Remember that one of my New Year’s resolutions was to pray more? Heh. Getting there.
Anyway! I’ve taken up, thanks to this handy cheat sheet from BustedHalo.com, working through St. Ignatius’ daily Examen. Basically it’s an end-of-the-day prayer that looks over your day. So far, I dig it.
One of my favorite parts is step number two: finding something that you were grateful for.
When I pray this, I find that sometimes I’m grateful for an unexpected meeting with a friend, other times I find the best thing is my warm, wool purple socks. But, whatever it is, I find that I exhale a bunch of tension while in that moment of gratitude.
Also! There is a blogger named Micha, and I follow her all the time! And on Tuesdays she lists things that she is thankful for. How beautiful. So I’ll post my own, and ya’ll can comment about grateful things, too!
Have you been wondering where I’ve been? I’ll just give you a general hint: if I’m scarce it’s because I’ve had other ideas and am busy making them become a reality in my life. So, remember the post about the jumpers? I bought some lovely glen plaid from the store and spent my weekend napping and sewing the beginning of a vintage-pattern jumper. GLORIOUS, I tell you. I still need to put in the zipper, the hem, and finish the neckline…but I’m still really close.
January birthdays. You know which people are sacred? Colleen, Cait, David, Johanna, Julia, John, Pawel, and probably others. But those are especially special people. Happy birthday, guys!
My warm coat. Winter in the city is so cold–we’re right off the water PLUS the wind tunnel winds whip around the corners of the skyscrapers until my brain is basically incapable of processing the amount of cold on my face. I seriously got a freeze-brain from walking a block. But, I have a ridiculous coat that is so warm and snuggly. And I don’t die. I kind of have survivor’s guilt, though; please pray for those without coats.
My prayer partner this year is basically a saint which means I can get holier off of her hard work and holy prayers. I just messaged her a ton of requests today. Yesss. Winning.
Remember that I’m going on the Camino? I kind of write about this sometimes. Well, a gentleman called me clear out of the blue last week and asked if he could come along. And I felt so peaceful about it, and told him he could.
And then we read the story of Mary-pulling-strings and Jesus-working-miracles this past Sunday, and I smiled.
I don’t (ever) know how things will work out, but I hope and believe they will. Yes.
I’m really excited about tomorrow’s post. 🙂
That’s that! Let me know what YOU’RE thankful for, you party people.