Week Two

Topic: Prayer

Take A Break/ Take A Pause Of Exercise (Pausex)

It is important to pause, to take a time out for prayer and reflection. Jesus did it. He often separated himself from the crowds and also his disciples to spend time alone in solitude. He modeled a life of prayer, taught His disciples how to pray, and persistently impressed upon them the importance of prayer.

I was reminded of the importance of rest and prayer in an unprecedented way.
I didn’t ask for a pausex. I didn’t want a pausex. Maybe a coffee break here and there but not a sit down, be quiet, observe your surroundings, and be served pausex. I was used to “running, running, running”… attending meeting after meeting, facilitating groups, and serving others. That was my usual mode of being and I enjoyed it very much. Of course I needed an occasional water break because I often felt tired, worn out, exhausted. A pausex however, was not something I scheduled.
My pausex lasted for about two years. My faculties were fully functioning but my body was not. I was quite surprised when I was physically unable to maintain my usual mode of operating in addition to other basic tasks. This began my journey to godly surrender which aptly was facilitated by prayer and solitude.

Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert. A people person or…not so much, everyone needs to take personal time outs. We just weren’t made to always go, go, go and to always minister to others needs. It’s important to set aside time to commune with the Father. It gives you an opportunity to regroup and become refilled. Prayer should be an integral part of your day to day operations. It should be a part of your rhythm of life. Many of us would be amazed how much our life situations and circumstances become bearable after we have taken time to reflect and pray.

The journey through homeschool is not easy and is not without twists and bumps. Endeavor to pray before you commence your school day. Pray after the day is completed. The days where I set aside time to pray before our work begins, we enjoy a smoother, productive day in comparison to the days with no forethought and action of prayer.

When I persistently practice the discipline of prayer and solitude, I feel focused, confident in my abilities to teach my children, they express a greater understanding of the material I present, and we accomplish more of our school related goals. Worry, doubt, and fear additionally are crowded out by hope, confidence, love, calm, and joy. With pray I feel refreshed and experience renewal purpose With pray you will see a noticeable change in your endeavors. Somethings will change immediately. Others will change gradually over time.

Sunday-Day 8

Jesus prayed before He made an important decision.

Meditation: “One day soon afterward Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and he prayed to God all night. At daybreak he called together all of his disciples and chose twelve of them to be apostles. Here are their names:”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭6:12-13‬ ‭‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Reflection: What important decision are you facing? Have you taken time to pray?

Be Social: Tag a girlfriend or fellow homeschooling Mama. Use the hashtags #prayingWomen #letuspray #homeschoolingmama #royallyrelational

Monday-Day 9

Jesus prayed before His power was made manifest.

Meditation: “Immediately after this, Jesus insisted that his disciples get back into the boat and cross to the other side of the lake, while he sent the people home. After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone. Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves. About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭14:22-25‬ ‭‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Reflection: How are you modeling the importance of prayer as your child’s primary educator?

Be Social: Tag a girlfriend or fellow homeschooling Mama. Use the hashtag #prayingWomen #prayer #homeschoolingmama #royallyrelational

Tuesday-Day 10

Jesus prayed before and after he ministered to the multitudes.

Meditation: “So Jesus healed many people who were sick with various diseases, and he cast out many demons. But because the demons knew who he was, he did not allow them to speak. Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray. Later Simon and the others went out to find him. When they found him, they said, “Everyone is looking for you.” But Jesus replied, “We must go on to other towns as well, and I will preach to them, too. That is why I came.” So he traveled throughout the region of Galilee, preaching in the synagogues and casting out demons.”
‭‭Mark‬ ‭1:34-39‬ ‭‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Reflection: Do you pray before leading your children in their daily activities?

Be Social: Tag a girlfriend or fellow homeschooling Mama. Use the hashtag #prayingWomen #powerofprayer #homeschoolingmama #royallyrelational

Wednesday-Day 11

Jesus slipped away to pray before things got out of control.

Meditation: “When the people saw him do this miraculous sign, they exclaimed, “Surely, he is the Prophet we have been expecting!” When Jesus saw that they were ready to force him to be their king, he slipped away into the hills by himself.”
‭‭John‬ ‭6:14-15‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Reflection: How do you respond to your children when your day changes unexpectedly?

Be Social: Tag a girlfriend or fellow homeschooling Mama. Use the hashtag #prayingWomen #pleasepray #youneedtopray #homeschoolingmama #royallyrelational

Thursday-Day 12

Jesus set aside time to pray even though many people wanted to see, hear from, and be healed by Him

Meditation: “But despite Jesus’ instructions, the report of his power spread even faster, and vast crowds came to hear him preach and to be healed of their diseases. But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭5:15-16‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Reflection: Is prayer an integral part of your day?

Be Social: Tag a girlfriend or fellow homeschooling Mama. Use the hashtag #prayingWomen #prayfirst #homeschoolingmama #royallyrelational

Friday-Day 13

Reflect on and pray about your Week One notes.

Saturday-Day 14

Allocate some time today to pray about your homeschooling journey.

Write it down: Considering the Scriptures you read and meditated on this week, what is God saying to you?


Week Three