Do you notice a beautiful sunset even when you're having a bad day?
Do the antics of a small child make you smile even in the midst of disorder?
Does a pretty little flower growing up among the weeds catch your attention?
Are you aware of the small things in life, the things God puts in front of us to remind us of His love for us and all the world?
Every week I meet with a group of friends to pray together and to share how God is working in our lives. We share how we are approaching our prayer life, what we are studying, reading, or listening to that helps form us as God's people, and how we are using our own lives to spread the Gospel message.
One of the questions we struggle with each week is how did you most feel close to God this week.
It doesn't sound like a difficult question, but it is. Especially when you have to think about it week after week. Of course, that is the point. We should be thinking of it all the time.
For me it comes down to awareness. I need to be more aware. And I'm guessing it is an exercise many of us could get more practice at. So I have a proposal.
During this coming week take some time to be more aware of God's presence in your life. What makes you smile? What touches your heart? What takes you by surprise this week? A beautiful sunset splashing lots of colors across the sky can remind us of God's love for the world just as much as changing that horribly stinky diaper can remind us of how much God loves His children (i.e. us) and would do anything for us.
Next week I will post about how I recognized God's presence more during the week and I hope you'll add yours too. Be more aware and stay tuned.
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