Monday, October 1, 2012

Carpet Face Prayer Days

You could tell it was a Monday.

I did optimistically take some school pictures.

See how hard they work.

Isn't writing time at the park fun?

Let me tell you, these pictures are false advertising.
They don't  honesty convey the thoughts and attitudes of the day.

I need pictures that say this:

"I don't feel good."

"I'm tired."

"Do I have to do this?"

"Can I have a break?"

"Why can't I do it later?"

"Can I skip this part?"

"I'm starving."

"My hand is tired."

"Are we almost done?"

Truth is, I felt the same way. 

"Do I have to do this?"

So there I was today, laying on the bedroom floor at 5:00 pm,
 praying for just a little bit of joy to finish out the day.  
Only God could redeem the mess we had made of the previous 8 hours.

Some days are like that.

Carpet face prayer days.

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Most days we have family devotions after supper.  
 Let's just stop right there, lest you think too highly of that statement.  
It's rarely as lovely as we would like it to be.

But there is this new thing I love:

 the prayer jar.

Each stick in the jar has a prayer request:

"Grandma and Grandpa"



"More opportunities to show love"

"More faith"

"Manny P."

We sit on the couch and pass the jar, 
each person taking as many sticks as they'd like to pray for.  
Then around the room we go.

I'm not going to lie.
It's a beautiful thing.

Beautiful enough to redeem the mess we had made of this day?

Yes, indeed.

Just one hour after my carpet faced prayer for joy,

Jacob prays in his own words,

"God, give our family love and joy, now, and for the rest of the day."



This was the answer to my prayers.

This was my joy.


  1. Great idea on the prayer jar! My girls are teens now, so I remember the days of my hand hurts, I'm tired, etc. Oh, wait a minute, I still have those days. ;) I reckon I will until they graduate.

    Looks like you're doing a great job! Keep up the good work. :)
    Have a blessed Tuesday!

  2. Hugs! I relate. Way to redeem the day, sister.

  3. You do make a girl cry fairly early in the morning.


  4. We have days like that here without attempting to homeschool like you! God bless you, Kristi! I love the prayers on popsicle sticks.