Monday, April 1, 2013

No Foolin' - April Quests Begin!

Have you been "fooled" today?  Well...no worries from me, because this is really the one "holiday" I don't celebrate at all.  I'm just not a fan of April Fool's Day.  Thankfully, our Engineer isn't either and we made a pact last night that there would be no foolin' around here. 

Our "Ignore April Fool's Day" pact was a double blessing for me because 1) I really dislike practical jokes that much and 2) My teenager and I found something in common today!  I know!  I can hear the cheers of support from all the moms of teens out there.  If you are or have raised a teen...you know how huge that can be. 

Truly, our Engineer is an awesome teen.  He's much easier than most, I would guess, but there are days we (I) struggle to find a common link.  Bless our hearts.  Yes, I cherished our bond today.

Having survived this most dreaded of "holidays", I want to share a little bit about my April Quests for the day. 

Encourage Someone
Honestly, I haven't done this one yet today, but I have a card and a Someone picked out. I plan to sit down and write the note tonight and get it mailed off in tomorrow's mail. I have a mental note of several people I want to contact to encourage this month, but I haven't taken the time to write my list of Someones out, so hopefully I will get to that tomorrow, because I don't want to forget anyone on my list.

Pray For Someone
In the last couple of days, I have heard from a few readers with special prayer requests.  Today I spent the day praying for Someone I know.  She didn't know I was praying for her, but another person actually sent me the request and asked me to pray for her today.   Truly, it was my privilege to pray for her throughout this day.

As I mentioned a few posts back, I have been reading a book titled Prayer Walk, about a lady that started praying during her daily walks over 10 years ago.  This book inspired me to try something similar. 

This morning I bopped..well..maybe it was more like...trudged downstairs to get on the treadmill to run.  It is 26 days until I run my first 5K with my niece, the Producer.  I am excited and yet ready to have it marked off my Bucket List. 

I decided this morning to try to pray the entire 30 minutes I ran on the treadmill.  I have told you several times how bored I get while I am on the treadmill, and how I am always trying to find ways to entertain myself and make the time go by faster.  Otherwise, I just stare at the clock.  I was intriqued with the idea of Prayer Walking...or Prayer Running...or Prayer Run/Walking as is the case with me currently. 

Anyway, I was afraid the two wouldn't mix very well, but I wanted to give it a try.  I LOVE to multitask.  I have become so enthralled with the concept that it's very difficult for me to do just one thing at any given time during the day.  I'm starting to think that's why I can't shut down and fall to sleep quickly at night - no matter how tired I am.  I think I have trained my brain to think it must always be doing something...even when my body is resting. 

I decided to give it a try this morning.  I was SO pleasantly surprised how quickly my 30 minute run went and I prayed the entire time.  I even put my phone face down on my treadmill tray so that I wouldn't be distracted by watching the time, and I didn't look down at the clock on my treadmill the entire run. 

During the run I prayed for several people I pray for daily, but today I spent most of the run praying for one special person: my Someone for today.  Since I know this Someone, I pictured her face, her laugh, her tears, her worry, her hurt, and her joy.  I've seen all of that over the time I have known her, and I prayed for all the things in her life that might bring those reactions from her. 

I prayed for the people in her life, especially her family.  I am blessed to know her entire family and I pictured each one of them as I prayed for them as well.  It made me happy to think of them and remember them as I have not seen them face to face for nearly two years. 

Yet, I know them well, and I know some of the tough stuff they are currently going through.  I took those concerns to Jesus and laid them at His feet.  I asked our Savior to reach down and pick up those burdens - the ones the whole family carries, and the ones just my special Someone carries.  God knows those worries much better than I do and I asked Him to meet the needs of this very dear Someone and her wonderful family.

With my workout complete, I headed upstairs to get ready for the day.  I had another day of 10th grade to do with our Engineer, a roast to get in the slow cooker, laundry to wash, dry, and fold, and paperwork to clear off my desk.  During the pauses in the day, when I could grab a few quiet moments, I offered up prayers for my Someone.  A couple times I found myself praying for her as I walked from room to room.  

She is, of course, Someone I care about, so I will continue to pray for her as I have in the past.  But today...today was her day...a day dedicated to lifting her up to our Lord. 

I pray she felt it.  I pray the person who so sweetly thought of her and requested the prayer for her was blessed as well.  I find it truly wonderful that a couple people who have sent me requests have not asked for prayer for themselves, even though they are going through their own trials and could surely have asked for themselves.

No, instead, they asked for someone else that they love dearly.  You know...I just have to pray for them too.  I'm thinking I will find time in this month to give them their own day. 

But today, I prayed for this special Someone and I will continue to do so, until I finally lay my head down on the pillow and fall fast asleep.

I already have a pick for tomorrow's Someone, but I have many days left in this month.  If you have a request for yourself or someone else, please send me an email, or a message on Facebook, and I will choose a day to pray for your request as well.    No foolin'.

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