HabitNew Every Morning | March 25, 2022
A practice that we have cherished, a habit that has deepened us and drawn us closer to God, a discipline that we perhaps have engaged in for years no longer seems to work. Gradually over time or overnight with no warning, its familiar contours turn foreign, dull, perhaps even painful.
These times call us to some of our deepest discernment. They dare us to ask, Am I being called to go deeper in this practice, to persist, to keep digging toward the wellspring that surely must be here somewhere? Am I being invited to wait and to listen? Or is God leading me toward a different practice than the one I have known?
—Jan L. Richardson, In the Sanctuary of Women: A Companion for Reflection and Prayer (Upper Room Books, 2010)
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Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints.
—Ephesians 6:18 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
We are waking, God.
We are waking,
and we pray
that we may know you
as manna in the desert,
wellsprings in the wilderness,
honey from the rock,
O God our habitation
and our way.
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I don’t think I am at a point where my spiritual practices have worn out. I’m very thankful for that. I do think tha modification has occurred, that has been gradual. Had a wonderful morning yesterday with my friend Russ. Took a drive in a wintry mix to a pastry shop. Enjoyed some with coffee, and brought some home. One last sanding and the ceiling patching is done, ready for paint. Have done more packing up. The brake checkup on the car is coming up soon. Getting ready for a trip to the Poconos. So far so good with our plans Thank You, Lord.
Neither have I experienced this. They have evolved but none have grown stale.
We did not get the two kitties we were trying for but they had two more kittens who are bonded brothers. I have named them Woody and Buzz. The names just popped into my head and I even knew which was which. Which I take as aa sign. Names have never come easy to me. We were approved for adoptiona nad even given the designation of “pick of the litter” because we are a highly preferred adoptor. I know our vet gives us a glowing recommendation. However, h had a fit and is now giving me the silent treatment. Yes, he may be 64 but he acts 4.
Prayers for Ally and David and April, may God lift their burdens and walk with them. Prayers for Jill and Robert as they each prepare for future experiences.
In watching world events play out over the last weeks, I have sometimes felt that prayer is inadequate; that God is silence. I feel utter helplessness as I watch the Ukrainian people suffer. I ask God why prayer feels ineffectual right now. Then I remembered Romans 8:26: when our prayers seem like water running off a ducks back, God sends the Holy Spirit to intercede for us with groanings too deep for words. Even when God is silent, God is carrying us. I pray that God will see the Ukrainian people (I know that God sees) .
Our counseling sessions went well. I feel David is still not wanting to share his faith struggles because he thinks he will look like “not a good Christian” . I struggle with not dominating the conversation because silence feels awkward. My sister and her husband are working each evening in mama’s house. Work will continue through the weekend, at least. I wish we could be there to help. It feels strange knowing I will never go there again. So many memories. It will be sold and I wish David and I were in a position to buy it. I do thank God we can get our beloved treasures out.
Robert, praying traveling graces as you plan your trip. Glad th repairs are going well. Julie, praying the adoption goes through and those2 little kitties are home with you soon! Jill, I know you are ready for a break. Praying you pace yourself through those tasks. Prayers continue for Roger’s health and for your family as Larry transitions to Florida. Thanks to all for your prayers for us. We feel them. Blessings.
Change is not my favorite thing. But, at times, it is necessary. I don’t know that anything has grown “stale” per se, but try to be aware when I sense something, outside of myself (ie…Holy Spirit) pointing me in a new direction. I can get stuck in what I have always done. I need to be aware that something greener can be on the other side. Some things work for a while, but innovation can lead to greater growth and transformation.
Very tired as I left school this afternoon. I feel like I got a fair amount accomplished. I think some of weariness is knowing how busy this weekend is – not my favorite thing. I prefer downtime to lay low and re-charge. That is what needs to happen tonight, because the next two days are filled. I glanced at the clock while Roger and I were in the recliner – thinking – “I could easily go to bed right now”. It was 5:35. Pathetic. Will probably go around 7. No use sleeping poorly in the recliner, when there is no good reason to not go to bed.
Weather turned damp and coolish today. My god son’s home opener got cancelled for tomorrow. He leaves Tuesday for the spring trip to TN.
Woody and Buzz are two lucky brothers – hope the joy is reciprocal. Ally – grateful to know counseling went well.