What if we were to choose to view January as an invitation?
Less like a clean slate and MORE like a chance to persevere.
What if we saw 2021 as a continued step in the direction of where God is already at work?
If the invitation was less about what I can do to improve self and
MORE about what GOD can do?
Less about my works and MORE about trusting Him in my stillness.
The Invitation Stands.
Will you Join me?
Burning the candle at both ends can burn out the soul as well as the body. Spiritual disciplines are ways we give our bodies to unhurried rhythms of grace. They are ways we unhurry our souls before God.Adele Ahlberg Calhoun, Spiritual Disciplines Handbook
Whether it is fresh slate January or late summer August. The Invitation to view our lives as moments of trust is the same. Sadly, many of us feel like we have to do more. We have to “pull ourselves up by the bootstraps” and keep plugging away.
I know that feeling. I still struggle with it daily, but I have found rest for my soul and peace in the green pastures. I invite you to consider experiencing God in a new way this year.
Journey along with me as we explore the ancient (and some modern ones too!) spiritual disciplines. Each week I will offer one new spiritual discipline that you can put into practice, if you so choose. The invitation of the week will be just that, an invitation.
An invitation that you can accept or decline. No guilt. No shame.
If you read the weekly invitation and decide it’s not for you, our God is a gentle guide and I trust that He will meet you in other ways that week.
Think often on God, by day, by night, in your business and even in your diversions. He is always near you and with you; leave him not alone.Brother Lawrence, His Conversations and Letters on the Practice of the Presence of God
You will find that some of the spiritual disciplines only take moments a day. Most are meant to weave into your day seamlessly so that you can practice the discipline while you are going about your ordinary, daily life.
God wants to WALK with you through your days. The disciplines are one way that I have found that encourage that journey.
The disciplines themselves are basic components of the rhythm of intimacy with God that feed and nourish the soul, keeping us open and available for God’s surprising initiatives in our lives.Ruth Haley Barton, Sacred Rhythms
Even though the word discipline has a negative connotation to it, the disciplines are not meant to be a heavy burden. Instead they provide a rhythm for your ongoing spiritual formation. We trust God to do the work of transforming our hearts, but He also asks us to accept His invitation. The disciplines are a means of grace, a way of putting ourselves before the Lord and accepting his gift of transformation and renewal. A walk of being more like Christ.
The invitations can easily be added along any other spiritual rhythms that you already have in place. I encourage you to dive into the word of life in addition to the weekly invitation. Each week I will offer a short scripture for the invitation. Reading, writing and memorizing that scripture to meditate on all week is also a beautiful rhythm to add to the invitation.
I’m excited to journey with you!
Want to see an index of spiritual disciplines? Click here.
Ready to get started? You can view the invitations here.
Want to know more about me? Click here.