From a conversation about fasting with a friend who is a priest, I was inspired to begin regular devotions and small sacrifices throughout the year. I have much to do to perfect these practices, but I feel it is helpful to incorporate all the time even if I screw up and it takes 11 days to finish a novena because I forgot twice…working on those slip ups, but it was still time spent
In prayer anyway.
I say novenas for special intentions, just joined weekly Bible study at my parish and am looking at finding a way to fast (medical issues…it will require planning). When I need to do something I don’t want to do, I try to offer my struggle to God as a sacrifice, and often then can do it. For example, I am trying to get fit and set a goal to swim 32 lengths of the pool yesterday. I wanted to quit well short of 32 lengths, prayed and offered the effort to God, and finished.
I find the more I am with Him (yet also doing as I must in my piece of the world practically), the more He is with me.