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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Breakfast Epiphanies 4

Today I'm reading Mark 1:35

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

"The first hour of waking is the rudder that guides the whole day." (Lyman Beecher)

This week's blog is focused on helping us to look for the Lord in the simple, ordinary things of life. Part of that means being comfortable with who we are in approaching God in prayer. Jan Johnson writes: To abide in God's presence means that we don't have to dress up our feelings. If we believe God is grand enough to love our flawed self, we can speak the truth to Him about what we feel - anger at others, disappointment with ourselves, resentment toward Him, the Creator...It is imperative that we speak our true minds to God. That means that when we pray we do not worry about the suitability of our prayer. We do not concern ourselves with wondering if what we are praying for is unworthy of God's attention, and we do not worry about being respectful. We tell God what we carry in our heart, and we ask God what we need for ourselves and for others, not to make ourselves feel better but because our friendship with God needs it...In the shelter of such a friendship, we can tell God what we really think. We don't have to hide from Him when we're angry. We can grumble, we can spit out our breath prayer, we can go into our closets and scream...To rest in God's companionship in the midst [of it all] provides a lifeline of strength.

Powerful stuff. What prayers, thoughts, feelings have you hidden from God?

In what ways can you see 'practicing the presence of God' as a help in working through the irritations of life?

Today's prayer:

Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.

My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me. (Psalm 63:7-8)

Blessings today!


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