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Lucretia is the creator of Brownicity.com. She is a wife, mom of three, and a former college professor, whose passion for racial healing led her to author What LIES Between Us: Fostering First Steps Towards Racial Healing, and speak at TEDx Charlotte and Q Ideas Charlotte (2017).

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  1. Lucretia,
    I loved this post since it took me back to my childhood and swimming across a lake – I could relate! I have found that being in continual “conversation” with God, throughout the day, keeps me focused. I don’t know that I pray “constantly”, but I have certain routines that usher in the divine covenant of prayer. Having my quiet time of scripture and prayer first thing in the morning, starts my day off on the right foot. Joining in here at (in)courage reminds me of the women and prayer requests I’ve committed to praying for. When I walk my beagle, it’s become a prayer walk. Sure it would be easy to put in earbuds and zone out, but I find it is good to pray as I walk. Nature and convening with God are a powerful duo. Even stops at red lights, in my SUV sanctuary, give just enough time to utter a “breath prayer”. Praying like this has taken many years to cultivate, and some days go off the rails completely, but God still woos me back to my ongoing dialogue with Him. Awesome post and reminder! Aqua-drama lol…love it 😉
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

    • Bev!
      Yes! This!
      Together, you and I could walk and pray in nature, and change the world!…lol. Walking and praying is my favorite. I feel like I need room to move, to swing my arms, to move my feet, as if my movement adds power to my words.

      Thank you for sharing and praying!
      Shalom
      LCB

  2. I love the way you’ve turned “normal” life on its head here, Lucretia, and invited me into the practice of putting prayer first–then letting all the lesser things fall in around it.

    • Thank you Michele.
      I feel like loving God with my ALL manifests differently each day. I have to work at not feeling anxious about the lack of routine. I love order, so sometimes, when the order is beyond my understanding, I have a tendency to try to order things instead of going with the spirit-led flow.

      Thank you for reading and praying!
      Shalom
      LCB

    • Pamela,
      I am so glad you were encouraged!

      Thank you for reading and praying!
      Shalom
      LCB

  3. My morning time with coffee and my devotionals is the best part of my day. I need, however, to work on my prayer time and communication with God. Thank you for reminding me the importance of fitting my day into prayer.

    • Elizabeth.
      You are welcome. I miss those days of having a quiet morning.
      I am so glad you were encouraged!

      Thank you for reading and praying!
      Shalom
      LCB

  4. Thank you for this post. My prayer life is not where it should be. Your story has reminded me of this fact. I need to custom fit, ie cut out some deep prayer and reflection again, praying throughout the day and at night is proving not enough. Thank you for sharing your story it proves very useful and a teachable moment!
    Jas

    • Jas.
      I am so glad you were encouraged!

      Thank you for reading and praying!
      Shalom
      LCB

    • Julie,
      You’re welcome.
      I am so glad you were encouraged!

      Thank you for reading and praying!
      Shalom
      LCB

  5. I think it is both. Starting the day with conversation with the Lord is the best way to start a day, and it isn’t about how long but making the connection, and then staying consciously aware all of each day that we can be in conversation throughout the day’s flow. I write about that in chapter one of my book First Breath of Morning!

    • Kathy!
      ‘First Breath of Morning!’ I LOVE IT!!!!

      Thank you for reading and praying!
      Shalom
      LCB

  6. I enjoy reading the posts on Incourage.me , but why is the type so light? I find it difficult to read. Please consider changing to a darker typeset. Thank you in advance.

    • Hi Karen.
      Thank you for sharing your concern. I can pass this along to the technology team.

      Thank you for reading and praying!
      Shalom
      LCB

  7. Lucretia, I love how you offer hope to women who just can’t fit that prayer time in the early morning hours. My kids have left home, but I have a tutoring job a few days a week, and I can’t possibly get up before it starts! I used to think my day would be ruined and my relationship with God would suffer if I missed a morning time, but really God wants us to walk with Him all day long.

    • Betsy,
      I had a friend who felt so much shame because she could not wake early and spend an hour praying and reading scripture. Shaming herself first thing in the morning tainted the rest of her day. My heart broke for her and for those of us who begin our day with guilt regarding an expectation that God did not put upon us. We get to have an authentic connection and genuine communication with God. YAY!!

      I am so glad you were encouraged!

      Thank you for reading and praying!
      Shalom
      LCB

  8. This was a wonderful way of looking at prayer, esp for a busy mom. Thanks for sharing!

    • Andrea,
      I am so glad you were encouraged! As a busy mom, raising girls whose personalities clash throughout the day, praying this way, helps we stay level headed.

      Thank you for reading and praying!
      Shalom
      LCB

  9. Lucretia,

    There is no right way or time to pray. Bonnie Gray in her book “Whispers of Rest” talks about breath prayers. You breath in & say Jesus then breath out & say help me- or any words you want. God knows we are busy people & we can’t always have a quiet time first thing in the morning. We can start a conversation with Him & continue all day. I often get reminders & stop in my day to pray for others. My favorite time is in the shower. I make it dark & just talk to God while bathing. Prayer is simply having a conversation with Jesus. Start anytime & keep on going. He is always ready to hear from His children. One song I love is “Let Us Pray” by Stephen C. Chapman. The chorus states simply: Let us pray, let us pray, everywhere in every way Every moment of the day, it is the right time For the Father above, He is listening with love And He wants to answer us, so let us pray.

    Blessings 🙂

    • Beth,
      Showering was made for praying!…lol. Also, when I am sweeping, I tend to hear from God. I wonder what the connection is? I am so glad that we live connected to our Source! I pray that ALL would know this LOVE.

      Thank you for reading and praying!
      Shalom
      LCB

    • Lazondral!
      Your name is beautiful! It reads like a song.

      I am so glad you were encouraged!

      Thank you for reading and praying!
      Shalom
      LCB

  10. “I rise like a ready writer eager to pen words that align the moments with God’s thoughts.” Beautiful, Lucretia. I want to live from this posture too.

    • Becky,
      Thank you! I am so glad you were encouraged!

      Thank you for reading and praying!
      Shalom
      LCB

  11. Lucretia, I am moved by the wisdom you’ve shared – “My day is prayer in motion — breathing, living, and creating…When we rest our whole selves — soul, heart, mind and strength — in God’s intention, we become the embodiment of His prayers. We get to personify God’s purpose.” Love it!