Tick, Tock, the clock never stops. Time is precious – Moments of the Sacred.

Moments of the sacred sign

Do I look forward to the time I have? This is an expression at times I say when I have arranged a time to meet with someone. “I look forward to seeing you” Anticipating the meeting, talking, listening, being with the person! We do have to look forward, excited about,  having a vision, or focus, or goal to achieve, to a certain degree. The past is past, the future has not come, and we don’t know what tomorrow will bring. The present time, this moment, is what we have, the now, is what we have to work with.

Do I enjoy the moments of time I have been given? Do I look forward with anticipation, with excitement, the time was given, the time we make, as a gift? We found the time, as if it got lost, we have to wait a long time, for that cherished moment and savor the time with a friend. Having arranged a tryst, to have that quality time, not driven, or task orientated, not just another chore to be done on time.

Time is Time, not time is money! We have to place value on our time, and not get irritated, when the time feels wasted, due to the fact, we had an alternative motive. My needs not being met! Those times that we feel rushed, or running out of time, may make you feel like a drill sergeant, shouting your commands. We start pushing your demands, feeling pressured and stressed, feeling that there is not enough time, to have time, rest, recreation. Where you are the busiest, this is probably a good place to begin the needed change. Pausing, asking, pondering, how can I enjoy this moment of time, as a gift that it is. I have been given time, be careful not to get too driven, organizing, get everyone ready, fixing mode. When we are in this frame of mind, the time is no longer a gift, but a commodity to be used and abused.

Where are you the busiest? This is probably a good place to begin the needed change. Pausing, asking, pondering, how can I enjoy this moment of time, as a gift, recognizing time as just this as a precious gift. I have been given time, be careful not to get too driven, organizing everyone, demanding everyone to get ready, being in the fix it mode. When we are in this frame of mind, the time is no longer a gift, but a commodity to be used and abused.

 

The Anam Cara Book cover

A small extract from my book that I’m working on, it is still a work in process.

“Had you asked me a year ago, I never would have thought that I’d be perfectly happy sitting in a room with an old man, listening to a clock tick on the mantle, and hearing the weather change, as the wind howled. I looked up from the book in my hands when a branch scraped the window.” pg 11.

Time, what a luxury! Time to sit and read a book, not too busy, what a luxury you may think. Possibly feeling like you have no time for yourself, being mostly in a rush. Like the rabbit in Alice in wonderland, “I’m late, I’m late for a very important date.” Not having enough time. Time stops for no man, this little phrase feels so true, not enough time in a day to get everything accomplished. We try to manage out time, and question where did the time go. We are being busy at nothing, or spending our time in pleasurable activities, in recreational activities, spending time with family around the dinner table. The time you have been given is a precious commodity, we are given moments of time, to appreciate as a gift to be used wisely. Do we give ourselves the time to re – create, allow the time to re- generate,  and re-new our lives, do we give time to the things we love?

There could be a danger, not making time for new things, stuck in the ordinary status quo of life. We make time for what we want to do, and we only do what we want to do. We make time for the things we like and love to do! Do I only do what is right in my own eyes? Not using the time I have been given wisely, we all have seven days a week and 24hrs to work with, granted we do sleep some of those hours. How to use time wisely?

“The time spent in discovering and refining our craft is not a waste of time. It is called creos time. Like kairos time creos is time of a spiritual nature, a time of probing, of discovering the nature of our gifts, of testing the potential and scope of their application, of considering the ramifications of the long haul. Creos is a time of peaks and valleys, of undulating movement that we must learn to read, just as we read the hands of a clock in Chrono’s time, creos has a different rhythm that is measured by heartbeats and soul beats that tick at their own rubato pace – sometimes fast, sometimes slow, often in unmetered rhythms until we are aesthetically and spiritually satisfied. Ignorance of creos time is injurious to our spirits.” Pg 35 Seeing in the dark: A vision of creativity and Spirituality – Beverly J. Shamana.

Redeem the time, Ephesians 5: 16. – Berean Literal Bible

15 Therefore carefully take heed how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 redeeming the time because the days are evil. 17 Because of this, do not be foolish, but understand what is the Lord’s will, 18 and not to be drunk with wine in which is debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,19 speaking to each other in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks at all times for all things in the name our Lord Jesus Christ to the God and Father.

http://biblehub.com/blb/ephesians/5.htm

We have to be careful that we do not treat people as if they are not worthy of giving attention, some people view people as not valuable enough to give a moment of their time. Time is a gift to be shared.

A friend who did this for me personally, I will feature at my new website.  Motivation and Inspiration, the person I’m featuring is my friend Curtis Kneblik. He has shown love, by giving of his time, by listening and being available. This can be a sacrifice, but God does want our time to be spent in some worthwhile endeavor. Let us redeem the time, making the most our appointed time, by buying back the wasted years. We are stewards of our time, let us give of our time generously, wisely, cautiously, discerningly,  and in a way that is honoring to God.

Colossians 4:5-6The Message (MSG)

5-6 Use your heads as you live and work among outsiders. Don’t miss a trick. Make the most of every opportunity. Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out.

 

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We Wait For You!

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I sang in a Cantata on Sunday 6th December, 2015.

What follows was a song that was sung that has stuck with me, and I have been singing ever since.

It is the season of Advent and we are to take time to get ready for Christ-mas a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus.

“We need God!” We wait for things all our life, expectant for the wait to be fulfilled. We wait for things we are in need of, being patient for our given time at the check out, especially in the Christmas Season. We wait for our children when we are trying to get our the door. We wait our turn at the doctors office, and the list can go on and on.

Do we wait on God or just rush ahead?

God is waiting for you and I, will we take the time to give to our spiritual needs and the needs of God?

Does God have needs we may ask our self?

We have a God who desires quality time, and relationship, desiring us to enter this relationship with a compassionate God, allowing this by sending Jesus, for God so loved the world.

A relationship of any level is only developed by spending time with them, this is how love is demonstrated, and if we do not choose to give quality time, by spend time with our wife or husband, our children, and our friends.  How can we expect to have any real meaningful relationships.

Like wise with the Lord. If we do not give time and spend time with the Lord, we are saying we are in control of our lives and don’t need God. We all need God if we realize this or not, God is the one who breathed life into us from the beginning, and wants to breath into us new life again.

Psalm 25: 5b “On you I wait all the day”

Today’s society does not allow for stillness, waiting on God, it is viewed as unproductive. We don’t like to wait for anything. We have fast food, instant coffee, high-speed internet, we want quick service, and we want it now.

We are so busy serving our God that we are to busy to receive from God. We need to pay more attention to what Jesus wants to say to us and less attention to what we can do for him. It’s all about GRACE 🙂

PATIENCE

WAIT

ENJOY THE MOMENT

LIFE WILL PASS US BY, IF WE DON’T SLOW DOWN FOR A MOMENT AND APPRECITE THE GIFT THAT HAS BEEN GIVEN.

JESUS & LIFE, A NEW LIFE, WHEN WE GIVE OUR LIVES OVER TO GOD.

God is with us, and has never left us, it is all determined by how close we want to draw near to the Lord!

EMMANUEL

Practice waiting, waiting as a practice.

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This tree of contemplation I found a few years ago at www.contemplativemind.org which was interesting to ponder on, having looked at their site a number of years ago, they have a different Tree design now.

Waiting: Passive or active? Waiting to serve, like a waiter/waitress, waiting in line at a store, waiting for food, waiting for a doctor, or waiting for a friend. These are all different types of waiting. Those who wait on the Lord will renew their strength. Are we waiting on God? Are we looking for God, are we focused on the Lord? Do we wait long enough for the Lord to do something? Do we wait to hear what God really desires for us to do through us, we are to wait on God as a server, to be an available servant? Do we draw near to God, the prerequisite for the Lord to draw near to us?

God is waiting for you, will we take the time to give to our spiritual needs and the needs of God. If we do not do this, we are saying we are in control of our lives and don’t need God. We all need God if we realize this or not, God is the one who breathed life into us from the beginning, and wants to breathe into us new life each and every day.

On the day of Pentecost the disciple where instructed by Jesus to have expectation of a gift, how  patient are we when it comes to waiting for a gift? This is the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Luke 24:49Modern English Version (MEV)

49 And look, I am sending the promise of My Father upon you. But wait in the city of Jerusalem until you are clothed with power from on high.”

Is it a heart condition of waiting the lord is looking at? And not solely the power, for our focus is not about might or power, but to be open to the giver.

Zechariah 4:6 New International Version (NIV)

So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.

It is not about our power but the Lord Jesus’

Ephesians 3:20New International Version (NIV)

20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,

Psalm 130:5 New International Version (NIV)

I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
and in his word I put my hope.

 Being Still is the practice of waiting!

It’s about being still, waiting and knowing the word of the Lord, to first seek the counsel of the Lord. This is difficult because we are in an instant gratification society and looking to be about getting our next fix, my needs being met right now! We don’t know how to wait. I’m guilty also, how to be content in the waiting?

Today’s society does not allow for stillness, waiting on God, it is viewed as unproductive. We don’t like to wait for anything. We have fast food, instant coffee, high-speed internet, we want quick service, and we want it now. We are so busy serving our God that we are too busy to receive from God. We need to pay more attention to what Jesus wants to say to us and less attention to what we can do for him. It’s all about GRACE 🙂

Judges 21:25 Common English Bible (CEB)

25 In those days there was no king in Israel; each person did what they thought to be right. Are we doing only what looks to be right for ourselves, that which is right for us, selfishly, right in our own eyes?

 I’m taking baby steps toward contemplative practice

I’m a beginner at the contemplation practices. I NEED A LOT OF PRACTICE. I continue to do research on how to lead my own retreats. One day I would like to facilitate a retreats. We always have to remember that our God is not cold and distant, but generous and loving, wanting to share and be part of our lives.

We have to wait on and be still before our God. But sometimes we are too busy serving him, to receive from the all-knowing, all powerful God. Today’s society is not conducive to this type of lifestyle, of being still and knowing God. It is more the not wanting to wait for anything, having fast food, instant coffee, high speed internet, and want quick service and want it now. To begin contemplation is to begin with a change of mindset, a priority that says that you want to approach God, and a heart that desires what the Psalmist says “On you I wait all the day” Psalm 25: 5b “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.” Psalm 37:7. Don’t think of waiting as a waste of time, but patience is the process of elimination of self, and surrendering to God, to become willing to be with God, to still our soul and be at peace, and find our true center and focus for life, which is God. Jesus being the one who makes it possible for us to draw near, and belong to God, accepted, embraced, and welcomed into the family of God. Know God, Love God, be at peace with God, and adore God. For God wants our attention, God is a jealous lover, and desires friendship and quality time, we at times crowd God out, filling our life and giving our time to this or that which has not real lasting value.

Guided meditation

Often called guided imagery, can be created for any retreat theme. Guided meditation is best followed by silence and opportunity to write or draw, it is a time to reflect what was experienced to then share in small group of 2 or 3 individuals.

Silence

One way of starting is to tackle the whole area of silence, for some this will be a daunting prospect for others a welcome invitation and relief, being given time to be still from the business of life. *Were you silenced as a child, adolescent, as an adult? *Do you silence others today? * Do you use silence to punish others? *When has silence deepened a relationship? *Has group silence been frightening to you? *When do you experience silence as a gift? Write and reflect share in groups of 2 or 3. “The purpose of silence is to open space and discover stillness” “Keeping silence is a practice for the purpose of finding the still point within that allows us to be present in a new way to God and each other” Reimer. The choice to be silent is the recipient’s choice to make. The awful uncomfortable silence can be avoided if choice is given and prior warning that at times silence is required.

Be still and know that I am God Psalm 46: 10

A practice to help the being still process and help with the business of the mind, when you are trying to be still, a lot floods the mind because of the business and activity of our lives we have programmed our self to be active, processing, planning, busy, but just being the human being not doing is difficult.

Be still and know that I am God
Be still and know that I am
Be still and know that I
Be still and know that
Be still and know
Be still and
Be still
Be

Repeat this as part of the process of centering yourself on God; this does not just have to be at an organized event. But can be part of your day or before you read the bible or at a stressful point of your day. The peace you experience will create faith in you to face up to whatever you need to face. Rachel Harris believes it is a change of mindset to think of a retreat not as an event but as a daily practice. “The purpose of a daily retreat, then, is to create a sacred time and space in which we can reconnect with the spirit, experience the divine. We take a breath from our everyday lives so that we can once again remember who we really are, breathe the breath of God, hear the song of the sacred, and respond” pg6 20 minute Retreat by Rachel Harris. “In fast paced lives, we desperately need retreats to regain perspective, helping us balance our inner and outer lives” pg 29 Harris “We need the quiet time to commune with the sacred as much as we need to eat and sleep” pg 12 Harris.

Song I like on the same theme by Sidewalk Prophets and Rush of fools. Use these songs as a sacred time with The Lord. Peace.