Until you know deep inside that Jesus thirsts for you—you can’t begin to know who He wants to be for you. Or who He wants you to be for Him.”
Happy New Year! Wait, what?
That’s right, this Sunday is the last Sunday in the Liturgical Year, which means we are quickly coming upon a new year in our Church — so let me be the first to wish you a Happy New Year!
Since making new years resolutions is a common tradition, I figured it would be a good thing to do for the new liturgical year. So, my resolution is something I have been thinking about for the last few years — but never actually followed through with. 🙁
It’s the 30 Minute Adoration Challenge! Basically, it means that you try to get 30 minutes of adoration each week during Advent. It doesn’t matter how you get it — five minutes at a time — half an hour all at once — whatever works for you. Why not an hour? Baby steps, people — an entire hour intimidates me, so I’m gonna start small.
My recent trip to the Canonization of Mother Teresa convicted me that I need to make time to spend in Adoration. Life is crazy with 6 kids and everything else going on in my life, so I need Him now more than ever!
There was a moment that has stuck with me from that trip, the moment I was convinced that:
He wants to be everything for us, and we are already everything to Him.
I think Adoration is going to help me in that department — in making Him everything. So here’s my 7 Quick Takes on why I decided to take the 30 Minutes of Adoration Challenge.
1.I have been wanting to do this for years now, but I have never been able to follow through. I honestly have been using my kids as an excuse to not do it. I am very self-conscious of kid noises in quiet places — like the adoration chapel.
In general, I don’t mind kid noises too terribly much, but in the Adoration chapel I just feel like everybody else’s prayer time will be ruined — absolutely ruined! So, I don’t go because I almost always have a child with me. Last week, I walked in with my two littles and they were really quiet for about 4 minutes — and then they weren’t. 🙁
My baby decided to find his voice right there in the chapel. He just kept repeating, “Uh Oh!” Uh Oh! Uh Oh! — over and over. Strange – “Uh Oh” was the first phrase of my 3 youngest children –probably because their mom is always saying “Uh Oh! to this mess or “Uh Oh” to that disaster. Tells you a lot about life in our house!
Anyway, I now have babysitters — so no excuses anymore.
2. My husband said he’d do it too. So now I have an accountability partner. Having a partner definitely helps — especially when you live in the same house with them!
3. I want to be a good example to kids and help lead them to a deeper prayer life themselves. This is a biggie for me, because not only is my husband on board, but we are going to bring the kids with us. So, we are going to probably be tag-teaming or taking different shifts.
The world is going to have a lot of challenges, but when times get hard, I want them to remember their time in front of Jesus. I want to help lead them to Jesus and put their hands in His. The rest is up to them.
4. The stories I have heard from other people about their decision to make time for Adoration is powerful. People have kindly shared stories with me about the miracles of conversion, the vocations that have risen in areas that have regular adoration times, people being lifted out of darkness, an increase of joy etc…
People have kindy shared and I kind of want what they have — in a good way.
5. My prayer time has been mostly dry — like desert dry — for about 7 years. I know we aren’t supposed to look for consolation from God, and I don’t. I just pray anyway — no matter my feelings on the matter. But I’m starting to feel like God wants to lead me somewhere deeper than I’ve been and I need prayer and quiet and time with Him to get there. Yes, I have time with Him at home and Mass, but I’m convinced Adoration will strengthen that connection in those places too.
6. I want to get more out of Mass. How do we get more out of Mass? I think it’s maybe through an awareness of Christ’s true presence there. I want a greater connection with Jesus and I think Adoration just might help me appreciate what is really going on at Mass. It’s worth a try, right?
7. I prayed a prayer recently. I am finding out that this is a dangerous prayer — an exciting prayer — a scary prayer — a hold on to your seats kind of prayer. It was really simple, but I don’t know — it sort of has my head spinning, in a good way! It’s led me to Adoration.
Here’s the prayer:
“God, please be my everything”
So that’s my 7 Reasons to give it a try. I’d love to have you join me in this!
Are you with me? … Crickets… 🙁 Are you with me?… Please somebody tell me you’re with me on this!
Have a Great Weekend!
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