With Lovely Lisa's #GiveMeGrace Sunday CommunityAnd if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?Luke 12:28 NLT
God gives each of us divine moments.
Despite the fast rate at which we live our lives, he is faithful to give us new chances to be reminded.
But are we paying attention?
Do we have enough will, enough strength, enough dissatisfaction with the current state of things to stop this runaway train that we've let our lives become and say to the conductor, "I want off! I refuse to let my life fly past me anymore without really seeing it. Without really experiencing it. Without really savoring it.
Matt Knisely, Framing Faith, p. 15
Abhor what is evil;
hold fast to what is good.
Romans 12:9 ESV
With Lovely Lisa's #GiveMeGrace Sunday Community
When it comes down to it, technology has created a culture of distraction, keeping us stimulated by things that don't really matter. This is far from ideal. When we start to fill our minds and hearts with voices that don't really add meaning, over time we'll silence the voice of the only One who does.Matt Knisely, Framing Faith, p. 12-13
Photo::morning devos on my backyard swing.
What if...what if Jesus gave us the image of children because they are so utterly dependent on their parents....one thing they did very well: opening the empty hand. Children are excellent receivers. ~ Laura Boggess, Playdates With God: Having a Childlike Faith in a Grown-Up World, p. 67
I hungrily devour each chapter in Laura Boggess' newly released Playdates With God: Having a Childlike Faith in a Grown-Up World, and then savor and digest each morsel of truth her words open like a gift. Laura articulates and validates what I've been experiencing since I serendipitously captured the beauty of a tassel flower and began cultivating an eye for life's mercies with a camera years ago.
Laura gives a name to my photographic wanderings -- Playdates with God. She uncovers my deepest longings -- the needs I have, like that of a child, for love, intimacy and dependency on my Father -- that draw me to this practice where I ask Him to open my eyes to glimpses of His beauty, His character, and His gifts that I might capture them for my joy and His glory.
In Playdates With God, Laura helps me realize the importance of being intentional to make this practice -- like Sabbath -- a scheduled event on the calendar each week -- a day and time where with open hands I'm ready to receive like a child what the Father freely gives.
With support from Scripture, as well as resources in art, literature, science, and theology, Laura uses multiple images of play -- trampolines, swings, super-soakers, hide and seek, etc. -- to share her journey to recover a child-like faith through her own playdates with God in the midst of her adult responsibilities as wife, mother, author, poet and clinical psychologist.
To chase the God-bliss, do I dare step outside my preconceived notions of what a mature spiritual life looks like? Do I shed some of the self-imposed rules I subscribe to -- not worry about what others might think? ~ Laura Boggess, Playdates With God: Having a Childlike Faith in a Grown-Up World, p. 34
Playdates With God is a beautiful book I will long treasure.
Thank you, Laura and Leafwood Publishers, for my complimentary copy of Playdates With God in return for my honest review.