“Woke up, got out of bed, dragged a comb across my head…”

Habits. My dog, Lucy, allows me to get the paper before I feed her. She has me trained. We had a Lab that got the paper for us, but this one decided that was beneath her. While she eats I check my email to see how much money I have been granted from someone in a country I have never heard of, then Lucy goes outside while I read the sports. We each have our habits. I’ve been doing that for so long it seems impossible to change. I decided I want to get up and pray, then do the routine. That’s not working. Why can’t I make praying a habit?

My sister has a prayer chair, a rocker in a corner she sits in to read the bible and pray. I tend to pray constantly, all day long. I have a corner of my brain that is in communication with God all the time. Or so it seems. I want to be more intentional about praying, and I am practicing. By making time for prayer, making new habits, I have become very reflective of what habits I have and how much do I need them? The habit of impatience when I drive? I can make quite a list here, but upon reflection I have realized I’m ready to let some habits go, and start some new ones. Like praying, taking time to appreciate everything, and being content to trust in prayer.

John 14:13-14 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.

Dear God, help me to change my habits. To spend more time in prayer, to make more time for listening to you. I love you God, Amen.

Terry Luce

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