Thank you so much to everyone who chimed in with some encouragement. While I was doing the evening washing up of the dinner dishes, I thought to myself, I wonder if I could pray another Chaplet, especially since I love to sing it. But then, the post earlier telling me I was doing it wrong made me worry about displeasing Jesus, and so I didn’t pray it again. But I kept thinking to myself that I couldn’t see how it would be displeasing if I was doing my best. And besides, virtue builds upon virtue, and my husband and I were happy to lead the often unruly children in a family rosary after dinner tonight, which is quite challenging. And I think the more often we add in prayers and devotions into our days, the easier it becomes to do those prayers. And our children will see how vital a rich prayer life is!
God knows how much I have desired to enrich my prayer life, and for how long I have struggled. I feel like He answered my prayer today, the prayer where I asked Him to help me find the time to pray the Chaplet, by bringing to my mind the empty space on the cabinet that was just perfect to hold a homemade poster for the prayers and image. He also, in my opinion, inspired my husband to purchase for me a chiming clock that bongs the hours, to help me with both homeschooling and remembering to pray the Angelus at noon.
We also ordered a pack of scapulars for the whole family, since I have been desiring to be invested for several years. And that is not all, I am awaiting delivery of a new Douay-Rheims bible, a crucifix pendant and a new Chaplet of St. Michael the Archangel, since my little daughter accidentally broke my old one. I feel like it’s Christmas! Oh wait, it is!!!
So, when I started this thread, I just felt so exuberant. God has answered my prayers in so many ways this Christmastime. After going through some really hard trials, I feel like my heart is opening up and I know that He increased the capacity of my heart through those trials and now I am ready to love more and serve with gladness and be faithful with hope. And I am resolved that even if someone tells me I am “doing it wrong” (which people often do), I am going to remind myself that I am not to be about seeking human respect, but about pleasing the Lord and encouraging others.
So let me encourage all of you kind souls, be creative! Find little ways to fit prayer into your life so that God can bless you with His presence at all times. For me, if I have dishes to wash or toilets to scrub, I will keep offering up my favorite Chaplets as well. At the very least, it will keep me from feeling so lonely as I work!