Vocation

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“Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am.” – Parker Palmer, Let Your Life Speak

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Isaiah 55:10-11

Just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down and do not return there till they have watered the earth, making it fertile and fruitful, giving seed to the one who sows and bread to the one who eats, so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; It shall not return to me empty, but shall do what pleases me, achieving the end for which I sent it.

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God’s word comes to us in many ways: From the mouths of the prophets like Isaiah; from the mouth of Jesus in the gospels; from other scripture verses.

When we allow God’s word to soak into our hearts, it can take effect.

There is little chance of that happening if we are not setting aside time to allow it.

Lectio Divina is one practice in which you slowly read scripture and listen for words or phrases that draw you.

You then read the verses again while continuing to be sensitive to the alluring words or phrases.

You then sit with that word or phrase and ponder it in your heart.

Ask God if there is something going on in your life that might be the reason why you are drawn to this word or words.

Then, read the passage a third time.

This time, sit with the word or words that are drawing you and ask God if you are being called to do something.

This is how the Word takes root in you and produces fruit.

Sometimes it’s difficult to allow our minds to settle long enough to listen.

Centering Prayer is a wonderful practice that, over time, will result in more inner calm, a more fertile soil for God’s word to take root.

That word can also be experienced in creation itself.

As Richard Rohr wrote, “The first Bible is the Bible of nature. It was written at least 13.8 billion years ago, at the moment that we call the Big Bang, long before the Bible of words” (Center for Action and Contemplation reflection).

Immerse yourself in nature and just be present to it.

God is speaking everywhere!

Allow your heart to be moved.

Then the life that blooms will be pleasing indeed because you will be living as you true self.

It will result in a life poured out in love for the world.

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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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