Thursday, January 14, 2010
I really feel inspired when I read these posts about creating hard-stops throughout our day to pray. And then I feel discouraged because I know how much I struggle with prayer A.D.D. :)
I am so totally unfocused when I pray. My mind drifts. All of a sudden I am writing a mental to-do list. I get bored. I feel anxious about ever-mounting household needs. My most effective prayer times have always been through the means of journaling, but right now I don't have the writing time that it takes to get all those concerns out of my head and onto paper. Writing is a wee bit too slow... for my list of heart-concerns wants to come spilling out quickly and the pen can't keep up.
As you know I began my knitting journey again. And it's been really nice. Now that my fingers know what to do without my focused concentration, I have been able to think about other things. And most importantly, I have been able to pray. Yes. Focused prayer. I can't believe it.
I think it's the whole "give your children Legos while you read-aloud" principle. If you have a child who is easily distracted when you read or is a kinesthetic learner, you give them Legos or playdough or some object that they can manipulate. The tactile manipulation allows the child to now be able to hear and listen and focus on what you are saying.
So give a mama a set of knitting needles and some yarn, and now she can listen and pray!
I pick up my knitting throughout the day...a few minutes here and there...a few rows here and there. I take it in the car. I take it outside. I carry it around. I can knit anywhere and so I can focus to pray anywhere.
How serendipitous! A lovely new skill is leading me into a richer relationship with Jesus. So. Very. Cool.
Now I am off to knit and purl....and pray!
photo by zannah reed