Jun 6, 2012

Wednesday SHINE....

Today's Reading: Job 35

Happy Worship Wednesday, SHINE girls! 

Wow, what a difference a little "intentional" makes in your week! 

I have, on purpose, been seeking the Lord more in my days. Praying more and taking the time to slow down and hear Him speak to me. 

I emailed a few friends yesterday and challenged them to be intentional in their prayer time that day. God has been hammering my heart with this word, intentional.

So, all day yesterday I programmed my mind and my heart to focus on prayer. It's incredible how a little re-programming can change your day!

Here's how my day looked:

  • I got a little anxious a few times= i prayed.
  • I got a little down and sad a few times=i prayed.
  • I got a little frustrated because I have not been able to work-out at all this week=i prayed.
  • My mind started worrying over a few friends and family members=i prayed.
  • I was agitated with my sweet Lem about some things=i prayed.
  • My children were fussing=i prayed.
  • Anxiety kicked in again=i prayed.

Girls, what a difference prayer made in my day! I wonder if I had not challenged myself and my friends to be intentional in their/our praying that day, if my day would have turned out a whole lot different. 

When I prayed, my mind and my heart were focused on HIM and not my circumstances. It's true.

So, my challenge for you today is this: Be intentional in your prayer time. All day.

For my friends who did this challenge yesterday with me, do it again.

Yes, I realize that it's not Friday, when we usually have our challenge. It's okay. We will have one on Friday as well. :-)

Listen though--you do NOT have to be on your knees, hands clasped, eyes closed to pray throughout the day! Although, it is great if you do...you can also pray in your car, as you work, as you clean, as you play with your babies, you can pray anywhere at any time!! How cool is that?!

That's the beauty of our relationship with Jesus! He's our best friend! We don't have to be all perfect and poised while praying...just talk to Him. Wherever you are.

Go out today and be intentional in your prayers! Set a reminder on your phone if you have to! Just Pray!

I love you and I am praying for YOU!

"pray without ceasing." 1 Thessalonians 5:17

not ceasing,

jill



3 comments:

Anonymous said...

one of my favorite ways to pray is when i'm folding clothes. not my favorite thing to do, but it takes the focus off of the work and puts it on the person whom i'm serving through folding their clothes. each shirt, pants, etc i try to pray over that person in my family. this is not an every day thing, but the times i do it my time is changed. usually ends me up in a puddle of tears. praying through out the day makes the day meaningful, powerful, red bird moments. do it friends, you will see a change:)
love,
erin spinks

Neodesha Hendley said...
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Neodesha Hendley said...

Jill you are amazing! I've been slacking in my commitment to SHINE girls since we started Job- work got busy, kids got busy, blah, blah, blah.

But I'm in Lynchburg, VA for 2 weeks taking classes for my doctorate at Liberty University (a Christian University) and God has given me time, so I have NO excuse.

I read your blog yesterday about being intentional and as always when I read your blog, it's about me. I will be INTENTIONAL in my walk with Jesus.

Y'all pray for me & my family while I'm traveling and away from my family and for during this 2-3 year process.

Thanks,
Neodesha Hendley

PS- It's an absolutely AMAZING experience to be here in the midst of fellow saints. We have devotion and prayer before EVERY class!!! Praise the Lord!!

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