Friday, September 14, 2012
Yearning for the Living God
If I could pull two main themes I picked up from this book they would be:
1. Pray more earnestly and fervently
2. Listen to and follow the spirit. When you are placed in a challenging situation, or a situation where your first inclination might be to snap or to be angry or to teach someone a lesson (angrily), stop yourself and listen to the spirit and follow that. Take time to listen. Take time to record your experiences. And find humor to lighten the mood when appropriate.
I am so grateful for people like Enzio Busche who live exemplary lives and share their experiences with others so that we can learn from their experiences and better ourselves. I used to be good about recording spiritual experiences every day, but the past several months have been lacking, but after reading this book I am determined to pick it up again. And maybe every once in awhile, I'll share an experience here.
Since beginning this book, I've found that family life, which was already really good, has gotten even better. Instead of snapping at a child who I felt deserved it (or who had long exhausted ALL of my patience), I stop myself in that moment, ask for help (as in a prayer) and then listen and follow the guidance of the spirit which I've found on several occasions to be opposite to what I would have naturally done. Instead of getting frustrated and snapping, I find myself talking things through with a child in a more loving, gentle and patient manner. I feel a lot more peaceful inside. And you know what I've found, for the most part the child reacts SO much better to this kind of intervention which totally makes sense because it's Christ's way of handling things and He knows best. I'm hoping that through practice, these things will become habitual. Practice makes permanent, right? Loved this book! I need to buy a copy for myself.