One area of my life I am actively seeking to improve is my personal prayer life. This has been such a struggle for me. I have absolutely no trouble talking to God throughout the day and praying with my kids, but trying to carve out personal and intentional prayer time has not been easy. Today I want to share with you my busy mom’s prayer routine and how I am working toward a more active prayer life.
One thing to note: I am a new Catholic, so you will see some Catholic things in my prayer time. I did spend 31 years of my life as a Protestant, so a lot of my prayer life carries over from that, as well. I honestly believe whether we come to God as Catholic or Protestant, He hears us.
Creating a Prayer Routine
Many believe the only time to do a prayer routine is in the morning. As a busy mom who doesn’t get up much earlier than my kids, I decided to shift my prayer time to the evenings when my husband is home and I can have some time to myself alone in my bedroom. I didn’t want to be rushed through my prayer routine in the mornings because of kids who wake up going 90 miles an hour and needing me. The evening is the perfect time for me.
Here is what is included in my prayer routine:
I start my prayer time with reading a chapter from the Bible. Right now I am reading through the Gospels. My current Bible is the Inspire journaling Bible. I do not have the Catholic version, but they do make one that I plan to get in the future.
I love using devotionals. They give me advice, encouraging words, and something to ponder. My current devotional is the Catholic Mom Prayer Companion.
Here are some other devotionals I have used:
I plan to add an actual monthly journal to my prayer routine in the future, for now I journal in my Abundant Grace devotional journal or right in my Inspire Bible. I use my Prismacolor colored pencils when coloring in my Bible.
I have started reading more and more now that my kids are getting older, so I’m adding spiritual books to my prayer time. I am currently reading Rediscover Jesus by Matthew Kelly and I love it! I’m almost finished, so I need to be on the lookout for my next book.
Some other books I’ve read and recommend:
As a new Catholic, I am learning all about the Rosary. I was so intimidated by the Rosary and had many misconceptions. I now understand why Catholics pray the rosary and I am trying to do it more and more often.
Prayer time ends with a bedtime prayer since I do my prayer routine in the evening. My bedtime prayers include praise and prayers for those important to me.
My Prayer Corner
I have a few different places I pray. One place is in my room in a chair by the window. I also have a little nook set up in my living room with an end table and my mother’s morning basket.
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