How do you keep prayer in your day?

Kate - posted on 02/11/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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A while back, I had the idea to offer up 'apron prayers' - I put a little note in my apron pocket reminding me to pray for other SAHMs, and then anytime I put on or took off my apron, I would feel/hear the paper crinkling in the pocket and say a short little prayer offering up my work and daily trials for the petitions, prayers, and intentions of SAHMs trying to live a life of holiness.

Now, I am ROTTEN at remembering to pray everyday (outside of mealtimes) and it is really hard for me to start any sort of routine. But this really helped me get in a better habit of prayer because it was something I did everyday already, and I was able to make it a reminder.

I've been trying to think of other ways to incorporate prayer into the daily in and outs of my life, and I was wondering how you ladies do it. How do you make time for prayer in the midst of all the other Mom stuff?

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Maria - posted on 04/01/2014

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Do not forget that doing your daily tasks is also a form of prayer. Rendering service to your family and others, as long as these are done out of love, are pleasing offerings to God.

Also, being alone with God without saying anything is prayer. Remember that He knows what you want and what you need even your you ask for them. It is great to end the day with, "Oh dear Lord, thank for your this day..." and then just breathe and let Him hold you in the refuge of his Sacred Heart.

But you are right, it is a challenge to find that small window of time to recite daily prayers. But what worked for me is setting a fixed hour or even 20 minutes. I made sure that everyone in the family knew that this MY TIME with God so that no one will bother me. This way, I also subtly reminded them of the importance of prayer.

Alicia - posted on 08/02/2013

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I was really good at praying the Divine Offices 3x a day when I was a SAHM. Once I went back to work, I got off-track, even with reminders on my iPhone : (

Stephanie - posted on 11/04/2012

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Singing is great! When you sing you're praying twice, too!

Also, when I hear sirens or see an ambulance or anything like that, I pray for those people.

Also, asking our Blessed Mother to preserve us from the stain of mortal sin each morning and night with 3 hail mary's, 1 in honor of each the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Every time I pass a cemetery pray the "Eternal Rest" prayer.

Attach prayers to things you do normally or when you think of people you love, or see something bad happen. It's hard to remember some days, I know.

I set my cell phone to alarm everyday at 3 pm so I can remember Jesus Christ crucified.

Offer yourself to God each day, as many times as you can remember.

Also, Spiritual Communion is powerful. When you get to Heaven there will be 2 cups, 1 with your communions, 1 with spiritual communions.

Put holy cards around your house like images of the Sacred Heart of Jesus or the saints and when you see them you will remember to pray. Also, statues near the entrances of your home are very good.

God bless!

Karen - posted on 06/20/2012

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Ummm, I am kind of astounded at some of the responses. Are we not Catholic? Prayer should be a big part of our days! When you get up in the morning say the 'morning offering' with the children, say 'grace' before each meal and always say the rosary every evening.

Nelly - posted on 01/01/2012

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We pray first thing in the morning b4 meals and b4 bed we also listen 2 alot of christian music

Maria - posted on 10/08/2009

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I taught my kids to pray in the morning when they get up, at meals and at bedtime. We also pray on the road. I say a little prayer to Jesus of Nazarene that my mom taught me on the road wherever I am.

Laura - posted on 08/12/2009

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I'm trying to teach my 4 year old to pray throughout the day-not just bedtime or meals. If we are on the road and see an accident we always say a prayer for anyone who may need help, for those helping(police and firemen) and we express our gratitude for our safety. It usually leads to other random things we are thankful for as well-our car, the job i have to pay for our car, etc.. We also love to sing hymns in the house and car. When Katie was 2 she wanted desperately to learn the prayers at church and she would beg me to repeat the prayers over and over again. we would drive around praying the rosary with her big chuncky roasary beads. I am so proud that at 4 she can actually participate in mass and gets excited when she knows a response!!

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I do a lot of the same things to keep my spiritual life flowing. I take a class that is free through our Archdiocese on-line. I am taking Moral Theology this semester/summer session. I need to be better at reading the Sunday readings with my children. We were trying to read them during the week before Sunday. Praying the rosary on my IPOD while working out is often the only time I can get exercise in and prayer. I have been bad about this since I have been pregnant, but we have been trying to say one decade of the rosary at bedtime once a week with our 7,5,3 year old girls. They usually pray with us until they fall asleep and we finish up where they stop.

Alicia - posted on 07/10/2009

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 Needless to say, it was a book that I read that re-convicted me about the need and importance of daily prayer.


Tami, might I ask which book? I could certainly use some help, BIG TIME, in this department.


 

Angela - posted on 07/09/2009

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I pray in the morning before getting out of bed, in the evening before falling asleep, and with my children when tucking them in bed, but what I love and what has helped me most lately in keeping connected to God throughout my day is praying in the car. My kids (and husband whenever he is not at work) and I talk so much in the car, and so often through our discussions it reminds me of things I am thankful for, or people I need to be praying for, so instead of waiting until bedtime, I pray right then. At first I prayed silently, but then I started including the whole family, and I love it. It's strengthening all of our faith, and I think it's helping to reinforce the power of prayer in my children, particularly my youngest who is only 5. Now they will add their own prayers, rather than just me praying. It is bringing our family closer together, and closer to God.

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Quoting DeAnna:

I sing! I frequently listen to Christian Radio (WAY-FM), it's available nationally and online. I use song as a means of prayer through out the day. I do want to share a wonderful blessing I know must come from the holy spirit. Every morning, I wake up with a hymm in my mind and usually humm it or sing it through out the morning. The hymms are usually traditional from Mass. I wish I knew all the words! :)



I listen to KLove Radio here in VA and it reminds me to pray while they pray for something/someone and also pray when the news is on for the current events going on in the world. I like the idea of singing a hymn in the morning to get up and I pray the rosary at night before I fall asleep, sometimes with the rosary in my hand.

Tami - posted on 02/11/2009

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I just have one 21-month old son so I have a lot more down time than mothers with more - and older - children. But I've disciplined myself to pray while my son takes his nap.



For quite awhile I wasn't praying regularly and when nap time came, I just wanted to get the house picked up or cleaned or "play" on the computer. So it's been an inner struggle against my own will to not do those things that I FEEL like doing, but rather doing what I KNOW I should be doing first!! And then, after I'm finished praying, and if my son is still sleeping (which he normally is), then I do the things that I want to do before he wakes up. I've just made prayer my first priority during that time period.



For me, spiritual reading is what keeps me focused and inspired/motivated to live out my faith (and grow in my faith!!). When I'm not doing any spiritual reading (even just 10 minutes a day), it usually follows that my prayer life goes out the window. Needless to say, it was a book that I read that re-convicted me about the need and importance of daily prayer.

DeAnna - posted on 02/11/2009

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I sing! I frequently listen to Christian Radio (WAY-FM), it's available nationally and online. I use song as a means of prayer through out the day. I do want to share a wonderful blessing I know must come from the holy spirit. Every morning, I wake up with a hymm in my mind and usually humm it or sing it through out the morning. The hymms are usually traditional from Mass. I wish I knew all the words! :)

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