The One Thing You Can’t Neglect

March 5, 2013 — 1 Comment

Let’s be honest. We’re all busy.

A book that will help you with that one thing you can't neglect.

A book that will help you with that one thing you can’t neglect.

And anybody who has a kid or two is even busier. If your kids are younger than sixteen, your life is probably so far beyond busy that you don’t even know what to call it.

If you’re anything like me, when life gets busy, you start to prioritize. Anything nonessential gets dropped. Instead, you do just what you need to survive the day.

The challenge we all face when we do this prioritizing is differentiating between what’s urgent and what’s important. When our lives are constantly busy, we often run from one fire to the next, trying to put them all out as best as we can.

However, in so doing, we often neglect some of the more important things that aren’t screaming for our attention (pun intended).

I’ve been convicted of this lately as my life has been extraordinarily busy with Sara and me doing so much traveling. Last night was the first free evening that Sara and I had together since February 10th. I’d like to tell you that we did something epic after Lylah went to sleep.

We watched two episodes of Downton Abbey while eating a Dairy Queen blizzard, and went to bed.

Although I think watching Downton Abbey season 3 with Sara is exciting, I tell the story to demonstrate how overwhelming life can be at times. And in the midst of these moments, we tend to neglect some very important things.

A closet

In our newly remodeled basement, we have a small, carpeted closet underneath our staircase. Last week, while Sara was in California, I spent about fifteen minutes in that closet one night after I had put Lylah to bed. I did something in that closet that I’ve wanted to do for quite a while.

I sat on the carpet and prayed.

I’ve wanted to have a prayer closet for a long time. But you have to pray a lot to have a prayer closest. Otherwise, you just have a closet.

A book

Within the last year I’ve begun giving a small little book to couples when we baptize their children. It’s a quick read (which is good because we’re busy, remember?), but it’s packed full of practical insights about praying for our children.

Mark Batterson is a pastor of National Community Church, in Washington DC. He wrote a book a little while ago called The Circle Maker, discussing the importance of maintaining a vital prayer life.

Drawing from many of the themes in that book, he wrote Praying Circles Around Your Children. This book talks about the one thing you can’t neglect as a parent, but also as a Christian.

Praying for and with your family will have a lasting impact, no matter how busy you are.

I’ll be the first to admit that don’t pray for my family enough. I want to change that. This book gave me some great ideas about how to make a change.

I’d love to offer this book to you. So I’m going to offer three free copies of Praying Circles Around Your Children this week. I’ll choose three winners on Monday, 3/11/13.

All you need to do is write a comment at the end of this post, describing why you want this book, and then share a link to this post on your Facebook or Twitter feed. Be sure to include @austindhill on the feed. I’ll notify you if you won so I can send you the book. If you don’t hear from me, you can assume that you weren’t picked for the book.

Why do you want a copy of this book?

How have you seen prayer shape your family?


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  • scrhill

    I love this book and give it to the parents of children I baptize, too. Great post.