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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.


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