Why Bother Praying?

My husband was a rockstar the other day and volunteered to come home from work to care for our little guy who was sick so my daughter and I could have our date to Boston for the Carrie Underwood concert.

I was grateful but also somewhat disappointed.  Why?  Because I like my comfort zone.  The past few times I have gone away I realized it takes me about 24 hours to settle into my new space.  I think it is because at home there is a sense of control as to what happens next.  When I am not in my routine or in my core space, the unknown of what could be gets me unnerved.  

As unnerved as I was taking my daughter to the city by myself, I wasn't going to let fear stop me from making this memory with her.  What did I do to conquer my fears?  I prayed and prayed and prayed.  I did my best to see clearly and gain perspective so I could be more at peace during this time with her.

I prayed through every irrational thought holding tight to the truth that this experience with my daughter was a gift and to treasure every moment of it.  I refused to let fear and anxiety take hold of my heart and mind…but it was hard.  The negative thoughts flooded in and I had to challenge each one with a positive thought to counteract it.  It was exhausting, but worth it.  Even when my daughter said nonchalantly, "Mom, we are so high up in these seats, if there was an earthquake we would die"  I responded calmly, "yep I thought that too" and laughed with her while my nerves were quaking within...so I  talked with God a little more:-)

The old me would have told my daughter I didn't feel well and would have made us go back to our hotel room so I could go to sleep so the next day could come sooner.  

The power of prayer has changed and empowered me to live fearlessly.  It doesn't mean I don't mingle with fear, but I won't allow it to dictate my experiences.  I will allow the strength I receive through prayer to provide me with what I need to live a full life, and experience things to their fullest.

Prayer changes me from a fearful person to a woman of faith who trusts that I was made strong enough to tackle any experience with grace and resiliency.

I share this with you because I am not unique, I am the same as you and the power of prayer can change our experiences.

I offer for you to think about something in your life that you are struggling with...

Pause. Breathe. Pray.

Trust that prayer can refine and strengthen you to face any struggle life has.  Allow prayer to change you and then become a vessel for which change happens through.

On my date with Kate I could have allowed fear to overcome me.  Instead I hope someday she will read this post and see that prayer transformed our experience together to be the amazing time it was:-)

Be well,

Shawn