(“There is no sweeter manner of living in the world than continuous communion with God.”
“That does sound wonderful,” a young mother says, “but Brother Lawrence was a monk, working in the garden or kitchen all day. He could pray as he went about his chores. I work in a noisy office and then deal with three noisy kids when I get home. How can I experience continuous communion with God?”
Her dilemma is all too familiar, even for someone like me who’s retired!
So I began a list of possibilities to help me live in more continuous communion with God. Perhaps an idea or two will appeal to you.
- Begin the day with God–even as I get out of bed. “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it,” the psalmist urged (118:24). OK, what can I rejoice in and be grateful to God for, as I anticipate the day?
- Wear a reminder-bracelet—even a paper one! Write a scripture on it (such as Isaiah 26:3), or an encouraging statement, such as: “He is beneath me as my foundation, He is beside me as my friend, He is within me as my life” (Barbara Johnson, Women of Faith speaker).
- Copy a meaningful scripture on a 3 x 5 card. Post it on the inside of a kitchen cabinet door, the visor of the car, or the inside of a closet. Move it around every few days so the element of surprise serves to grab my attention.
- Sing to God (while driving quiet streets or doing noisy chores!)
- Keep my blessings journal more faithfully. (Even though I established the habit years ago, I still allow some precious gifts to go unrecorded. More attentiveness will add more joy to my days.)
- Get outside. Find at least one marvelous gift in creation, and praise God for his genius.
- Follow this advice from Barbara Johnson (mentioned above): While using a household product, see if the name or its attributes remind me of God and my relationship with him. One example: Fresh Start laundry detergent. While loading the washer I can pray, “Thank you, Father, that every day is a fresh start with you. Your mercies are new every morning.” (Interested in more products and their implications? Click on “A.M. Attitude Adjustment.”)
- Post a verse on the bathroom mirror. Work at memorizing it.
- Each time I sip my coffee or tea, I can also “Taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8) by savoring the blessings of the moment. Thankfulness opens my heart to his presence and my mind to his thoughts.**
- End the day with God, recalling his blessings or reciting his scripture.
Now if you’re like me, a bracelet on the wrist or a 3 x 5 on a cabinet door soon become such common sights, I barely notice them anymore. Perhaps if I rotate through some of the suggestions, they’ll retain their impact.
Sunday might be the day for an outdoor respite. Monday might be Bracelet Day; Tuesday could be Taste-and-See Day.
You get the idea.
But how glorious is this: our all-gracious God chooses to bless us when we seek to bless him—blessings such as:
- Peace (Isaiah 26:3)
- Encouragement (Psalm 19:7)
- Joy (Psalm 16:11)
- Rest and refuge–from the onslaught of unsettling thoughts (Psalm 91:1-2)
- Strength (Psalm 138:1-3)
“…For a short time, fly from your business;
hide yourself for a moment from your turbulent thoughts.
Break off now your troublesome cares, and think less of your laborious occupations.
Make a little time for God, and rest for a while in Him.
Enter into the chamber of your mind,
shut out everything but God and whatever helps you to seek Him, and,
when you have shut the door, seek Him.
Speak now, O my whole heart, speak now to God:
‘I seek Thy face; Thy face, Lord, do I desire.'”
– Anselm (1033-1109, Archbishop of Canterbury, caring pastor, author)
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What strategies help you to enjoy continuous communion with God? Please share in the Comments section below!
**based on a statement by Sarah Young, Jesus Calling,p. 343