John Alan Turner

Writer, Theologian, Consultant, Speaker, Teacher

Location, Location, Location

I like routine. I go through the same routine most mornings. Wake up. Check facebook. Pray through headlines of various newspapers. Check email. Start writing. Aim for 1,000 words or so. Break for lunch. Repeat. That keeps me at about 2,000 words per day. Not real glamorous or sexy. But it's worked for me so far, so I'll probably keep doing it.

When I was preaching, I always aim to be done with my talking points by Wednesday at noon. I spend Thursday refining and memorizing. I take Fridays off. Saturday night I make sure I can remember my opening story and the transitions. I actually tell myself the opening story in the shower on Sunday morning.

I drink two cups of coffee per day. I had been in the habit of going to the gym at 10:30am until the book sort of took over.

My point is, I like routines. I find them comforting. And I'm a little bit obsessive-compulsive. I don't wash my hands 20 times per day, but I have my little patterns that help me cope with the irregularities that inevitably surface in this life.

And that leads me back to the topic I opened up about recently: prayer.

I just mentioned that I pray through the headlines of various newspapers (should I say "news sources" since I only read them online?). For years now it has also been my practice to pray while in the shower. Sorry for any distasteful visual imagery, but it's the one place I've found that consistently connects me to God.

What about you? Do you have a specific place where you pray? Is location an important part of prayer?