Thursday, September 8, 2016

{JEI} Prayer

Joining the ladies of The Zelie Group again for the weekly link-up Just Enough Info {JEI}

1.What are your favorite devotions? 

For years I have had a devotion to The Divine Mercy Chaplet. When we came back to the church over 12 years ago, the chaplet spoke to me. My oldest and I would pray it almost daily during the first year that I taught him at home. Over the years I have prayed many prayers and novenas to St. Rita, St. Gerard, and St. Anthony. I have also repeatedly asked for Our Lady's intercession by praying the Mary, Undoer of Knots Novena and the Our Lady of Lourdes Novena, along with the Hail Mary and the Memorare.  Last year I consecrated myself to Mary, using the book 33 Days to Morning Glory. It was a powerful experience.

2.Have any of your prayers been answered? Do you have any prayers that you are glad weren’t answered the way you’d hoped?  

There are many examples that I can share, but I guess the main topic I want to discuss relates to the subject of my fertility issues. 

For the last 18 years, I have prayed to be blessed with many children. In a way, I know I have been, but I have yet to meet most of those precious babies as they were lost through miscarriage. I know that I will never be able to say that I am glad for my miscarriages or any of my hormonal/fertility issues. But as I look back over the years of worry and heartache, I can see that I am a better woman, wife, and mother because of the pain I suffered. 

In February, I prayed the Our Lady of Lourdes Novena. My special intention went something like this, "You know what I want. You know what I need. Do whatever is best." I had no expectations, just a desire to accept God's will for my life. I conceived sometime in February. Most likely the week after Our Lady's feast day. The blessing of this pregnancy is not lost to me, and I can see that it is an answer to a prayer that I was convinced there was no point in praying anymore. 

3. How do you pray with your kids? 

I love the book My Jesus and I for preschool age children. It is beautifully illustrated, and it is very easy for young children to memorize the text. It teaches the Guardian Angel Prayer, Hail Mary, Our Father, and Glory Be.  

Now that my children are school age, I like to make printables of prayers that I want to teach them. I put a printed prayer in a frame for each of them, and we incorporate it as part of our school day for a couple of weeks. After that time, they keep the framed prints in their room for them to continue to learn and pray. 

Here are two of the prayers that I have made. They have worked for the boys, and I have framed them and given them as gifts, too. 

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