Tuesday July 22, 2014

CONVERSION IS GOING ON all the time within us and within the world. … While the change of turning toward God may seem like a once-in-a-lifetime experience, it is in reality a continual process. We may think that we have turned fully toward God; then we discover another dimension of God, and we know immediately that more conversion is possible and necessary if we are to move Godward in all of life.

Monday July 21, 2014

OF ALL MY PERSONAL spiritual practices, the nightly review has brought the most growth. I usually do it on my own, but it can also be done with a loved one or even the whole family. …

1. Make some time to be quiet for a few moments. Take a few deep breaths to settle down. Invite God to be with you and to shed light on the past day.

2. Ask God to bring to mind one moment of the day for which you are most grateful, the moment that gave you the most life or when you received or gave the most love. If you could recapture one moment of your day, which one would it be? Relive this moment. Breathe in again the gratitude you felt and thank God for it.

3. Ask God to bring to mind the moment you are least grateful for, the moment that drained you of life or when you received and gave the least love. Reflect on what was said and done that made it so hard. Acknowledge your feelings about this experience. Refrain from judging yourself. Share these feelings with God, and let God’s love fill you again.

- Trevor Hudson

Sunday July 20, 2014

Saints do not posses an extra layer of muscle. They are not taller, and they do not sport superior IQs. They are not richer, and their parents are not more clever than yours or mine. They have no bat-like perception that enables them to fly in the dark.

They are flesh and blood, just like you and me, no stronger, no more intelligent. And that is the point. They simply offer themselves to God, knowing they are not the elite, fully cognizant that they are inadequate to the task, that their abilities are limited and fallible.

- James C. Howell

Friday July 18, 2014

IN OUR CULTURE, we have gotten away from the spiritual disciplines that our spiritual ancestors used, and somehow in the day in which we live, these disciplines of the spiritual life seem foreign to us. We know, however, that there is nothing that can take the place of established patterns of prayer, specific times for scripture reading, and set times of silence to be alone with God.

John Wesley said long ago, “Whether you like it or no, read and pray daily. It is for your life.” The earlier we learn this, the richer our lives will be.

- Betty Shannon Cloyd

Wednesday July 16, 2014

IN A QUIET PLACE where you can be alone and quiet, focus on one thing: a bird at the feeder, the ripples on a watery surface, the shape of a cloud, a favorite icon, a cross at the altar, even your own hand.

Allow your breathing to become progressively slower and deeper until you relax to a pace that permits listening for God’s guidance.

Don’t try to direct or manipulate your thoughts; simply allow yourself to be in God’s presence, using the object you’ve selected to guide you into a sense of peace, a surprising insight, or wherever it might lead you.

- Linda Douty