The simple life; it’s what my heart is all about. My life on the other hand is another story, but I’m in the (continual) process of creating a simple life for myself and my family. Purity is another good word. There aren’t that many things left in this world that are simple and pure, even basic. We get so caught up in life and there is plenty of life to get caught up in! Even the good things in life can become a whirlwind of busyness, like friends (sometimes you just need some alone time) and family (it’s easy to pour myself into my family but pretty soon I’m empty and have nothing left to pour) and work (we do need money to survive in this world after all, but how much money do we really need?) and church (America is full of pastors who have neglected their family for “their” church) and praying…..yes, even a prayer can become nothing but a speech full of grandeur and big words and lots of fluff.

Georgia and I were nursing at 3:00 this morning (who doesn’t like a little middle of the night snack?) and I started to pray for Jonathan, that he would get lots of goodsleeping sleep since he hadn’t been all week (side note: he did take ZzzQuil last night, which according to the commercials is supposed to help you sleep like this guy ——>). I’ve gotten in the habit that when I pray with Georgia I pray very simply-easy words, direct, to the point. The prayer a child might pray. And so I started out “Dear Jesus, help Daddy to get lots of sleep tonight”. I took a breath to keep going, and then stopped. What more was there to say? That was the prayer he needed, that’s what we were asking for. God already knew what Jonathan needed before we even prayed for him, so He certainly didn’t need me to say anything else. And then that made me think, how often do I get caught up in my prayers, adding unnecessary words, repeating myself in a variety of phrases, just continuing to pray the same thing over and over just for the sake of a long prayer? And then that made me think even more….maybe I should stop talking and start listening more. God already knows what I need, what I desire (whether for myself or other people), but do I know what God desires? What is He trying to say to me that I’ve failed to hear because I’ve been too busy to listen? Talking to God isn’t wrong, in fact we’re instructed to pray (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”.) but perhaps praying isn’t just talking to God, but also listening.  Rather than worrying about how my prayer sounds to God, or heck, even to other people, why don’t I keep it simple, pure, basic; the prayer of a child.

“They say that I can move the mountains
And send them crashing into the sea
They say that I can walk on water
If I would follow and believe
with faith like a child” –Jars of Clay