Stop, Drop, and … Pray!

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My mother’s at it again. I’m sitting looking at the mess on the floor underneath the highchair with a mixture of awe (how did Z make so much mess?) and horror (cleaning is going to be such a pain), when my mother swoops down with a wet towel, and the mess is gone. Before I can protest (Don’t! I’ll clean it!), she has already proceeded to lift the highchair table and is soaping it up in the sink. She is very efficient. I, on the other hand, feel sluggish so I give up and announce that I am going to take a nap. She doesn’t pay much attention, so I say that she should take one too. She insists that she doesn’t need one. I insist that naps are good for the soul to which she retorts that my soul must be perfect. Far from it.

Naps are amazing though. They can make your skin shinier, hair glossier, eyes awakier, etc! However, upon much dwelling and a class on prayer, I know that naps are good for the body, prayer the soul.

When we feel happy, sad, healed, broken, we need to stop, drop, and pray.

Before praying, we need to stop what we’re doing and take a few seconds to clear our minds.

Drop your phone/laptop/technology distraction (preferably place it gently on a high counter away from toddler, not literally drop it) and look away from our little white screens. Distractions such as email can wait, and iphones be gone!

And pray.

“…remember God standing, sitting, or [lying] on your sides” (Quran 4:103).

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2 responses »

  1. So true: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
    That is what it means to have real “peace of mind” right! I wrote a little bit about this in a review of Liam Bailey’s song Blind Faith which you can read here if you’re interested: http://calminthechaotic.wordpress.com/2011/07/18/liam-bailey-peace-of-mind/.

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