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Pray without Ceasing!
When I was little I had to memorize Bible verses and one of them was 1 Thessalonians 5:17, which is “Pray without ceasing.”
I used to think, in my little-girl understanding, that was impossible.
But last week, I learned what Paul, the writer of that verse, meant.
My daughter was in a wreck.
I never knew until then how much prayer can be just like breathing. I prayed to breathe in and I prayed to breathe out.
Eventually, I learned she was not hurt and no one else in the accident was hurt. That made everything much easier for me to bear, and I was so thankful since we live so far from her.
But my prayers did not stop. No!
I realized our poor daughter was facing some really difficult times. Her car was totaled, she had no way to get to work, and they were saying the wreck was her fault, although it really was a faulty railroad crossing bar that caused it all. Talk about a close call! And the next person might not be so aware and might be seriously hurt or killed!
But our baby girl was doing well. She was not fearful or even angry. Her friends were giving her rides to help her out. Her workplace is a car dealership and they will help her.
But did that stop my prayers? No!
My husband chose this week to retire from his job and join the ever-growing group called “retirees”. How tricky it is to do retirement right when all the advice out there is not always in agreement! If you make a mistake it can cost you hundreds of dollars.
So I’m still praying and begging God to mercifully guide us through this very tricky maze, and fix us up with at least a little of the money we’ve paid in all our lives. Well, actually, I want all of it! It was mine, once upon a time!
Life can be hard, scary, worrisome, and exciting, all at once! We must just keep praying with every breath that God will show mercy and love through every difficult, un-fun day.
And this week? I’m pretty full of thankful prayers.
Yes, I have a lot to be thankful for and those breathing prayers work for that, too. Also, singing songs that tell of His goodness are like mini-prayers and praises. It is so important to keep in touch with the One who touches us with so much goodness, to treat Him as if He is really there and really loves us!
So as long as I’m breathing, I’ll be praying without ceasing! Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord! Psalm 150:6

About The Author

Katharine Trauger is a retired educator and a women’s counselor. She has spent 25 years managing a home and school for children who would otherwise have been homeless and has worked 15 years as a contributor and/or columnist for several small professional magazines, with over 60 published articles. She blogs about the rising popularity of “being at home” from a sunroom on a wooded hilltop in the Deep South at Home’s Cool and The Conquering Mom and tweets at Katharine Trauger (@KathaTrau) . She is currently working on a self-help book entitled: Yes, It Hurts, But . . .

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