Tag: Spiritual Disciplines

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Scripture – A Place of Encounter

In continuing from yesterday’s post on reading the Bible for transformation, we discussed how to be transformed by Scripture we need to be less concerned with speed or volume or the gathering of more information but with depth and receptivity. The problem is we have been trained to be informational readers, not spiritual readers and ...

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Final Thoughts on Solitude

There is so much more to say about the practice of silence and solitude but I will finalize my thoughts today.  But lest I give the impression that silence and solitude are the only means by which we encounter God, let me proclaim an emphatic “No!” Silence and solitude are just one of the many environments ...

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Practicing Solitude

I’ve posted for several days now on the spiritual practices of silence and solitude...and we are coming soon to an end. The danger, of course, with any Biblical teaching is that it remains in our head as a cherished belief and not actually practiced in our lives.  Thinking about solitude is not the same as closing the ...

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A Portable Sanctuary

As we continue in our practice of silence and solitude, over time we begin to discover even our solitude begins to be transformed. In solitude where we create space to attune our hearts to the voice of God, where we confront our driven souls, and stay present to the work of the Holy Spirit in ...

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My Journey into Solitude

Over the next several days I want to share some thoughts on the spiritual practice of silence and solitude.  When you mention either of these disciplines out loud, you get a variety of, often strong, responses. The type A personality sees it as a waste of time.  “You mean you don’t DO anything?” The Relational ...

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I am Most Alive When…

What I’ve discovered about practicing the spiritual disciplines is that they are a lot like riding on the back of my husband’s motorcycle.  (Stay with me here.)  The reason I love riding is because all of my senses are engaged.  I not only see everything around me clear and up close (even the road kill…yuk!) ...

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Recovering Your Life

Our pursuit of whole hearted devotion to God often, but not exclusively, comes through the practice of a spiritual discipline. Unfortunately, because of their historical abuse (and our mis-understanding of them) we have, with a broad stroke, labeled these practices as “legalistic” and, for the most part, largely ignored them in our lives. The problem ...