A few years ago, during Covid, I started sitting out on my back porch in the mornings. It became a special time of meeting with God. I would sit and dream with God. There was no music, except for what the birds provided. I fell in love with the silence and with nature. So much so, that I now drive in silence.
In hopes of you coming to enjoy the practice of contemplation, I thought I'd share a few basic principles this week.
For me, contemplation takes on many forms. Mostly, it's a way of being with God. It's simply beholding Him. It's a time to consider and reflect without the pressure to come to any conclusions. Many of my questions start with I wonder if..... and end with….What do you think about this God?
It cultivates self-awareness and God-awareness. And often His ways, become mine. It's like a transference of the best kind.
It's calming and helps me to let go of the stress of being an entrepreneur. It clears my mind. But I'm not an empty head.
Contemplative prayer like meditation is considered by many to be the highest form of prayer because it creates such a close connection with God. It's different than intercession and warfare prayer. Each of these prayers has an end goal. The only goal of contemplating is to just be with the Father. It's actually my favorite form of prayer. I've often wondered why we as believers spend so much time using our words when scripture tells us
It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord
My soul waits in silence
The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.
However, it can be hard to quiet the mind. Especially if you're me! So, stay with it until your mind settles down. Take a deep breath and let your body relax as much as your soul. I promise you find value and pleasure in it. I really encourage you to give it a try and see what comes of it for you.
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