On Mondays, I pray for my own marriage and family, as well as those of my siblings, children, and dear friends. Inside my orange pocket, I keep post it notes with names written on them. It helps me to hold them while I pray, and say each name aloud as I lift them to the Father.
I ask the Lord each day to strengthen me with His Spirit, and specifically, on Mondays, I ask Him to give me a spirit of humility and meekness. Before adding this to my prayers, I had no idea the struggle that my spirit would engage in as a result…because if you want to be filled with meekness and humility, you have to be emptied first of pride and selfish ambition. For strong personalities such as mine this is a painful emptying. It requires me to submit my ideas of what is black and white, right and wrong, fair and just to the One who defines it all…not easy for me, beneficial, yes…easy? No, not so much.
I am trying to incorporate praying the rosary more, and offering up the intentions of the day while I meditate on the Joyful Mysteries. I don’t yet have the mysteries memorized, so I keep a post it note on my Monday page to help me stay on track. Often, I will put on a youtube video and pray along, but in the event that I am praying on my own, in the quiet, without noise, I find post it notes to be a wonderful prayer aid.