I recently read a short, simple prayer originally written and prayed by Saint Thérèse of Lisieux (a Catholic nun whose practical and simple spiritual life is widely celebrated. She died from tuberculosis at the age of 24.)


help me to simplify my life by learning what

You want me to be

and becoming that person.


Since first reading this prayer, my soul has been drawn back to it again and again. Maybe I am captivated by it because my soul knows that I need these simple words. Maybe I keep returning to it because simplify isn’t really a word in my vocabulary. Maybe this prayer has become adhered to my brain and my heart because the Holy Spirit is the one holding the glue stick. 

I am going to print this prayer and tape it to my bathroom mirror and post it by my desk in my office so that I can have it as a regular reminder to slow down, to get rid of the clutter, and let my focus be on simply becoming who God has created me to be, who Jesus has called me to be, and who the Spirit is empowering me to be.

Will you join me in making this your daily prayer?

Simplifying and becoming,

William Deal