Sisters & Brothers,
This life isn't about me. It's about how can I serve God, my family and you my brothers and sisters. I'm astounded by how many of my friends that I've included on this journey of mine that come to me just to chat or for some advice. I love listening to people talk. Whether it's hope and dreams, issues they're going through (both faith/spiritual based and not) for me it's about being present for them and offering up an ear and maybe some advice or guidance if I can.
There's something very profound about realizing that you don't need to put yourself before anyone else. I know people out there will tell you to always put yourself first and foremost before anyone else but if I have the mindset that God will take care of me as is his will then that allows me to focus on everyone else around me. It's glorious and when you've found that state of mind, so many doors open for you and relationships grow into something you never expected. It's wonderful.
I find myself constantly being drawn back to prayer. Even through tiny little moment of my day while I'm at work or when I'm home and reading a book. I find it quite peaceful to be silent and be talking to Jesus. It stills my heart and mind which is a feeling that I find I want more and more of. I also love sharing that with people as well. Humans are smart creatures and they can tell when they're with someone that is at peace with the world and themselves. I hope it's also calming for them to be around someone who isn't a giant ball of stress. More than one person has told me that they've been thinking about their relationship with God and the church since we started talking and I couldn't be more happy for them. If that's not a clear indication that prayer works I don't know what is.
If you need someone to talk to or just to have sit and listen to then you should feel free to reach out. I can't promise I have all the answers but I can promise I'll be there for you and I'll keep you in my prayers.