This is “The Attempt Of One Christian To Actually Remember To Pray Daily For The People And Things That Are Important To Her.”
I know the subtitle is fairly pointless in this particular placement, but when you write something that grandiose, it is just a shame not to find a way to use it. Twice.
Now, here’s the thing about me.
I’m a visual learner. You tell me about your puppy on the phone? I most likely will remember it. You draw me a picture of said puppy? I will be impressed. And remember.
So part uno and part dos [tomorrow] of this plan are visual. Which may or may not work for you.
Part One: The Bulletin Board of Hope
I thought if I could see the pictures of people that I wanted to pray for, I would remember to pray. So I had pictured in my mind hanging a bulletin board thingy on my wall. And literally printing out pictures and tacking them up. So that while I’m sitting in my favorite chair, I see the pictures right there above me.
I had already seen, in my mind, the word “HOPE” around the frame of the bulletin board. So that was my plan.
And then… Sunday at church our preacher talked about hope and literally, he hung a wooden frame in front of the congregation. And then he said, I kid you not, “Frame your life with hope.” And I thought I would fall out of my chair.
So I made it. I won’t spend your time or mine on the drama of finding an inexpensive cork board or how my crafts never turn out as cute in real life as they are in my head. It is the disappointment of my creative life.
And it’s going to have pictures of people I want to pray for every. single. day. and topics I don’t want to forget to pray for every. single. day. [Now, for example sake, I put up a picture of Dwight from The Office and some cards- you know, cause I’m always praying for you and your mom. I figure it would be somewhat weird to show you what/who I’m really praying for. And don’t worry- when I have guests, I’ll take it down. That would also be weird.]
But this is what it says across the top and bottom:
“Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune–without the words,
And never stops at all…” – Emily Dickinson
I think that’s beautiful. Atta way, Em.
It hangs above my favorite chair where I often sit to read and journal and pray. [Apparently I have a thing for off white.]
So there’s Part 1 of the plan. Seeing Is Believing. Seeing her picture, seeing his picture, seeing their pictures, it’s going to be my reminder to believe.
To believe the truth that God works in the lives of people that I love when I spend time in prayer.
Tomorrow: Part 2. AND…. I totally love y’all’s prayer suggestions in the comments. Keep ’em coming! We’re gonna be a crazy crowd of praying people by the end of this! Yay!!!