I fail time and time again in my prayer life. Some days would pass and I would realize I had not even prayed at all. Some days I had prayed nothing more than a Hail Mary in an effort to calm my lack of patience or my temper.
Quite frankly, I missed my quiet prayer time in the morning. I know I wrote previously about my time in the mornings. 5 am. Well - things changed. My ability to leave the bed that early was interrupted by my dear little girl. Evie Rose senses when I move from the bed. She's like a cat, y'all. Nothing gets past that kid!
It just took some time for me to carve out a little quiet time again! It appears she drops into a fairly deep sleep right about 6am or 6:30am. Thus why you find me up this morning. I've already said my morning prayers. Lately - I have been enjoying finding the time to say a Daily Offering to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as well as finding time for the Angelus (typically said 3 times a day around 6am, Noon, and 6pm).
Those are all really great times for me to pray! The children are asleep in the mornings. Evie Rose takes her nap about Noon. Come 6pm - the children are generally playing some game together so taking a quick moment for the Angelus isn't that hard for me. I think I needed to remember that the world would not end, the house would not fall apart, nothing will be thrown off by me stopping a few moments to pray. I sometimes get so involved with things getting done or a schedule that I push more important things aside. I hyper focus on menial tasks. I need to remember the story of Martha and Mary.
I have also started saying the Guardian Angel prayer with the kids every morning and we will say an Our Father and a Hail Mary together during the day. My husband and I really enjoy saying a family rosary in the evenings after supper. Since my consecration to the Blessed Mother - I will also be adding the Little Crown of the Blessed Virgin to my Noon prayers.
What do you and your families do for your daily prayers? Do you have a favorite prayer book? Do you have a special time to prayer during the day? Let me know in the comments below!