today lets talk about our Brother Lawrence. brother lawrence was a monk in the 1600s who spent the greater part of his life in the Monastery of the Discalced Carmelites in Paris. all i know about b.l. i’ve gotten from a book that the theologian i so intimately know has in his library:  The Practice of the Presence of God.

they say that this monk was kind of awkward and was a klutz. {sounds like me!} he was always dropping things or messing something up. they didn’t really trust him with anything important so he was a dishwasher and worked in the kitchen. but, even though he spent most of his life as just a kitchen maid, he considered it a high calling because he considered everything he did was for God. he called it “practicing the presence of God.” he felt that his whole life should be one giant prayer. that there shouldn’t be separate times for prayer or for work, but that it all was one continual prayer.

here are some quotes from the book:

 “There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful than that of a continual conversation with God.”

“it matters not to me what i do, or what i suffer, so long as i abide lovingly united to God’s will-that is my whole business”

“the practice of the presence of God is the shortest and easiest way to attain to Christian perfection: it is the form and life of virtue, it is the great preservative from sin. The practice will become easy, if we have but courage and a good will.”

“O Lord, enlarge the chambers of my heart that i may find room for Thy love. Sustain me by The power, lest the fire of the love consume me. The practice of the presence of God is of very great service in helping us to pray in truth; it restrains the minds from wandering throughout the day and holds it fixed steadfastly on God; thus it will more easily remain tranquil in the hour of prayer.”

“The time of business does not with me differ from the time of prayer; and in the noise and clatter of my kitchen, while several persons are at the same time calling for different things, i possess God in as great tranquility as i were upon my knees at the blessed sacrament.”

and the silliest, most awesome quote:

“Lord of all  pots and pans and things… make me a saint by getting meals and washing up the plates!”

-“{Thus Brother Lawrence was able to turn even the most commonplace and menial task into a living hymn to the glory of God.}”

so today, i thought it would be nice if i had that quote hanging over my sink. see, i don’t really want to be a “saint” or anything but husbuddy and i are always fighting over who “gets” to do the dishes. after reading  how brother lawrence lived every moment  in prayer-even when he was doing dishes- giving glory to God… i’m convicted about my own moments of selfishness-especially while doing the dishes…

practicing constant prayer is a hard goal! let it start while i’m doing the dishes ;)

and while i’m at it, i wanted to share it as a free printable with you! so all you have to do is download it by clicking here, print it out, frame it- or just tape it!- above your sink. :) i printed mine and then painted a blue background to match and used it as a matte for the frame.  i am loving the orange and blue  above my sink. Husbuddy loves it too. :)

enjoy praying while washing the dishes, my friends!

*update* the pdf has been updated to fix the ” at the beginning of the quote! forgive me, and thanks to husbuddy for always checking my spelling and grammar! ;)

xo-kimberly renee

{this is day 11 of the 31 days of prayer. thanks for being here! if you’d like to see other bloggers posting a 31 day series, go check out the Nester! also- please contact me if you have any questions or problems with the free download!}