Stance

Three threads coming in at the same time, not related to each other. But kinda saying the same thing. Such occurrences somehow give me a great boost 🙂

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Removing the Veil (Ch 3, The Pursuit of God, A. W. Tozer)

“So the life of man upon the earth is a life away from the Presence, wrenched loose from that “blissful center” which is our right and proper dwelling place, our first estate which we kept not, the loss of which is the cause of our unceasing restlessness.

… Then by His prevenient working within us He moves us to return. This first comes to our notice when our restless hearts feel a yearning for the presence of God and we say within ourselves, “I will arise and go to my Father.” That is the first step…

God wills that we should push on into His presence and live our whole life there. This is to be known to us in conscious experience. It is more than a doctrine to be held; it is a life to be enjoyed every moment of every day.  This Flame of the Presence was the beating heart of the Levitical order. Without it all the appointments of the tabernacle were characters of some unknown language, having no meaning for Israel or for us. The greatest fact of the tabernacle was that Jehovah was there; a Presence was waiting within the veil.

Similarly, the presence of God is the central fact of Christianity. At the heart of the Christian message is God Himself waiting for His redeemed children to push in to conscious awareness of His presence. That type of Christianity which happens now to be the vogue knows this Presence only in theory. It fails to stress the Christian’s privilege of present realisation. … We are satisfied to rest in our judicial possessions and, for the most part, we bother ourselves very little about the absence of personal experience.”

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Attentiveness at Advent (Daniel Vestal)

Pray like a monk.

God is in “administrivia”. Are we listening?

Study like a scholar.

Help me love God with my mind.

Play like a child. 

Carefree. Simple pleasures.

Keep records like a scribe. 

Kronos and kairos. Evidence of provision.

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Positive, Negative, or Mindful?

“The authors also suggest that although both mindfulness and positive psychology have the same outcomes, their paths are different. Mindfulness occurs through practices which include non-judgmental acceptance and being open to experiences, sensations, thoughts, and emotions. Practitioners do not try to evaluate, change, or stop those experiences from occurring. … mindfulness is “an attentional stance, a way of relating to one’s present moment experiences,” contributing to the cultivation of strengths and values, rather than being a strength in its own right.”

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First Love (Petra)

 

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