Basically all people age 8-18 are in a bad mood this week. Why? School is officially back in session. We’re halfway through August already and many families are settling back down into the regular routine of the school year. You know the routine — the nice, quiet, calm rushing from school to work, from this practice to that practice, from this meeting to that meeting, from this event to the next and the list continues on for longer than we might like for it to continue.
We’re all busy. We all run short on time. As many settle back into the regular routine of things, why not take this time to take a step back and evaluate your routine? What clutter can you remove from your schedule? What things would you like to add to your routine?
In the midst of a crazy schedule, it’s a great idea to set aside some time for quiet prayer. Setting aside time for prayer each day keeps you centered on GOD — keeps your focus where it should be. Setting aside a time for prayer each day keeps you aware of the fact that GOD is near (Acts 17:27). Setting aside a time for prayer each day can rekindle the peace that passes all understanding when the stressors of life threaten to smolder that peace. Why not take a few minutes early in the morning for silent prayer? Why not take a few minutes on your lunch break? Why not take a few minutes in the evening? Why not sit down for prayer with the family?
There are countless spiritual blessings that can be born from simply setting aside a time for prayer in a busy schedule. If the schedule is too busy for a few minutes of prayer, the schedule is too busy.
…do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication and thanksgiving let your requests be made known to GOD. And the peace of GOD, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:6-7)