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A READINESS TO STOP

“Sabbath is not dependent upon our readiness to stop. We do not stop when we are finished. We do not stop when we complete our phone calls, finish our project, get through this stack of messages, or get out this report that is due tomorrow. We stop because it is time to stop.”

– Wayne Muller

For many of us, we find ourselves running, producing, striving, and endlessly accomplishing our to-do lists and daily tasks. If we’re honest, it’s incredibly difficult to walk away from our work–especially when it is incomplete. Muller’s words are a necessary reminder that we need to experience true Sabbath and rest.

So friends, examine your readiness to stop…both in a daily and weekly sabbath rhythm. Why are you striving so hard and unwilling to cease?

When we trust God’s sovereign control and step away from the work of our hands, we are wide open to hear and receive from our loving Lord. May you celebrate the work and your hands and then rest well.

Blessings!

FASTING

 

Self-denial is profoundly contemplative for it works by the process of human subtraction and divine addition.  – Brian Taylor

Leadership Transformations releases a free, monthly resource titled Silencio…targeting a specific spiritual practice and discipline. In the month of April, Silencio’s issue focuses on the practice of fasting.

As you examine your Rule of Life and whether or not you are walking and living in a well-ordered way, we invite you to consider the practice of fasting.

Is it a regular rhythm in your life with God?

Fasting provides opportunities for us to back away from excess (perhaps frivolous delights), allowing God to form healthier pathways in our unforced rhythms of grace. In doing so, we intentionally step back from culture and into the presence of God with a posture of open hands.  In releasing self-directed desires, we are rid of distractions and actions that dominate our lives.

As we engage in fasting and self-denial, we are able to begin to see what is fueling or controlling us.

What might God be inviting you to fast from?

To assist you in this journey, we’re providing April’s issue of Silencio here.

Blessings!

4 Essential Rhythms

When we speak of Crafting a Rule of Life and walking in a well-ordered way, we believe first and foremost that we must develop rhythms of Scripture, Prayer and Reflection in our personal prayer closets. These foster a spaciousness which allows us to attentively listen to the Triune God who is at work in us. So, friends, are you practicing these means of grace on a regular basis? May it be so!

Equally important is another rhythm: sabbath. It is crucial that we understand and embrace the joy of Sabbath rest – as a day of the week, and as a lifestyle. Marva Dawn, Mark Buchanan, and others have written about Sabbath. And they outline several movements of Sabbath in this way:

1. We cease from what we normally do throughout the week.

2. We rest with the delight of the work we’ve accomplished.

3. We celebrate the life we enjoy in Christ.

4. We embrace the call of God on our lives to continually contribute to building up the Kingdom of God in all areas of life and service.

Take a few minutes today in prayerful reflection to consider how these rhythms are present in your life. If they are underdeveloped or inconsistent, how might God be inviting you to more fervently pursue these things? Blessings to you on the journey!

 

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A PERSONAL RULE OF LIFE: TOM GRIFFITH

A dear friend of ours, Tom Griffith, shares his rule and rhythms of life that have shaped him for the past twenty years. Hear his story of seeking to listen more intently to the voice of God as he listens to others.

myRULE

Happy Monday! Are you working on your Rule of Life? Be sure to check out the navigation bar and visit the myRULE section. We have  uploaded a few new samples of RoL’s that will be helpful as you more fully discover the unique path that God has for your life. Blessings!

PRIMARY RELATIONSHIPS

What are your primary relationships?  It is important to identify them because they shape and mold our lives.  Our personal Rules of Life are discerned and framed within the context of our primary relationships. So, ask yourself…

How healthy are my relationships? With my parents? With my children? With my spouse? With my co-workers?

With God?

A Rule of Life enables us to evaluate our primary relationships to see if they are marked with love, honesty, integrity, listening, generosity, and gratitude. Are there any relationships in your life that need adjusting, tweaking, or repairing? May the prayer of St. Francis be your prayer today:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love.

Where there is injury, pardon.

Where there is doubt, faith.

Where there is despair, hope.

Where there is darkness, light.

Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,

grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;

to be understood, as to understand;

to be loved, as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive.

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.

Amen.