Christian meditation…

“Eastern meditation is an attempt to empty the mind; Christian meditation is an attempt to fill the mind.”

From my morning readings in “A Celebration of Discipline“, by Richard J. Foster.

Deep Meditation... by Sthe 55
Deep Meditation…, a photo by Sthe 55 on Flickr.

That’s what I want.  To fill my mind with God.  With His love, His grace, the beauty of His creation.  Then I can move forward with my life and my service.

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The primary requirement…

“The primary requirement is a longing after God.”

From my morning readings in “A Celebration of Discipline“, by Richard J. Foster.

Safe Fortress by Ian Sane
Safe Fortress, a photo by Ian Sane on Flickr.

Afraid that you may not be suitable for a close relationship with God?  Remember this!

God has given us the Disciplines…

“God has given us the Disciplines of the spiritual life as a means of receiving his grace. The Disciplines allow us to place ourselves before God so that he can transform us.”

From my morning readings in “A Celebration of Discipline”, by Richard J. Foster.

rebirth by AlicePopkorn
rebirth, a photo by AlicePopkorn on Flickr.

God gives His grace to all of us.  But it is up to us to receive it.  To make ourselves fit, and open, and willing.  That is what the disciplines help us to do.  By performing the disciplines, we open ourselves to transformation.  That’s what I have sought all my life.

 

Prayer catapults us…

“Prayer catapults us onto the frontier of the spiritual life. Of all the Spiritual Disciplines prayer is the most central because it ushers us into perpetual communion with the Father.”

From my morning readings in “A Celebration of Discipline”, by Richard J. Foster.

Red Square Nebula [1680x1050] by DUCKofD3ATH
Red Square Nebula [1680×1050], a photo by DUCKofD3ATH on Flickr.

Prayer is like dropping in to see your best friend, who is always glad to see you, and has things to share that enrich our lives. Only by praying can I build my spiritual muscles!

The grace of God…

“The grace of God is unearned and unearnable, but if we ever expect to grow in grace, we must pay the price of a consciously chosen course of action which involves both individual and group life.”

From my morning readings in “A Celebration of Discipline”, by Richard J. Foster.

Peach in bloom by inoc
Peach in bloom, a photo by inoc on Flickr.

In other words, I can’t just rest on God’s grace if I want a really wonderful relationship with Him.  I need to work at that relationship, which means working at myself and what I bring to that relationship.  And I believe that at the top of the list is working on how I relate to my brothers and sisters.

Thinking itself is a mystery …

“… if we are honest, we know that thinking itself is a mystery. Doxology is the only appropriate response.”

From my morning readings in “A Celebration of Discipline”, by Richard J. Foster.

Prayer A Powerful Weapon by abcdz2000
Prayer A Powerful Weapon, a photo by abcdz2000 on Flickr.

Do you take thinking for granted?  I praise God that He made us intelligent, curious, creative.  That we explore, innovate, explain.  That we design, build, embellish.  That He made us in His image.

The life that is pleasing to God…

“The life that is pleasing to God is not a series of religious duties. We have only one thing to do, namely, to experience a life of relationship and intimacy with God, “the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change” (James 1: 17).”

From my morning readings in “A Celebration of Discipline”, by Richard J. Foster.

It’s about relationship.  It’s about intimacy.  It’s about growing into the person I am meant to be.  Thank You, Father, that you desire children and not slaves.  Children that You want to see grow, mature, become fulfilled!