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A QUIET PLACE

When is the last time that you found a quiet place to commune with God?

Putting away the distractions of technology.

Creating both an internal and external silence.

Journaling.

Listening.

Inhaling.

Exhaling.

Watching.

Waiting.

Resting.

We encourage you to re-engage the practice of a soul care day if it has been some time since you have found a quiet place to deepen your intimacy with God. May some of these images serve as an invitation towards a spacious encounter with God.

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TO BE OR NOT TO BE : TO DO OR NOT TO DO

We are most likely familiar with the Shakespearean masterpiece, Hamlet, that begins with the famous words: “To be, or not to be; that is the question.” That phrase comes to mind as we discern and pray through God’s unique initiatives in our lives. We inquire of the Lord how much shall we “be”…and how much shall we “do?” Some of us are much more prone towards the doing. The extreme of this person runs around ragged from sun-up to sun-down without a spare moment in the day for prayer, reflection, or silence. Maybe you find yourself in this mode of operation: striving, running, chasing, doing, achieving, accomplishing, producing. You are never satisfied, never content, never finished, and never at rest.

Others are much more prone towards the being. This person is in touch with his or her inner world and considers the complexities of the true and false self. Maybe you are one who enjoys days of silence and solitude where you can sit quietly and not lift a finger. Or perhaps you find it much easier to forget everything and everyone around you so that you can be alone, quiet, uninterrupted, unbothered, and unavailable to a noisy and demanding world.

It seems that both extremes of being and doing (especially apart from one another) miss the mark of what God invites us into. Our lives, instead, shall be a well-balanced marriage of both being and doing. It seems that our being shall inform the doing–we live and act and respond and serve the Lord [doing] out of our understanding that we are God’s beloved, treasured children of our Father and that we cannot earn his love for us [being]. But we certainly must pair action with reflection, for one without the other is unbalanced and we end up failing to produce lasting fruit.

So on your journey in the well-ordered way, we encourage you to pair action with reflection; spend vast amounts of time in silence, solitude, and listening prayer before the Lord. And then get to work joyfully(!)–laboring for the Lord and advancing the Kingdom in whatever unique ways he is calling you towards. Our action must be paired with reflection; and our reflection must be followed up with God-honoring action.

Blessings to you!

** To read more on the balance of being/doing and action/reflection, click here.

WELL-ORDERED LIVES

Have you had a chance to check out some of the amazing people who have journeyed on the well-ordered way? We invite you to take a few minutes and watch some of these videos here. Enjoy…and we pray that you would be encouraged to lean ever more closely into the life the Triune God is inviting you into. Blessings!

GRATITUDE: A HEART THAT IS JOY-FILLED

Giving thanks.

Extending grace.

Acknowledging the gift and the Giver.

Generosity.

Each of these are rhythms that ought to mark us and be present in our lives. Is your heart a heart of gratitude? Is it filled with generosity and thanksgiving? Creating a rule of life includes becoming aware to all that God has lavished upon us….and in response, giving thanks! For further thoughts, continue reading here.

A FEW MORE DAYS….

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SPIRITUAL DIRECTION

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We have seen it again and again over the past few years. As men and women have disciplined themselves in the rhythms of prayerful silence and reflection, the Triune God has invited them into deeper communion with Himself and with His Body. What is the invitation they joyfully receive? Spiritual Direction.

If you have felt that same whisper or tug on your heart, maybe SELAH is for you. Perhaps you are being invited to be trained and instructed in a certificate program in order to be equipped to sit attentively with others. Or maybe spiritual direction is a foreign concept and is quite new to you. In that case, maybe part of your rule of life is to begin seeking out a spiritual director/friend to come alongside you in your journey. 

A KIND WORD

We are humbled and grateful for the kind word and review from our friends at Englewood Review of Books. Click here to see their amazing endorsement! Thanks Englewood!!!

SEEKING

It’s Monday morning. A new day; a new week. What are you seeking?

What do you long for? Hope for? Desire? Chase after? What is driving you?

What are you seeking?

Our longings, desires, hopes, dreams, yearnings, and needs are met and fulfilled in the Triune God. Look to Him. Listen closely. Pay attention.

Crafting a Rule of Life is about paying close attention to all of those inner longings. To do so, we must sit prayerfully. We must sit quietly. We must sit unhurriedly. And we must seek first the kingdom of God. Today, may you seek the voice of God as the primary informant of your life and all of its circumstances. And may your journey on the well-ordered way help you find that which you seek.

GENEROUS LISTENING

Are you a generous listener?

This is a great read that was shared by one of our dear friends, Gary Hoag. It is a repost of a sermon given by Milton Sanders.

Click here for a wonderful meditation!