All that to say...this post may or may not make sense.
If you'd like to read a blog written by a real writer...well then I'm sorry but this is not the place for you. I'm a Mimi with access to the internet. That's about it. That's the whole enchilada.
As you may or may not know, on Fridays I like to talk about ways we minister Christ to our littles and grand-littles. So far we've talked about drool, singing, gnawing on toes, bible reading, growing teeth and living the life of Christ as a daily example.
Not necessarily in that order.
One element I think that lots of Christians take for granted is prayer.
Such a simple act...yet so powerful.
Since Butterbean made her appearance, I've found myself praying more than I ever have before. I wake up in the middle of the night praying...and Sweet Vidalia Onions that is not a practice I'm overly fond of. Because Mimi likes her sleep y'all. Yes ma'am.
And in those bleary, groggy, comatose a.m. hours, I do tend to wonder if any of it does any good. I mean, no use losing perfectly good REM cycles for no reason right? Of what purpose are all these words spoken so urgently in the darkness?
I'm reminded of Paul's words to the Ephesians.
Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
I don't know why I wake up sometimes with Butterbean's name on my lips. Maybe it's stress. Maybe it's anxiety. Maybe it's just that I think about her a lot.
Or maybe...there are things going on. Things I can't see, or hear, or taste, or touch, or smell. Things I can't fight with charm or my talent or my good looks. (Not that I have those things, but if I did...)
Maybe, just maybe, there are some battles that can only be fought with prayer.
Or maybe I'm just a living my life a little too much on the wack-a-doodle-doo side.
I don't know. I do know that my Papaw thought I was worth a little sleeplessness.
And if I was worth it (gosh think about that...that's a whole nother Oprah show right there...somebody thought we were worth praying for...wow) surely my little Butterbean is worth it. A zillion times more worth it.
What about you? Do you take the praying for granted and think maybe it's a little overrated? Or do you pray, pray, pray and pray some more?
Here's a thought...can I pray for you today? Do you have a need? You don't have to say specifics if you don't want...but if you could use a little help today...let's lift each other up shall we? Feel free to leave your request in the comments section and let's "have a little talk with Jesus."
(Sorry. I'm Southern. It just comes out.)