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Great article Daniel! The part that demonstrated that you have your head in the right place: "I'm going to spend this next week focusing on prayer, meditation, making sure my home-life and work-life are in proper order" - Peco and I find this essential and will also dial back this month to ensure that we actually live what we write about.

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Dec 7, 2023Liked by Daniel Joseph Petty

Prayer is being in communication with God. When you love someone, you want to talk to them nonstop, and get to know them. It makes then for us to pray, in order to grow in love of God.

I'm glad you're seeing the fruit of your prayer, that's such a great consolation. What I have been trying to do lately is to come up with a resolution at the end of my prayer. A small actionable with a timeframe. I.e., today I will call that friend I haven't talked to in a while.

This is good stuff, Daniel! Let's keep each other in prayer!

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Brother, another great article. I would love your thoughts on how you see that integration of mind, body, and spirit.

Here are a couple of mine and one from someone else’s which I like. Integration is key!

(1) https://www.thecompletecatholic.com/post/your-intellect-will-and-heart-and-what-each-one-wants-part-i

(2) https://www.thecompletecatholic.com/post/bodily-emotions-and-spiritual-affections

(3) https://www.thecompletecatholic.com/post/wellness-of-the-mind-body-spirit

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Dec 7, 2023Liked by Daniel Joseph Petty

Excellent post, Daniel. Thank you. A great reminder that prayer need not be complicated.

"Call unto me, and I will answer thee and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not." - Jeremiah 33:3

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Dec 7, 2023Liked by Daniel Joseph Petty

This is absolutely wonderful Daniel. As "twinning" usually goes, I too have been focusing on prayer and taking actionable steps. I've started a routine of waking up before the girls (usually 4 a.m.) and spending time in scripture, prayer, and physical exercise. This is nothing short of tremendous.

On the prayer side, I've been repeating the Lord's Prayer and the Jesus prayer at the beginning of my "prayer sessions" for some time now and they've truly been great for reining in my focus. And our pal James Dietz gifted me a link to a talk about mental prayer that I highly recommend listening to. It's a bit intimidating if I'm being honest but I gave it a shot early this morning (after the baby's bottle) and I'll just say that it was surprisingly emotional but heartwarming.

I will take away two practical steps from your article today. My phone will find its "landline" location once again as I try to implement another round of strict digital detoxing and I will sit down to make a substantial plan for a few things in my life. Our Georgia homestead isn't going to start itself!

And here is the link to the video James shared with me.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVOn4oYCtmY

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Dec 7, 2023Liked by Daniel Joseph Petty

"This means that if you want true wisdom, health, and well-being you need not rely on the things of this world, but rather on God. To learn to rely on Him, we must learn to pray."

Yeah, but when you have a broken leg you don't pray for God to heal it, you go to the hospital and rely on all the advancements achieved by the medicine developed in this so-called evil modernity to get your problem fixed.

Treating modernity with contempt and condescention does nothing to make people take Christianity seriously.

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Dec 8, 2023Liked by Daniel Joseph Petty

I agree, it is all interconnected! Mind, body, spirit -living with integrity = integrating them. And I believe that happens best when we have our foundation, rootedness, security in the life of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit Romans 11:16

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Dec 14, 2023Liked by Daniel Joseph Petty

This makes me wonder how many of us are truly on the path to having an intimate organic relationship with our Heavenly Father such that we come to adore him genuinely from our hearts and love to talk to him moment by moment as we live our lives.

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I’m not sure how many of us there are. But I know I need growth in mt prayer life. It would be prudent that we pray for others to grow in their prayer lives as well. Such moment-by-moment can be achieved and should be strived for so long as we have air in our lungs.

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Dec 18, 2023Liked by Daniel Joseph Petty

So many excellent thoughts. I applaud your discipline and the prioritizing of important things in your life. I look forward to the fasting post.

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Dec 18, 2023Liked by Daniel Joseph Petty

I love Alvin Vandergriend's definition of prayer: The conversation part of the greatest love relationship in your life, your relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

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