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9 months ago

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It’s Wednesday again, but I am doing things a bit differently. Usually, on Wednesdays, I post something on my Facebook page about prayer and gratitude. Often, I post late at night. (I am definitely a night owl.) Today I am posting early!

But as this post is titled, I am trying to find my way in this New Year. Well, not exactly. I am trying to find God’s way for me in this new calendar year. As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I had several unfinished projects in 2021. I felt very frustrated with myself. Yet, I was able to recognize God’s presence manifested in a new ministry opportunity and new titanium hip! God will often take us down paths that are unexpected.

“You will show me the path of life, abounding joy in your presence, the delights at your right hand forever.” Psalm 16:11

Still, I need to cooperate with God in all things. I need to seek His will through prayer. I need to make time to do the things He calls me to do (like trying The Bible in a Year podcast again but finishing it this time!) I also need to root out the various distractions that keep me away from His will for my life. How much time do I waste playing Wordscapes or Solitaire? Too much!

I was pondering the activities that are important to me. Church and family top the list, but how does that look on a daily basis? Since Bruce works second shift, we have breakfast together, then do Morning Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours, then (if I don’t have a therapy appointment) we play a couple of cribbage games. This allows us time to bond through our faith but also through recreation. It’s kind of funny thinking how cribbage (or rummy) has become such a staple in our life!

Later in the day, I add other devotional and study time, yet it has not been nearly as consistent as it ought to be. I believe one reason I have struggled is my tendency to sign up for so many things. Even being at home most of the time no longer matters. Zoom book clubs, Facebook live conferences, weekly podcasts, yada yada. There are so many things I want to soak up! I need to pace myself.

One thing I fully intend to continue is this weekly invitation to prayer. Some weeks, I see a lot of response, some weeks less so. That’s okay. I truly enjoy praying for family and friends throughout the week. Bruce and I pray for each person who comments or likes my FB post, understanding that God knows precisely what everyone needs. We are simply part of the Body of Christ, lifting others’ needs to heaven. I receive messages from people directly on my FB page, but also many privately through text or Messenger. You can contact me here, also, if you have any special prayer intentions.

Here’s hoping – and praying – for a fruitful and faithful year!

Kim Padan - Inspirational Speaker