I am honored to work each day with Paul McManus. He has a spirit that is full of joy, a ready smile and he's the most wonderful, creative thinker. Do you know Paul? He and his wife, Tracey, are the authors of the book The 7 Great Prayers. It wasn't until I read this book that I learned about praying.
For a long time I thought that praying was reciting the prayers that I had grown up with. Sure, every once in a while I would put in a plea to God for something, but what I was missing was the conversation. The conversation with God. Talking to Him and listening to Him. Through this book I have learned about that conversation and it has made it so much easier for me. Seven simple prayers that help me to connect with God.
There is a 7 Great Prayers bracelet that has 7 colorful beads to remind you of each of the prayers. I've been wearing mine for more than a year now.
One year ago today, I found myself at the hospital emergency room because a family member was very ill. It was a Saturday morning and I hadn't yet put on my bracelet. And I missed it... In its simplicity it reminded me to focus on all the good gifts from God and helped me to get grounded to handle what was ahead.
After that morning, I've never forgotten my bracelet. It continues to be a daily reminder to me to thank God and to see Him and his beauty all around me.
Have you heard about (in)courage.me? I am so excited for its debut tomorrow. They have asked an amazing group of women to contribute to their website. I am familar with quite a few of them - and they are terrific! I'm looking forward to meeting all of them and joining in on the discussion.