Y’all come back now, y’hear?

18 thoughts on “Y’all come back now, y’hear?”

  1. How challenging it is to let go of the ego, the false self! But focusing our life’s attention on our loving and merciful Savior makes it possible.

    Wonderful thoughts. 🙂

  2. Andie, thank you for the invitation I’ll always come back to your place:-) There’s a lot of wisdom living @ Meandering Thru Life.

    Slowing down in prayer is a problem that I, too, often experience. You may have read this from John Predmore, SJ –http://predmore.blogspot.com/ — on 1/15/11 he wrote this — describing a “beholding exercise” which I found to be helpful in getting me in the slow-down mode for prayer.

    “I find the prayer is more fruitful when we preface it with a brief beholding exercise. Just as we may gaze upon an icon, we ask God to gaze upon us as we begin our prayer. We ask God to hold us, see us, feel us, hear us, and know what we are feeling. When God does that, he honors us. This is a beautifully confident way to begin. We can then more easily share what we feel when we know God listens to us.

    After God beholds us, we then ask for the grace to behold God as God beholds us. Though it is circular, it is quite a consoling image for us to see God gazing upon us – in amazement, wonder, and care. At this moment, we are only concerned about our present situation and we pay attention to God’s immediate presence to us. It is simple and streamlined and it answers many of the deep questions we have, like does God personally care about me? If God is present to us as we begin, the question takes care of itself.”

    It’s good stuff and that’s something I can always count on from John.

    Peace, jer…

  3. Oh! I just loved this post, Andie! Especially the “come as you are”. That’s the kind of invitation no one can resist. Isn’t this the kind of acceptance that everyone in the world is looking for? Thank you, this post was beautiful.

    1. Thank you Mary, yes, I do believe that we are all looking for that kind of acceptance. And, we spend so much time and energy looking for it ‘in all the wrong places’

  4. love, Love, LOVE this Andie! Slowing down to stop *doing* so much is necessary to *being* with God…you’re so right. I like that word – behold. I can’t imagine “beholding” without stillness. Thanks for this today, Andie!

  5. A friend of mine has reminded me – many times – that we are human beings, not human doings. It’s hard to just let yourself be and yet when you do, you hear the word of God and feel the breath of the spirit in everything around you.

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