Thursday, January 10, 2013

Unpacking to Make Room

January 14, 2013

New Year Greetings!             

 I’ve been putting away Christmas decorations. Funny isn’t it, when you rearrange and pack things up, it feels like the house has more room.  The same thing is true in our spiritual life, when we allow God to rearrange and pack things up; we have room in our lives for more of God.  Dallas Willard says, “Amazing things can happen when we open up spaces in our lives. It is easier to hear the voice of God when we practice silence because our world is not filled with competing noises.”

Sheryl worships God beneath a waterfall near Yosemite.

Silence and solitude are ignored spiritual disciplines. At a nearby conference center, under the guidance of a spiritual director, I began the New Year with a four day silent retreat. I asked myself. “What gifts does God want to give you?” “What are you thankful for? I spent hours in prayer, pouring over scripture, hiked for miles, journalled my thoughts, feelings, prayers. I discovered God’s love in a deeper way, enjoyed His creation and found solace in communion with Him.
 “He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.” Psalm 18:19

The Latin term, “Capax Dei” – an increased capacity for God is something we can develop by allowing space in our lives. I challenge you to “open up spaces in your lives” – each of us know what we can cut out, so let’s make the choice to increase our capacity for God. Instead of self-indulgence, let’s choose God –indulgence. Rearrange and pack things up, so you have room for every new blessing God wants to bestow on you in 2013! Thanks for sharing in the ministry of ICM through your financial and prayer support.

“You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” Psalm 16:11

All my love,


Prayer time with Ben and Megan at their reception with Dick Compton, Pastor Josh Kirstine

My thanks to you who attended Ben and Megan’s Christmas Open House Wedding Reception.  You  completed our holiday by sharing our joy and your presence with the newlyweds. Glory to God!