Recognizing and Responding To God

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Recognizing and Responding To God

By Sharon Swing, Co-Author of Listen To My Life: Maps for Recognizing and Responding to God in My Story

How do you live a spiritual life?

You live a spiritual life by recognizing and responding to God.

So, how do you recognize God?

You can recognize God at work in your life when you are present to the current moment.

It is helpful to be self-aware, so you can then become God-aware. Once you become self-aware, you can become observant and reflective – open to noticing what God wants you to notice. This is not being self-conscious, which is concerned with others’ opinions of you, nor is it self-centered, which is being concerned with yourself.

Simply be aware of the truth of your present condition. Tell yourself the truth, and then consciously tell God about it. Those moments of truth are moments of possibility, of beauty, of courage, and of faith. God waits longingly for you to agree with him about the condition of your soul. It is a beautiful thing when grace rushes in, and courage is summoned to trust God’s forgiveness, love, grace, direction or strength. It is an act of faith that allows you to respond. The things God can do with a truthful soul with a willingness to trust in faith are stunning possibilities.

The present moment is the only moment you have a choice to respond to God. You cannot change your past responses, nor can you be certain of what you will decide in the future.

This present moment is ripe with possibilities, because God is limitless and trustworthy. Simply recognize and respond to Him.

Questions to Ponder:

  • How can I recognize God today in my life, in my work, in my relationships, in my church, in creation?
  • What do I need to change to be able to better recognize God in my everyday ordinary moments?
  • How is God inviting me to respond to his invitation to be more self aware and ultimately more God aware?
  • How might I invite others into this process with me?

Scripture:
“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

Prayer:
Father thank you for this present moment. Help me to be still and really know that you are God and you are with me. Help me to recognize more fully where you are at in my day. Help me to invite you into these spaces so I can respond to who you created me to be. Amen

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:12+00:00 October 23, 2012|Categories: My Life Story|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

About the Author:

Sharon Swing is an author, retreat leader, speaker, artist and consultant with interests in life story as a spiritual development tool, crafting experiences that give God space to do what he does best, art as a spiritual pathway, and change. With Sibyl Towner, she has co-authored Listen to My Life: Maps for Recognizing and Responding to God in My Story. For more information, visit ww.onelifemaps.com. She is an organization development consultant specializing in planning, meeting facilitation, leadership development and change management. For more information, visit www.swingconsulting.com.

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