Draw Near to God: Day 25

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Day 25: Surrendering our pride

My heart is not proud, O Lord,

my eyes are not haughty;

I do not concern myself with great matters

or things too wonderful for me.

Psalm 131:1

One of the things that gets in the way as we draw closer to God is our pride. 

Humility is perpetual quietness of heart. It is to have no trouble. It is never to be fretted or vexed, or irritable, to wonder at nothing that is done to me, to feel nothing that is done against me. It is to be at rest when nobody praises me, and when I am blamed or despised, it is to have a blessed home in myself where I can go in and shut the door and kneel to my Father in secret and be at peace, as in a deep sea of calmness, when all around and about is seeming trouble.  Andrew Murray 

Humility is not a matter of beating ourselves up.  It is not a question of judging ourselves as stupid or sinful, as hopeless or bad.  Who are we to judge these things?  Humility, it seems, is the gentle acceptance of that most tender place inside ourselves that throbs with the pain of separation from the Beloved.  It is that deep knowingness that identification with the false self brings nothing but further separation.  It is an initially reluctant dropping down into the emptiness and an ultimate experience of peace when we stop doing and rediscover simple being. . . when we heed the call to cease creating and remember that we are created.  Mirabai Starr,  Dark Night of the Soul

Can we release the focus on ourselves and shift it to God?

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

James 4:8

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  1. Diane Sheiry
    September 25, 2013 at 9:56 am (7 years ago)

    Betsey and Laurie, Hello and I am REALLY enjoying this blog site. And I about fell over when I realized who was writing it this morning! Keep up the wonderful work. I am so proud of you two!! Diane Sheiry

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    • Writing Sisters
      September 25, 2013 at 12:12 pm (7 years ago)

      Thanks Diane! Fun to see you here. Do you remember when we had our writing retreat with Mom at the Waverly?

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      • Diane Sheiry
        September 25, 2013 at 8:10 pm (7 years ago)

        Boy! That was pretty intense for me. She is sort of a hero – along with you two of course! Miss seeing you. Come when you can get away. Diane

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  2. Jarm Del Boccio
    September 25, 2013 at 11:58 am (7 years ago)

    What a powerful quote on humility by Andrew Murray. It’s a tall order! But, with God’s help, we can work towards that goal. Thanks for sharing it!

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  3. Writing Sisters
    September 25, 2013 at 12:16 pm (7 years ago)

    I have always loved this quote. It is best known for being on a plaque that was kept on the desk of Dr. Bob of AA. Wise words.

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  4. Caddo
    September 25, 2013 at 3:40 pm (7 years ago)

    Indeed, isn’t that the daily challenge? To take our focus off self, and turn it to Jesus–and unfortunately, the Church has not always been a great help. The well-meant messages to “examine ourselves”, too often promote a habit of unhealthy introspection. I find it more productive to pray, “examine me, Lord–and if there’s something You want to address, let me know; otherwise, I’ll just move forward, and do what You’ve put in my hands right now”. This has helped add hours to my day, and cut down on anxiety and discouragement. To trust Him to speak, and trust myself to hear–this is intimacy, and great freedom. God bless you, Sisters–love, sis Caddo

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    • Writing Sisters
      September 25, 2013 at 3:41 pm (7 years ago)

      Thanks Caddo, It is always good to hear from you!

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