Begin with the Prayer of Abandonment.
See that little gadget on my dashboard? That’s Gertrude … Gertrude Penelope Saxton (GPS). I never go anywhere without her, primarily because when I do I have a tendency to drive in hopeless circles. With her, I’ve been known to drive across whole states without incident.
I don’t usually have a Rosary on my windshield — although I usually keep one on hand when I’m flying someplace. (As in “on a plane,” as I have yet to receive the gift of levitation). Part of me thinks that the plane is more likely to stay in the air that way. The other part needs something to do for the take-off part of the flight, which is the part that statistically is the most dangerous.
So in a way, this picture gives you a rather succinct image of my prayer life: When I need direction, I pray (unless I’m driving, when I just listen for Gertrude’s promptings). And when I’m anxious, I pray (unless I’m driving, as I find closing my eyes and clasping my hands does nothing to calm me or my passengers).
At the end of the day, I like to recap using a form of the ACTS prayer (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) that goes like this:
“I LOVE you God because …..”
“I’m SORRY, God, because …..”
“THANK YOU, God, for …….”
“HELP me, God, to …..”
The other day as I was going through the steps, it occurred to me that this formula also works with husbands, when we need a little “check-in” (or if there’s just a lull in the conversation):
“Honey, do you know something? I love you because ……”
“And honey, I’ve been thinking about something. I want you to know that I’m sorry because ….”
“I was also thinking of how thankful I was when you …… I don’t think I thanked you properly. So, thanks!” [Insert appreciative kiss here.]
“Have you given any thought to what you’d like to do this weekend? It would make me really happy if you could ….. Is there anything I can do for you?”
Today’s Challenge: What do you love most about your husband, and what does he do to make you thankful? Jot them down and post them on the bathroom mirror, or somewhere else you’ll see it during the day. When you do, don’t forget to thank God for your sweetheart, and ask God to bless him today.
Today’s Prayer: God, I love you because …. I’m sorry that I …. I’m thankful today because …. Please help me ….