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We invite you to act on the things you have been reading and to discover the difference that acting makes in your healing.

Below are a list of readings that each have specific questions to ponder and journal about.  After you have completed the readings and the questions, we invite you to try one of the challenges.  Keep track of your progress and then use the link to post back about your experience either on the forum or in the comment section of the related blog post. As you LEARN, ACT and SHARE your experiences you will find growth and healing in the process. Be patient with yourself.  Move forward at the pace that you and your circumstances allow, but try to do a little everyday and you will find relief from the pain of your grief.

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Today we will be discussion how the tools of prayer and mediation can help you recenter and regain focus when you feel troubled and anxious.  We share insights on how to have more powerful prayers and how our concept of prayer has change throughout this journey.

LEARN: Read Post- Being Watchmen of our Thoughts

ACT: Questions to ponder and journal about:

1. How can you better watch your thoughts and feelings?

Challenge: For a week be mindful of the thoughts and feelings that enter your mind. Notice how often your mind gets off track.  What do you spend your time thinking about? How often do you have thoughts to do good that you do not act on? You may want to keep a journal of your observations.  During the following week, choose which thoughts to discard and which thoughts to focus and act on.  Journal about how watching your thoughts has helped you.

SHARE: your experience

LEARN: Read Post- Being Watchmen of our Thoughts

ACT: Questions to ponder and journal about:

2. What things do you need to do to make time for prayer and meditation?

Challenge: Consider time when you have time to meditate but may choose alternate activities such listening to music, television or internet browsing.  Consider time when you may be driving, exercising, getting ready, or winding down for the night.  How could you change your activities to make time for meditation and prayer? Try adding 15 min a day for 3 weeks.  Journal about how doing this has helped you.

SHARE: your experience

LEARN: Read Post- I Built My Self-Worth upon the Sand, Forgiveness, My Mountainous Obstacle

ACT: Questions to ponder and journal about:

3. What sandy foundations is your self worth built on? How can prayer better help you to see yourself the way God sees you?

Challenge: For two weeks pray morning and night to know how God feels about you.  Record your feelings in your journal.

SHARE: your experience

Follow-up Question: What did you learn from #3 that could help you know how you can help your children build better self worth?

LEARN: Read Post- Overcoming Murmuring: Remaining Productive and Positive in Times of Trial

ACT: Questions to ponder and journal about:

4. How does complaining pull you from the Spirit? How can you use prayer to avoid murmuring?

Challenge: For three weeks avoid complaining.  Instead, turn to the Lord in prayer and ask for understanding.  Ask, “What am I to learn from this?” Record those impressions and act on those thoughts. Record your experience in your journal.

SHARE: your experience