Make Your Ambition To Lead a Quiet Life

I know it has been a long time since I have written.  I have been pondering where I should take this blog . I have not come to a decision yet, so please bare with me.

In the meantime, I thought I would share my thoughts with you today. I have been making it a point to try and give myself some extra quiet and reflective time over the weekend. Quietness feeds the soul and can bring you to a deeper awareness of God in you like nothing else can.

1St Thessalonians 4 9-11a says:  Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other.  And in fact, you do love all of God’s family throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more, and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life.

I was telling someone recently that since the lockdown, I have rediscovered the benefits of quietness. Not having to work within the office means not having to waste adrenaline blocking out sound. I read some time ago that we unconsciously cause ourselves stress by trying to block out sound so we can concentrate and work. Having more quiet in my life has made it easier to enter into a quietness of spirit when I choose to do so.  To have a quietness of spirit helps attune us to God’s spirit and the full potentiality of God living within us. That connectedness helps us to rise up and to be more loving. It opens the door so that we can grow more fully into the realisation of all God wants us to be.

I understand how difficult it is to find quiet when you have young children and so many people and things which require your attention. I want to encourage you to make it a priority. For each of us, that may require a different way of doing it. When my six children were young, they went to bed at 6:30, I would dim the lights, light some candles and be with God then. I know this may not work for everyone, just find what works for you. You may even want to take 5 minutes during work to close your eyes and listen to the birds and the rustle of the wind through the trees outside. Experiment, try different things until you find something that works best. Incidentally, I am currently working from home and I never let my family know when I am actually done with work for the day. I am behind a close door and they all think that when I emerge, I have only just finished work. Truth be told, it may have actualy been an hour ago!

Author Joan Chittister says, “There is a pathology of noise that drips into the soul in contemporary society until the soul simply disappears under the weight of it. Then there is only the shadow of a person left looking for itself.  Sound drowns out thoughts until all we find within ourselves are questions where the cuttings of answers ought to have begun taking root.”

Taking the time to be still and quiet and to just be is so important. Especially because when you take this time to be alone, you find you really aren’t. None of us are truly ever alone but it is in the quietness that we are reminded of this. God is there patiently waiting for us to see and acknowledge Him with fullness of love and His arms open wide saying, ‘Where have you been?’

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Spirituality- Part 2

Beckoning

The Beckoning:

At the end of part 1, I gave the definition of spirituality as relating to things that we perceive without using our 5 senses or our reasoning mind. Did you take time to think about what things do we perceive that does not involve our mind or senses?  What did you come up with?  Here’s what I came up with:

Experiencing God’s Love

JOY!

Dreams

Dreams

Intuition

Intuition

 

Visions Source

Visions
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Inspiration Source

Inspiration
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One of the spiritual senses we often experience is what I call a beckoning.  It is felt like an instinct that says, ‘Come.’ Sometimes it is felt like a gentle nudge and other times the feeling is almost overpowering. Who is it that beckons us? I believe first of all it is The Divine Spirit or God who beckons us.  We are loved by the greatest spirit of all with such an intensity that He will never cease to beckon us. God wants to spend time with us.  God wants to show us many things.  God wants to serve us.  God wants us to serve Him by serving humanity and all living creatures.  Those of us who are parents will understand something about this love.  If we had all the power to make our children happy and to give them divine perfect direction on how to carry out their lives and if we could all give them all they needed to inspire them and to encourage them to love all living creatures and to be the best they could be, wouldn’t we be trying to spend every second we could with them to ensure this?  God wants us to be the best we could be and to have joy and peace that surpasses all understanding.  He doesn’t want us to be what we are not.  He only wants us to discover our true selves and to enrich and grow our spirit as many times as we would let Him.  However, God is also a gentleman in one way.  He doesn’t push us, he lovingly beckons and allows us to choose to walk in the direction he is leading us. The Reverend Ed Bacon said, “(spirituality) Is the experience of feeling unconditionally loved so powerfully that you know there is some power greater than you are loving you.  It’s filling you so much that you want to love other people.”  If you cannot think of God in the personified sense and by that I mean as a supreme, loving, thinking being but you prefer to think of God as a powerful force than feel free to do so.  I still believe that even a great powerful force is beckoning to us and that force is also within us.  We have a soul and a spirit.  Our spirit exists in a sense on two planes.  The earthly plane while it resides in our earthly body and a heavenly or spiritual plane as well.  Please don’t misunderstand this to mean that I mean it literally but there is a connection that our spirit has with the spiritual realm, our mind and body don’t perceive this realm but our spirit is connected with it. Someone else is also beckoning us. It is our own spirit who is connected to God and desires a greater connection to God.  Our spirit is also desiring that our mind(soul) and body connect deeper with God. What we are really desiring is a whole connection with God.  In Genesis 2:7 God breathed into his (man) nostrils the breath of lives; and man became a living soul.  Watchman Nee explains it this way:

Of these three elements the spirit is the noblest for it joins with God.

The body is the lowest for it contacts with matter. The soul lying between them joins the two together and also takes their character to be its own.

The soul makes it possible for the spirit and the body to communicate and to cooperate. The work of the soul is to keep these two in their proper order so that they may not lose their right relationship —namely, that the lowest, the body, may be subjected to the spirit, and that the highest, the spirit, may govern the body through the soul. Man’s prime factor is definitely the soul. It looks to the spirit to give what the latter has received from the Holy Spirit (God)….

So our spirit has a connection with the divine spirit or God and our soul look to our own spirit as our reference point to God.

What is inspiration?

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, Inspiration is the action or power of moving the intellect or emotions. In the literal sense the word means ‘an act of inhaling’. From the Latin inspirare “inspire, inflame, blow into.” The Latin spiritus means breath and spirit.  So you can say that the word inspire means to inhale spirit. So besides our spirit or God’s spirit beckoning us, our spirit is also quickened when it is inspired.  When we look at the night sky full of stars or hear profoundly beautiful music, our spirit reacts to it and we gasp or catch our breath and if we allow ourselves, we bask in the divine presence of God.  When we do, we then feel motivated to some kind of action to paint a picture or write a poem or story or reach out in love to someone.

Inspiration is a divine force that motivates us to action often in a way that expresses something of our true nature.  We can also be inspired to change our lives in some big way.  Job 32:8, “But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.”

However, if you are reading this than the first thing you want is to begin your spiritual awakening.