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Nurture a Reflective Life —Slow Down

Contemplative Photography is taking me into a deeper adventure.   All new adventures bring with it something a  bit daunting. I open the door asking God, what is ahead of  me. As I gaze upon a blooming flower, or see dark clouds cover the sky, is the message being shared reflecting  the beauty of God’s creation alone , or is He motioning me to — Come further up, come further in!” ― C.S. Lewis, The Last Battle.

Put the words “Nurture a reflective life” and ” Be contemplative in my photography” together.  But how?

SLOW DOWN IN WHAT! SLOW DOWN TO WHAT?

  • Activities?
  • My mind?
  • Walking?

Will this “slowing down” automatically happen if my body stops doing?  Probably not. The mind can frantically race with yesterday’s events and tomorrow’s needs while the body is lying in bed.

Being  reflective  is making an active decision to engage in the surroundings. Going deeper than the top layer.

WHAT IS GOD SAYING?

CAN I FEEL HIS TOUCH, HIS LOVE IN THE GENTLE BREEZE AS IT PASSES BY MY FACE ?

HOW CAN I REFLECT THIS TOUCH IN A PHOTO AND SHARE HIS HEART?

Slow Down and reflect Tammy Morton Photo They teach us to dream

                                                                                      Tammy Morton’s photo entitled:

                                                                                                         ” THEY TEACH US TO DREAM”1

Is it possible to slow down and reflect in the rush  of daily activities?  In the course of routine housework, am I willing to mentally or emotionally slow down, take God’s  hand and reflect on His Words to me?  The beauty of nature, color all around,  waves of the lake lapping against the rocks, a walk through the woods,

 

have a greater  intensity for intimate interaction with my Creator than cleaning the kitchen. I can imaging slowing down and reflecting in a sunrise.

How can I slow down and reflect, let alone create with a photo through daily chores?  Mindless, thoughtless, repetitive cleaning do not compose a creative story.

 

The first question might be: 1.Do I want to take the mental energy  to engage to create space for God to enter into the chores? —-  2. Does God really care to enter into my time of cleaning? I know He is with me always, but really, intimate chats  while doing housework?

  • Slow Down
  • Be Present in the Moment
  • Take a Long Loving Look at the Real.
  • What is God Saying Now?

Reflection Through a Veggie Drawer.

 I needed to put the groceries away. The veggie drawer was covered with yellow onion skins so I decided to dump these out. Then I would give the drawer a quick swipe.   😝 Thinking about my photography assignment, I ask  God, “Is there something You want to show me?

I used these  tools from  The Reflective Life by Ken Gire.2

  • Read the moment—Using my  eyes to see what’s on the surface.
  • Reflecting on the moment -Engaging my  mind to see what’s beneath the surface.
  • Responding to the moment –  Giving what I saw and received  a place to live in my heart, allowing it to grow there, upward to God and outward to other people.

An interesting cleaning experience took place.

I needed to scrub extra hard in cleaning the icky sticky goo I found close to the ridges. These ridges  took longer to clean than I wanted to give my attention to the whole drawer cleaning business.  In fact, the cleaning  was getting  boring. Thoughts began to race “Did I really want to make sure the drawer was thoroughly clean? All sticky goo gone? (Remember, at first, I was only going to dump the loose skins into the garbage . 😄 )

What was  God’s response to the sticky goo hiding next to the ridges no one sees inside of me, the gunk hard to get at?  The outside is nice and clean, but there are areas where some stuff  needs more time to (re)move.

God will never leave a job half done.

 God started with the outer layer and cleaned away the onion skins.  God then looks deeper and says “I will stay with you and clean the icky sticky goo hidden inside. I will gently clean til  the job is completed.

WHY?

Years ago I said YES to Him  and I desire His beauty to reflect through me.

(6being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Phil. 1:6 NIV)

Who knew the simple non creative job of cleaning a veggie drawer could bring me into the throne room to  interact with my Savior and Friend?

As a result the connection of slowing down I created two photos from my cleaning.

 

Be willing to enter into the moment. Slow your brain down. All you have is the reality right in front of you. The Creator of the Universe is at hand at all times to engage in the moment with you.

Slowing  down is not easy in the fast paced world. Feel free to share your victories and your battles. We are on this road together.

 Be

free

To

Worship

As

You

Were

Created!


1Thank you Tammy Morton for saying Yes and allowing me to us this picture.

2THE REFLECTIVE LIFE (Becoming More Spiritually Sensitive to the Everyday Moments of Life) by Ken Gire © 1998 p.88.

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I AM LOVED

  “But the man who is not afraid to admit everything that he sees to be wrong with himself, and yet recognizes that he may be the object of God’s love precisely because of his shortcomings, can begin to be sincere. His sincerity is based on confidence, not in his own illusions about himself, but in the endless, unfailing mercy of God.1

  • Comparison
  • Pride
  • Perfectionism
  • Fear of being overlooked.

WHAT A CONUNDRUM!

Is  this is the same intense roller coaster emotional ride everyone experiences? YIKES! Or is it just certain types?   Probably every  number  to some degree.   (Blame that bit of information on reading my son’s book,

The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective by Richard Rohr)

Creative people are very passionate.   God  sets our heart and soul free to feel  intense wonder when creating. This intensity  deals with  bitter devastation when the creation  fails or is rejected.

The creative personality runs the gamut in joy and pain. Am I right?

If one is Unwilling to allow God to bring peace and a sense of His centered ness,  the gate will continue to swing back and forth without end.

What is it like to be creative?

Creative Definition (adjective)

  1. resulting from originality of thought, expression, etc.; imaginative:

The story is fiction. The stories from our past can start our future stories.

Imagine yourself as a young child,  working on a family drawing all afternoon. The excitement inside can hardly be contained. You finish the yellow in the sun. The last smile on the youngest child is drawn.  The gift is spontaneous with no special reason for the labor. Just imaginative expression.

A bounce in your step takes you and your art work to the room where your parents are sitting. You wonder, which parent will raise their eyes first. As you stand for what seems an eternity, neither adult leaves their reading material. Your excitement wanes.

Suddenly, a sibling flies in the back door, BANG, shouting, ” We Won.”

Paper and book drop. Parents simultaneously  rise to check  what the commotion is about.

You droop back to your room. The art work goes in the waste basket.

Whether a creative in a sports family or an athletic in a family that values education. The label taken on is the same:

What I do is not important. I am not important.

Can you identify with this little girl? At that point, a strong STORY may be  constructed  not only in the creative realm but for life. “I am not seen for what I  enjoy.”

Will that be the basis of your life’s decisions?

Either :

  •  I will do what I want and I don’t care because no one else does or
  • I will BE what others want to see. I do not count.

Neither of these choices allow you to flow as the unique person God created you. You are not free to Worship Him or BE  yourself  within community.

How does this get resolved?

JESUS!

“This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now…Come further up, come further in!” ― C.S. Lewis, The Last Battle”

As I spend time with Jesus, I find the centered ness of His creativity in me. The gift of my connection in Him is intimate, special and deep. That is the joy I want to share. Merton’s quote challenges me, to not be afraid, to be real and face the the pains from my past. I have to boldly realize the inner fear of rejection as a reality inside. It attacks  now sometimes, when expressing an  inner excitement.  In God’s grace and acceptance of me,  how will it  be handled? Will I know WHOSE  I am if the gift offered, is not received the same way it is given out?

The discovery of His center ness  may come as a powerful waterfall.

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Jesus through the Holy Spirit  brings peace and calm.  One comes to the other.  He controls the flow.

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The healing of  past hurts, brings freedom to present the flow. Less and less of my pain is  keeping the true reality of how He loves me from showing  through. Jesus tells me to Hang On. The truth in what He is declaring to  me is more beautiful than I can ever imagine.

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I AM A DAUGHTER OF THE KING!

I HAVE BEEN CALLED TO SHARE GOD’S HEART!

I AM LOVED!

How are you called to be released from past lies placed upon you? God loves you. He calls you His beloved. Receive and be released.

Be

Free

To

Worship

As

You

Were

Created!

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I am here to read thoughts you want to share.  We are on this creative journey together. I would like to encourage you in anyway I can. Leave a comment here or  join my Writer’s Facebook page.  You do not need to walk this path alone. ♥
1― Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/god-s-love