Praying When Your Routine Changes

mother and daughter on the beachSummer’s here! As a mom, I love summer because of the slower routine in the morning, the lack of homework and projects, and a pause in my kids’ extracurricular activities. With summer, though, comes a change in routine that can often impact my prayer life.

While I hate to admit it, the routine change can sometimes cause my prayer life to be rather bumpy until the desolation that crops up serves as a reminder from the Holy Spirit to get my act together. Other times, I remember to use St. Ignatius’s wisdom of preparation and think ahead about the change that is coming and come up with an action plan.

This summer, I’m hoping not to wait until spiritual desolation hits to get my plan in place. So what can we do when we anticipate a routine change?

Name it.

Be mindful of the upcoming routine change.

  • What will cause it?
  • Will our routine change impact our time of prayer?
  • Will we not be in our home, so our place of prayer is different?

Prepare for it.

Plan ahead for a new time of prayer, a new place of prayer, and a new space of prayer.

  • If our kids are sleeping later due to the weekend or summer, can we move our prayer time to a later time, but still honor the desire for daily prayer?
  • If we are out of town, we can ask ourselves where our prayer time will be while we travel.
  • Perhaps we have guests in town. How can we tweak our prayer routine to match the additional people in our home?

Put the plan into action.

Once we’ve put thought into how to handle the change in routine, we can implement our plan by honoring the new time and the new place. As always, we can make sure we have the prayer materials we need. For instance, if we are traveling, have we included our prayer materials on our packing list?

Let’s try to remember to be gentle with ourselves when life changes our routine and it impacts our prayer life. God will call us back to prayer, and when we feel that restlessness within us or the desolation that stirs due to missing our daily prayer time, we can get right back on the horse and begin again.

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Becky Eldredge
Becky Eldredge is a writer and spiritual director in Baton Rouge, LA. The author of Busy Lives & Restless Souls and The Inner Chapel, Becky holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Education from Louisiana State University and a Masters in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University New Orleans. She has her Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Spring Hill College. Becky has been involved in ministry for more than 15 years, with the majority of her work in retreat ministry and adult faith formation. While ministry is one of her passions, her greatest joy is sharing life with her husband, Chris, and her children, Brady, Abby, and Mary.


  1. Thank you your experience & more importantly your plan were exactly what I needed this past week. I had planned for everything else but my prayer routine. Blessings of gratitude. MarAnn

  2. Thank you. I have been using “the Grace I Seek” for about 18 weeks, fruitfully. When Vacation Bible School started, I was carried through, now desolation has set in as I rest, look for Sabbath, retreat, and recovery from a full and busy year. I need to come up with a plan to find balance in my life and most importantly, for my soul. Suggestions welcome. I’m finding it difficult to begin again with “The Grace I Seek” amongst retuning to work from vacation. I haven’t taken time for retreat. I’m sure this needs to be part of my plan.

  3. Great reminder even for those of us who no longer have children at home. Whenever our routine changes there is the chance that something important will be put aside. We must keep our priorities in the right order. Thank you.


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