2018: Page 69

Some thoughts, lessons, and/or reflections from the day:

  • I was up early and on the road toward  Warsaw, Indiana to share at a prayer breakfast.
  • It was a beautiful drive as the sun rose over the horizon along the way.  There were many times I was tempted to stop and take some photos, but I knew I needed to arrive at my destination on time.
  • Even good things can distract us from the necessary things if we don’t keep our mind focused on our upward calling in Christ Jesus.
  • After a good breakfast, I shared some thoughts on developing a lifestyle of prayer in everyday life.
  • The first part of my teaching wrapped around three words:
    • Developing:  The developing part means that it is a process.  It requires that we begin with where we are at in our prayer life and follow a path that leads us to where we want to be.  Developing takes intentional time and effort to produce results.
    • Lifestyle:  When I consider lifestyle, I think about the things that have become natural in a life through repeated practice of them.  For most of us, our lifestyle changes at various points in our life — sometimes by our choosing and sometimes by circumstances we have little control over.  When it comes to prayer, we must choose to make it our lifestyle or it will soon be set aside for “a more convenient time”.
    • Prayer:  I tend to define prayer to include the complete process of communication with God whether through talking, asking, listening, singing, responding to His work, or any other way we would approach Him.  While many of us were taught to pray by bowing our head, closing our eyes, and folding our hands, that method is good at times but is not very sustainable as a lifestyle.  For prayer to be developed as a lifestyle, we must find ways to make it as present in our life as breathing.
  • The second part of my teaching looked specifically at the act of listening as a part of developing a lifestyle of prayer in everyday life.  The teaching was about “full-involvement” listening which uses all of our senses to pay attention both to the work God is doing and to the needs of the people around us.  I believe we begin to pray more effectively when we’re paying attention.
  • After the teaching time, I spent the rest of the morning talking with people and sharing about the prayer ministry.
  • After lunch I stopped to visit my mom and dad on the way home.  Once home it was time to unwind and relax for a little while.
  • With being away from home for a good part of my Saturday, we decided to head out on an evening family adventure in search of photo opportunities.
  • Our first option didn’t yield anything to photograph, so we headed to Lake Michigan where the sun was shining brightly which made the brisk wind somewhat bearable.
  • After a couple stops along the lake and an incredible sunset view, we headed toward home hoping to find a snowy owl or two to photograph.
  • We finally found one as the sun disappeared over the horizon, so while the photographs were a little more challenging, it was still beautiful to sit and watch for a while.
  • Today’s photos include the beauty of the sun setting over Lake Michigan and a snowy owl perched high atop what I believe is an emergency warning siren tower.

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2 thoughts on “2018: Page 69

    • Thanks! That’s always one of my goals when I teach, to be able to provide instruction that helps a person further along on their journey no matter where they are at the moment.

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