9.11.2012

prayer is powerful.

i have mentioned this many times before, but i love to start my mornings with prayer in my car. some people may think it is foolish to pray, some may think that i should pray at home in private, and some people may think i am the crazy lady on the freeway talking to myself. but i know i am not talking to myself and i have had some of the most personal, life-changing prayers or as i'd like to say, "amazing chats with my Heavenly Father" while driving to work or school in the mornings. these prayers in my car have solidified my understanding of having a prayer in your heart no matter where you go or what you are doing and it has underscored the incredible power of prayer and how it has shaped my life.

this morning was like any other as i started down the road. i played some tunes and then once i got about 20 minutes away from school, i turned off the music and started into my prayer. it began like normal, praying for help on my test today and safety, praying for my family and friends, and then i began to cry more than i usually do when i pray. tears about my dad and how faithful and selfless he is. tears about my mom's unceasing compassion. tears of gratitude for having my two wonderful siblings. tears about all of my personal matters. then tears about this wonderful country i have the chance to live in, the opportunities i have been blessed with because i live here, and the freedom we enjoy because of the sacrifices of so many. with tears streaming down my face, i kept expressing my thanks. i know that my gratitude can never be said enough for all i have been blessed with, but in that moment, i felt once again that my Heavenly Father knows my heart and how full it is. i'm positive i walked into my test this morning looking like a mess, but i just couldn't help it.

last night, we discussed as a family about how this day was a year ago, the things that have changed in our lives since then, and how we need to continually look for ways to improve. i then reflected on how i remember walking to school as a fifth grader and still being confused about what happened. feeling scared as our principal came over the intercom and explained the tragic events of the day. watching in horror as the news unfolded and so many lost their lives. eleven years later, i can still remember vividly everything about September 11th and i know those emotions and experiences are something i will never forget. just like the emotions and experiences i have when i pray, this morning being one of those unforgettable prayers.

in conclusion, i want to just say that anyone can pray. no matter what religion you are, anyone can talk to God. i know He listens to us all, regardless of religion, age, gender, the mistakes we've made. He cares about everything we care about. He will answer us when we pray to Him, because He knows us and He knows the perfect "when" and "how" to fulfill those prayers. and just as He is aware of us individually, i also want to just say that i feel that God is aware of this country. He cares for the well-being of this nation. whatever you may believe in, i feel that there has been divine comfort provided to the loved ones of those who were killed on this day eleven years ago. i feel that there has been a divine comfort and unity nation-wide in the past eleven years because of this tragedy. and i hope that we will continue to draw strength from and believe in God as the founding fathers of our nation did. i know prayer is powerful and i am ever grateful for all that i am continually blessed with, especially the opportunities and freedoms i receive from living in this country.

9 comments:

  1. This was a great post. Your words are beautiful and brought tears to my eyes.

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  2. So beautiful. I was telling my roommate about you last night. I was telling her about all the blogs I read, and then I said that there is this one girl who ALWAYS incorporates the Gospel and the Spirit, and you can just tell that she has a good heart. I LOVE that you openly talk about the religious beliefs you have. Heavenly Father is so proud of you for being a spokesperson for His principles. And... I love that you pray in your car :)

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  3. Catherine, if I didn't adore you already then this post would do it. I love how open you are about your beliefs. It makes me so happy to read your blog and feel the Spirit (I was smiling ear to ear by the end of this because it brought me so much joy to read about your joy.) I second Chantel and also love that you pray in your car. Thanks for being such a great friend to me!

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  4. Oh, prayer is perfect anywhere! The car is a great place to be alone and talk out loud ... I'm kind of jealous that I don't really have many opportunities like that right now. But I can still pray :).

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  5. you are amazing. your testimony is so strong and beyond beautiful. i learn so much from you. i feel the love you have for the gospel, i admire it. i feel like i need to say so much right now but i can't quite put my thoughts into words. just know that i am grateful for you and your blog. even more grateful for your friendship, that i am lucky enough to know you in real life.

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  6. We had a really tough time last night and there were so many prayers uttered in a quite hospital room. We're spending today giving thanks. I'm following.Rx

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  7. This made me cry :) Love you Catherine! Thanks for bringing the Spirt into my day today!

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