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Have you heard of “mindfulness”?
I was first introduced to the concept of mindfulness last year (2016) in New Jersey. It was a part of a series of personal phone coaching sessions required by our health insurance, through Troy’s company, in order to receive a special discount.
Last year around the same time in the spring I was experiencing the physical ramifications of spiritual and emotional turmoil as a result of sin in my life. It wasn’t a coincidence to me that while this coaching session was meant to make me mindful of my food choices and eating habits, God was using it to make me more aware of my spiritual temperature and spiritual habits.
Here are my notes on the Mindfulness Coaching Session:
Goal: To make healthy eating choices and give us all the nutrients we need to repair our body and restore it (www.choosemyplate.gov)
“Being Mindful” - It’s thinking about what you’re doing versus mindless (becoming self-aware).
Writing the notes I started realizing what God was speaking to me personally. Just as I was told to take in more whole physical foods, I came to the conclusion I needed to spend even more time in the pure Word of God, instead of participating in mostly topical bible studies.
These are some of the questions that I began to ask myself:
I told myself, “Work on at least one new thing a week until you are fully aware of your need for, not only physical food, but the Word of God to feed your soul!
I ended my notes by writing, “Here we are as Americans focusing on what we eat physically. But, are we as Christians, which we should focus on being first, being more mindful of what we our spiritual diet actually is?”
(End of notes)
It was easy to admit that my dietary choices weren’t always the best, but it was eye opening to apply the Mindfulness principle to what God was convicting me about. It made me more aware of how much God loves me.
If I hadn’t taken the time to listen to God's voice in the midst of this mundane and required coaching session for my physical well-being, I might have missed what He had for me to “digest” and get nutrition for my soul, which will last longer than my physical body.
Today, as I write this and share my heart with you, it’s my desire that you too will take a moment to be mindful of what God is speaking into your heart. While driving to and from your home or playing at the park, be mindful!
I had a very rough month since I wrote to you last. You will hear more about it as the wounds heal and as people are ready to share. In the meantime I wanted to give you something to chew on (pun intended!) so that you, like me, may have the courage to share hard things with others when it is more difficult. What draws others to God in us is not the accusatory remarks, but the extended arms of love and acceptance. God draws people to himself through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus, dying on the cross for us.
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me’.” (2 Corinthians 12:9, NIV)
It is my hope that you may see God in my family and me, not because it sometimes looks like we may have any “easy” life, but because in the midst of our struggles we hang on to God with all our strength. This is the time to be mindful of the promises of God.
So whatever you are going through right now, devastating news of a loved one with cancer, shocking news of abuse in the family, or the unexpected divorce of an unexpected couple, hang on to God’s promises because they will never let you down!
When life gives you manure and dirt, give it back to God so he may place it in the garden of your heart’s home, where through the breath of His spirit, you may experience true life, and grow deep and rooted in His love, and eventually bear the fruit of His love for you and your love for others.
Being mindful of God’s truth’s,
Currently, I am hosting Ladies Time-Outs with encouraging messages for moms, and a monthly ladies book study by Sally Clarkson at Ken Caryl Church in the Denver, CO area.
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. (Proverbs 12:12)
Socorro Gill - Confessions of a Mother's Heart
Motherhood, Education, Faith & Family
If thou seekest her (wisdom) as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;
Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.
For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding
(Proverbs 2: 4-6 KJV)
The challenging question that pushed me to take the leap and not be afraid of starting this site occurred at the 2015 Sally Clarkson conference, "Own Your Life". Chrystal Hurst, a guest speaker at the annual January conference asked the question,
"What would you do if you were not afraid?.
For the last 10 Years I had put the "Living The Life Ministries" on the back burner of my heart because I had been afraid of what my family would think or what failure it might be, instead of fearing God and following His leading in my life.
While two of my kids were very young He gave me the inspiration and resources to create a website and mail out a newsletter to my brothers and sisters that shared the Gospel of Christ and Salvation, both in English and Spanish!
Very recently, God clearly moved in my family again, spiritually and physically, across the country to the East Coast and I was and am still so excited, about what He did and is continuing to do!
There were many unknowns! As a result I was scared, but God was my strength. He shined through all of my and my family's adventures in New Jersey, while working, living and home schooling. We are back on Colorado now and are grateful to be home!
God knew what was ahead and He was already there working in the lives of many of the people we met.
My family and I have chosen to continue trusting God because He will never leave us or forsake us!
"Trust in the Lord will all your heart and not lean on my own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and he will direct your paths." (Proverbs 3:5-6).
I am following, by faith, believing that there are women everywhere that also want to live the life that God is calling them to by following what His Word teaches, through daily, hourly obedience and complete surrender of their fleshly desires.
As the Lord leads me I am meeting with moms in Colorado individually and in group settings to teach His Word, encourage them through my personal testimony and lift them up in prayer by the power of the Holy Spirit.
I pray you find this site encouraging and insightful!