Reflective Encouragement Tuesday Tidbits

Clean up Aisle 7

“Clean up in aisle 7!” blares over the stores intercom system to alert the clean up crew they are needed.   As a shopper what do you instinctively do? Go to aisle 7 or avoid it?


The clean up crew probably wishes they could avoid it with the avoiders but it’s there job. My college job was working in a grocery retail combo store. No I wasn’t on the official clean up crew but I did work in the women’s clothing section. Part of my job was to put EVERYTHING back where it belonged after shoppers redistributed the clothing. I felt like the clean up crew on a never ending clean up hamster wheel.


Life is messy. No matter how we try to keep things in order because life is full of people and situations that make us want to call out “clean up in aisle 7”. It would be nice to have a clean up crew swoop in to take care of it.   Let me know if that is working for you.


In real life our call out for clean up usually goes out in a quick prayer asking God to clean it up.   Prayer is always a good place to start the problem is when the only time we pray is when things in life are messy. Sometimes it’s tempting to turn our prayer life into quick calls for help rather than a relational prayer life.


Go ahead and reflect a moment on where your prayer life falls on a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being , clean up crew prayer and 10 being, highly relational prayer.


No matter where we are on the prayer scale I’m sure we all get nudges that our prayer life could and should be more relational. But what does relational prayer look like?   I propose a relational prayer life is one engaged and focused in a daylong dialog. The conversation with the Lord typically begins in the morning with a focus on praise and gratitude for the amazing God and Savior he is and moves through the elements of reflective repentance, asking and agreeing with the Lord. The key is to open the lines of communication and invite the Lord into our day so as life happens we will more naturally call out to him in our time of need and thank him for the goodness he shows us. Rather than prayer being a last resort.


I want to encourage you wherever you are on the relational prayer scale to remember God hears your prayers and loves that you are calling out to him.   


Prayer is my focus for the beginning of 2022 at the Royal Connection. I started out with twelve weeks of prayer focus. If you are a regular at my Facebook Page @sherryeiflerwrites are following along?   If not please join in starting today.


Today beings our fifth week and the focus is on our Military with a reflective verse from Psalm 91:15-16Psalm 91:15-16
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“He will call on me, and I will answer him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”   My prayer is our Military Service and Family members will be strong in their faith and call on the Lord in their trouble, that they will be delivered and honor as the Lord satisfies them with long life as he reveals His salvation.


How will you be praying this week for our Military?


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Stay strong and live your true royal identity in Christ!

Be Alert~ Stay Strong~ Pray Always

Commit to the Lord whatever you do,

and he will establish your plans.”

Proverbs 16:3Proverbs 16:3
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