Prayer…with your eyes open!

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Ok, I need to admit…my life is crazy.  Incase any of you haven’t figured that out yet, it truly is crazy.  I have 4 boys and my oldest just turned 7.  So all day long, I run, clean, change diapers, break up fights, chase kids, cook, clean some more, unclog drains, unclog toilets, etc.  Just take a moment and picture it. So often I am just looking for peace and quiet.  Although I am realizing that peace and quiet is more of a dream than a reality.  Every morning when the alarm goes off, I jab and kick my husband to shut it off before the kids wake up.  You see, ALL 4 KIDS SLEEP IN MY ROOM!!! Yes, you read it correctly, and I have had the worst time with it! Benjamin who is 2 is in a crib right next to me.  Levi who is 3 is in a toddler bed on the floor.  Jude and Jacob share a room that they start out in, but each morning I wake up to Jude, Jacob and  Levi all in my bed.  If Benjamin wasn’t stuck in the crib I’m sure he would be in my bed too.  At first I was kind of lenient with them because I figured they are only young for a short time, I might as well let them sleep with us.  Ok, but now things are getting ridiculous.  Although I do love waking up to these little buggers whose mouths are drooling on my pillows. (honestly I do)

So each morning, I am poking and pushing my husband to tip toe out of our bedroom while the kids are still sleeping so that I can sneak downstairs and do my devotions before they wake up.  It’s strange though, as soon as my Bible opens, I hear footsteps on the stairs, and instead of walking down quietly, I hear “MOM!!!! are you down here?” Yes of course I’m down here, where else would I be.  So that creates like a domino effect and triggers the rest of the kids to get up.

So I usually end up turning on a quiet show for them to watch while I finish my reading and praying.  We pray together in the mornings, before meals, and before bed.  But who wants a deeper prayer life? I hope everyone is reading this has their hands raised.  We should all desire to go deeper with the Lord.  My husband is a pastor, which makes me by default , a pastor’s wife 🙂 So often, women that I talk to say that they want to have a better prayer life.  We all need it.  And if you think you don’t need it, then pinch yourself until you wake up.

As I was reading a devotional to my kids the other night, I read a quote at the bottom that said “So often we teach our kids to pray with their eyes closed, but make sure you teach them to pray also with their eyes open also because a lot of our prayers should be done with our eyes open.”  That caught my son’s ear because I am constantly telling him to close his eyes while we pray.

After I read that devotional, I thought a lot about it.  Here is the point he was making, we should be praying and talking to the Lord all day.  Pray while you are washing dishes, pray while your stirring your dinner on the stove, pray while you are driving, pray while you are walking to your mailbox, pray while you are folding the laundry, pray while you are vacuuming.  These are all things that take up a large majority of our day, and they can’t be done with our eyes closed, BUT we can still pray while we are doing these things.  You see dear sister, God wants our hearts, He wants us to know him.  You can’t know someone without talking to them.  He wants you and He wants me.  None of us will be able to stand before the Lord and say that we didn’t have enough time to pray.  Commit to finding times to pray throughout your day because when you long for Him, He fills you.  “Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, they shall be filled”

 

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  1. Courtney says:

    One of my biggest struggles!! Finding “time” to pray. I usually do most of my praying with my eyes open and sometimes put loud. I have a horrible attention span and so when I pray with my eyes closed, my mind wanders. I used to force myself to pray these long, unfocused prayers but the Lord showed me that He doesn’t want my prayers to be forced and long. He just wants my attention, whenever wherever. This is a busy season for us. And we wouldn’t change it for anything 🙂
    P.s. All 3 kids are in our bed. Lol. They have never been in a crib before. Ever. That wasn’t the plan but it worked out that way. We have a toddler bed in our room that sometimes they start out in but they always end up in our bed by morning 🙂

    • Courtney, I do understand what you mean with the attention span. I have figured out why I have a short attention span, it’s because we are moms, and we are always hurrying to get everything done. Instead of focusing on the Lord during our prayers, we are thinking of the next thing that we need to get done. Each morning I sit down and make a list of what I need to get done or anything else that I am thinking about so that I don’t forget, then I pray. It frees me up to focus more during my prayer time and not worry about what I need to do when I’m done praying. Give it a try and see if it helps.
      P.S. Why do we both have kids in our beds!!