Stay-at-home-motherhood and intentional prayer are frequently more difficult than you would expect! Especially during the season of life with very small, very dependent little ones. We still have little to no consistent wake up time (although bedtime is rarely later than 7:00!) and every day has its own rhythm and sway. Since January, my prayer routine has hinged on three things: the Blessed Is She emailed devotionals, my Young and Wild Catholic Mamas Facebook group, and my car.
I kick off my mornings by feeding my little guy breakfast. While he is occupied with his finger-foods, I sit beside him and read the Blessed Is She devotional that is emailed to me each morning. The devotional is based off the readings that would be used at daily Mass or sometimes in reflection of a particular saint on their feast day. These devotionals are short and thought-provoking and I could not recommend Blessed Is She highly enough.
After reading the devotional, I try to pop onto Facebook and check in with a Catholic mamas group I belong to. There is a daily intentions thread that I add my own and read over, so that I can hold their intentions in my heart when I pray throughout my day. This group has been such a blessing these last few months; praying in solidarity with others is so nice when the majority of your day is spent with a little guy who can't talk yet! I also take time towards the end of my day, whether in bed or nursing, to go through and read each intention from the prayer thread. I offer a small prayer or prayerful thought (*intention*, Lord, hear our prayer) silently for each one. I often try to extend those intentions to encompass all who are struggling with PPD, for example, or with infertility. Regardless of the intention, taking time to pray for others has been added grace in my life that helps keeps me humble and focused on the a communal attitude towards faith rather than myself.
Thirdly, I take time to pray the Rosary in my car. I have a 25+ minute drive almost daily, which allows for plenty of time to pray the Rosary and intercede through several saints at the conclusion of it. I try to offer one decade for my husband and son and another in thanksgiving for God's many blessings. The other three may just be in adoration and/or supplication, or with other intentions in mind, like the intentions of close friends or family members.
Other ways I pray:
All in all, this season of life doesn't exactly allow for that early morning meditation and a cup of coffee, and when I prepare for bed, I find myself reaching for a novel rather than my Bible. There are certainly things to work on, but I also trust in God to give me the strength and grace I need every day. After all, holiness can be found the small, simple choices and tasks of life.
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