Last night I read a post at Fr. John Speekman's blog Homilies and reflections from Australia on prayer.
It was a great post. I felt inspired by it and thought I need to pray more. I know when I pray regularly, my life just seems easier to handle. Any emergency is not as stressful and getting all I need to do done seems to happen more easily.
I was speaking with Steve about prayer today and said it is easy for me to spend over two hours a day on computer. I have cut it back a lot and I have put it lower in priority than it was before but it still is a pretty big priority for me. I know that if something were to happen that I had to go without one thing in my day, computer would not be the one to go.
I also spoke with Steve about the idea that God has given us 24 hours in one day. Maybe we could start to give 10% of our day back to God. This doesn't necessarily have to be in pray, but I think prayer should be a big chunk of it. There are several different ways to pray. We pray each night as a family, Steve and I pray together often and I pray through the day. My prayer most days is a morning offering when I get out of bed and praying the rosary at morning tea time. I really should read the bible more and try to get to weekday mass more.
So today I have been thinking most of the day about how can I pray more. How can I set my day up so that I can spend more time with God? I thought at first I would have to cut something out and then I came across This post by Susan from Kerugma.
Instantly it spoke to me and I realized God was showing me how to spend more time in prayer. I need to make prayer a big rock and then work my day around it. I need to make my prayer time the focus of my day, rather than an extra to be put in at the end. I know that my big rocks are prayer, time with Steve, homeschooling and time with the children. The gravel is my household duties and the sand is spending time on computer. I can do them all as long as the big rocks go in first, followed by the gravel and finally the sand. I don't need to have an extra 6 hours in a day, I just need to put the big rocks in first.