Saturday, February 11, 2012

pray always

I am NOT a morning person.  Just ask the handsome man who greets me with a cheery "good morning" when I wake up every day and gets an unintelligible grunt in return.

It takes a hot shower to wake me up.  After that I can function.  If I don't take a shower, it takes about 2 hours for me to start doing something productive.

Because I wake up like I've been in a coma for 10 years, saying a morning prayer is pointless.  It really is.  I've tried and it just doesn't happen.  They go a little something like this:

"Heavenly Father, I thank thee for...doze off for a bit...wake up...Heavenly Father, I thank thee for...doze off a bit more...wake up...where was I?...doze off...wake Jesus' name, Amen."

Does that sound like a sincere prayer to you?  That's what I thought.

I don't recall ever saying a morning prayer last year and I wanted that to change.  I've been really lacking in the spiritual department so I made several goals to turn that around this year - including saying my morning prayers.

So I came up with a plan and made this:

I placed it right next to the front door and that's where I say my morning prayers now.

No, I'm not kneeling at my bedside a second after I've woken up, but I am alert and ready to start the day and I can say a prayer that is sincere and that my Creator can understand.

No matter how much of a rush I'm in to get out the door, I see this sign and remember it only takes a minutes to give thanks and to ask for blessings I desperately need.

Now, every morning before I head out the door for work I say my morning prayer.

And it feels good.