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"There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful than that of a continual conversation with God. Those only can comprehend it who practice and experience it; yet I do not advise you to do it from that motive. It is not pleasure which we out to seek in this exercise; but let us do it from a principle of love, and because God would have us." Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God
I stumbled across this little book over 20 years ago while working in a small family owned Christian Book Store. I was a second grade teacher in public school, a single mom, a women's bible study teacher (writing inductive bible studies to present to a group of women once a week) and a New Jersey Writing Project Institute Trainer. (NJWP)
You might say that I was burning the candle at both ends. But I was oblivious to this being a problem. I was moving and shaking with so much energy and only in moments of lull did I feel the exhaustion creeping. Instead of listening to it and taking a break, I simply pushed through.
This tiny little book landed in my hands as I stocked the shelves late one evening. The title caught my attention. The book is a printing of the letters of a 17th century French priest of humble beginnings.
His letters have lasted because they are an admission and a guide of someone that actively lived in conversation with God.
I devoured the book so hungry for relationship with God, total commitment, wise living, good choices. I knew there was nothing that needed to be checked off some list for better relationship. I knew it was simply a heart issue. And I found a good foundation laid down in this tiny book.
Conversations with God don't have to sound theological. They don't have to use words of university import. They simply need to be real adoration of the God Most High.
We live in a world that struggles with being less than top dog. Our goals are to win, not to come in second. There isn't any glory for us, or even recognition for us in doing something well just because it is the right thing to do. Instead we want the blue ribbon, the gold star in the class, the silver cup in the tournament.
Our efforts are better spent in committing to doing the next right thing and talking to God about everything.
This might mean we stop filling up time with activity and factor in time to be still and meditate on how Jesus left us examples of living.
Jesus, the Son of God, humbled himself to become flesh. To live life and conquer death. To rise again and to ascend into heaven. Until the day He returns.
He looks inside the heart and probes it.
He looks deeper into relationship and sustains it.
He looks for you to look to Him so that He may come in and strongly love you.
Be still. Seek conversation. To be humble doesn't mean to be unworthy. It simply means that you are able to allow others to be big while you lean into Him and give Jesus the glory for each step you take. Brother Lawrence found that out.
If you are interested in reading the book, you can find it here.
Because He IS the I AM, i am
God has more to share with us. Consider reading the bible to find nuggets for living life well and wonderfully.
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"We are apt to think that everything that happens is to turn into useful teaching, it is to be turned into something better, to character. The mount is not meant to teach us anything, it is meant to make us something." Oswald Chambers
Because life happens in the valley. Not on the mountaintop experience.
I am in The Valley right now. It doesn’t mean I am in a trauma. Nor does it mean that I am in a bad way.
I am grieving. I promise to be authentic in this sacred place where we meet with God and each other.
Maybe God is building more into my character. More to handle the future. Perhaps to stretch me to embrace the hard work of honing craft, or taking root in a place once more.
I don’t know what He has in store. I want to be honorable in my life choices. I want to pass an inheritance to our children and our children’s children. An Inheritence deeply rooted in trusting and obeying God.
I love God. I’m from a long line of God listeners, God followers, God lovers. I want that to continue. My husband too is from a long line of God listeners, followers, lovers. We desire to walk into our later years as filled with trusting and obeying as Joshua.
I want to be like Enoch who walked with God.
I want to remember that as His child God is always for me.
When life boils up and crashes into death, I want to know He holds not only tomorrow but eternity. He goes before me and has laid the ground out for my betterment.
I want these truths to be so entwined within me that authenticity of my love for Him is without question. My physical, mental, and spiritual all I offer to produce a sweet aroma to Him.
I want Him to allow me the opportunity to show my everyday world, right here in The Valley of grief, His blessing and abundance of peace and safety.
And God says, take courage. He will not leave.
Thank you for your patience in understanding my working through my mother’s death.
I see Him in every turn. He replaces what has been stolen with treasure unimaginable.
Thankful for my husband, my life, my family, and mostly my Good Good Father.
Because He is the I AM, I am,
Robyn Rochelle Cox
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Robyn Rochelle Cox
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