life and faith living with M.E

Seeking His Presence

As we approach the Thanksgiving and Advent season, thoughts turn toward Christ’s coming to earth. Here, in infant lowly lies our Lord and Saviour.

 

Here, we touch holy ground.

Yet it can all pass us by in the rush and hurry of preparation for Christmas.

Just lately, a distant and distracted air has swirled around me. My mind focused on those things I enjoy to the detriment of those I need to pay attention to.

My beloved is getting exasperated with my M.E brain fog showing up most whenever he asks something specific from me. I hear, respond with scant attention, and drift off again.

Want me to write? No problem {usually}. Want me to listen attentively to instruction/information/give an intelligent reply and opinion? No chance.

And I don’t think I’m alone with this malaise. It’s also creeping into my relationship with God.

I aim to spend quality time with Him and I find myself clock-watching, chasing thoughts, wondering when I can get a coffee, falling asleep…Zzzz…

Yes, I am always tired, always fuzzy-headed, likely to drift off. Coffee, rest and pacing help a little but fatigue sits ever-present with M.E.

In seeking to write regularly ~ because I love to ~ and wanting so much to engage with the world through social media, I am in grave danger of missing the most important part of life and the point of Christmas too. 

I am not learning to truly listen to my life. Heed what God is trying to say to me through it. In simply going with the flow I’ve been missing the fullness. 

In the humdrum and ordinary we have potential to experience the pulsating thrum of extraordinary.

To bend ear, mind and heart. To be aware, alert and sensitive to Holy Spirit’s whispers on the wind.

He longs to meet with us in the here and now and we pull away to catch the urgent instead of the important.

And I still puzzle over which is which.

Now I sit aware of the struggle and tussle for my time and attention, and I am beginning to sense a need to draw back a little from the everyday.

Christmas itself needs preparation and organising, and ~ most important of all ~ I need to be immersed in God’s Presence.

Maybe you do too?

For it is the best place to ready ourselves to hear from Him. Prepare heart and mind. Learn to be attentive. Absorb His words and reflect on them.

Pause and pray.

Listen to God’s heartbeat and tune into His voice.

Be immersed in the One who has immersed His life with ours as Holy and heavenly meeting soiled and earthly.

Can you hear Him speaking?

I sense Him whispering close:

I AM” is here ~ 

I am the One who loves you completely and unconditionally.

I am your Comforter in troubles, your Anchor in any storm, your peace in the midst of problems, your Joy beyond measure.

I am your Saviour, Lord and King.

I am for you when all else is against you.

“I AM Emmanuel ~ God with you, always”

As we light a candle, remembering Christ as the Light of the World, the wonder of it all hits us anew.

He is here.


And that makes all the difference in the world.

#graceglimmers
  • Thoughts float as butterflies in my mind and God pins them down in poetry and prose
  • Catching dawn rising and capturing anew the wonder of a day’s beginning
  •  Delight over the safe arrival of our first grandchild, God’s gift of a beautiful boy
  • Being weighed heavy with pain and chronic illness but God giving ability to carry it lightly
  • Family, friends, loved ones, home, hearth, and celebrations to come
 
To aid me in the approach to Advent I am reading from ‘Christ the Light of the World’ ~ A devotional by Thomas Kinkade {which I was blessed to win in a blog giveaway}, and ‘Advent Reflections’ by Anita Hunt

Ann Voskamp’s latest book,The Greatest Gift’ looks set to encourage and inspire us just the same way as ‘One Thousand Gifts’ has. It’s particularly suitable for the Advent season and beyond. It is a great way for families to share in preparing their hearts for the Christ-child.

Linking with Sabrina for the return of #letterto

This week’s prompt is:‘Letter to fill you in’ where we share what is going on in our world, heart and head right now.

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