Christine Sine has begun a new series of guest posts on various practices that, like the bread and butter of scripture study and prayer, can connect us with God and his purposes, but aren’t often thought of or done in that way. My favorites so far are posts (each from different people) on showering, crying, and visits to cemeteries; and I could tell stories of how God has met me powerfully amidst all those activities (and I bet many others could too). She also has posts on gardening, writing sermons, using twitter, blogging and many other atypical suspects. My point, though, is that I think this is going to be a fantastic series for several reasons, worthy of routinely checking and re-checking Christine’s blog for the foreseeable future. Here’s why: So many of us truly want to redeem the bulk of our time for God but have no vision for how everyday activities can be occasions to meet with God and more deeply align ourselves with him and his purposes. These stories from a variety of people give us precisely this vision. Hearing the stories of how others have interacted with God in these venues helps us see differently. They help us see how all of life–or at least some parts that are frequently overlooked–can be part of our participation in God and his mission in the world. For those of us who are working within or towards a rule of life with more typically “spiritual” practices, this is a near invaluable reminder.