“I want you to write a list,” said Rachelle. “I don’t even have to read it. I’m going to pray over it.”
“Shell, I don’t even pray about it, and I should,” I told her.
“I know,” she said, “That’s why I’m going to do it for you.”
I wanted to cry. And later, when I wrote my list of “things” I did. A lot. Crying is so good. It’s so therapeutic and often, when I cry, I don’t know about you but I swear my insides cry too because I end up wanting to pee so badly afterwards.
When you make a prayer list about whatever it is, you suddenly begin to realize so much about yourself. You realize a lot about what you’ve been through, how you may have been scarred, what your dreams, hopes and aspirations are, and how simple or complex you might be. You suddenly see what your priorities in life are.
When I listen to the Faithful Road iTunes radio station I’ve often gotten in the habit of writing down songs that I need to purchase. In between my cry fests while writing my list (there were multiple), I downloaded Third Day’s “It’s Alright.” I just wanted to share it with you to remind you that whatever your struggles are, that it’s alright.
The importance of being real is being able to admit that you have struggles and life for you isn’t always butterflies, rainbows, skipping and finding front row parking at Anthropologie. It’s being able to tell your friends you need help. You need prayer, and sharing all the hardships that is part of living life and to ask for prayer. It’s also priceless when friends know your sensitivities and exactly how to encourage you in all the right ways that doesn’t drive you deeper into panic mode. Again, it’s alright, it’s okay.
God is in control and, you can give him all of your worries, burdens and if you’re blessed to have amazing friends who care about you, and understand the power of prayer, they will pray for you, even if you’re not doing it for yourself.
Diana Elizabeth believes in being real. Like, 100% real. None of the “I love this and that and xo’s” excessively because life is not always like that. It’s lovely for sure, but it’s also hard. And to be real, you have to share struggles and frustrations because then you look less like a happy robot.