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Biblical spiritual disciplines

our longing for deep relationship and how spiritual disciplines can help us achieve it.

“For the sake of brevity this handbook often leaves the stories and relationships surrounding spiritual disciplines for another to tell. For me, all these disciplines come with faces and names and times and places. It is my prayer that these thumbnail sketches of spiritual practices will open you to the breathtaking and inexhaustible world of relationship – relationship with God, others and even yourself. Let these disciplines draw you deeper into your life and the people you live and work with. Let them reveal the human, authentic, God-given truth of you that we all long to see.” – p. 22, Adele Calhoun

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spiritual disciplines

A big reminder, exhortation and challenge…to …MYSELF!   Philippians 4: 4-9 Rejoice in the Lord always, again I will say it – rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything but in everything by prayer and petitions, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds, in Christ Jesus. Finally, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. ………….And the peace of God will be with you.


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a very new and young assembly we went to visit and help with, with their own traditional musical instruments


A Little Spot of Heaven in the “OLD” Cochabamba Downtown

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back garden of the Jordan street guest home where we lived for five months after first arriving in Cochabamba, in the eighties


Psalm 43

“By day the Lord directs His love.  At night, His song is with me.” Psalm 42:8IMG_8110


A Quote, October 26, 2016

“I believe the root of all desire stems from our innate need to open our lives to God in worship.” – Adele Ahlberg Calhoun, Spiritual Disciplines Handbook – Practices that Transform Us, p. 19. Photo – Alquile, Bolivia

 

“Your deepest desires find fulfillment in Me alone.” – Jesus Caling, by Sarah Young, p. 313.img_6361


Cultivate the habit…

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously.  And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”   Ralph Waldo EmersonIMG_1262


Getting Started and Gaining Momentum

IMG_7887TODAY as I marked my ragged piece-of-white-paper-calender after jogging inside with music and doing a half a plank or so, I realized TODAY marks MY FIRST EIGHT WEEKS COMPLETED of re-becoming and staying, A RUNNER.  I want to learn to mark self efforts more, celebrate little accomplishments more, learn that it’s okay to pat myself on the back, quietly, sometimes.  For progress.  And even when there’s not.  So, that’s what this blogpost’s about.  I mark it down on my raggedy piece of paper that I carry with me as we are home, or travel cities, travel countries. Or continents. Or cross hemispheres, sometimes more frequently south to north these days than east to west.  About seven weeks ago I tried keeping the log online with one of those GPS map locater things – thought it would be fun and motivating, and interesting to see the map printouts from my city in the center of South America.  But the GPS apparently could not find my streets and neighborhoods in Cocha so, I resorted to the raggedy piece of paper and the pen.

Yeah!  Well!  I focus on WEEKLY amounts, not daily, and I build in Rest Days.  Each week’s mileage totals aren’t very much yet, and two of the weeks had as many as THREE REST DAYS.  But this past week I only took ONE!

My back started hurting, well, really it was more my hip, so I slowed down even more for a couple of days…

Weighed myself on their machine as we cruised through a Wal-Mart yesterday and, I have not lost any pounds yet.

But I have not gained any, either.

I am content.  And determined to continue…


Thinkable Quotables #1.

from Adele Calhoun via her Spiritual Disciplines-Practices that Transform, IVP – “People in a hurry never have time for recovery. Their minds have little time to meditate and pray so that problems can be put in perspective.  In short, people in our age show signs of physiological disintegration because we are living at a pace that is too fast for our bodies.” – ARCHIBALD HART


Biblical Concept of “Sabbath” at its Core

“Jewish sabbath began in the evening when the family set aside all the to-do’s of the work week.  As the lamps were lit everyone settled into the evening calm of Shabbat.  Candles, prayers, blessings, food, the empty chair at the table —- it all represented delight and refreshment in the presence of God and each other.  When bedtime came, the family rested in God’s covenant protection. They woke on Sabbath morning to a world they didn’t make and a friendship with God they didn’t earn.  Over time, this one intentional day for delight and refreshment turned into a sobering legalistic exercise.  Enjoying God and others was replaced by scrupulously keeping sabbath rules.  The day God had given as a respite from work became, simply, another kind of work.

Jesus took specific aim at this misunderstanding of the sabbath. As Lord of the sabbath (see Mathew 12: 1-14 and Luke 6: 1-10) he freely interpreted the sabbath command, claiming that God gave it to people as a restorative and recuperative gift.  God did not intend for life to be all effort, so He punctuated each week with 24 hours of sabbath rest, during which people could remember what life is about and who it is for.” – p.41, Spiritual Disciplines – Practices that Transform Us, Adele Calhoun, IVP.IMG_4774