Insight on the Beach

I’m teaching a lesson on prayer in a little while, and preparing for it has reminded me of the power and necessity of prayer. In the words of Marianne Williamson, prayer “gives inner peace in ways that neither intellectual understanding, credentials, money, sex, drugs, houses, clothes, nor any other gifts of the world can.”

We can pray about any and everything. If we have something to say, God is ready to listen. If we’re awake, then He’s awake. We are His children, and He’s always standing at the door (in a manner of speaking) ready to let us in. In fact, sometimes I think our desire to pray is the result of His call to prayer because there’s something He wants us to know. Our responsibility is to ask for guidance, inspiration, help, strength, or enlightenment and THEN LISTEN to what He has to say.

Recently, I was “laid low” by some remarks of one of my children. My heart was broken, and I was besieged by deep sadness and a literal aching in my chest. How could this have happened between us? How could she have said these things to and about me? For the first time, I realized how easy it is to take good relationships for granted. I went for a walk on the beach and had another talk with God. I didn’t have to get on my knees or use any fancy language. All I had to do is walk and talk silently. “Thank you. Help me, please. What am I not seeing? I need Thy wisdom and enlightenment, and I need it now.” Here’s what happened. Even as I was having this inner conversation, I thought, “She thinks ….” Yes, I could have thought it on my own, but I’m convinced that those words were sent right from God.

After my walk, I wrote my daughter and told her that if that’s what she thought, it was surely not the case. Soon, she replied and affirmed my suspicions. There’s more to the story than this, but we’re working our way back to each other. I’ve asked that Heavenly Father infuse this and all other situations in my life with His light and understanding. I’m listening, and I know He’ll make it clear.

One of the many blessings in my life is that my children also understand the power of prayer. I love being able to remind them to “pray about it,” regardless of what “it” might be. There’s nothing too little or too big that we can’t take it to our Maker in prayer. “Have you inquired of the Lord?” is another one of my favorite questions, and I love being able to ask it without any of them looking at me as if I’d flipped my lid.

 This post could go on and on, but I’m going to bring it to a close with part of a prayer that comes from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous: “Send me the right thought, word, or action. Show me what my next step should be. In times of doubt and indecision, please send Your inspiration and guidance.” Beautiful, huh? I’m just wondering why we don’t do it more often. But then, that’s a topic for another day.


Author: jayne bowers

*married with children, stepchildren, grandchildren, in-laws, ex-laws, and a host of other family members and fabulous friends *semi-retired psychology instructor at two community colleges *writer

5 thoughts on “Insight on the Beach”

  1. Thank you for such a beautiful post. I’m teaching this same lesson today. It’s nice to read others insights and thoughts.


    Thank you! As it turned out, the lesson went very well, mainly because the sister in my ward are so participative and supportive. I hope your experience was just as wonderful.

  2. my daughter darrell and my other daughter darrell and my wife have been to hilton head and dissyworld way down below you in florida>>>>they said there were so many eoplople there they could hardly stand and they are the ones who reallly like pololple

    And where were you during these travels?

  3. Wonderful post Jayne. I read the lesson and it was a poignant reminder to always pray about everything! I hope that things are quickly on the mend for you and daughter…it is always painful when our children “don’t get us”

    Amen, Sistah! Where do people who don't pray turn for peace and answers and guidance?

  4. I don’t have the best relationship with my mom at all…so much so that I rarely ever mention her.

    You and your daughters have a strong foundation, of love and prayer and family. There may be trials but the foundation is what matters. It will see you through.

    Thanks Hayden. It's true; we do have a strong foundation, and we're working on "things."

  5. my wif and her two daughters and one grand daughter{without the old dad} spent hrs. walking on those same beaches that you and your daughters have frequented, and i have stopped feeling left out and unwanted here at the homefront in middle utah.>>it took me a while, however to get over this abondondment

    Putz, I can never tell if you're joking or serious. How dare they leave you out of these beach strolls!

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