an invitation

An Invitation

Tuesday, August 09, 2011


So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. -Romans 12:1

"The Time of business, said he, does not with me differ from the time of prayer; and in the noise and clutter of my kitchen (he was a cook) while several persons are calling at the same time for different things, I possess God in as great a tranquility as if I were upon my knees at the Blessed Sacrament". - brother Lawrence


Walking through the doors of motherhood, I felt a rush of God's Spirit blowing through me as those doors opened for the first time. I felt this breeze on the road to motherhood, through pregnancy, birth and many moments until now. I still feel it rushing by me in occasional, fleeting moments. When I feel the Spirit brushing over me I sense a cool peace of refreshing hope. I know He is near me.  I savor those moments- but I never know when they will come. I have to be constantly searching for Him in my every moment. That task is simply hard. When I get little sleep, am awakened by crying, trying to take care of twins, myself, my husband, dog and working all while my previously neat home is in shambles--I have a hard time. My mind is so inward focused on how I will get through the day and what I have to do tomorrow that I don't look at the world around me.  I don't see the beauty. I don't allow that beauty to penetrate my spirit and remind me that my loving God is walking right next to me.

So in reading the above Bible reference and quote by brother Lawrence, I would like to invite you on a journey with me. This is the kind of car ride that sounds ridiculously long and you don't know if you can make it but you know that despite your exhaustion you will enjoy every single sight you see.  So although it sounds daunting, I felt God leading me to do this to help me get through this next phase in life with my soul, my marriage, and my family in a better spiritual state than it is today. It's about growth. I know this next year with twin one year olds and a newborn would likely drag me down into depression if I let it- but I won't. God wants me to use this time to grow in Him. In this I pray my attitude will inspire and draw my family closer to God, His beauty, and the lovely breeze of His Spirit.

The invitation is this: for the next year I will be taking a minimum of one picture per week of my everyday life and posting it. I will also be reading brother Lawrence's "Practicing God's Presence." I will be honest. I will show you my dirty dishes, my unmade bed, children crying but also maybe a sunrise, a smile, or an organized closet.  I want to give to God my every second and learn to see His beauty in every one. Seeing life through the lens of a camera opens your mind to the snapshots of grace all around you. I want to see through that lens. I want to see God through that lens. I invite you on this photo journey with me. May we slow down, quiet down, and sense God's gorgeous peace in the midst of our everyday lives.


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1 comments

  1. Bro. Lawrence's life amazes me and we all have something to learn about practicing the presence of God in the everyday messiness of life. I prefer my ipod with soothing, instrumental music, my easy chair with coffee, pen, Bible and journal but life has a way of throwing a wrench into our best laid plans for "practicing the presence" of God. It was after having children that I learned I could praise or pray while vacumning, folding laundry, washing dishes or while bathing the children.
    The busyness of life has a way of crowding time for God out; but we can crowd Him into it. And yes, stopping to laugh at the unexpected diaper overflow or to enjoy the angelic face of the baby sleeping in your arms really is enjoying the glory of God.
    Rachel, I have to admit I tend to get frazzled by the details, the screaming grandbaby in my ear and the supper that needs to be cooked while my living room looks more like a toy chest. But embracing the zany craziness of this stage instead of fighting it would certainly lend one to more sanity and peace. I think you've made a very good goal, but if you need to skip a week, I for one will not fault you. I'll be following your journey and praying for you. God is faithful and He has brought this miracle baby into your life for a reason. Enjoy the lemonade!

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