The Task of LifeNew Every Morning | February 21, 2020
DOING THE WILL of God is not just one more chore among the many tasks of life. It is the task of life. This does not mean we should not calendar our prayer or community service, but it does mean we need to be sure our commitment to God’s will doesn’t end there. These activities are only the beginning. The goal is bigger: to live so that we are constantly discerning and responding to God’s will.
—Christopher Maricle, The Jesus Priorities: 8 Essential Habits (Upper Room Books, 2007)
Which spiritual practices help you discern God’s will? Join the conversation.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
—Psalm 119:105 (NRSV)
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Make me a channel of God’s love, to be suffused with the Holy Spirit and guided by the Holy Spirit in all things.
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I think prayer and worship help me learn of God’s will. Thankful a small part of a third action to help Erich has been accepted and a plan to finish that is being developed. He’s doing things that will help him, has made wonderful meals. Need to continue onward.
Thankful for heat with -7 degree temps. It will go above zero today, only down to 14 tonight.
Prayers for Marcy, Julie, Jill, Rusty &K, Rick, and all in need of medical help, Prayers for Julie, Mary and everyone needing safety. Lord help those recovering from mourning. Sustain, up lift, encourage, and support Connie, Andrea, April, Edy, Betsy, Lou, the entire UR family, and all the world. Thank You, Lord
Reading the Bible, prayer, reading UR Daily, Devotional, Sight Psalm and New Every Morning as well as the comments here. I have sat at the knees of those here who are further in their Christian maturity than am I and learned much.
Prayers for Robert, may he find his therapist soon and begin healing. I have been posting daily, Robert, so I am unsure why you have not seen them. Thank you for your prayers and concern. I relish it.
Prayers for Jill and her health, may it not impact her many activities this weekend.
Prayers for Andrea, April, Betsy, BJ, Connie, Lou, Mary, Marcy, and Rick.
As I mentionedearlier this winter, my grandmother taught me to never count my chickens before they hatched. Despite knocking on wood as I responded to inquiries about my health, wounds have developed on a toe and several fingers. I continue to thank God as they are not anywhere near the severity of winters past and not on all fingers or toes. God is good and His healing is wonderous.
Prayers and thank you UR
Prayer and Meditation, Worship and Reading scripture are important to me and that connects me to the Holy Spirt. This site and all those who post, guide and build me up and sustain me. Robert, prayers that Erich continues to flourish in his new business. Praying you will find a therapist and that your needs are met. Julie, praying your wounds on your hands and feet heal and that you respond well to your treatment. Prayers fo Jill, may your health improve and your energy return. Prayer for all those that come to the upper room and seek Gods healing balm.
The Spiritual practices that sustain me are prayer, study, worship. Of all the things that Faith-Based organizations request is prayer, so I spend time in prayer throughout the day. Study as in listening to others, reading the online posts here as well as other devotionals and books. Worship online or in-person where I can connect with others and hear uplifting music. I have learned so much or rather been awakened to different ways to interpret the Bible in the last year or so. The sermon not long ago was about Zacchaeus and we were invited to identify if we were the crowd, Zacchaeus, or Jesus as each had a different role in this parable. Another reading invited me to ask God to fill me with Peace and Love so that I would be filled and the “excess” would flow to others…hummmmmmm.
Received the “preview” of what the sermon would be this coming Sunday and was so saddened to learn that a young church member had passed due to suicide. It was shared that there were people in the Bible that contemplated suicide and the thoughts to be presented are:
You are loved by and matter to God. No pain lasts forever. There is always hope. Others can help–just ask. I have added our young people to my prayers and am reading more about suicide in our world.
I pray for those named in this post and for all who come to this site in thought or post. Blessings dear UR Family.