Practice

Joining with the #fiveminutefriday group of writers again, where we write for 5 minutes on a word prompt.  This week’s prompt is: Practice.

When I heard this word, I immediately thought of ‘Practice the Presence of God’ which is a wee book by Brother Lawrence, who was a cook in a Monastery, and who used to have uninterrupted conversations with God.  It didn’t matter that he what he was doing, everything else was too trivial to interrupt his conversations with God.

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Now I would love to practice that!! But life is busy, people and things clamour for my attention.  Meditation usually leads to shopping lists or to do lists!  How to practice this presence of God in the midst of everyday life?

I do love my quiet time with the Lord in the morning, but somehow by the end of the day that sweet presence has gone, lost in the midst of the day’s activities.  How to keep that sweet presence with me throughout the day?

Here are a few ideas to keep that connection going throughout the day:-

thankfulness

arrow prayers

serenity prayer

breathe

Simple things, repeated often keep that connection, but I have to practice them, I have to keep at them otherwise they slip and are lost in the midst of the day.

How do you practice the presence of God?

 

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9 thoughts on “Practice”

  1. I also wrote about spiritual practices! Thank you for mentioning Brother Lawrence’s book. One of the ways I have tried to “practice his presence” is to NOT multi-task during meals. If I eat alone (which I often do) I set my timer for at least 10 minutes, and practice listening to God and breathing deeply while I eat. I often have a few minutes left on my timer after I’m finished eating, and then I try to practice centering prayer. I’m not perfect at it, but that’s why they call it “practice”!

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  2. Isn’t it amazing (and disheartening) how that sweet presence so keenly felt in the morning can feel so distant and drained by early evening? I, too, want to practice His presence….and take it with me all day. But, you are right, it is a challenge.

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  3. Hi Fiona, I appreciate the reminder of Brother Lawrence’s amazing book. It’s a spiritual classic and a gem to read. I might just have to revisit it again! I also love your suggestions about how we can actively practice the presence of God, because it can seem too ethereal and unreal unless we can root it in something tangible. They also tie in closely with my own way of doing just that.

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  4. Hi, Fiona! I haven’t seen you around the Five-Minute Friday before (not that I attend each week 😉 ). Anyway, welcome! When I first saw that prompt, that was my first through, too :). I read the book back in my university days (a LONG time ago). I love Scotland–I had the privilege of visiting back in the 80s. It’s a beautiful country :).

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