Afternoons of Life

Afternoons of Life

“The majority of people perform well in a crisis and when the spotlight is on them; it’s on the Sunday afternoons of life, when nobody is looking, that the spirit falters.” (Alan Bennett’s autobiography)

Don’t you agree that the “et cetera” parts of life, those flat places where there is noting of interest in sight and nothing exciting is on the horizon, brings a “why bother” and “what’s the use” attitude?

Those are the times we have the least heart to pray, but those are the times when we need prayer the most.  Why?

Because those are the days we are quiet, poised and in the “ready frame of mind” to see the world through God’s eyes. We “let go” and “let God.”

That is where good prayer always starts, trusting God enough to let go and look through his yes – the eyes of a wise Father.

 If we do that and if our hearts are open, we’ll begin to see what God sees and hope as God hopes. We will begin to want what God wants and do what God wants.

That’s what praying in faith does inside us. It slowly reshapes our ideas and our perspectives to match God’s. Prayer slowly reshapes our values and our expectations of life to match God’s.

God has so much to show us and teach us. We have so much to learn, so many new doors that need to be opened, and so many old ones that need to be closed permanently.

If we are listening from the heart, we will change. Even the most gnarled parts of us will change.  So when the blah days, those Sunday afternoons, which sometimes seem to last all week long, drag your spirits down, remember to listen with all your heart and soul.

Remember what Mother Teresa had on her business card, “In the silence of the heart, God speaks.”

Speak, Lord, Your servant is listening.”

 

8 Comments

  1. Always love your thoughts, Patty!

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    • Hi Carey, Love your inspirational thoughts as well. Keep the faith. Blessings to you.

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  2. Beautiful remember of the blessing of prayer. Love your temp Myers!!❤️

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    • Hi Kris, Yes, so wonderful to have a direct line to the the Divine! Blessings to you.

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  3. Dearest Patty, you’re so right about those Sunday afternoons. Having been ill these past two weeks seemed to nurture intolerance of everything, except anger. Once I submitted to prayer and God’s will, the sunlight of my soul emerged. Thank you for your kind and thoughtful instructions. They really help.

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    • Hi Martha, Illness has a way of bringing us mentally, physically, and spiritually to our knees! Prayer will always be an answer! Maybe not in our earthly time, but God DOES hear and answer in DST – Divine Standard Time. Hope you are feeling better. Love to you and Lonnie.

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  4. Appreciate your inspirations from God. In our busy lives prayer is put aside. that is the time we need to be thankful.
    thankful blessing to you Patty

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    • Hi Linda,
      Yes, life can be so busy that sometimes God brings us to our knees with “down days” to open up and find divine meaning. Prayer is always a great directional guide. Blessings to you.

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