Monday, July 8, 2013

An Invitation

I have just embarked on a spiritual journey, and I am looking for a few traveling companions. Think you might be up to the trip? It is not a Bible Study, though it definitely incorporates Bible reading. I am using it for my daily personal time with the Lord, but it has required me to significantly increase the amount of time that I am dedicating to that endeavor. I'd say it requires an hour minimum per day.

Here is the book that I am using:

It is called, The Exercises, Volume One: Conversations By Brian K. Rice. It is available in hard copy or on kindle. I am using the kindle edition.

What I have found is that the busier and more involved that I get with ministry, the more difficult it is to dedicate time to my own spiritual growth and well-being. But this creates an obvious problem, for if I am not saturated with the Word, I can't be wrung out for his glory! Through The Exercises, I am getting refocused, learning what it means to "abide," and falling back in love with my savior. 

I am absolutely thrilled with this book. It is like nothing I've ever done before, incorporating reading, journaling, active listening, and other often neglected spiritual exercises such as silence. 

Perhaps, like me, you can relate to this quote from today's reading:
"I now know what I didn't know then. Very simply--I didn't have much of a spiritual life. I had a ministry life, a church life, a professional life...but a spiritual life? That was distressingly elusive and disastrously absent. I didn't have much of a relationship with God. I would eventually find out I wasn't the only one struggling with this problem."
Anyway, if you are interested in joining me on this journey, I have started private blog in hopes that we could share what God is teaching us. Each day I will simply post a few quotes from the book that stood out to me--no analysis, no reflection, no creative writing. (I'll be doing that in my journal.) Then, in the comments section, I will share at least one Take Away from the day. That's where you come in. If you want to join me you cannot be a lurker, you have to participate. I would ask for you share (also in the comments section) your Take Away from the same section of the book. Everyone can move through the workbook at their own pace. We would not have to be on the same days as each other--as long as I stay a little ahead, you would just need to find the blog post that pertains to the section that you read that day and post your comment to that particular post. If this seems confusing, I promise it would make sense if you were looking at the book.

I will keep the blog private, which means only those that I have invited can access the blog and comment. This is so that people will hopefully be committed and keep it real. So if you look at the book and you think you would like to participate, either e-mail me or leave your e-mail address in the comment section. 

If you are in ministry in any way, either professionally or as a volunteer, I can almost guarantee that you will be blessed.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Jenn,

    I would love to be added to this private blog. Idk if you remember me. I work at CIT as the Housing Coordinator. Anyway, I have been going through volume 2, Invitations and I love it! I had laid it aside for a while, due to busyness. I really felt led of the Lord that I needed to start back again. I got this feeling just hours before reading your email (I LOVE your blogs and have them sent to my emai!) Confirmation. I do not have volume 1 (It wasn't ready when we did volume 2), but I can get the kindle edition, so I'm in! Thanks for doing this! ~Gloria Hornback