Be Present


May we slow down so we can truly live.

(Listen to my song “Slow Me Down” on YouTube by clicking HERE)


Mark 4:18-19

“Those (seeds) sown among thorns are another sort. They are the people who hear the word, but worldly anxiety, the lure of riches, and the craving for other things intrude and choke the word, and it bears no fruit.”


We have probably heard the words of Jesus many times…either read to us or through our own reading of scripture.

But the question is: Have the “seeds” (Jesus’ words) sprouted and taken root?

Continuing with that metaphor…have we tended our soil?

How fertile is our soil?

Do we “fertilize” by setting aside time to practice silent prayer or to contemplate and reflect on scripture?

Do we regularly take part in spiritual reading?

Do we consciously open our awareness to see and to hear God through our interactions with people and nature?

Or, do we allow “worldly anxiety, the lure of riches, and the craving for other things” to rule our lives?

Perhaps if we spent more time cultivating our soil…the thorns (all the distractions of the world) would wither…and our lives would blossom in ways we could never have imagined!


Listen to the song of the day “Slow Me Down” on the Mercy Reigns album by clicking HERE.

Sample and/or purchase my songs on iTunes by clicking HERE.

Remember…God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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