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.

 

We are part of his life

“We pass from thinking of God as part of our life to the realization that we are part of his life.”

From my morning readings in “Prayer – Finding the Heart’s True Home”, by Richard J. Foster.

at sunrise in my wild river…!!! by Denis Collette...!!!

at sunrise in my wild river…!!!, a photo by Denis Collette…!!! on Flickr.

At some point in our growth in prayer, focus starts changing.  I have not experienced this as being a simple switch – one moment focussed on self, the next focussed on God for the rest of my life.  Instead, it’s been a height I sometimes rise to.