Everyone who has ever tried to lose weight knows that the really big issue is motivation – where do we find it, how do we keep it going, and what do we do when it slips!

Even as I write this, I am a student of each of these steps. How’s this for a story: I’m sitting in a friend’s backyard and these words are flowing forth. I stopped writing to take a brief moment to enjoy the breeze and reflect on how to illustrate opening oneself up. Suddenly the breeze kicked up and the pages of my Sermon Notebook surrendered to the wind. Before long, my friend’s white cat had followed the wind across the backyard and into my lap. Not bad for only having written the two words: “open up.” I suppose it can be described in another pair of words: loosen up!

I keep a prayer journal and one night I wrote a prayer asking God to show me the way to a good husband. For some reason I felt I was ready to share my life with someone else. I know mum and dad were a bit worried since I was 32 and still not inclined to get married in spite of their persistence. I was grateful for the blessings in my life and now looked forward to living the next chapter in my life. After all, mum and dad are happy together for the past 60 odd years. The night before I was leaving for Silver Spring, inclement weather almost stopped me from traveling. However, I persevered and finally made it home the next day.

Through prayer we will see great things happen. People who do not have a relationship with God will seek him, miracles will be wrought, relationships will be mended and many other awesome blessings we be realized. All it takes is one person to begin building a prayer life and then affecting another. We must do what we can to shield ourselves from slipping into a complacency where we begin to leave prayer out of our lives.

For each reminder that you set, Echo will send you a prayer from your prayer list. Generally, it will pick prayers at random, but you also have the option to be reminded of a specific prayer at a certain time.

Use exercise time to make shopping lists, brainstorm about a project, or write a draft for a letter or a story. It’s a good idea to have a pen an paper close to your exercise machine, just incase you have a great idea to pen down.

After reading these tips, you can begin to understand what it takes to become a smarter traveler. There is a lot of information and you need to know how to use it. Keeping that in mind, you can refine your own traveling plans so that you can relax and enjoy your next trip.