“I want God to lead my life.”
I often hear many people tell me this.
How exactly do you let God lead your life?
If you want God to lead your life, you need to spend time with God.
How often do you need to spend time with God?
God seems to operate quietly deep within our souls.
God seems to patiently wait for us to come and sit.
How does God want us to spend time with Him?
I don’t think there is one right or wrong way to spend time with God.
That is what makes it so beautiful!
We can verbally pray to God and ask Him to help us and others.
We can praise and thank Him for the things in our lives.
We can complain to Him when things don’t seem to be go the way we want.
We can read a sacred scripture.
We can sit silently with Him and just rest, recharge and reset.
My method of rest, recharge and reset is Centering Prayer.
It works well for me!
There are many other methods of rest, recharge and reset:
-There are many others!
I encourage you to take advantage of the beauty and diversity of prayer methods available to us.
The point is to do it.
And do it daily.
Over time you will become pleasantly surprised to find that
God will lead your life!
That these special times are places you come from.
They seem to nudge, lead and prompt you forward in your life.
Let me know how it goes.
Feel free to share what ways you spend time with God.
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Lectio Divina—The Sacred Art: Transforming Words & Images into Heart-Centered Prayer (The Art of Spiritual Living) by Christine Valters Paintner
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Meeting God in Scripture: A Hands-On Guide to Lectio Divina by Jan Johnson
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