Raising Kids, Homeschooling, Trying to be Financially Healthy
I guess the movie War Room came around at the right time. While I have spent my whole life praying, my prayers are often more like a quick text to God than a down on my knees passionate cry for help. However, the times that I have reached that point of humble pleading (like when my sister was days from death in full liver failure), are the times that I have seen God work the most in my life (she mysteriously recovered fully without transplant or other intervention). I had already been wakened to the need to become a so called "prayer warrior" or as I like to think of it, a prayer ninja. I have come to realize that it is essential for me to ramp up this part of my life. The movie was a starting point for inspiration but for further inertia, I started reading Fervent by Priscilla Shirer, which was inspired by the movie, and a very cheap prayer journal. I cannot tell you how cathartic it is to just write it all out. I can work on reducing my bills, I can get creative, and I can cut corners, but if I don't have peace of mind and God-given wisdom, it won't matter. In addition to prayers and scripture, I also wrote out the lyrics to Oceans by Hillsong. This song suddenly keeps appearing. They sang it for the first time at my church this Sunday and at the same time, half a country away, my niece was apparently leading the same song at her church. I have heard the song before but suddenly the words pierce my heart. I can focus on upcoming changes and impending doom, or I can focus on all things good and lovely that give me hope, faith and a future. I chose the latter.