The Gift of AwakeningNew Every Morning | February 13, 2023
You may be thinking, I don’t have any big issues or areas of awakening going on in my life right now. Maybe I don’t need a spiritual director. Having issues to work out is not a prerequisite for being in spiritual direction. In fact, I do not have a big problem to talk about in most of my own meetings with a director. It’s in my ordinary day—especially in my work life, home and family relationships, and my church community—where I’m looking for God’s presence and need a companion to help me unravel and reveal where God is leading. Part of the joy of direction is knowing that someone is walking with me during my fallow seasons and planting seasons, as well as in my seasons of harvest.
—Marsha Crockett, Sacred Conversation: Exploring the Seven Gifts of Spiritual Direction (Upper Room Books, 2022)
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If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you.
—James 1:5, NRSV
Prayer for the Week
Holy God, thank you for the gift of spiritual direction and for someone to accompany me on my journey of growing closer to you. Help me to remain open to suggestions my spiritual director offers and to pay attention to signs of your presence. Amen.
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As much as this might possibly be helpful, am tempted, I think my trust in and relationship with God will carry me through. God is my guide. I believe in the priesthood of all believers. Only Jesus can intercede for me. Thank You, Lord.
Spring may be well on the way with this freezing at night and above freezing during the day, maple sugaring weather! While this could happen before climate change, it was rare to happen this early in February.
Prayers for the people affected by the earthquake in Turkiye and Syria, refugees and migrants everywhere, war torn Ukraine, an those trying to help ease pain and suffering.
Thankful $1,000 was raised to help those in the Mount Washington Valley recover from addiction.
Prayers for Mary in Singapore, Rick, Scott, Lou, April, Ally & David, Julie, Megan, H, Jill, Becky, Don, Larry, an the NEM family known in the past and those coming for the first time. Thank You, Lord.
I would encourage anyone to consider getting a spiritual director, should they feel the desire to have someone companion along with them through any and all seasons of life. I am grateful to have re-engaged with spiritual direction again and feel incredibly blessed to have the connection I do with my new one. It has been about 6 months now and it was a very good decision on my part to seek out a new one. The Spirit connected us and I treasure our time together each month.
Sunshine again, it’s a wonderful thing. Physical therapy today after school.
I don’t know why I resisted it for so long, but I finally downloaded an app on my phone which I can use to listen to books from the library. Upon the recommendation of a podcaster – my first book is Katie Couric’s “Going There”. I am looking forward to listening to this in the car, as well as on the plane this weekend. It is read by Katie Couric – which I think is a bonus.
Currently, my life is too consumed by caring for h to have a Spiritual Director. I do have a therapist and this is necessary for my emotional healing from a lifetime of trauma. Perhaps when I am healthier emotionally I will have more time available for spiritual direction with a dedicated individual. But that time is far in the future. Currently I will rely on the Lord and my Pastor and the women in the Bible Study group as well as those here.
Yesterday Megan and I had a lovely day together. We went to a movie and then caught up on some necessary shopping. H did fine at home alone which makes me sure of my belief that many of his “issues” are manufactured as a means to initiate interactions.
I think of the Jesus followers walking with Jesus back to Emmaus and how their companionship and seeking led them to Jesus, who illuminated the scriptures for them. And I wonder about Paul and his companions as they traveled on their missionary journeys and what they learned from each other. Spending a weekend on a Walk To Emmaus was life changing for me. It was truly an advance of the Holy Spirit.
Jill, it lifts my heart that you found my words insightful. Bless you. How we learn from each other is one of the things I love about NEM. Thank You, God.