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Spiritual Exercises

As we continue through this “brave new world,” there are a lot of posts and suggestions on staying mentally and physically active.  I could surely use less couch time and more “crankin’ up the oldies to sweat.”  🙂

If your spiritual life could use a boost, check out these suggestions and feel free to add a few of your own!  Start your day with a new routine; I am!

inner soul work – Self Discovery Coaching with Sarah Seed

Ideas for strengthening your spirit!

  • Get reacquainted (Zoom, Webex, Facetime) with coworkers, family, friends.
  • Go outside as much as possible.
  • Reduce distractions; TV, Internet, news, etc.
  • Observe your thoughts about the people around you.
  • Step out in faith.
  • Be of service to others, make masks, help with deliveries, send cards to local memory care or nursing home.   Sign, “a friend.”
  • Make prayer and meditation a habit.
  • Spend time in the Word.  An online bible study, or do your own, pick a book in the Bible that has been hard for you to understand and research it.
  • Say “grace” with each meal.
  • Start a journal.
  • Write poetry.
  • Memorize scripture.
  • Sign up for daily scripture or meditation.

Quotes about Spiritual exercises (31 quotes)

 

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Complicated Pieces

Do you have someone in your life; with whom it feels very complicated?  Perhaps a son-in-law, manager, neighbor?  It’s hard isn’t it, to be mindful of gentleness when around these people?  I like to think that it’s a reflection on our own self, how we treat this person.  If we are begrudging, then that is a character flaw, it is also NOT the way Jesus expects us to live.

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Turning the other cheek or being extra nice (fake) is an ineffective path to choose, because Jesus wants us to be like Him.  Compassionate, forgiving, peaceful and kind.  It’s a test of our faith isn’t it, to love someone that is similar to a sour lemon!

Ephesians 4:32 [And] be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ.

Leviticus 19:18
Take no revenge and cherish no grudge against your own people. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.
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New and shiny pieces

This blog is still a blog, but it’s now a website too!  I will be doing a lot of tweaking in the next week to make it easier to read with biblical resources.  If you ever want to guest blog here, please let me know.  (dawnhuberty@yahoo.com)

I wanted to write about “all that glitters isn’t gold.”  I think it might be “IS” gold, but I digress!

Do you remember the feeling of getting something new?  A piece of jewelry, a new(er) car, your first apartment, or a collectible?  Isn’t it wonderful “at first”?? We look at it constantly, gaze, describe it’s qualities, feel blessed, happy, excited.  And after a few weeks or months, it’s just where we live, what we drive, or wear.  Sometimes it catches our eye or someone compliments us, but as the days go by, it just becomes a part of our daily life.

This happens with our faith too.  Some days we are more gung-ho than others.  A few years ago, I was determined to start my day with a morning devotional, along with a cup of coffee.  I would spend time in the Word and prayer.  Every.  Single.  Day.

And then, cancer happened.  The first five months I lived, breathed, slept, talked about cancer, fighting it, healing from it and then …… just when I wanted to get back to my life; turns out chemotherapy ruined my brain.  I couldn’t read or stay focused, I was unable to concentrate at all.  Coffee didn’t appeal to me either.   The special morning meditative time went away.

16 months later I have not been able to resume my meditation time, but I have found other ways.  I use a rosary for my prayers, each bead is a request or gratitude.  I do have a daily post in my email that inspires and encourages, it’s short and to the point.  I may not remember it later in the day, but it quenches my spirit for the time.

Faith is a constant.  We may have to find alternative ways to stay in grace, but it’s there, just for the asking.  I pray my book “The Pieces” lifts you up to understanding all that is good with God. 

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Pieces of Moments

The title seems a bit improper.  Can you have pieces of moments?  Where I was going with this thought is, there are ordinary and extraordinary moments in our lives.  Where do we find joy?  Where does heartache go to heal?  What of the prayer requests we send out? Are they tucked in-between the life we are aware of, or the places that are unfamiliar?

I’ve had conversations with two different, important women in my life.  One gave a response that involved seeking a solution and the other wanted to be a part of the solution.  But in the end, I found myself in prayer, searching for a nudge, an answer that would allow me to breathe and carry on.

And yet, here I am, still in the midst of distress.  I know Jesus wants more from me.  He wants me to pull out of myself out of the muck and mire.  He knows that I am in there, but He isn’t going to do the work, that is my job.  I have to figure out where to go on this path.  He guides and lights the way, but He cannot live my life.  I want it easy.  Simple.  Now.

God wants us to learn how to follow him and put down our demanding selves — to calm that screaming child in us. One way he helps us do this is to say, “Wait.” That miserable, uncomfortable, sometimes painful state of silence is one of God’s most powerful tools to set us free.

If we are willing, that is.  ~Jade Mazarin

The blessing comes out of patience, time, waiting on God.  His grace abounds, and that is what we will hold onto while He is working in us.

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Pieces of Righteous Indignation

This story comes to us by Word & Way

The story is told of a Caucasian woman who, after boarding a flight from South Africa to England, realized her seatmate was a dark-skinned African man. She was not pleased with this arrangement and expressed her displeasure to a flight attendant.

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The woman said that she was willing to pay for a first-class seat so she did not have to sit next to this African man. The flight attendant walked to the first-class cabin and had a brief discussion with the crew. A few minutes later she returned. She leaned over and said to the African man, “I’m sorry to have to do this. I need to make a seating change. If you follow me, we have a place for you in first class.”

Most of us would likely be embarrassed if this type of incident occurred on a flight that we were on. We would feel sorry for the man for the way the woman was treating him. We would also likely feel a sense of vindication for the man as he reclined back and began to enjoy the benefits of sitting in first class while the woman remained in coach.

We would feel anger, and maybe even sorrow, towards the woman for her outdated thinking about someone of a different ethnicity than hers. We might even voice our displeasure with her. I imagine that most of us would also feel a sense of righteous indignation towards the woman.

Righteous indignation is typically anger and contempt towards someone combined with the feeling that it is our right to feel that anger in the first place. Righteous indignation would be the correct response towards the woman, wouldn’t it? Are any of us willing to think about the fact that sometimes we may exhibit the same mindset, qualities and actions as the woman from the story?

We may not ask for a different seat on an airplane flight. Instead, we move to a different line in the grocery store because we don’t like the kind of person that was in front of us. Or we may say “No, I’ll wait for another elevator car to come” because we don’t want to ride with a person like that. We may not do it because of a person’s race. Instead, we do it because a person doesn’t fit our standards. Or the person looked poor. Or the person just didn’t look like they were worthy of being among us.

In the book of Jonah, the prophet experiences a bout of righteous indignation after the people of Nineveh repent and God spares them. Jonah believes that his indignation is justified. Nineveh was home to the sworn enemies of Jonah’s people. They should not have been given the opportunity to repent in the first place. Jonah’s mind is stuck on the idea that maybe, just maybe, God will not accept their act of contrition and wipe them out. When God does show mercy to them, Jonah is furious.

An indignant attitude is not only a problem for Jonah. It’s a problem we face in the 21st century. We live in a country that says if you are not on our side or do not believe exactly as I believe, you are not only my enemy, but I hope that something goes wrong in your life.

Fortunately, this is not God’s mode of operation with us. God is patient, even with those of us who are not members of the redeemed. That is just the way God is. God’s love does not end with us. It may be more visible to us through the relationship we have with God, but it does not begin or end with us. God wants — no, God implores — us, like Jonah, to reach out to others and to show love to them as well.

God sends us into people’s lives to reinforce that love and to be an example for them to see and follow. This is what Jonah couldn’t bring himself to accept or understand. I pray that we will be more faithful to this shared opportunity.

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Amazing Grace

Have you ever noticed when a phrase or word pops into your mind one day and stays for “awhile”?  I’ve had this experience with “Amazing Grace” the past few months.  I have a bracelet, the first line of the song is engraved all the way around.  The song has been played at a recent funeral and I’ve heard the modern version almost every day on the radio Amazing Grace My Chains are Gone

I don’t know what to make of it; except it’s God sending a message about His love, or it’s like when you get a yellow car, having never seen yellow cars on the road, and now you see one every day!  But I think I’ll go with the former!  Our Father has “amazing” timing!

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2014 Pieces

I found my first “Pieces Journal,” dated January 22, 2014.  It seems so long ago, but it also shows me the walk I’ve taken along Jesus; is just a moment a time, and my faith has continued to grow; year after year.  I’d like to share with you some of the earlier “scraps of paper, devotions and musings” from my journal.  May you find your own special “pieces.”

It’s in the act of faith that courage becomes reality and the Lord’s grace rushes in to supply divine power.

Dear God, I want to be gracious and lovely in Your sight.  Open to receiving.  Take me away from the things that waste my time and rob me of meditative time with You.

I am encouraged by the mighty works of God.  “Prayer” has become a powerful word in my vocabulary, and one that gives meaning to my life.  I pray for HOPE, what a beautiful gift; and, it is free!!!  He walks with me in the garden of my life.  We talk, I learn, I am blessed to know Him as my Father, and Friend.

Keep your defense strong, trust in God.  Pray when anxiety seeps in.

Take it to God.  When you are low or upset, even when it feels contrary to do so; tell Him, share your heart.

I see so many parallels in my past and current life; except now I am grateful for all of it – the hard, hurtful times along with the peaceful.  I believe it’s more than ‘equal parts,’ rather how Jesus wants to live in me; “Grateful for all of the pieces.”  In this way, everything is a subject for witnessing.

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Impossible situations are opportunities for the Lord to teach us valuable lessons that we’d never learn any other way.

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Easter Blessings

This time of year brings a myriad of thoughts to Christians across the globe.  The great anguish our Lord suffered at the hands of ignorant men, the burial and the restoration.

Click on this link to YouTube for Chris Tomlin’s moving rendition of the old gospel tune: “At The Cross.”

May you be deeply blessed during this time of grief, sorrow and celebration.  JESUS IS LORD!!! 

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For God So Loved the World

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We have a promise of eternal life; but not because of the “good” we do or how righteous our life appears to others.  Because eternal life is a gift; for believing that God gave selflessly, His own Son; His life, for our life.  But why?

Easter is around the corner, and we know it’s not about chocolate bunnies or egg hunts, it is instead about the life, death and returning to life; to walk as a man until He was reunited with His Father once again.

It all seems so unreal doesn’t it?  But that is what walking in faith means, believing the unbelievable.  It’s the mystery of faith. 

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May you be blessed with unbelief this holiday season, may you be lifted in faith to a deeper level of learning, may you lean against Your Heavenly Father for strength, love and hope.

 

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When we get stuck

Have you felt “stuck” in your prayer life?   Sometimes we forget the more we lean on Christ, the less stuck we become, and the softer the place is to land.  But it’s hard “getting there” sometimes.  I was recently hospitalized.  I actually could not pull a decent prayer together in my head, I couldn’t express to God what I needed from Him, what I was grateful for or even my love for Him.  I was stuck.

My minister stopped in to visit, his prayer upon leaving was like a prayer on wings.

Sometimes we need intercessory prayer.  We all know that one person who is a “prayer warrior.”  Send them a text or make a quick call, let them know you need prayer on your behalf.   That’s all you have to say, no details necessary.

May you be deeply blessed in prayer this week.

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