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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!

SPIRITUAL PRACTICES IN SILENCE AND SOLITUDE

Each of us has much room to grow in the disciplines of silence and solitude. Below are a few suggested practices that might help you engage in more meaningful and regular rhythms in these means of grace. Blessings to you!

  • Set aside ten minutes each day for silence. Breathe deeply and become aware of God’s presence. Afterwards, journal about your experience.
  • Designate a “sacred space” in your home where you can retreat into silence and solitude.
  • Drive to work without talking on your phone or turning on the radio.
  • Spend an entire day without the use of technology (i.e. computer, iPhone, iPad).