Tuesday, January 13, 2009

My Spiritual Journey

Practicing the Presence of God. The phrase that encompasses my current frame of mind. The more I learn about prayer, the more I practice mediation, the more I memorize scripture, the more I realize that everything points to practicing the presence of God.

My two quotes for the week are both from Adele Calhoun
  • "We cannot open ourselves to someone we don't even notice"
  • "We can get so busy doing urgent things and so preoccupied with what comes next that we don't experience NOW...the present moment becomes a crack between what we did and what we have yet to do."
The disciplines I'm working to establish in my life have led me to a point of silence. A point where I don't just focus on the future and what I want to accomplish but a point of enjoying the presence of God in each and every moment of the day. Its a ton more difficult than I thought it would be! I mean how do you enjoy the presence of God while cleaning up your kids' throw up? But I know God is leading me on this journey and so I willingly submit to it and allow Him to teach me this not so easy lesson.

Goals from last week:
  • I have Matthew 5:1-3 memorized.
  • I've been up most mornings by 5:45am...still working on getting out of bed on the first beep!
  • I've answered questions # 1 & #5...still working on 15, 19, & 20
  • I have confirmed our family service project and we will start serving together next week!

Goals for this next week:
  • Continue to memorize the Sermon on the Mount
  • Get out of bed on the first beep!
  • Finish the vision casting questions
  • Finish the book "The Practice of the Presence of God" by brother Lawrence
I love the journey the Lord has me on! I love even more that no matter how much I learn and no matter how close I grow to the Lord, there will always be more room to grow and so much more to learn. Can't wait to see what He does in me this year =)


Anonymous said...

whenever you are trying to get up at 5:45 just think... wow candace has already been up for 45mins. I can do this! =)
-Justace Family

The Minter's said...

5 am..yuck! My alarm goes off at 5:30 so that's my aim. But 5 am...that just seems too close to the 4 o clock hour which is when every good American should still be sleeping =)