Do you walk through life wondering if your presence here on earth matters to anyone else in the grand scheme of things? I can relate, and I want to tell you that it does.
Think of all the things that had to happen to get you to where you are right here, right now. In Practicing the Presence of God, Brother Lawrence knew God was where he was every single minute, “that we ought, once for all, heartily to put our whole trust in GOD, and make a total surrender of ourselves to Him, secure that He would not deceive us” Brother Lawrence knew that the most excellent thing we could do was to go to GOD, do our common business without any care of pleasing another human being in it.
Brother Lawrence’s story was simply to do whatever it is that God puts on your heart with love, and not the greatness of the work itself. He knew that God did not ask much of us, merely a thought of him or an act of adoration, we should sometimes ask for his grace, offer him our sufferings and thank him for all things past, present and future.
When you know these things you will also know that you are with God (or whatever you call your personal higher power.) never alone, he is there in your troubles so you can hold his hand, at your meals so you can lift thanks, silently or otherwise, the least little remembrances will always be pleasing to him. He is always more near than I think. I left and breathed his spirit within me.
I recommend that you not be discouraged by the resistance you will get in your life by the human nature of others, there will always be a naysayer to your thinking and belief, live and let live.
I have spent my entire life going to church and serving as a Christian, and the only time I do not feel alone is when I practice the constant presence of God. I need no approval, opinion, or companionship in his presence, I only need those things in man’s world.
Myself care happens in my mind, heart and soul within his presence. When I go to Sunday worship it is fine, however when I spend time with God as I understand him alone it is better!
I love waking up early, having a cup of tea and seeking direction for my life, I love listening for the answers. It’s Just that simple. No expectation or man made requirements, I love marveling at the amazing grace of God in looking and listening to my children and grandchildren, I see and feel his presence and spirit, in the people, places and things he shows me over a day. I gratefully acknowledge his Grace through them.
He talks to me and is delighted in me, and when I listen I know it. I feel the amazement in the little things, the fact that he accepts all of my defects of character in addition to human wretchedness, he daily sooth’s this or that within me is simple grace, smoothing me out for others along the way.
I know longer look for the approval of another in my life, one cannot build a life on such approval, such approval if it is good, will go to my head, if it is bad it will go to my heart, either way my ego or myself would become a problem.
I strive each day to be at peace with myself on the inside. To see, feel and touch the people in my life with a kind heart, honesty and truth. I refuse to be fake in any part of my world, such phoniness does nothing for me or those around me, its okay if you take me, or leave me.
I have a pioneer heart, everything started from something, somewhere, every action was an ancestor to a thought, God is good, he wants you to think. Few choose to.
I cannot imagine how religious persons can be satisfied without practicing the presence of GOD. For my part I keep myself retired with God at the Centre of my soul as much as I can, because he is within me I fear nothing, I do not turn from him , I am in constant conversation with him I dislike any disconnection in my conversation with God, I am glad to be established.
The difficulties of my life need not be unbearable, I have a choice in how I choose to look at them, through faith or unbelief, it makes them seem so. Making myself occupied with entirely knowing God reveals all truth for my life within me and I am sure it is the same for others.
How many kindred spirits we would be if we could find the treasure of which the Gospel speaks: all else would be as nothing. It is boundless the more you search within the greater riches you will find, the search itself is unceasing and I will not stop until I find each nugget and enjoy it eternally.
Truthfully I believe that my only business in life is to please God. Everything else is really quite moot. Abandonment in its totality of ones will, in seeking his will, acceptance of God’s will with equanimity and resignation, no matter what troubles or ill will is set upon you, I work to willingly except and joyfully endure since everything, everywhere, comes from God, and God knows what he is doing.
The trust must be unreserved with no thought of self, but inevitably God will reward the person who believes and endures with grace, he will reveal his universal treasures to you beyond anything you can imagine. His grace is sufficient and good. He gives me the grace to endure as I learn and show acceptance of whatever he sends my way.
” That there needed neither art nor science for going to God, but only a heart resolutely determined to apply itself to nothing but him ,or for His sake, and to love Him only.” Brother Lawrence 1614-1691 Carmelite Monastery of Paris, Born Nicolas Herman, Herimenil, France. Poverty forced him to join the army for meal and a place to sleep, he said this started his spiritual journey. His Religious Name: “Lawrence of the Resurrection.”
I always turn from the religious dogma: “Dogma means the doctrine of belief in a RELIGION or a political system. The Literal Meaning of dogma in ancient Greek was something that seems true. These days, in English, Dogma is more absolute. If you believe in a religion or philosophy, you believe in its dogma, or core assumptions unquestionably.
Say a cult that believes you should eat grass and cupcakes while standing on your head is the only true path, then you follow the head standing, grass and cupcake eating dogma, once adopted dogma is accepted without question, so go eat grass and cupcakes on your head!
In reality Dogma is a noun that means a doctrine or code of beliefs accepted as authoritative. I must admit I have never been good at accepting such authority.
Until next time, Dumas