My prayer life is an area that I have known needs improvement for quite some time. I have been terrible at telling people I will pray for them . . . and then not following through.
When Renae was born, I looked forward to being able to use the time nursing her to read books. After all, Carrie had mentioned that’s how she gets a lot of reading done during the newborn days.
However, once Renae was born, I discovered I lacked the coordination to nurse Renae and hold a book, turning the pages, at the same time. Having a newborn has not helped me find more time to read. (Quite the opposite, in fact.)
I spent time watching TV shows online while I nursed her, but I eventually began to wonder how I could spend my time nursing her in a better way. Certainly there is nothing inherently wrong with watching TV shows, but a significant time of my day was spent nursing Renae and that meant a significant portion of my day was spent watching TV. Even though I enjoy some TV shows, I wanted to lessen the amount of time I spent in front of a screen.
At some point, I realized that as I sat quietly and nursed or cuddled with Renae, certain friends began coming to mind. Typically, they were people and prayer requests that I had agreed to pray for. The minutes I spend feeding Renae are a good way to be still and quiet for a few minutes, praying for others.
I’ve enjoyed the moments I have of quiet while I nurse Renae, and I’m grateful for the chance to participate in the lives of my friends and family by regularly holding them up in prayer.