When I was a little girl, my parents taught me about taking care of my self and my space. Before I could play with my friends, my hair and teeth were brushed, fresh clothes were on, my bed was made and my room made straight. On Saturdays, the day when the family had more time together, I shared in the family’s chores of maintaining our life and our home.

I have spent times in life feeling distanced from God, and as I searched for my way and listened for God in my days I often find myself at the place where I begin again in the footprints of parents and mentors who have walked these places too. I have heard the reminders, “Look inside yourself, listen for God’s voice in all you do, make yourself ready to interact with the rest of God’s creation.”

This rhythm is the background as I think about this framework of exploration – what I am hoping will become a devotion of listening and writing…of sharing and connecting. This year begins looking more closely at the personal relationship God desires and develops, then moves to the intimate relationships with family and friends and later to communities with a call to belong and participate.

I will blog as I go, and pray that you will join in this journey with your insights and comments. May God bless our time together.

I’m asking God for one thing,
only one thing:
To live with him in his house
my whole life long.
I’ll contemplate his beauty;
I’ll study at his feet. Psalm 27:4 (The Message)

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  1. Good work, Julia! It seems to me that if we can truly experience God in every experience of life…then we are on the journey to understanding just a little of how God works in our lives. I think that to begin to appropriate that we need to ask ourselves at the end of every day–“How did God minister to me in all that this day has held–both good and bad?”. Sometimes the reflection reveals surprising answers.

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