Welcome to the 16th habit in the #GiveMe30HabitProject!!
See this post for all the details and backstory!
This month’s habit is to join in
prayer daily for COVID19!
This month’s habit challenge is much different than usual, but hey, life in general right now it different to say the least.
My uncle and I were messaging about a week ago and he had the idea for us to check in with one another daily via text and pray over the whole situation with COVID. I loved it!
In the midst of social distancing, jobs being put on hold, family dynamics getting turned sideways (most everyone is now operating a home school now 😳), worry over heath, and uncertain social and economic repercussions, what else can and should we do besides pray? It also helps to stay connected to have the routine of engaging in prayer at a decided time each day.
In addition to making the pact with my uncle, I started a call for social engagement on Instagram with the intent of anyone who is willing to join in daily in prayer and sharing to their stories with #PrayingOverCovid19. I’m sharing a daily prayer and saving it to a highlight (find it here) so we can look back and see how the Lord answered our prayers.
If you want to join on Instagram, I’d love for you to (find me here). If you want to just join with friends and family members or even on Facebook, that would be awesome too! Tag me and use the hashtag #PrayingOverCovid19 if you do so I can see!
I set a reminder on my phone to text my uncle each night so I don’t forget. That may help you and your participants as well!
This whole situation has been odd to say the least, but I’ve been absolutely amazed at the positivity and resilience of people. I love that it has made us shift our focus back onto what truly mappers and I think we won’t be the same after this; you just can’t help but recognize that there are very few things which are actually priority and vital to our lives in the long run. I have felt such a peace and calm, even in the face of uncertainty. It has made me realize we are human and really can’t control anything. All we can do is put our trust in the Lord and focus on what matters in light of eternity. It weighs heavy on my heart that I spend so much time on things that don’t matter if you think abut their Kingdom value. I pray we never let that leave our hearts and minds after this. As believers we have a responsibility to make the most of every opportunity and I can see now how much I personally waste opportunities. I definitely don’t mean that to be discouraging but it is sobering and we can gain a fresh sense of revival in our ability to create an impact from it!
Ok, on to the details…
OK, so now that you have an idea of what the habit looks in practice and the benefits of practicing it, it’s your turn! You don’t have to do every single one of these, but these are some ideas for you to implement.
For the next 30 days:
- Every day for the next 30 days, pray for something specific to do with the Covid situation.
- Practical Tips: If you can, find others to join in too.
- Note how you feel after praying (more peace, less worry, gratitude, etc.).
- Practical tips: Call these feelings to mind whenever you don’t feel like following through on your habit.
- Ask a friend or your spouse to join you in this habit.
- Practical tips: Check in with one another via text, phone, or in person and pray together if possible.
- Keep a list of your prayers to look back on so you can see where God was faithful and went to work on the seemingly impossible.
- Practical tips: Call these ideas to mind whenever you find yourself in a situation where you struggle with faith and doubt in the future so you strengthen your trust in Him to provide them too.
- As the month goes on, see how far the wave of prayer ends up spreading through your social circles.
- Practical tips: Come up with ways to make sure you continue to practice the habit of praying with other believers over something specific moving forward past the 30 days!
- Bonus: join me on Instagram in sharing prayers to your stories!
- Practical tips: make sure to tag me and use #PrayingOverCOVID19!
*Don’t forget to share this project with others! You can share the link to this blog post as a status/post on Facebook. Feel free to save and use the image from this post, or use the ones I’ll have on my Instagram page. Whatever other means you have to get more involvement will make this project more fruitful! Tweet, email, pin on Pinterest, etc.
Also, I encourage you to keep track of your journey and use the hashtag #GiveMe30HabitProject on social media. Please tag me in your habit progress and insights! I’ll also be glad to troubleshoot sticking points. I’m Kaci M Byrd Cheeseman on Facebook and @CheeseGirlPA on Instagram.
If you want to check in daily for accountability, you can post either a photo and/or status and use #GiveMe30HabitProject #Day1, #GiveMe30HabitProject #Day2, so on and so forth. I’d love to see how it goes and repost—only if you give me permission, of course! I’ll be searching the hashtag to see who is joining in.
*(This might not be as relevant this month, but you are welcome to still participate this way!)
Remember: What is it you want to achieve? Who do you want to become? How do you want to serve others? You may not know how to get there, or even how to get started. I just ask that you trust me and help spread the message to others so they can become involved. Keep showing up, and together we will get you there, one 30 day habit at a time!
Are you ready? Let’s get growing!!
1/ How can I pray for you specifically in this situation?
2/ What is one positive thing you have experienced as a result of this pandemic?
P.S. If you are interested in working on a specific habit and need someone to help you troubleshoot, keep you motivated, and hold you accountable, I offer coaching a variety of ways, which you can learn more about here.
My specialty is habit change and my approach is to work on mindset alongside the habit, so that it is healthy and sustainable, and this is best done via 1:1 Coaching which you can learn about here. Whether it involves your health, finances, nutrition, exercise, relationships, or personal growth, habits are the key to success. We are the outcome of what we repeatedly do. Without addressing that, there can be no change. Learn more here!