Well, I am starting to get some good feedback on this little project I’ve started.  It is so exciting to hear others relating and deciding to join in!  So, I’m going to throw out a little challenge to hold you accountable too….

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Today’s goal, Pray out loud. 

Ok, so I know that this is a really obvious one for most people, but for our family it isn’t.  I didn’t grow up saying a prayer at meals or even when I went to bed.  I was always the one that would go to a friend’s house and start eating before I realized they were the “praying types.”  Then I wouldn’t be able to decide whether to gag up the food or let it continue to go down.  At the age of 13, I became a Christian, due to two great men, a young 14 year old Chad Wrisberg, who was my boyfriend at the time and then also his father Gary, who is a pastor, but my family still wasn’t the “praying type.”  So, I didn’t actively pray.

For the first 11 years of our marriage, Mark and I haven’t prayed out loud either on a regular basis either.  Now, I do actively pray.  But I was convicted of HOW I am praying in “Not a Fan.”  I pray at night, right before I go to sleep.  I have long conversations with God and I know he is listening….that is, unless I fall asleep.  And then I wake up the next morning and I might even apologize.  “Hey, God sorry I fell asleep. Thanks for loving me anyways!  You are awesome.”  Seriously, I do this.  I’m not joking. 

And, although I pray each night and have forever, no one really knows I do, not even my husband.    Hmmm…..What’s that saying to God?  I really, really believe in you but I don’t want anyone to know?  If I really, really believe in you, why aren’t I sharing you with, at the very least, the people that are closest to me?

Because it is out of my comfort zone.  I have never done it before, so it is easy to keep coasting down that road.  After all, I do pray.  I’m sure that a lot of people don’t even do that, right?  That might be right, but it’s pretty lame.  Comparing myself to people who don’t even pray doesn’t make me a great follower. 

Since this is a really important one, I am going to break this step down into two different days.  Today’s challenge is to pray out loud at meals and with my children.  Praying with and for other people will be on a different day.   So, for today, what keeps us, as a family, from praying at meals?  Well, who is going to say it?   What exactly do you say?  I’m going to go with, this…at this point, God probably just wants to hear someone say one.  Give it a go.  Say something, say anything.  It’s time to start moving down the continuum from fan to follower.  You don’t have to be perfect.  Now, maybe once you start saying them and you have recited the same thing 10 days in a row, you might consider thinking about what you are praying, but for now….let’s all just pray, out loud.  Ready, go! 

And, if you read yesterday’s, I’ll see you tomorrow morning at our virtual Bible study. 

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