This year in honor of my Cherish Christmas Quest, I decided to leave our Christmas decorations up for a couple more days. I usually have them down by New Year's Day, but my Quest has truly worked, because I'm not ready to put Christmas away. I just want to cherish it a bit more.
In the spirit of cherishing Christmas, I marked idea #34 off my Cherish Christmas list today when I took some time to Pray for 2013.
Pray for 2013
First thing this morning, before I was even out of bed, I started praying for next year. There were so many prayers that came to mind, that I prayed throughout the day: while I got ready, cleaned the kitchen, walked outside, made supper, washed the dishes, unloaded the dishwasher, rode in the car, and sat quietly in my Hug Chair.
As I presented my requests before God, I prayed for the future of our country. I'm sure there are many of you who are concerned with what the new year will bring with politics, new laws, and court decisions on the local, state, and national levels. I prayed for our leaders and the choices they will make and our judges and the decisions they will hand down. I also asked God to be with us citizens as we live with these laws and decisions.
I prayed for family and friends. So many people near and dear to us are going through some really difficult times. We know several loved ones who are in need of good jobs to support their families. My prayer is 2013 will bring much needed work with a decent paycheck for each of these families.
Prayers for health also topped my prayer list today. We know quite a few friends dealing with health issues. Of course I prayed for healing for all of them in the coming year, especially the three gal pals I know fighting breast cancer. I also prayed for those who have beat that terrible disease that they may never have to fight it again.
As I talked with God, I prayed for all the kids in our lives, especially our boys, my niece, and nephews. I asked God to be with their future and that 2013 will bring good things to their lives.
I also shared with God my thankfulness. As I started listing my thanks, I found I had so much more to be grateful for than I even realized: our marriage, our boys, our home, Hubby's job, our family, our friends....so so much...I hope God knows my grateful heart.
Seeking direction from Him, I also petitioned God for the work He would have me do in the next twelve months. I'm excited about what might be coming and I'm ready for God to create in me a pure heart, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Those are just a sampling of the prayers I shared with God all day long. I am so grateful to a loving Heavenly Father that walks along with me and happily listens to my chatter all day long. (And I'm thankful He gave me a Hubby that does the same.)