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the world has SO many different kinds of people! one of the kinds is “contemplative”!

are you a contemplative type of person? am I? here’s a beautiful little excerpt from Adele Calhoun, in her book Spiritual Disciplines-practices that transform us.   When I read it, one friend in particular popped right into my mind; this friend is a CLASSIC contemplative!

“A contemplative person recognizes that every experience offers more than meets the eye. They know that “bidden or unbidden, God is present”. Consequently, contemplatives are open to seeing the unseen world. They sift the days for symbols, and scan the sunsets for meaning. They enter in to the being of life, alert to transcendencies in ordinary things. They believe God may be found and reverenced if one is prepared to notice how marvelously mysterious and personal life in this world is. So contemplatives invite us into the moment and tell us to be. – p. 49 under “Part Two – Open Myself to God”.


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


Unplugging

IMG_7792“On my last birthday, a colleague sent me an e-mail birthday wish, but he never made it the ten steps between our two office doors.  I am as guilty as the next guy when it comes to convenience but, somehow, this sort of “interaction” feels a bit sinister to me.  Have I, in fact, left the world of interpersonal communication and entered that brave new fragmented world of technospeak?

The more I think about this, the more I wonder if Richard Mouw isn’t right when he suggests there is no “inter” to the Net.  The galaxy of information the World Wide Web has offered me has fragmented my world and relationships, and has left me alone.” – p. 86, Spiritual Disciplines Handbook-Practices that Transform Us, Adele Ahlberg Calhoun, Inter varsity Press.


Shepherding, discipling – a high calling and huge responsibility

I love the way she puts this!

img_5903“One of my favorite words for PASTOR is curate.  The term is unfamiliar to many of us.  But the word “curate” signifies a person who partners with God for the “cure of the soul” or, in Dallas Willard’s words, the “renovation of the heart”.  Mentors, spiritual directors, spiritual friends, parents, teachers, pastors and disciplers are called to take a risk on God as they accompany people in the Spirit’s soul-curing work.” – Adele Calhoun, p. 265, The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook – Practices that Transform Us.


The refreshment of God’s Word

For about a day now, in my free moments as well as in my early morning set time with God, I’ve been working my way through a spiritual exercise delineated as a possible helpful suggestion under the short chapter entitled “Confession and Self-examination” in Adele Calhoun’s SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES HANDBOOK, Intervarsity Press.  The exercise tells you to through prayer as a believer, to ask God to help you see yourself as God sees you, to first of all really surround yourself with God’s love for you, and be very safe and secure in that place, of God’s absolute love for you and knowledge of you, already.  Then you read the Ten Commandments, meditating on them and then, as you go through them one by one, use them as a guide of category for listing out your sins, in writing!  You don’t hurry through this exercise, you go slowly, for short periods of time, and coming back to the exercise again and again.  And praying thought the whole process. As I did this I was deeply convicted of how I’ve broken in spirit every single one of the Ten Commandments in my heart! The next thing you do, in the exercise, after confessing directly to God in prayer how you have sinned, and saying you are sorry and truly meaning it, and asking God to help you not to do that sin any more in the future, is, you BELIEVE his forgiveness for you completely!  He sees you as blameless now!  He has covered and taken away all your sin!  So then, as the exercise suggests, I took my paper?  The one on which I had listed the ways I had transgressed God’s loving standards, for humanity.  I took that paper to my kitchen and grabbed a box of matches on a saucer with a candle, and put the paper on my stove and lit a match to it and watched the whole thing go up in flames.  It felt wonderful, of course, symbolizing God’s complete forgiveness, my standing in His eyes, as if I had never sinned!  And God will help me in the future!  I’m so thankful for Jesus, and for the Word of God! Through Jesus, and through God’s Word, and through the presence of God’s Holy Spirit within me, I now know that there is SO MUCH HOPE FOR THE FUTURE OF MY LIFE!  HOPE, HOPE, HOPE.  OPTIMISM, OPTIMISM!  For ME!  All because of Christ!12322635_975292435861153_2641687296810045926_o


The refreshment of God’s Word

For about a day now, in my free moments as well as in my early morning set time with God, I’ve been working my way through a spiritual exercise delineated as a possible helpful suggestion under the short chapter entitled “Confession and Self-examination” in Adele Calhoun’s SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES HANDBOOK, Intervarsity Press.  The exercise tells you to through prayer as a believer, to ask God to help you see yourself as God sees you, to first of all really surround yourself with God’s love for you, and be very safe and secure in that place, of God’s absolute love for you and knowledge of you, already.  Then you read the Ten Commandments, meditating on them and then, as you go through them one by one, use them as a guide of category for listing out your sins, in writing!  You don’t hurry through this exercise, you go slowly, for short periods of time, and coming back to the exercise again and again.  And praying thought the whole process. As I did this I was deeply convicted of how I’ve broken in spirit every single one of the Ten Commandments in my heart! The next thing you do, in the exercise, after confessing directly to God in prayer how you have sinned, and saying you are sorry and truly meaning it, and asking God to help you not to do that sin any more in the future, is, you BELIEVE his forgiveness for you completely!  He sees you as blameless now!  He has covered and taken away all your sin!  So then, as the exercise suggests, I took my paper?  The one on which I had listed the ways I had transgressed God’s loving standards, for humanity.  I took that paper to my kitchen and grabbed a box of matches on a saucer with a candle, and put the paper on my stove and lit a match to it and watched the whole thing go up in flames.  It felt wonderful, of course, symbolizing God’s complete forgiveness, my standing in His eyes, as if I had never sinned!  And God will help me in the future!  I’m so thankful for Jesus, and for the Word of God! Through Jesus, and through God’s Word, and through the presence of God’s Holy Spirit within me, I now know that there is SO MUCH HOPE FOR THE FUTURE OF MY LIFE!  HOPE, HOPE, HOPE.  OPTIMISM, OPTIMISM!  For ME!  All because of Christ!12322635_975292435861153_2641687296810045926_o


On self-care, from a Christian perspective…

“We are God’s own prized possessions. Prized possessions are something you take care of.

Yet for some of us, taking care of our bodies seems sub-Biblical. Somewhere or other we learned an acronym for JOY that went like this: ‘Jesus first, Others second, Yourself last.’ There is truth in this adage but it can also morph into a twisted theology about human worthlessness. Human beings are never worthless. God gave His dearest and only Son to love human beings – beings He treasures and adores. One of the greatest gifts we have next to Jesus is our own selves. We are gifts of God. His Spirit lives in us. And we are to receive the divine love that takes residence in our bodies. We are to take it in and let it form us into a place of prayer.” – Spiritual Disciplines Handbook-Practices that Transform Us, Adele Calhoun.IMG_0129


learning more about spiritual transformation from Calhoun’s book…

“Spiritual transformation, “recovering your life,” comes from partnering with the Trinity for change.  That doesn’t mean we give the Holy Spirit an agenda or a demand.  We simply DESIRE.  We bring our ache for change, our longing for belonging, our desperation to make a difference.  Then we keep company with Jesus by making space for him through a spiritual discipline.  Our part is to offer ourselves lovingly and obediently to God.  God then works within us doing what he alone can do.” – Calhoun, p. 19.


This amazing book…

Hi.  I’m still feasting and resting deep in the embrace of this amazing book I just discovered, ” Spiritual Disciplines Handbook –  Practices that Transform Us” by Adele Calhoun, IVP (Intervarsity Press).

Here’s a small quote from it, from the section on hospitality.

“During World War II an entire French village risked their lives to welcome and shelter Jews.  When pastor Andre Trocme was asked why the village responded as they did, he replied, “I could not bear to be separated from Jesus.”  That is hospitality at its core – offering the welcome of Jesus to any and all.

Hospitality is not about impressing others with well-decorated homes and gourmet cooking.  It is not simply for the gifted or those with clean homes.  Neither is it just for women.  Hospitality is a way of loving our neighbors in the same way God has loved us.  ”  p. 139IMG_6069