More from Courtney Hill Gulbro
I’ve found that becoming aware of and reflecting on God’s bounty can bring comfort and joy at any time. But if we’re not in the habit of doing that, we might tend to dwell on problems or suffering. As with any new habit, it takes purposeful practice to make it part of our routine.
By pausing, say, three times a day to bring our focus to God’s gifts (like a robin’s song, or a flower’s scent, or the fireflies’ dance), we are giving ourselves three moments of peace and perhaps joy every day. I like to time those moments with something that I do regularly. That seems to help me make it part of my daily activities. What I like most, though, is to go for a walk outdoors, preferably in the woods. When we build these moments into our routine we are more likely to readily tap into that healing presence in times of hardship or pain.
To help shift my thinking to an even deeper peace I like to thank God each time I notice one of God's gifts. Admittedly I’m not always consistent with this, but when my mind and heart are filled with awareness of God’s love and grace, there’s less room for thoughts of worry or pain. And that brings me closer to God.
- Courtney Hill Gulbro