Catalina is asking for more swim lessons and practice. She's really into swimming. It makes me sooo excited! I've been waiting to find her passion in something. 8am swim lessons! She's advanced through seven levels in eight days/lessons. The instructor says she can complete all ten by end of summer. Once she gets to ten she can try out for club team. She needs to swim 300 meters freestyle. Holy Mother!
I have to video how much she's improved. Did I mention she was swimming with one hand holding her nose. The other doggy paddling. ONLY four weeks ago. so pumped!
I figured if I do it real real good, then I won't have to it as often.
Connection with God isn’t something to work toward in the future—it happens right here, in the present moment. But to notice it, we need to slow down. The interior journey is not a race to the finish line but a gently unfolding path. Being present to this unfolding path begins by slowing the pace and making space for contemplation in your everyday life. A great place to start is by setting aside time each day for solitude, stillness, and prayer. You can also incorporate these contemplative practices into your daily routine by turning off the radio on your morning commute or by pausing at the beginning and end of each task. The options are endless, but the goal is simple: to create space in your life so that there’s room for the Divine to enter.
Once you begin to slow down, you’ll start to notice the presence of God where you never did before, finding meaning in even the most ordinary of places. It’s not that those places weren’t infused with the sacred previously—you just didn’t have the eyes to see. When you are attentive, you’ll soon discover that even the most unexpected things can serve as windows to the Divine. You can practice paying attention in your everyday life by noting things you are grateful for each day or by turning a daily task, such as washing the dishes, into a daily ritual, transforming what once was ordinary into something meaningful and opening yourself up to the presence of God.
To be inspired is to be “in spirit.” You might find that the lines of a particular poet put words to your longing or that your daily walks fill you with peace and enthusiasm (a word with equally sacred roots--en theos, meaning “in God”). As you slow down and begin to pay attention, notice what inspires you and follow its lead, trusting that it will bring you closer toward God.
Finding Myself on the Interior Journey
Just booked Sept 05 wedding. I had several laughs with my new friends/clients during the wedding consultation. Fun!
Bless the Lord - Matt Redman