Hey Busy Family, How Do You Pray?

My prayer life is unique to me.  And frankly, it’s hectic, distractable, and revolves around my family life.  Take a sneak-peek at the a day-in-the-prayer-life-of-me!

What I wish my prayer life looked like:

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What my prayer life actually looks like:

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Let’s face it, I’m not a college student any more.  And I’m not a contemplative nun.  I’m a mom.  Specifically, a homeschooling mom with three young kids.  My prayer life should look different from a college kid’s.  Different from a contemplative nun’s.  Different from the mom next door.

My prayer life is unique to me.  And frankly, it’s hectic, distractable, and revolves around my family life.

We’re a busy family.  Who isn’t?  But you can never be too busy for prayer.  I discovered ways to pray by myself and with my spouse and kids that complement our crazy hectic family days.

Take a sneak-peek at the a day-in-the-prayer-life-of-me!

5:15

Hubby’s alarm clock rings and I start my morning prayer.  Baby climbs into bed, and I fall back asleep.  I wake up and start again.  And again.  It takes me three or four times to finish my morning prayer, but I don’t mind asking God to bless my family several times before the day gets going.

Heavenly Father, I thank You for this day.  I ask You to bless and protect my family.  Bless my husband _________bless my son(s) _________, bless my daughter(s) _________.   Bless me and teach me self-sacrificing love.  Immerse my family in the abyss of Your mercy.  Fill our hearts with Your peace and Your love.  Grant that our every thought word and deed may give You glory.  Help us get to Heaven, Amen.

6:00

My husband walks out the door – Wait! Before he leaves for work, he blesses each member of the family with the Sign of the Cross on our foreheads.

May God bless you and your Guardian Angel watch over you.

6:30

I finally roll out of bed, toss some clean clothes on, and drag a brush through my hair.  When I look at the mirror I remind myself I’m made in the image of God, and I’m beautiful just the way I am.

I praise You, Lord, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

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7:00

School starts with my oldest.  We say our morning offering and our school day prayer.

To Jesus through Mary, I give You today, all that I think and do and say.  Amen.

Lord help me learn so I may know You better.  Help me know You so I may love You more.  Help me love You so I may serve You.  Help me serve You so I may be with You in Heaven someday.  Amen.

8:00

While my kids are working quietly, I’ll get started folding yesterday’s laundry.  With each item I fold, I’ll pray:

Lord, I offer You this sacrifice of Love.

On the end, I’ll add the name of whose T-shirt is in my hands if I’m feeling ambitious.

10:00

We hop in the car to run some errands.  Before the wheels roll we pray:

St. Christopher, pray for us.  Our Holy Guardian Angels, watch over us.  Amen.

10:15

There’s a cemetery on the way to the grocery store.  My kids “call” it (it’s sort of a game).  Then we pray:

Eternal rest grant unto them, Oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.  May they rest in peace.  Amen.

12:00

We made it home for lunch.  But before we eat, we have to say grace:

Bless us, Oh Lord, and these Thy gifts, which we are about to receive from Thy bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

(This is one of the few times I pray with “Thee”s and “Thou”s.  P.S. we say grace every time we eat!)

1:00

My little honey is afraid to go to the basement by herself.  To give her courage we pray:

Jesus, I trust in You.

Then she’s off!

3:00

If we’re home, we’ll turn on the Chaplet of Divine Mercy on YouTube.  Usually, I’m prepping dinner while we sing along.

 

6:00

After dinner, we pray the family Rosary together.  Our kids our young, so we only pray one decade each day.  More importantly than praying all 5 decades, we make sure our kids our involved.

When we sit down together, everyone offers their intentions.  My youngest (2) prayed for “lollipops” for months.  My oldest (5) always prays for his best friend.  He’s going to marry her when he grows up.

Then, before each Hail Mary, we read a one-line reflection from our family prayer-book.  The kids love to hear the story, and they each have their favorite Mysteries.

8:00

Daddy is the bedtime king.  He does teeth time, story time, bedtime snuggles and prayers. He always talks to each kid about their day.  Before tucking them in, he prays the Guardian Angel prayer with each of them:

Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God’s love commits me here, ever this night be at my side, to light and guard to rule and guide. Amen.

And he blesses each child on the forehead again.

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8:30

Now it’s my turn for bedtime prayers with my husband.

Mary my mother, I give myself totally to you as your possession and property.  Please make of me, of all that I am and have, whatever most pleases you.  Let me be a fit instrument in your Immaculate and merciful hands for bringing the greatest possible glory to God.  Amen.

Lord Jesus, grant that I and my spouse may have a true and understanding love for each other.  Grant that we may both be filled with trust.  Give us the grace to live with each other in peace and harmony.  May we always bear with one another’s weaknesses and grow from each other’s strengths.  Help us to forgive one another’s failings and grant us: patience, kindness, cheerfulness, and the spirit of placing the well-being of one another ahead of self.  May the love that brought us together grow and mature with each passing day.  Bring us both ever closer to You through our love for each other.  Amen.

9:00

Bonus prayer (*wink wink*) For those special evenings (yep… we pray before intercourse):

Holy Spirit, fill us with Your love and grant us holy union.  Amen.

Don’t forget:

  • Mass. I didn’t mention Mass, but attendance on Sundays is a must! (and a requirement) for Catholic Families.

Bonuses and Extras:

We also look forward to these heart-to-hearts with God:

  • Daily Mass (when possible… my husband gets there more often than I do)
  • Adoration (I try to take the kids once a week)
  • Liturgy of the Hours (I pick this up from time to time)
  • Confession (we usually go once or twice a month on the weekends, but make sure you meet your yearly requirement!)
  • Virtue Challenge

These prayers are still on my wishlist, to add to our daily routine someday:

  • The Angelus at noon
  • A full 5-decade Rosary
  • More vocation prayers (like the laundry prayer) offering my daily tasks to God
  • Nightly Examen as a family

It doesn’t matter what your prayer life looks like.

Maybe you pray on the go.  Or maybe you set aside special time just for prayer.  It doesn’t matter how busy your day is.  The important things is that in all the busy-ness you find a way to pray that works for your family.

Each stop on your schedule is an opportunity to let God in.  Take a moment to greet Him and ask for His grace!  Like us, you’ll find that prayer goes hand in hand with crazy, hectic, wonderful family life.

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Your turn:

What prayers are an important part of your family’s day?  Can’t wait to read what you have to share!

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19 thoughts on “Hey Busy Family, How Do You Pray?

  1. It’s amazing how fast our lives can revolve around being busy. But it’s so important to recognize to stop and pray, even if it’s a few minutes or seconds. I love how you broke it down during day. You just never know when you have the moment to share God’s words and just kneel down and pray. Thanks for this 🙂

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  2. Love hearing other people’s routines. As a person working full time outside the house, I find commuting to be a great time to pray a rosary. Also helps me not get as mad at bad drivers, lol! It’s all about these little moments each day, and I love hearing how other people do it.

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  3. Thank you, I love this! I use the 3D Catholic app to help me try to remember to pray the Angelus, and I let my toddler send a message to my husband asking if it’s a moment when he can pray with us from his office, too. Often it’s not right at noon that we pray but whenever pre-naptime is happening. Do you write about the family prayer book you mention elsewhere here?

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    1. Tania, thanks for your comment! I tried to find a link for the prayer book, but I couldn’t find it online, Sorry! It’s something my husband bought me a few years ago at our local Catholic Book store. If I ever do find it, I’ll add a link! Adding the Angelus to our day is one thing I’d like to start doing someday too!

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  4. I love the fact that you weave small prayers throughout the day. It’s a reminder to your sweet children that God is a constant part of their lives, not just someone to think about on Sunday.

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  5. This is really awesome Sara! I think my family should start doing the after dinner Rosary. Doing one decade to start sounds great – especially since our son is often known as Captain Ants in Pants. One of the miracles that made Saint Katharine Drexel a saint was a man – who at the time was a young boy – who said the Rosary with his family after dinner every night. It is such a wonderful prayer!

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    1. We have a whole bucket of “rosary toys” – holy cards, mini plastic statues, rosaries, books, other cool religious items we pick up at rummage sales… They only come out during Rosary time, and they go a long way towards keeping the littles busy!!

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  6. Thanks for the peek into your prayer life! Incorporating prayers like these seems very natural and easy. 🙂

    While we pray a Hail Mary whenever we hear sirens, we don’t have the habit of blessing ourselves whenever we go past a Catholic church or cemetery. I’d like to get into the habit of that. The daily decade is something we’d like to pick up as well.

    Aside from prayer before meals, our biggest daily prayer is at bedtime. The kids like to hold hands, and we end up all tangled because we don’t just do a circle. I think the kids appreciate the silliness. We used to bless the kids with holy water at bed time…but they kept sneakily playing with/drinking/spilling the holy water during the day. It got to the point where I wasn’t ever sure if the water was actually blessed, or if they had just played with it and refilled it in the bathroom. Maybe we’ve paused it for long enough that we could try it again. 🙂

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  7. What a powerful way to check how you’re doing with giving God his time throughout the day! Not every day will be exactly the same, of course, but you should certainly have several every day pieces of your prayer life. Very inspiring.

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