My life is rooted and grounded in Jesus Christ! This is where my life must remain. Daily listening and dialogue with Jesus can keep me whole and devoted to ways that are life giving. Without deep roots in Jesus, I will stray and lose my way. I know I can stray away from the love of Jesus. When I do, I must notice and run back to Him. Daily prayer and Scripture reading helps along with action in love. Staying grounded daily is my key habit.
I face temptations to sin like all. I face temptations to lose hope, to lose joy and to let my fears carry me to actions less loving. But, the Lord Jesus stands with me in my temptations and is a source of resolve. Help me listen to your still, small voice whispering in my heart right actions for me.
My peace filled moments is what has increased my devotion to Jesus. My quiet meditation has increased my love and hope and joy! It is not my thoughts. It is the silence. Then I can act in a devoted way in love with our Lord Jesus!
I too often set my heart on lower things in life. I worry and plan and worry and plan. I reflect on my troubles and problems instead of the opportunity. Why is this Lord Jesus? Help me to live each moment fully. Help me to see the sunrises, the days full of hope, the sunsets and refreshing sleep as gifts. Help me set my heart on this moment that allows me to serve others and You. My heart needs to be set on giving my life to others and You, Dear Lord Jesus!
A quiet moment where I turn my heart to Jesus helps me come near to God. An experience of Grace with a friend or loved one helps me come near to God. A smile, laughter and accomplishing a meaningful task all can bring me nearer to God. I can be near God always if only I will notice God in all and of all.
I most enjoy the peace I receive when I am alone with Jesus. My whole being feels embraced. My thoughts can still attempt to pull me away but I try to remain calm and quiet. It is in this space that I feel His presence. Alone time with Jesus has become my best start to my day. It is also becoming my best go-to calming and recovery moment later in my day.
I seek silence and to allow thoughts and anxieties to float away. I wish to just be held. However, it is so difficult not to rush to do the next activity or into the next thought. Being silent and overcoming thoughts or anxieties with my prayer words - small in number - gives me true relief. The word of Jesus is enough to find Jesus. He always rushes to me and is always present if I only ask.
In mediation or centering prayer I attempt to let my fear and anxiety go. I offer them to Jesus in prayer. Anxiety can be so disabling. I must entrust it to Our Lord. When I do, I can be fully present to Jesus and His Loving Presence. I must seek awe and wonder in the Presence of Jesus.
It can be very hard to find contemplation time for me. I do find it in my morning daily meditation and I am working to find it in other places in my daily life. However, meaningless activity can quickly overwhelm me. I must choose healthy activity. I must also choose healthy contemplation.
My contemplative life is not yet fully engaged. I have the capacity for such a higher level of contemplation while still increasing my active life in Christ! I must find the moments of contemplation while being active each moment. Make my life of one of active contemplation, Dear Lord!