Reply To Prayer

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Yesterday morning’s prayers got off to a rough start.  Instead of thoughtfully considering my thoughts and needs, I got off onto a real rant and vent.  It was not a productive way to pray nor did it accomplish anything except to make me more upset and frustrated.  I also found it very disrespectful to speak to God that way.

There were multiple reasons for me being so bummed.  It was a beautiful day outside and I resented going to work, even though the weekend had been equally beautiful and I spent significant time outside.  This is tax season, so there is the stress of getting returns out.  Also I was tired, not having slept well the night before.

None of these were good enough reasons to pray the way I prayed.  I finally controlled my monkey mind irrational behavior enough to pray for the following three things for the day:

  1. Happiness
  2. Gratitude
  3. Contentment

I had a wonderful day.  Seriously!  It was a great day and a wonderful reply to prayer.

Here’s all the great things that happened:

  • I stopped at Kroger to get some flowers on my way in to work.  As I walked back to my car, the bread delivery guy gave me a big smile and laugh and said, “Thanks, but I don’t deserve them today!”  I assure him he deserved them and we both laughed.
  • I gave the flowers to my employee who was back for her first day since going on maternity leave.  I figured there would be enough tears about going back to work and wanted to make her smile.  She was thrilled and it did help her first day back.
  • By lunch, returns were reviewed and in processing, and everything slowed down for a few hours.  I went out for a wonderful lunch (plus dessert!), then took a short drive around Hollywood Cemetery to explore another section and take a few more pictures.
  • An old friend called me in the afternoon.  We’d lost touch after I left Omaha and I had a great 30 minutes catching up with him.  I was in-between reviewing returns when he called and the call cheered me up to no end.
  • After a wonderful supper prepared by my husband, I started reading the new J.D. Robb book, New York to Dallas.  I didn’t finish it in one night, but I enjoyed reading as I petted the dog laying in my lap.

This photo is from the botanical gardens, a representation of how my day settled down into serenity.  Except for that short time in the morning, it was a very very good day.

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Word for tomorrow – MOVED.  If you prefer to work ahead, see the list for the week under “A Word A Day”.