Writing Prayers

I hadn’t wanted to insult Aibileen when she told me her idea. I tried to urge her out of it, over the phone. “Writing isn’t that easy. And you wouldn’t have time for this anyway, Aibileen, not with a full-time job.”
“Can’t be much different than writing my prayers every night.”
It was the first interesting thing she told me about herself since we started the project, so I grabbed the shopping pad in the pantry. “You don’t say your prayers, then?”
“I’ve never told nobody that before. Not even Minny. Find I can get my point across writing them down.”
“So this is what you do on the weekends? I asked. “In your spare time?” I like the idea of capturing her life outside of work when she wasn’t under the fire of Elizabeth Leefolt.
“Oh no, I write a hour, sometimes two ever day. Lot of ailing sick peoples in this town.”
I wanted to read the book before I saw the movie. Lauren gave it to me for Christmas, and I’ve been glued to the pages loving every word. When I came across this scene with Skeeter, the young woman wanting to write a book from the perspective of the black maids in their town, and Aibileen, who has agreed to help, I couldn’t resist sharing.
She writes her prayers in a notebook! (Hint, Hint)
It’s the first week of a new year. Time for resolutions and starting or restarting good habits. I really hate to be a conformist and make a resolution knowing I will probably miss the desire target of carrying it through to 2013, but the other side of not making resolutions is missing the opportunity to try. Nothing will change if I don’t.
Aibileen’s written prayers encouraged me to get out one of my half-filled spirals and put my petitions down in ink. Whether or not God hears them better that way, I do.
What are your resolutions? May I encourage you to add journaling your prayers to the list? You will be blessed.
Much grace and peace,

May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us–yes, establish the work of our hands (Psalm 90:17).

Andy Lee is a wife, mother of three, author, speaker, and blogger. She inspires her readers to step out into their call whether to a neighbor or nation to find purpose and joy using the gifts God has given them. She lives on the North Carolina Coast with her favorite people in the whole word, her family. She loves chocolate, geraniums, coffee, and Jesus.

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