Think often on God, by day, by night, in your business and even in your diversions. He is always near you; leave him not alone. – Brother Lawrence
Waiting builds us up. During Advent, the Church specifically celebrates waiting. We say, “Come Emmanuel (God-with-us).” We wait for Jesus to be revealed in us in a new way. What is God birthing in you during Advent or other times of waiting?
- “Waiting: The Spiritual Discipline” audio from Susanne: [MP3 file]
To what or whom are you feeling overly attached? What is distracting you from God? What can you let go?
- View scripture and reflections on fasting (great for small groups!).
- View Susanne’s blog post on fasting
- View a list of resources for Lent.
Establishing a Rule of Life
Just as St. Benedict wrote a Rule for the monastery, we can write a rule for our lives today to provide order, priority and focus to our personal lives.
- View a sample Rule of Life.
The practice of gratitude causes us to pay more attention, to be more aware of God’s blessings all around us.
- “Thanks Giving: The Spiritual Discipline” audio from Susanne: [MP3 file]
- Gratitude handout for practicing in small group: [PDF file]
- Psalms of thanksgiving and praise: [PDF file]
Imagining scripture is a meditative practice that lets us discern God’s call on our life through seeing the Word come alive.
- “Imagining Scripture” audio from Susanne: [MP3 file]
- The Scripture and questions used in the audio file: [PDF file]
- Additional Scriptural exercises: [PDF file]
Breath prayers aligning the routine of our breathing with prayers to our Loving God. They offer a way to connect with our Lord in the midst of our busy days.
- Breathe prayer audio from Susanne: [MP3 file]
- PDF for following along and reading exercises and discussion questions: [PDF file]
Lament Psalm Writing
On March 9, 2014, during the Lenten season, Susanne partnered with Doug Banister, pastor of All Souls Church in Knoxville, to teach on the practice of writing Lament Psalms. You can listen to their teaching here. The Psalms of Lament series demonstrates how the Hebrew writers used this practice that we can use today.
Socrates said “an unexamined life is not worth living.” A small prayer of examination can be practiced at the conclusion of a day, a week, a season, or a year and can serve to make us aware of moments that can give direction for our lives.