Dear, God, it’s me Marie…

“Is there anything I can pray about for you?”

It’s the question I am asked nearly every morning as I get ready for work.  I want to talk about how this is my absolute favorite part of our marriage, that we begin nearly every day with prayer, but that would be lying.  And God doesn’t particularly care for lying.  

Morning prayer is not my favorite part of our marriage.  Yes, it’s nice to share our concerns about the day.  Yes, it’s a sweet and simple morning ritual that allows us to connect with each other and with God.  At the same time, it can be kind of… annoying.  We don’t have a lot going on right now.  Most of our prayers are that I get to work safely.  Lame.

Lame prayers are often a symptom of people not being authentic.  Last week, I decided to be just a little bit more honest during morning prayer…you know, to spice it up.

It was really cold last week.  So cold.  Very, very cold.  This cold weather caused Mark to be uber concerned about my car.

“Make sure that you let it run for a bit before you drive off.  This 10 degree weather is not good for an engine.  I’d really appreciate it if you’d let it sit…”

Yeah, yeah, yeah.  Bad for engine.  Don’t drive off to fast.  Let the car warm up.  Got it, dude.

“Is there anything you’d like me to pray for you this morning?” he asked.

“Eh… get to work safe.  Have a good day.  You know, the usual.  What about you?”

“Same thing.  Ok.  Lord,” Mark began, “please keep us safe, and help us have a good day.  Remind us of how blessed we are…”

I quit paying attention somewhere around there because I knew that my turn to pray was coming up, and needed to have something prepared.  Well, I didn’t have anything mentally prepared so this came out…

“Lord, thank you for today.  We really appreciate it.  Ummm.  Help us as we do what we do.  And help me to not just start my car and drive off.  I know this is bad for the engine, and I know Mark asked me to let it warm up first, but sometimes it is hard to listen to him.  I’m probably going to start it and go because I’m running late.  Help me not do that.  Lord, help me obey my husband.  Amen.”

Oops.  I may have been just a tad too authentic.  Letting your husband know that you needed divine help to care about his concerns is not exactly an awesome way to start the morning.

Before he had a chance to throw some *Colossians 3:18 at me to remind me of “my role”, I gave him a quick kiss and ran out the door.  Where I let the car run for a good 2 minutes.  Because I’m a good, obedient wife.

*Disclaimer:  Mark doesn’t throw any Bible verse at me, or expect wifely “obedience”.  Not his style.  He usually just **hits me.

** Disclaimer:  Again.  Just trying to be funny.  Mark does not throw Bible verses, nor does he hit me.  He’s actually a really good husband (who will have a ***proverbial cow when he hears that I even kind of insinuated that there was any kind of abuse going on).

*** Disclaimer:  Mark is not pregnant with a cow, proverbial or otherwise. 

Ok.  I’m done.

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10 thoughts on “Dear, God, it’s me Marie…

  1. Susan says:

    I guess you got that off your chest. lol

  2. Secret Agent "CT" says:

    Too funny! I was thinking, that is so sweet that he prays for you every morning. (I can also see how annoying that can be too.) Ask him to pray for me. Nothing in particular, but it can’t hurt to have someone pray for you. Just have God watch over me or something.

    On a more serious note, you both can pray for my friend Amy. Her dad is taking up residence in Vanderbilt. He had surgery the other day to have his cancer removed. He was doing really well until yesterday. His tongue reconstructive surgery failed and they had to do emergency surgery last night. He’s doing okay but the recovery will be much more difficult and timely now. They had to do more skin grafts, muscles and veins moved around, and the like. (Very medical-like terms, I know.) So pray for her dad and her family. It’s really tough on all of them.

  3. mckinneyoatescereal says:

    Susan, ha it was a tad passive-aggressive, huh? 🙂

    CT, we prayed for you this morning! And for your friend… that is so scary.

  4. Secret Agent "CT" says:

    Cool! Thanks! It feels good to have someone pray for you. I didn’t have any accidents or run-ins with the police this morning, so I’m thinking its helping already. 🙂 ha I’ll pray for you tonight.

    Yes, it’s very scary for my friend. I hope everything turns out okay for them. The surgery doesn’t have a 100% recovery rate.

  5. Veda says:

    Awwww!! This blog made me think of Michael 🙂
    He warms up the car for me in the mornings. It’s so nice to have a warm car to drive in when its super cold outside.

    When you are running late you should ask Mark to warm up the car for you. Then you don’t have to worry about being late, ruining the engine, or freezing the first 5 minutes in the car.

  6. mckinneyoatescereal says:

    CT, we would much appreciate it! I hope your friend’s dad gets better quickly 🙂

    Veda, I would ask him to warm up the car for me, but I quit letting my car warm up without anyone in it a few years ago because I know that, with my luck, it would get stolen (and I’m not going to make Mark sit out there to freeze)

    But Michael is such a sweetheart/keeper!! 😀

  7. Secret Agent "CT" says:

    The both of you (Veda/Michael and Marie/Mark) are sickening sweet. 😛 j/k

  8. Crystal says:

    Hey Marie! I’m still reading your posts… I’ve just had a crazy couple of months. If you’re at all interested I’d like to make a prayer request: my grandmother. My adopted dad and his dad passed away last month. Within 2 days of one another. My grandmother seems to be doing relatively well, but she lives 3 hours away and its hard to know how someone’s coping when you don’t see them that often. I went to visit a few weeks ago and I think that made her feel some better, but I know prayer does so much, and the more the better I say!
    I’ll pray that you don’t ruin your car engine. 🙂

  9. Marie says:

    Crystal, I will definitely be praying for your family, especially your grandmother! And you’re so right about how powerful prayer can be. Ha, and my car engine needs all the prayer it can get!

  10. […] November 12, 2009 in Church, Life, Marriage Mark and I start off nearly every morning with prayer. Nothing particularly holy or spiritual, just two people who believe in a loving God giving thanks, asking for wisdom, or praying for our friends and family. Seriously, our prayers last about 45 seconds and are simply a part of our goodbye routine in the mornings. And I would be lying if, most days, I didn’t see our prayer time as just another obstacle between me and getting out of the house on time. […]

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