SummaryIs God forgotten in the course of your busy day? Abby Sasscer has four simple ways to stay more connected to our Lord in the busyness of our daily lives.
Editors Note:Originally published February 16, 2015.
This is the second part in a series titled Making Relationships Matter
One of the things I want to focus on during this blessed season of Lent is to be more connected to our Lord in prayer throughout the day.
I find it so beautiful that our Catholic Faith provides us many daily devotions to help us develop a deep, intimate and personal relationship with our Lord.
These daily devotions may include The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Liturgy of the Hours (www.divineoffice.org), Scripture meditation, Quiet Time, The Angelus, Divine Mercy Chaplet, and of course, the Holy Rosary.
While I enjoy having quiet time and morning devotions before the littles wake up, I sometimes feel that I’m not as in touch with our Lord as I should be as the day progresses.
The ever constant demands of motherhood, homeschooling, and homemaking can sometimes leave me feeling weary despite the solace that our daily devotions provide.
I realized that the reason I feel so weary is that I forget to reach out to our Lord apart from our scheduled prayer times. Most of the time, I try to do everything on my own before I ask Him for much needed help.
Sometimes, I’m just so busy that I forget He is even there.
Four Simple Ways
Below are simple ways I’ve tried to stay more connected to our Lord throughout the course of the day:
1 . Turn Thoughts Into Prayer
Often times, I find myself thinking of my to-do list in the middle of my daily chores. Instead of constantly worrying about what I still need to get done, I turn my anxious thoughts into a short prayer: “Lord, Your will be done today” or “Help me to do my present task with love and devotion.”
In this way, my thoughts become an opportunity to have a much needed conversation with God.
2 . Be Still and Listen
There are plenty of times during the day that I get so overwhelmed with my duties that I don’t know what to do first.
While my first instinct is to constantly multi-task, I have to remind myself to slow down, be still and pray, “What do you want of me at this moment?”
Every time I pause and seek His guidance, our Lord seems to do a wonderful job of giving me the clarity of mind to prioritize and move forward with the tasks at hand.
3 . Surrender All to God
When I tend to worry about things I can’t control, I try my best to surrender everything to God. It’s not an easy feat as I have a tendency to want to solve everything on my own.
These simple words, “I surrender my All to You!” or “Please take care of this for me, Lord” gives me a deep sense of peace so I can focus more on being a wife and mother I’m meant to be.
If the thoughts keep returning, a Memorare (or two…or three) seem to do a beautiful job restoring the peace I so desperately need.
4 . Be Grateful
Despite the busyness of my daily life, there are many beautiful moments throughout the day that I seem to want to hold on to forever. The sight of my children praying as soon as they awake, the laughter I hear during playtime, or the caresses I receive from my littles are all glimpses of Heaven in my eyes.
In moments like these, the words “Thank You” doesn’t seem to be enough. Whenever I encounter these moments, all I can whisper is “I love you, too, my Lord.”
When we utter these words, it reminds us that these seemingly fleeting precious moments are simply His way of showing us how much He wants to be a part of our lives, how much He loves us, and how much He longs to be loved by us.
In Matthew 11:28, our sweet Savior reminds us:
“Come to me all you who labour and are burdened, and I will refresh you.”
He longs for us to come to Him. He longs for us to rest in Him.
He is ever ready to refresh us and give us strength for the journey… if only we let Him.
Jesus Prayer CC Waiting for the Word