Prompt: Have you ever made a New Year’s Resolution that you kept?
Before that time I did go to church although not every week….and I was Christian and tried to live the way I thought God would want me to, and I did ‘try’ to pray each day.
However I realized that it was not for me, enough. Sometimes when I would intend to pray I would wait until I went to bed, as was my normal time for prayer. During the day I did at times realize that I had thoughts and perhaps unspoken prayers that I said, but it seemed as though my ‘set-aside’ prayer at nighttime wasn’t working because sleepiness would overtake me many times and I would wake up with the knowledge that I had not prayed for the things or people who I had intended to. Instead I had given in to my fatigue!
So last New Year’s 2012, I decided to set aside a time for reading some scripture, a devotional and then some time in prayer each and every day. For awhile I didn’t zero in on when that time would be, and I soon determined it did not work out well in the early morning because I am not a ‘morning’ person. Neither was it good during the day, because there were too many distractions and I could not guarantee a specific time would be uninterrupted. But I persevered in finding that a half hour before going to bed was my best time. The busyness of the day was over and the chances of a telephone ringing, or someone at the door were negligible and I was not in a prone position so I would not fall asleep.
So here I am New Year’s in 2013 and I look back and say that I have been able (with the exception of perhaps being unwell) to continue with my time of prayer and reflection, as I resolved to do, and with God’s help I will be able to continue in this year.