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Work, friends, and prayer

So the thing with work (sometimes) is that, when I decide to really dig in to one project or another, it opens into a gaping maw that can eat my whole day/week/month life. It's not really stressful so much as it just manages to fill any and all time I devote to it. The feeling of freefall is disconcerting, but it's mostly just a feeling—really, the project at hand (and everything else) will work out just fine. The good stuff just requires work sometimes, and I shouldn't let that reality throw me.

Enjoyed coffee with Chris today. We've been grabbing coffee together every couple of weeks, and it's rewarding to build a friendship intentionally. There are a few pockets like that in my schedule, and I'd be a lot poorer without them (and the friends behind them).

Trying to pray more by actually making ongoing note when I say I'll pray for someone. The list piles up fast, which tells me a bit about how little I usually do after telling people I'll pray, and how anemic my prayer life is overall. Lent is about discovering things like that, then being encouraged by Christ's grace and power rather than crushed by my own weakness. I'm thankful He is at work.

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I have a hard time remembering to pray for someone when I say I will. The best I can usually do is to offer up a short prayer then and there, and if I happen to recall it *if* I'm praying the hours... but I figure even a short prayer is better than nothing. Writing it down also helps me sometimes- I used to keep lists. I should do that again actually. Might actually make use of the Moleskine I carry around. And then do it on the bus.

Heh, well, for a comment that was just me spouting off, it turned into something useful!
Yeah, there's something in me (probably something very prideful) that drags my heels at keeping a prayer list. That's kind of messed up, and my resistance certainly isn't serving God, others, or me very well.

This time around, rather than keeping a specific prayer lists, I've taken to adding prayers as recurrent items on my Remember the Milk list. Where I am now (that's such a classically post-modern way to say that!), it's more effective to have those prayers integrated into the same systems I'm using to remember and track other commitments—the prayers themselves may be separate, but there's no good reason (yet) for the tracking to be. Sounds a lot like your Moleskine idea!
I've thought about putting my prayers on my to-do list. Maybe if I color-coded, it wouldn't look so odd to see:
  1. Unsalted butter

  2. Pray for X's mom's biopsy

  3. PTO Bake Sale

When my aunt died years ago, I was cleaning out her bedroom and I found stacks of journals and lists of things she was praying for, dating back to when I was a kid. It was so encouraging and moving.

Recently, rather than saying a catchall, "You're in my thoughts and prayers," I've said what I'll be praying for, to keep myself from trivializing their concerns. Someone did that for me once and I've never forgotten what a difference it made.
Why am I unsurprised to read that you're considering a color coding solution?

I really like the idea of being specific when saying you'll pray for someone. There's care and commitment in that.