Skip to main content

Spiritual Exercise We Should All Practice

I rarely set an alarm, but I wake up early. On a typical weekday I am up between 4-5:00 am and it is my favorite time of day. It's the quiet and stillness that I love.

But it's what I start my time with that is so life giving.

I sit in my chair and close my eyes and I verbally say, "God, I acknowledge your presence right now." I then sit quietly. Sometimes I sit for 10 minutes, but other times I can for about an hour or even more. It's a way I enjoy the noise of my silence. I say it that way because after engaging in the this practice for a while there are a lot of things that can occur in this time of stillness. I may elaborate on this in another post.

For now, I'd like to offer some thoughts on this exercise for those who have never tried it:
  1. This is about embracing good theology. Scripture says we are a temple of the Holy Spirit. So, we don't have invite God's presence. We just have to acknowledge it and live in light of that reality. This practice helps me do that.
  2. To begin this practice, start with your eyes closed and imagine God looking at you. 
  3. When you have that pictured, you will want to answer a simple question: What does God feel toward me? I recommend answering this with one word. The first word that pops into your mind at this moment is your answer.
  4. In hope of catalyzing this process for you, if any word other than the word "love" comes to mind...with all do respect...you are wrong. What God feels toward you is love. Period.
  5. After some time doing this practice you will embrace that reality. When you do, acknowledging His presence is simple, easy and something you long for each day. It provides moments of security and comfort. It invites you to be open and honest. You will take sin more seriously, but embrace God's grace more quickly.
I see this exercise as critical to feel the belonging God provides each of us. My encouragement is to try this for a while.  I say it this way: the stillness of the mornings is the needed activity for my soul. Whether or not the mornings work for you, my hope is the practice does.


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Put A Face On Them

We all know how divided our world is. Not surprising for anyone.
But how to navigate this context does seem foreign for most.
I have many thoughts on this, but here I will issue one in hope of providing help for someone.

For now I will simply say this: put a face on the person.

It is so easy to talk about people that hold a different position than you do as some sort of "category." But these are real human beings we are talking about. People who have a history that informs and shapes their views - just like you and me. These are people who are created in the image of God and loved deeply - regardless of belief or creed - and therefore have dignity and deserve respect.

It's funny. The people that tend to criticize others over an issue tend to be those who don't have a loving relationship with someone holding the view being criticized. This means there is no empathy. It means the practice of listening is almost impossible. With no relational contact the argument is at …

5 Of The Weirdest Things You Can Buy On Amazon

I can't believe some of these things really exist...but they do! They are real and they are actually for sale. Incredible. If nothing else, check them out and if you want a real kick skim through the reviews and check out the "Frequently Bought Together" section...pretty funny. Enjoy.
A life sized stick-on wall mural...of a woman using an inhaler (what?!). See it here.25 recipes...for cooking a placenta. What in the world?!! See it here.Did you know gummy bears have skeletons? Yeah, this 4D puzzle will teach you about it. Ha!Wanna buy a dozen Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches? Welp, here you go. See it here.Need a 6ft tall, 147 lb Bigfoot Yeti Statue for your garden? Well, now you can get it here.

3 Tensions Employers Must Get Over With Millennials

Business and organizations of all sorts that are being led by Baby Boomers (and now even Gen X'ers) all seem to be trying to nail down the nuances and balances of hiring and working with Millennials.

This post is far too short to address all the existing tension points and the reasons behind them, but here are a few quick expectations employers need to get over being frustrated about and figure out how to work with. Because, well, they are NOT going to change.
To have a voice. Think about it. Millennials have never been without a voice. Ever since they can remember they can post their opinions. Blogs. Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. They have always been able to make known and share what they like or disagree with. They know nothing other than being able to express their opinions. From their perspective, it's a way of contributing. Employers, get over your frustration with this and provide avenues for younger employees to voice their opinion. Sure, they might not have the best id…