So fast forward to a year ago. I started searching - and I found the book "Christian Yoga" by Father Déchanet. I had started and stopped yoga many times because I could see there were physical and emotional benefits to it, but I couldn't reconcile the whole idea that yoga is used to help spread the Hindu faith. I wanted to find something else out there, written with both wisdom and validity - and I found it. Reading OC and Father Déchanet is slow and thought changing for me. And I have began to see the movements of yoga, the slowing down to just my breath patterns, and His [God's] Word, as a critical part of each day. It is requiring patience in a new way, and it is pushing me to really learn to wait on Him to renew my mind. Learning to rest and be quiet, instead of my typical practice of surging ahead through my daily scripture quota and necessary prayers for my check off list.
Which brings me to my photo choice. It is kind of like the photo from Abby Try Again of the snow cone - the fruit of the spirit is beautiful - and looks a lot different then the ingredients by themselves - but it takes effort to get it just right - and I can't get it just right on my own. Someone else came up with the recipe and the ingredients. No matter how much I think I can make beautiful on my own, I really do need the Creator of the universe to bend me and shape me into who He wants - and that is a process that requires more then I can give on my own. It requires Him. I have not figured it all out yet, but I am continuing to learn as I give God moments of total silence.
*Click on photo to go to Abby's old site. I purchased quite a few prints from her before she closed up shop.