Prayer and Pumpkin Bread

Hi all– Our four oldest grand-daughters spent a few days last summer for Grammy Camp.  Before dinner I leaned over to our five year old grand-girl and said, “Let’s hold hands so we can pray.”
She asked, “What’s pray??”
“Well,” I answered, “It’s when we talk to God.”
She turned to me surprised, “You can talk to God??!!”
“Sure, I talk to him in the mornings and pray for you, that you grow well and stay strong and smart…”   The other grand-girls chimed in, “Do you pray for us too?!”
It was a sweet moment– the chance to share that part of my faith with that little one I love so much.  I hope it stays with her.

Here’s the girls at Grammy Camp –taking off on an evening flashlight hike!


I truly want to be a fervent pray-er.  Coming to God with an open heart every day.  I’m not always as prayerful as I wish I were.  It’s been on my mind.

Martin Luther wrote, “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.”

And a pastor, talking about prayer, compared it to his daily walks & talks with his wife.  Sometimes she is fascinating.  At times their walks are boring and she can even be annoying!  (I’m sure that goes both ways!)  But the cumulative affect of walking and talking day after day strengthens their bond, makes them closer.

And in the same way, prayer can be a struggle at times.  Some days I just say, “It’s me again praying, God, for the people on my heart and mind.”  But some days there is a worship and sweet communion with him that lifts my soul.  The bottom line is to keep showing up.  Drawing hope and strength from those times.

Just read Prayer, Our Deepest Longing by Ronald Rolheiser, a Catholic priest.  Great worthwhile book.
He writes:
“If we pray faithfully every day, year in and year out, we can expect a little excitement, lots of boredom, and regular temptations to look at the clock.  But the bond and an intimacy will be going under the surface: a deep growing bond with our God.”


So I wanted to pass on a couple things that have helped me.

I hesitate to write about my little notebook.  I’m not the best model of faithful prayer.  But it’s helped me– and might encourage you in your prayers…

In the morning I sit down with my Bible and my little pink notebook and a mug of tea.  And then I:
#1. Write the date
#2. Read a bit of the Bible and write what it makes me think (the Psalms are a good place to start)
#3. List 3 or 4 things I am thankful for right now
#4. Write down all the friends & family I want to pray for
#5. List the things I want to get done in the day ahead

Then I sit and pray over all of what I’ve written in the book, praising God and asking for help.  Then I start my day.

The other help to me in prayer is praying with other people.  Jackie and Debbie come one morning a week to sit and talk and pray together.  And when my Monday night friends come in each week, we share things we are praying for and talk to God together.  They keep me praying…

That’s it.  Hopeful you find great comfort and strength and joy in prayer too.


One more thing!!  –Made this Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread for my Monday night ladies this week.  Some people kick off fall with a Pumpkin Spice Latte, but for me it’s this pumpkin bread–spicy and sweet and delicious warm from the oven.

3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
2 eggs
1  1/4 cup flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon)
2/3 cup mini chocolate chips
1 cup walnuts or pecans, coarsely chopped

In a large mixing bowl, stir together the pumpkin, sugar, oil and eggs.  Then mix in the flour, baking powder, salt and pumpkin pie spice.  Finally stir in the chocolate chips and nuts.

Spoon the batter into a standard loaf pan that has been sprayer with cooking spray.  Bake it up at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes.  So good!


And here’s a few other favorite quick bread recipes:

Peach Pecan Bread

Orange Strawberry Bread

Cherry Chocolate Banana Bread


And one more thought:
Prayer should be the key of the day and the lock of the night.”  — George Herbert

So thankful we can talk to God, day and night.

39 thoughts on “Prayer and Pumpkin Bread

    • Thanks Carol. Just read your Becoming Mrs. Lewis review. I’m a book away from digging into it. Plus reading The Gospel Comes with a House Key on the side– so good!! Have you heard of it?? hugs friend!

        • I’m challenged/impressed by it so far. She really spills it all out right there in the preface– enough to be a book in itself! And we listened to a couple of her talks that were on youtube while we stripped wall paper at our daughter’s house last summer– so amazing how she came to Christ. Anyway, I’ll let you know when I finish… xox

  1. This is beautiful, Rhonda. I love your little pink notebook. Thank you for sharing that with us.

    I’m a big prayer girl myself, and boy when that communion comes in (& it’s always truly there), it’s incredible.
    Love to you Rhonda.

  2. I so adore this post, Rhonda! I pray in the shower every morning and at night before bed. I used to write down all my prayer requests and people who needed prayers said but it got to be so many that I couldn’t keep up with it. I’m reminded now that helped me with a prayer focus…I think I’ll go back to that. You moment with your granddaughters about prayer is so sweet! They say start teaching them young to live in God’s word. My little 7 year old niece already knows much about Him. God bless you😘❤️

  3. I so love this post Rhonda! And I so love your moment with the little girls – really reminds me of my moment with my grandma.m – it was her who taught me to be prayerful. You’re so sweet Rhonda and such an inspiration. Thanks for sharing. xoxox

  4. Rhonda, this is a beautiful post. So thoughtful. Love the interaction with your grand-girls.
    I once heard of a woman that gathered all of her kids around her at the front door each morning as they headed out to school so she could pray for each of them. Her kids friends and a lot of the neighborhood kids would come and stand with her to be “prayed over” each morning too. If we can do nothing else, we CAN pray. You are a sweetie and, it’s posts like this that make me so thankful that you didn’t retire completely from blogging. Hugs to you xoxo

  5. Hi Rhonda…what a wonderful post…you are so inspiring as a grandma, wife, mother, friend, and daughter…you handle all these roles with such grace and intention…I continue to keep you in my prayers and hope you continue to blog (even a bit more) love the inspiration and recipes! Enjoy our Fall days!

    • Debbie– you are so dear. Haven’t seen you on facebook lately. How are you and all your family?? And we are enjoying fall– isn’t it a good change?? Are you baking? Taking any trips?? xox

  6. Rhonda I needed this reminder… sometimes in the busyness of every day it’s easy to forget to just simply go to God with what’s on our hearts. What a special moment with your grandkids too! Thank you for sharing ❤ That chocolate pumpkin bread looks phenomenal too!

  7. Love your idea of that little pink book, Rhonda! Just think, you can look back and see answered prayer as well as insights into Scripture passages you were reading. Great, great tip! Thank you! Also, your bread recipes all look wonderful! I can almost taste that pumpkin one!

  8. To me it sounds like you are a pretty faithful prayer. I pray during my commute. I hate my commute, but it kind of forces me to slow down with some quiet time. I try to read my bible before bed. Really that actually ends up happening a fraction of the time. I need to find a better habit for that. Maybe I’ll follow your lead and try out mornings.

    • Oh Lacey– you’re at such a busy time of your life. I just read a book on prayer by a Catholic priest (so good) who talked about Moms of young children, saying their constant service was as a form of prayer– and they will have more time to pray as the years go on. I’m not explaining it well or saying you shouldn’t pray– but this is just an exceptional time in your life. I think you’re doing an amazing job of it all. xo

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