For Lent

Dear Heavenly Father,

Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness praying - so for lent I am giving up my laziness and exercising for 15 minutes each day by running and praying without ceasing.

You are wonderful and worthy of my praise and honor. You are loving and faithful despite my unfaithfulness to you. I have yet to express this unconditionally to you.

Dear God - thank you for Emily. Please give her joy and comfort in the midst of a difficult life. Let her feel cherished and loved by you and by us every single day. Give me the patience and focus she needs from me, and use me to show her your love for her.

Thank you also for Annabelle - for her incredibly caring spirit full of happiness, forgiveness, and creativity. Give her a pure heart and mind and draw her near to you. I am inadequate, Lord, to provide for her the way I feel I am called to. Please use me to show your love and compassion for her - in addition to drawing her near to you, especially in difficult times as her sisters require so much attention before they pass on to you.

Thank you for my wife, Diana - for her love for you and her giving and serving spirit that gets us through each and every day. Thank you for her constant love and encouragement as we endure some pretty bleak and seemingly endless days. Please use me to show her the love and grace you extend to us. Teach me to see her as you do, and to love her appropriately while serving her as you call me to. And draw her close to you every day in the midst of her busy schedule.

Thank you, Lord, for the love and mercy you extend to me - even though I don't deserve it. Even when I refuse to accept it. Draw me closer to you during these 40 days and prepare me for the next.