Pause

There beneath the willow tree
I learned a lot about the way of things
I learned that everything (the wind, the leaves) has breath inside …

I know
I know this
There is beauty in the way of things

from “There Beneath” by The Oh Hellos (2015)

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Listen

“As for what was planted on good soil, this refers to those who hear and understand, and bear fruit and produce—in one case a yield of one hundred to one, in another case a yield of sixty to one, and in another case a yield of thirty to one.”

Matthew 13:23

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Think

Once you’ve decided to grow in your relationship with God, the next question is: How?!

There are so many devotionals, classes, spiritual practices, that it can be overwhelming. A friend might recommend something that works for them, but you feel nothing exceptional. This is okay! A monk in the 1600s named Brother Lawrence felt closest to God while washing dishes – that’s certainly not everyone’s method for seeking God!

We are all designed so intricately by God that our ways of growing with God are vastly unique. Some experience God in nature, some in meditation. Others through exercise, laughter, work, books, live music, and yes, even through chores! There is no right or wrong way to seek God. You know your personality, your likes and dislikes. You know what stimulates your mind and heart. Connect those activities with prayer. You will discover yourself and God in indescribable ways!

Sarah Briggs Amoth

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Pray

God, guide me to my special way to connect with you. Help me to love my uniqueness and how you have created me to be different. Amen.

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Go

I pray light will
Leak from our pockets
We’ll be drenched, overcome
At night the fireflies
Streamers at our sides
Silent flaming arcs of hope

All things will change
We wait for the rain
And the promise remains

from “Jacaranda Tree” by Josh Garrels (2008)

Sarah Briggs

Sarah Briggs Amoth resides in Black Mountain, NC and works in Hospital Development and Family Support Services for LifeShare Of The Carolinas. She is a graduate of Wingate University and the Gardner-Webb University School of Divinity, where her focus was Christian Education and Formation. She enjoys exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains she is lucky enough to call home with her husband and husky puppy.

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