Have you ever heard of the expression ‘popcorn prayers?
Let me explain.
Some days just run away without me having any idea where all those hours have gone.
Can it really be lunchtime?
Do we have several more math pages to do and did I forget to turn on the dishwasher?
Running into the laundry room to grab more construction paper, lifting my nose to the air and realising that I will have to run the wash again since it’s been in there a day …
Homeschooling, cleaning, writing, cleaning.
Volunteering, cleaning, taking care of dogs, cats, and 2 girls – oh yes, cleaning.
Leaves little time for anything else.
When I thought about setting aside a prayer time, something else came up and next minute, I’ve emptied the dishwasher, folded three loads of laundry and cleaned up something the cat just threw up that may still have been alive … that moment right there, is when I need to consider a moment for a ‘popcorn prayer’- and I do not mean last rites for some forlorn critter.
It is a quick word with God. Just a moment.
A mini prayer if you will.
God loves to hear those mini prayers that just ‘POP’ into your head as you are driving down the road, folding laundry, biting your tongue to keep you from chastising squabbling children … yes, I realise many of them start with “please God just give me strength,” but He loves to hear from you just the same. You can just say hello, or a thank you or even a whole conversation about what you think you should be teaching the next day. There are days if I suddenly find myself alone in the car with no one commandeering the radio that He and I have a moment. Quite often it ends up with me in tears as I speak my truth, but I know He understands. It’s also a good way to encourage your kids to have little chats with their Heavenly Father in their day. It’s a reminder to them, that God is never too busy for us.
In my ideal world, every homeschool morning starts with a little prayer time with my children. In my real world, that doesn’t happen. In my ideal world, our school lessons run so smoothly, there is time for Bible study. In my real world, sometimes Bible stories are more like life lessons while on the go. In my ideal world, school is wrapped up so that we can take family walks and beach picnics every day to take in God’s beauty around us. In my real world … well, you get the picture …
And yet as homeschoolers, we are fortunate to blend our ideal world and our real world to make it the one we want to live in. So making time should not be so hard since we have all the time in the world. No fixed schedule, so do we have to have seven math papers done by 5, can we do some tomorrow? Can we take more time … I for one, am in no hurry to ship my children to college, and yet am guilty of rushing us through our days some weeks. ‘Popcorn prayers’ give me a moment of reflection, to slow down, to give me a quick reality check on what really matters.
So while thinking of ‘popcorn prayers’, I thought about stringing popcorn with the girls. No, not for Christmas but to count our blessings … for family, for our love, our pets, our school, our travels, our health, a friend, for chocolate (for wine – that’s mine) for God’s grace and love for us … how many pieces of popped corn could you string before you ran out of things to be thankful for? Each one of those little pieces could turn into a ‘popcorn prayer’ in your day. You could even be ready for a family movie night with all those individual strands you just made – you homeschooler multitasker you 😉
But seriously …
1 Thessalonians 5:17 basically tells us to ‘just keep praying’ … so be sure to share whatever ‘pops’ into your head with your Heavenly Father. Reminding our children for a little thanks here and there is also a reminder for each and every Mom I know. Like many others I know, we purchased a beautiful tall jar for this new year and are adding our thanks and our gratitude. I think reading them on Christmas Eve may be a new tradition, a look back on all that mattered, all that touched our hearts …
So take a moment right now, even if it has been a while.
He really is looking forward to hearing from you.