Does the new year get you all giddy?
Oh good, me neither.
Well, at least not for growing another year older.
It does, however, bring a freshness and ideas on how to get things right. Even new goals to be met or a further reach for chipping away at that human imperfection and frailty to attain a better chance at holiness.
After reading and re-reading Colleen's post (and the comments are good as well), I thanked her for the smack on the behind to kick start my new year.
Family prayer has had its ups and downs here, especially in the last year when life had more demands than the 24 hours one day has to offer.
Sometimes we just plain get stuck and complacent with every day life.
The post tugged at me, reprimanded me and called me to something more. Should it not be that I was challenged by it, especially while in the midst of the Year of Faith? Of course. It only tugged a little more because these things had already been laid upon my heart.
It was the reminder and affirmation to demand nothing more than prayer, more family prayer, to grow in our home.
As if I needed another sign, later that day I encountered this as I walked into the living room:
Blessed Mother Mary sent my Gianna as a little reminder of the beauty and importance of the rosary.
Even if Gianna was surely just trying to be a little Fashionista by raiding the rosary dish.
It sparked a conversation or two with my husband as we lead our family and move forward in the new year. This was good as it helped us become re-united in conviction and commitment for our family.
Only a few days later, at our Little Flowers meeting, us mom's were talking about Mary and the rosary. One of them shared how were should actually be praying all fifteen (or twenty) decades of the rosary EACH.DAY.
Yup. That's what she said.
She further explained that when we pray one rosary it's like locking a door to evil, but there are still some doors unlocked. When we are praying all of the decades we bolt closed all of the doors and we are kept safe inside.
Well, baby steps and we're gonna do it. We're gonna pray and keep our family protected because we really all need it. We're already doing our best to aim for that daily rosary and when the evening gets away from us (or we have evening activities or it's bath/shower night), we at least pray the Divine Mercy chaplet.
It's a good thing to go through a growth spurt. Even a spiritual growth spurt.
We're optimistic that this year will be a beautiful year to grow further in our faith, in our prayer lives and closer to Christ.
What better time than during the Year of Faith.
How about you?
Any new resolve for prayer or spiritual growth that you've been inspired to do this year?