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I recently read a book written by Robert J. Wicks, “Prayerfulness, Awakening To The Fullness Of Life”.  He makes a list of ways we can mature spiritually and how to appreciate each day if we put these into practice in our daily lives.  I wanted to share them with you as they are exactly the things I want to achieve in my own life.

~  gain a clear awareness of what you are experiencing, thinking, or feeling without judging yourself or others;

~  develop a sense of intrigue about yourself and others without projection (blaming others), self-condemnation, discouragement, or expectations;

~  gain more interest in discovering the presence of grace—namely the wonderful gifts of God—rather than merely focusing on your own accomplishments;

~  gain an appeciation of being in the now and willingness to return to the present when you are drawn into the past or begin to be preoccupied by the future;

~  develop a spirit of “unlearning” and a willingness to see life differently that is inspired by the Lord’s call to “make all things new”;

~  gain a non ego-centered approach to life that recognizes it isn’t all about me;

~  gain a willingness to recognize, embrace, and flow with change;

~  gain a spirit of receiving life as it is without reaction or rejection;

~  develop a gratitude and an openness to being nourished by God in everyday life;

~  gain a focus on those activities that create well-being instead of suffering for others…and ourselves;

~  gain an appreciation of the beauty of patience and enjoying the process of life rather than solely looking forward to completions or successes;

~  develop an interest in letting go of the “secular training” we have received in grasping, being envious, angry, and unkind, and instead an openness to sharing without an expectation of getting anything in return, being intrigued by our responses so we can learn from them rather than responding by being defensive or self-indicating, and slowing down rather than straining toward goals (even perceived good ones);

~  gain an avoidance of comparing ourselves favorably or unfavorably with others;

~  develop a greater desire to be sensitive to how our words and actions affect others;

~  gain an openness to “spiritually touching” all of our denials, loneliness, shame, and negative feelings about ourselves with compassion, rather than running away from them;

~  allow information, negative and positive, familiar and unfamiliar, to flow to us without being obstructed or modified by our ego or fears;

~  develop an increased desire for transparency and being persons without guile in the way we live so we can help purify—rather than contaminate with our defensiveness—the spiritual atmosphere in which we and others live.

“Practicing, not just knowing about, these characteristcs results in your getting all out of the life that God gives you as a gift.  In addition, and of possibly even more importance, doing this will help you face life’s difficulties, gray periods, or sad experiences and deepen you in ways you may never have dreamed possible.  This will be a gift to those with whom you come into contact as well.”

This may seem like a long list but they are completely attainable by the transforming power of the Holy Spirit.  So let’s pray for God to work in our lives to achieve these beautiful qualities every Christian should have and to grow spiritually mature as God’s Word tells us to do (Hebrews 5:12-14).

As I go about my new life in Christ and allowing Him to change many things about me, I thought it best to ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to me and keep me sensitive to the “little sins” I may be committing in my daily life.  You know, the little things I do or say that go unnoticed.  After all, I am trying to change and strive to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, right?  I certainly don’t want a bunch of unconfessed sin out there that I don’t know about. 

What has been brought to my attention these past few days is all the little things I don’t notice that I say under my breath.  May I suggest a warning to those who are reading this?  If you don’t really want it, don’t ask for it.  When Jesus said “ask and you shall receive”, He wasn’t kidding.  I can’t believe all the little things I say under my breath!  It appears I sin quite abit in the course of a day.  I start my day off so well and as soon as I get frustrated or irritated about something I blow it.  Like pealing eggs.  I love to eat hard-boiled eggs.  But sometimes they just don’t cooperate and if one after another doesn’t peel the way I want them to, I can say some pretty ugly things to these eggs under my breath.  My cute little dog likes to watch me peel them and when I look over at him he does that cute little “tilt” of the head.  I guess my body language is sinning too in some way and he must see it and is wondering, “what the heck”?

I ask for forgiveness right then and there.  Leaning over the garbage with the egg in my hand, I admit to God that I get frustrated too easily and I’m sorry for saying un-ladylike things under my breath.  But I’m trying.  I really am.  After all, I use to say these things out loud.  So in my opinion I like to think I’m getting better anyway.  We are all a work in progress though aren’t we?  I don’t beat myself up over not being perfect.  Frankly, I’m tired of being so hard on myself!  Being hard on myself has caused me many years of fatigue and anxiety and quite frankly, I’m just not going to allow that anymore. 

My beautiful Savior knows my heart.  He knows that I love Him and I’m trying.  But it’s also important for me to make progress with eliminating these little sins.  I have to be sure that I see a difference in my first reaction to frustration or irritation.  It’s not enough to just say “I’m trying”.  I have to correct it the best I can.  I don’t know how long it will be when I can go a whole day without sinning.  Is that really possible though?  I’ve heard that it is but I just don’t know about that.

Do you believe we can go an entire day without sinning?  Even the so-called little sins?  Is rolling your eyes and sighing because the lady in front of you is taking too long at the cash register a little sin?  Or even quietly cursing at a hard-boiled egg?  Aren’t we suppose to handle all things with good temper?  Whether we show it outwardly or not?  I’d love to hear your thoughts on the so-called little sins you struggle with. 

A little about name is Michele and I am a born-again Christian. I was saved as a teenager and graduated from a Christian high school. I am a mother of one son who is the world to me. Despite my upbringing, later in life I fell into a life of self destruction which led me down many dark paths. I am a recovering addict and alcoholic and I have a great passion for Christ and His amazing power to heal even the worst cases. I am living proof of the miracle of God's power to change your life and way of thinking. Nothing is impossible with God.


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