenly Father, bless Your Church
with an abundance of holy and zealous 
priests, deacons, brothers and sisters.
Give those You have called to the married state
 and those You have chosen to live as single persons in the world
 the special graces that their lives require.
Form us all in the likeness of Your Son
 so that in Him, with Him and through Him
 we may love You more deeply
 and serve You more faithfully, always and everywhere. 
With Mary we ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

4. Packer Game - I am a MAJOR Packer fan.  When I was twelve I wrote in to have my name added to the season ticket waiting list. My name should come up in my mid-fifties, which is awesome (At this point, those whose names are added now will pass away before becoming season ticket holders). A few weeks ago, Mike and I got a last minute chance to buy Packers tickets from a friend. We went to our first game together at Lambeau Field. It was a great day and a great game!


5. Fall is Here! - It's my favorite season! We spent a few days in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan celebrating our sixth anniversary. The fall colors were amazing. My husband is even more amazing. So grateful for six years with such a good man.



6. Milestones - As we celebrate our sixth anniversary, we are also marking five years trying to conceive. This is a weird milestone. It feels surreal. Five years ago I never ever thought, in a million years, that we would reach this point and still be childless. Thankfully we are making some progress on adoption, but there is still an ache deep within (sometimes it feels physical) to bear children.

7. Wisdom from the Ages - Mike and I visit our hospital once a month and bring communion to Catholic patients. Last month as we were visiting with a dear lady and I complimented her on how young she looked (She was in her early 70s). She responded that her secret was to stay positive. She said that life was too short to get depressed about things that go wrong. Staying positive kept her young. What a dear lady! So thankful for her words of wisdom!

Bonus: Our home-study home visit is this upcoming week. It's our last social worker meeting! Also, we encountered another potential adoption delay, and are deciding how to proceed in response to it. We need prayers for direction. Hope to have an update and more news soon.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a blessed weekend!

14 comments:

  1. So glad you were able to get out an enjoy a game, and the beautiful fall weather! Prayers for you as you continue on this journey...as the title of your blog implies, you are certainly doing so with grace.

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    1. Awwww, thank you so much! That means a lot!

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  2. Oh no - another delay? You must be so frustrated. Prayers for you both! I hope the home-study visit goes well.

    I really liked how the prayer for vocations included married and single life, too. All vocations are important.

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    1. I know ugh. Basically we got an email from the agency /consultant we are working with that they have some misunderstandings with our state, so we either have to wait it out, or find another agency w/o a waiting list.

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  3. Ugh...delays are just so annoying...praying for you as you and your dh discern what to do next...I love the wisdom of "older" and wiser people. They have some good stuff to share and who doesn't feel better when one has a positive attitude? I know I do.

    I get the whole prayer life thing.... Somedays all I get out is a quick Our Father...and somedays I spend an hour or more in prayer and meditation. It's the meaningfulness of the prayers. I guess.

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one who struggles with prayer. Thank goodness for the wisdom of those who are older and wiser! :)

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  4. Great photos; I especially love the first one! I think you're doing the right thing with your prayers. Persistence is needed, that's definitely something I need to work on. Happy Anniversary!

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  5. #1 - that is so me…ugh…right there with you.
    #2 - never heard of that suggestion (pray a minute for each year of your age)…something that maybe I should strive for this month…but not all at one time, but throughout the day, I could see that possibly working. Good food for thought.
    #4 - You know I am right there with you on this one!!! Solidarity! Except, I have never been to a game at Lambeau. However, I did see the Packers / Vikings game at the Metrodome when Favre broke the all-time touchdown record that Dan Marino had held for years. That was pretty cool! I had gotten tickets last minute through work. I was working late on a Friday night and one of the VPs stopped by while I was talking with my boss and asked if anyone could use his tickets. My boss knew I was a die hard Packer fan, so graciously suggested I take the tickets. Umm…yeah! Greg and I were engaged at the time and he wore his Vikings stuff and I wore a Packer's shirt. We were sitting right next to another VP and his wife. The wife was from the Green Bay area and although it was a bit intimidating sitting next to them, we didn't talk about work at all (he was a VP of finance and I worked in finance as well at General Mills) and it was a GREAT game. Favre broke the record and the Packers won. Ahh…good memories. But I do hope to go to Lambeau one day as well.

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    1. Wow, that is so so so so so cool that you were able to go to such an epic game, and share it with your honey!! How amazing!

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  6. Happy 6th anniversary! It stinks when life doesn't look the way you thought it would when anniversaries or holidays roll around yet again, but your love is more than worth the celebration!! You two are a beautiful and strong couple; it brings me so much joy to witness. Also, I'm totally loving that rule of thumb for prayer and all the fantastic fall pictures! And that you got to go to the Packers game and you'll have season tickets in like 30 years. So cool!

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    1. You are so right, our love is worth celebration. :) I love it. What a good though.

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  7. Oh wow, you're seeing a lot more of Fall already than the East Coast is yet. Happy Anniversary :)

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  8. The fall photos are gorgeous! Happy Anniversary! I too have been struggling with prayer lately. I will pray for you to be more disciplined when I make that same prayer for myself!

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    1. Thank you so much, we can pray for each other!

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