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Blog-Pastor-Dave (Page 34)

Brother Lawrence said, “I gave up all devotions and prayers that were not required and I devote myself exclusively to remaining always in his holy presence. I keep myself in his presence by simple attentiveness and a general loving awareness of God that I call ‘actual presence of God’ or better, a quiet and secret conversation of the soul with God that is lasting.” Earlier in Brother Lawrence’s Christian pilgrimage, he lived with tremendous anxieties that he wasn’t following all the

Brother Lawrence said that “God . . . has infinite treasures to give us, yet we are satisfied with a bit of perceptible devotion that passes in an instant. . . . We are blind since we bind God’s hand in this way and halt the abundant flow of his graces; yet when God finds a soul penetrated by an intense faith he pours out his graces in abundance. This torrent of his grace, impeded from running its ordinary course,

Brother Lawrence said, that “we must believe that it is advantageous for us and pleasing to God to sacrifice ourselves to him; that it is normal for his divine providence to abandon us to all sorts of trials, miseries and temptations. Once we recognize this, should we be surprised that we experience suffering, temptation, opposition, and contradiction from our neighbor? On the contrary, we must submit to these things and bear them as long as God so wills, just as

Brother Lawrence said that “when we undertake the spiritual life we must seriously consider who we are, recognizing that we are worthy of all scorn, unworthy of the name Christian, and subject to all kinds of miseries and a multitude of setbacks. These disturb us and make our health, our moods, our inner dispositions and their outward manifestations changeable; in all, we are persons God wants to humble by means of a multitude of internal and external troubles and trials.” Brother

Brother Lawrence said that “everything is possible for one who believes, still more for one who hopes, [even more for one who loves,] and most of all for one who practices and perseveres in these three virtues.” Jesus challenges us: “Everything is possible for one who believes” (Mark 9:23). The psalm writer tells us: “Put your hope in God” (Psalm 43:5). God’s Word repeatedly calls us: “Love the LORD your God” (Deuteronomy 6:5). Everything is possible for one who believes in God,