Now that the 6-item Challenge is behind me, it’s time for
I learned a lot. Sure.
I enjoyed the experiment.
But unless the weather changes significantly,
you won’t catch me counting clothes again anytime soon.
So as I contemplate a new challenge, I’ve been thinking
about what made the last one a success.
First, the concrete and visual nature of the clothing challenge was easy
to keep track of.
Once I selected the
clothes, it was just a matter of mixing, matching and keeping them clean.
Next, I really enjoyed the 30-day time frame
of the challenge.
It was just the right
length of time; enough to make a real impact without being overwhelming.
So, what to do, what to do?
Last October, Pope Benedict XVI (now Pope Emeritus) declared
the beginning of The Year of Faith.
was a year that was to be focused on drawing closer to the Lord by deepening
our understanding of our faith.
prompted a blog project of my own that never made it to completion-the Year of
My reasoning was this:
I have a solid understanding of my Faith but
my prayer life in inconsistent at best.
Unfortunately, prayer is the weakest part of my spiritual life.
It’s embarrassing to admit, but it’s true.
So, to help me strengthen my prayer life, I declared the
Year of Prayer on my blog.
Each month I
would focus on a different type of prayer and report my experiences to
In honor of October, the month of
the Rosary, I spent the first month saying a Rosary every day.
It was difficult at times to stick with it
but, overall, it was a good experience.
November came and I focused on giving thanks all month.
Then December came and things started to
By the New Year, my project
Since I try and learn from my mistakes (which gives me LOTS
of learning opportunities), I’ve decided that a whole year of prayer was just
too much for a beginner such as myself.
Which brings me to my new challenge (drum roll please!)….
30 days of AM/PM Prayer
-For 30 days, I will say a
Morning Offering (in the morning of course!) and an Evening Prayer before
That’s it-two prayers, thirty days,
I’m not going to think any further ahead than 30 days from
I figure that I can do anything
for 30 days, right?
To help me with my
goal I am hand-writing those prayers on several different index cards that I
will leave at my bedside, in my car, at my desk, in the bathroom, wherever I
need the reminder.
You may wonder, “Why
don’t you just print up some prayer cards instead of writing them out
I’m a firm believer that writing
something out by hand helps to lock it in your brain.
So, if I write out 4 or 5 prayer cards, the
chances of me staying focused on my goal are much greater than if I were to
type it up once and print 5 copies.
Tricky, aren’t I?
My hand-printed Evening Prayer prayer cards.
If you’d care to join me in my challenge, I’d love the
If you’re not up for a 30-day
commitment, that’s ok.
If you could say
a prayer or two for me over the next 30-days, I would REALLY appreciate
I need all the help I can get.
You see, “the spirit is willing, but the
flesh is weak.”
PS. Both of the Morning Offering prayers are from the Laudate app as is one of the Evening Prayers. The other Evening Prayer is from
Thanks to both for the great resources.