Sunday, September 27, 2009

Spiritual Sundays



   I had a great deal of difficulty this week as I was trying to follow the first 'menu' option on "The Joy Diet" (please see previous post).  I wasn't sure if my time spent in prayer or praise could constitute doing nothing...especially since my mind seems very engaged in those moments. Then I remembered the quaking aspen tree that stills my heart, soul and mind whenever I spend time in it's prescence. I could no 'nothing', just simply be. When my copy of the book finally arrived in the mail yesterday I spent time catching up on the reading and realized that my time spent with God could qualify as time spent doing 'nothing' as when I sat before my tree. You see when I sit in nature I can empty my mind of all the noise because I feel as if I'm sitting in God's glorious creation and I simply let gratitude for His work fill my heart. Much the same thing happens when I truly seek His guidance and instead of asking and pleading for some outcome I desire I simply sit in His presence and wait for Him to speak to me. I wait and listen. If we cannot and will not quiet the noise in our lives how are we to hear Him when He speaks to us. So my spiriutal advice for you today would be to follow the Lord's command to "Be still and know that I am GOD".

                               In His Grip,
                               Diva

21 comments:

  1. Good Morning Diva,
    Very good post for Spiritual Sundays. Whether spending time in prayer and meditation can be considered doing nothing or not, I think it is one of the best way one can spend their time. Whether it is doing nothing or just simply "being", you gave me something to think about. I think spending time seeking his guidance instead of just telling Him everything you want or want done is a very good thing. Your spiritual advice to "Be still and know that I am GOD" is wonderful advice.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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  2. I see my wife, Charlotte arrived here before me and left a comment. I agree with what she said so I won't repeat it. You have a very interesting blog.

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  3. You are so right. The hymn "Be Still My Soul" is just one of my favorites. This is a great song to hear or even sing to yourself during those times.
    Thank you for a wonderful post today.
    Blessings

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  4. Spending time alone with God is paramount in my life, I see God in every thing around Me, I always worship Him the Creator of all these things . Thank you for sharing today,
    Blessings,
    Sue

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  5. yes you are so right one of the main points in the sermon at our church today was that God has a plan, he is good all the time, and that all though we do not always understand here we will in heaven one day

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  6. Thank you for the words of this post and the last. I have much trouble just being still and knowing that is ok. You give me much food for thought and much hope.

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  7. I need to spend more time being still. Thank-you for this powerful reminder.
    God Bless,
    Ginger

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  8. Hi Diva, You know,whenever I feel my temper rising, my literal mantra is, "Be still and know the Truth." I say it over and over and over again until the rage passes. Loved this post. Ordered the book for myself just yesterday after reading your email. I was one of those who thought it was a nutrition thing, not a spiritual thing. Did you know that Mitch Albom has a new book out about faith? I ordered that too.
    I posted on breast cancer awareness today and I'd like you to read it because I can pretty much guarantee it's a story you've not heard before. How do I know this? Because each time it's told, I hear, ".......I've never heard of that before!"
    It's an important topic and October is an important time to focus on it.

    Oh and you were right, you are already a follower...one of those blank faced ones, so I missed it the first time I checked. Duh, PJ!

    Have a great day and thanks!!!

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  9. It really seems like an important part of communication for us to sometimes be quiet! Enjoy your week with truth.

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  10. Good morning Diva :)

    What a beautiful and well written post.

    Thank you so much for all your sweet comments. I'm just now finding time to catch up with everyone. It's been a long and busy summer... whew! Finally fall is upon us :)

    rue

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  11. Wisdom and truth. Thanks for sharing your thoughts here. Your sister will be in my thoughts and prayers.
    M.L.

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  12. i'm not always a very good listener.....too busy talking and petitioning. God's command to be still is so powerful....thanks for that reminder! :))

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  13. Thanks for reminding me to devote time to being still, being quite and waiting for his tender guiding message.
    Have a blessed week...Tracy

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  14. Diva - That was a beautiful post. You do such a wonderful job expressing yourself.....thanks for sharing.

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  15. Diva there is only one direction to go from here and that is up.

    Love Renee xoxo

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  16. Well, I'm sure you know how much this post resonates with me! Gratitude does come first with God. Too much of the time our brains are racing too fast to slow down and listen. Spending time with God does indeed fill your "nothing" time.

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  17. This sounds like a really thought-provoking book! How lucky you are to have a 'place' where you can be still and have such peace...

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  18. What a thoughtful post... It really is important to be still. I agree.

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  19. Great advice my friend! I love it. It is the best thing for us.

    Hugs, Sharon

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