DiscernNew Every Morning | February 9, 2022
When I told people I was taking a year off for physical and spiritual renewal, to read and write, to remember the parts of me I loved and wanted to nourish, to pray with a companion for a year, and to discern which ways God wanted this particular branch of his to grow, people asked me what I planned to do with myself. No one really wanted to give me permission to live a year of my life with such seemingly elusive motives. The questioning suggested that such a venture was impractical, irresponsible, navel-gazing at best, and a luxury I couldn’t afford. They were right about not being able to afford it, but my spirit told me I couldn’t afford to do otherwise.
—Enuma Okoro, Reluctant Pilgrim: A Moody, Somewhat Self-Indulgent Introvert’s Search for Spiritual Community (Fresh Air Books, 2010)
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I stay on NEM, read and study the Bible, have fellowship with other believers, and worship God. Thankfully there are resources that enable this and do much more. I am responsible for my son.
Warmer daytime temps, cold at night. That’s what you hope for at sugaring time, but it’s too soon for that. The weather surely isn’t what it was, climate change- global warming IS HERE.
We need to take care of the planet. God’s wisdom is very much needed.
Healing and safety prayers for Julie, Ally&David.
Hope Larry is doing well in FL and school is going well for Jill. Despite her recent car accident my friend is persisting and working through aches and pains. Medical help is part of the plan. Prayers for her as she approaches 75. Thank You, Lord.
I am not able to do this presently as there are two many important issues that I must attend to currently.
I agree with Robert that climate change is here and very worrisome. I have an appointment with my PCP today. It is a viseo appointment because my feet, legs, arms and hands are very swollen. I cannot wear socks or shoes due to the extreme swelling. I am hoping the PCP can help me reduce the swelling somehow.
Prayers for Ally to gain access to her parents’ house and for improved finances. Prayers for Robert’s church’s future and for his fiesty friend who is not letting a car accident slow her down. Prayers for healing for Larry’s mourning heart. Thank you for your prayers and may God bless all who visit here.
Hello all, I read yesterday’s entry and then never got back to comment. For renewal, spending time reading and listening to music on my side porch, taking a walk in the park, prayer and reflection, coffee with a friend are ways to renew. Using my time for prayer and reflection and interacting with my NEM friends is an integral part of spiritual self-care for me. Also, I have been asking God for wisdom and discernment and to order my steps. Thanks to you, my friends, for all your prayers. Robert, I am praying for your friend’s healing and for your church. Julie, praying for relief of the swelling and for legal issues regarding the divorce. Prayers for Larry, that time in Florida will be a healing time for him. others for Jill as she endeavors to carry out her school duties and make time for spiritual things. Prayers for Roger’s restoration to health. Jeremy is doing very well. My Scout , who is very elderly, seems to be slowing down some. Still eating well, but she is very thin and getting more cold-natured. I agree that global warming is hear and pray that Christians will view taking care of our planet as good stewardship. Praying also for the cause of democracy and causes of peace and justice. Take care, my friends. Holding you close as always in my heart. Blessings to all.
Appropriating time for myself each morning, as well as a priority placed on small group study, church attendance, as well as the cancer support group. I contacted the lay leader of the group and will be helping with the meeting notes sent out the afternoon following the meeting, to update those who were unable to attend. Also – if I find myself off-kilter – take the needed time to pause and pray, quote Scripture.
Grateful for sunshine and very moderate temperatures as I left school today. I tried to break up some of the ice on my driveway and sidewalk to my back door. Was successful in some places, but not all. A meeting after school didn’t run too long. Dad had called – so I returned his call. He got a call from his real estate agent and it looks like the condo is sold, a cash sale and will close the day after he returns from Florida. This now sets things in motion down there as he, my sister and her husband have plans to go Friday and see what new homes are available. He seemed pretty amped up – hope my sister can keep him under control.
Will settle in here this evening – watching my god daughter’s basketball game on livestream and then zoom small group following that.
Prayers for concerns mentioned here. May you each sense His comfort.