Welcome to Wednesday Wanderings with Dr. Sherri–a time we set aside to wander in the Presence of Jesus and ponder His truths. When you are ready, prepare your mind, body, and soul to have a transformational encounter with Jesus.
PREPARATION: In our last Wandering with Dr. Sherri, we examined Bathe my Heart. This week we will examine Love in Motion. When you are ready, you may begin the dialogue with Jesus and state: “Jesus, I invite you to help me to leisurely wander into your Presence. Prepare my heart to receive, and illuminate my spiritual senses to encounter you.”
PROMISE: Acts 17:28 Amplified Bible
28 For in Him we live and move and exist [that is, in Him we actually have our being], as even some of [a]your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’
Our hands and feet are instruments that can move for the Glory of God.
PSALM: Take my Life Frances Havergal (1836-1879)
|Take my hands, and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love;
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee,
Swift and beautiful for Thee.
PARABLE: Before last year, I would have doubted that I could experience God through movements. When you are at the lowest emotional place you have been, you will try anything. Upon seeking recovery for my complicated grief, my counselor advised me to try yoga. My inner religious critic began to tell me that yoga was not of God. After meeting God on the mat during my first Christ-centered yoga experience, I realized that God is the Creator and has created everything for His Glory.
I put love in motion and surrendered my hands and feet to the impulse of His love and it has been beautiful. God has allowed me to become a Certified Yoga Teacher and be trained in EMDR (trauma therapy) and yoga. Not only have I continued to meet God on my mat but He has allowed me to lead others to His Presence through restorative stretches. My mat time is an act of worship. Every prayer hand I make reminds me to stop and pray to my God who hears and answers prayer. Every warrior pose I take reminds me to stand strong and courageous suited in the Armor of God as He fights for me. Every Child’s pose reminds me to surrender my cares to the one who cares for me. Every final resting pose reminds me to rest in His Presence.
I am being pulled to deeper waters and to let God water the seed of MiBoSo (mind, body, and soul) Ministry that He placed within me. MiBoSo includes meditations to calm and still the mind, restorative movements to relax the body, and moments to search the soul. God is drawing me to put love in motion and be a vessel of healing to hurting people as I invite them to meet Him on the mat. It may not be your call. It may cause controversy within your mind. BUT I realize that it is In God I live (Genesis 2: 7; Acts 17:25) for He is the Breath of Life and the Giver of Life. My existence depends on Him. I know In God I move. He is the one who gives me physical and spiritual strength when I am weary to do all things in love (Psalm 68:35; Isiah 40:29-31; 1 Corin 16:14. I accept that In God I have my Being (Colossians 1:16-17) and I am held together by Him. So, I will commit every breath I take and every move I make on the mat to the Glory of God.
- Reflect and let the Holy Spirit reveal to you the new way He would like to put your love into motion.
- Notice without judgment and with a curious awareness of what comes to your mind. Invite God into your sanctified imagination. Ask Him to bring to your attention how you can offer your hands, offer your feet, and move swiftly for HIM?
- Next scan your mind and notice what the Holy Spirit is sharing that you need to know, hear, or do to put love in motion. Expand your thoughts, it may be something you never thought He would lead you to do.
- Finally, Focus on your breath. As you breathe in remember that it is God that you live, in God that you move, and in God that you have your being.
PRAYER: Holy Spirit, take my hands, take my feet, take my life and let it be an offering unto you. Cease the chatter of the Evil One who attempts to discourage me of the way I offer myself to you. Remind me that as I commit WHATEVER I do to you that YOU will establish my plans.
PRAISE: Now that you have emptied your mind of the clutter and wandered with Jesus, take a closing moment to experience the creative Presence of God. Then take the mindfulness of God’s creative Presence moving and being within you in these last few minutes of wandering into the next ones and beyond.
Until next time, be Resonant.
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BONUS REFLECTION: Take five minutes to listen to the Take my Hands guided meditation.