It happens to the best of us. We are in love with God, but the busy schedules we set for ourselves intrude. The next thing we know, it has been weeks since we sat down to pray. Time has the ability to slip away from us. Here are seven ways to improve your prayer life over the next week.
Put down the technology. I am a techno-junkie to end all techno-junkies. I usually have my iPhone, iPad, and laptop all within arm’s reach at any given moment. I work online, socialize online, shop online, and learn online. And there are positives to that. But it also means I’m dividing my time and attention 10 different ways at once. And recently, it has become clear that multi-tasking does not help us at all. This means putting aside the tablet, and sitting at the table of our Father in Heaven, if we really want to improve our prayer life. Challenge yourself on day 1 to find a quiet place far from any technology to spend a little time praying. At first, your information addicted brain may get a little bored, but let the quiet was over your soul. And let God speak right to your heart.
Get rid of the clock. We live by our clocks and watches. Every second of every day seems, sometimes, to be scheduled. And having your time organized and allotted can be good. But, not for your prayer life. Rather than sitting through your prayer time glancing at your watch every 5 seconds, go in with mindset that you’ll stay without a thought to time. Move your focus from how long this will take, to how much God you really want.
The most important, (and let me tell ya, the most addictive) part of knitting is the yarn. Soft, sumptuous, and sometimes, reasonably affordable. I have went home with a skein simply because of the color and the softness, with no project in mind. She who dies with the most yarn wins!
So, let me first say, you have been warned. Go ahead, clear out a closet now. You’ll eventually want the free space. OK, I may be exaggerating a little. Not everyone uses a whole closet. Anyways, yarn comes in a variety of weights.
Have you ever wanted to knit, but thought:
- I don’t have any talent. And it looks so complicated! I could never do that.
- I don’t have time for that. It looks fun. Even relaxing! But I barely have time to eat, much less knit.
- I don’t have any patience for something like that.
- Knitting does not require talent, and starts out simple. If you want to do more complicated patterns, go ahead. Otherwise, you can keep things simple.
- Knitting is the ultimate portable craft. Small projects, like gloves, socks, hats, scarves, etc, fit in a purse and can make the wait at doctor’s offices go much more quickly. Knitting can be done while watching TV, and at least you have something to show for your time on the couch. It even travels well, whether your on a road trip or earning miles on an air flight.
- Knitting does not take patience. I would say I am the least patient person, and I often say that knitting keeps me from killing someone when I am impatient. I don’t have the patience to wait. Knitting fills in that time, and I stay happy.
So, how do I get started?
Stay tuned for my series on DIY Knitting! This week, I will cover yarns and knitting needles – the basic items needed to start knitting. Then, next week, I’ll post a simple pattern, and teach you to start the project. By the end of September, you will be knitting and have a finished item to show for it! Are you ready?