Thankfulness (Experiment with Wholeness)…

It’s not necessarily easy to make it through daily efforts as part of “A Seven-Day Experiment with Wholeness.” Even the best ideas still can take longer to accomplish than desired.

Day 4 is on Thankfulness. My good buddy Lee made it a practice to take a gratitude walk, verbally listing his thankfulness the way Lynne suggests in her article on Day 4. Psalm 103, verse 2 says: “may I never forget the good things God does for me.”

While our written lists of thankfulness will not necessarily fill pages, may our verbal/conscious lists on this day be voluminous.

Enjoy the day, filled with the Spirit!

 




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PRAYER OPPORTUNITIES:

  • For People Critically Ill, or Facing Great Uncertainty – from New Zealand Prayer Book (bottom of first page shown HERE)
  • Celtic Daily Prayer
  • CP Prayer Page – containing LOADS of possibilities…

Lectionary Texts for Sunday, May 17, 2020:


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Experiment with Wholeness …

This week’s best intentions will include trying what Lynne M. Baab describes in THIS ARTICLE as “A Seven-Day Experiment with Wholeness.” Lynne shares a daily combination of action, prayer and reflection.

Today’s activity involves Nature: take time out for the natural world and Psalm 104.

ACTIION: Care to join for this week of wholeness activity? 

PRAYER: Creator, as we enjoy this wonderful earth and the creatures on it, may our hearts be stirred, our brains expanded and our countenances brightened! Amen!

Enjoy the day, filled with the Spirit!

 




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PRAYER OPPORTUNITIES:

  • For People Critically Ill, or Facing Great Uncertainty – from New Zealand Prayer Book (bottom of first page shown HERE)
  • Celtic Daily Prayer
  • CP Prayer Page – containing LOADS of possibilities…

Lectionary Texts for Sunday, May 17, 2020:


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Celebrating Positive Female Role Models (Happy FeRoMo Day!)

Happy Mother’s Day!

Hmmm… while appreciating the concept, maybe this day can celebrate women who are wonderful examples to our world, whether they’ve given birth to children or not.

So… maybe this year we go with “Happy FeRoMo** Day!” to all the women who have been critical to a wonderful life?

My life blessings include a multitude of positive female role models – certainly my mom, who has been an inspiration in many ways; my wife; sister; aunts; cousins; female in-laws; gramas and other female family members. The blessings of female role models continue with teachers, ministers, work colleagues and friends. WOW – thank you ladies!

FeRoMo Day 2020 is a great time to remember these many special women in our lives. The Helen Steiner Rice poem HERE captures nice thoughts about the special women who care for us – – our mothers and/or other caring women in our lives!

ACTION: Maybe today you will forward this email, the Helen Steiner Rice poem and/or ??? to special women in your life?

PRAYER: God, we marvel at the gift of life. Our prayers of thanksgiving rise to you for the many women who have been instrumental in shaping our lives. Empower us to make this day refreshing and special for all women who are role models in our world!  Amen.

Enjoy the day, filled with the Spirit!

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** FeRoMo (Female Role Model) 




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PRAYER OPPORTUNITIES:

  • For People Critically Ill, or Facing Great Uncertainty – from New Zealand Prayer Book (bottom of first page shown HERE)
  • Celtic Daily Prayer
  • CP Prayer Page – containing LOADS of possibilities…

Lectionary Texts for Sunday, May 10, 2020:


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Let Go and Let God…

The Guideposts article “How to Let Go and Let God, One Day at a Time” is HERE. One favorable aspect of Bob’s efforts is he frequently provides a list of several possibilities. In this case, there are 7 and this one resonates: “Choose a “letting go” motto.”

ACTION: Choose that “letting go” motto or action and use it when worries try to crowd in…

Enjoy the day, filled with the Spirit!




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PRAYER OPPORTUNITIES:

  • For People Critically Ill, or Facing Great Uncertainty – from New Zealand Prayer Book (bottom of first page shown HERE)
  • Celtic Daily Prayer
  • CP Prayer Page – containing LOADS of possibilities…

Lectionary Texts for Sunday, May 10, 2020:


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Listen to Me (Jesus Calling)…

For many of us, one devotional source just isn’t enough – we crave variety. Jesus Calling is becoming a favorite, particularly because the passages are written as though coming directly from Jesus.

“…Instead of scrutinizing your checklist, focus your attention on My presence with you. This continual contact with Me will keep you in My Peace…”

~ May 6th devotional passage from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young

During the pandemic this brings a wry grin. Our checklists, planning and actions will be important. Without the focus on all considerations with God at the center, they can become like treading water however. It helps to relax and focus on faith even in frenzied situations, allowing the peace that passeth all understanding to be with us as we journey together …

ACTION: If you have a few minutes today, find a quiet place, sit calmly and enjoy time with God with no words necessary.

May you enjoy this day, drawing nearer to Jesus every step of the way!




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PRAYER OPPORTUNITIES:

  • For People Critically Ill, or Facing Great Uncertainty – from New Zealand Prayer Book (bottom of first page shown HERE)
  • Celtic Daily Prayer
  • CP Prayer Page – containing LOADS of possibilities…

Lectionary Texts for Sunday, May 10, 2020:


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Wilderness Times – journaling Christian experiences…

I’ve always felt a bit of a “Purposes kindred spirit” relationship with Rick Warren. After all, a few years before Rick published Purpose Driven Life (PDL,) my buddy Lee and I developed and presented “Purposes For Life” workshops with lots of themes consistent with PDL. When my brother, Thad, mentioned he likes Rick’s daily devotional posting, it seemed worth a try and I’m glad I have (thanks Thad!)

In an email post from 2016, Rick talks about the importance of journaling the key lessons in our Christian experience. This is of particular value when in wilderness times…

“Some of you are in the wilderness right now. Remember this: The way to the Promised Land is through the wilderness. You’ve got to go through that waiting period. You’ve got to go through that desert. You’ve got to go through that dry spell.” 

~ Rick Warren in Small Lessons Lead to Big Successes post

That commentary is consistent with the concept of “fallow time” that Bill Bridges discusses in the book Transitions. In order to have a proper ending and a positive new beginning, we must go through the wilderness/fallow time. The lessons we learn about ourselves during such times are substantial, and it’s worth writing down your “aha” moments.

POSSIBLE ACTION: Know someone going through such a wilderness right now, especially during this pandemic? If so, consider forwarding this email and/or Rick’s post along with a little encouragement? With prayer, encouragement and love (plus a little journaling?), we’ll all make it to the promised land!

May you have a wonderful day, filled with the Spirit!

P.S. this one bears repeating – it was originally posted in January, 2016…




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PRAYER OPPORTUNITIES:

  • For People Critically Ill, or Facing Great Uncertainty – from New Zealand Prayer Book (bottom of first page shown HERE)
  • Celtic Daily Prayer
  • CP Prayer Page – containing LOADS of possibilities…

Lectionary Texts for Sunday, May 3, 2020:


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Let us rejoice…

This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. ~ Psalm 118:24 

Continuing this Eastertide journey in pandemic times can be unsettling. Stores closing. Vaccine timing uncertain. Celebrations changed/postponed/canceled. 

Yet our Bible verse encourages us to rejoice and be glad. As you start this day, thank God for this creation and the part we get to play in making this world a better place. 

Then….time to go out and do just that!

Enjoy the day, filled with the Spirit!


But does it get the worm? 🙂


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PRAYER OPPORTUNITIES:

  • For People Critically Ill, or Facing Great Uncertainty – from New Zealand Prayer Book (bottom of first page shown HERE)
  • Celtic Daily Prayer
  • CP Prayer Page – containing LOADS of possibilities…

Lectionary Texts for Sunday, May 3, 2020:


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Beautiful, worshipful music…

Here I Am to Worship

The Church’s One Foundation

Do you have one to add? If so, please add it in the comments section, ideally with notation of where (minutes) in the YouTube it is played…

PRAYER: O God, help us to come to love you in such substantial ways that we can separate from those actions which are not bringing us and others closer to you… Amen

May the Spirit move through you vibrantly during this Easter season!




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PRAYER OPPORTUNITIES:

  • For People Critically Ill, or Facing Great Uncertainty – from New Zealand Prayer Book (bottom of first page shown HERE)
  • Celtic Daily Prayer
  • CP Prayer Page – containing LOADS of possibilities…

Lectionary Texts for Sunday, May 3, 2020:


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…break, blow, burn…

” o’erthrow me, and bend Your force, to break, blow, burn, and make me new

~ John Donne, Sonnet XIV

Donne describes influences of the Spirit and the human condition in the full sonnet (click HERE.) One beauty of reading such prose is the recognition that someone else filled with faith also experiences similar feelings to our own! Read the passion of his interest in separating from evil ways. Ever feel that yourself?

PRAYER: O God, help us to come to love you in such substantial ways that we can separate from those actions which are not bringing us and others closer to you… Amen

May the Spirit move through you vibrantly during this Easter season!




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PRAYER OPPORTUNITIES:

  • For People Critically Ill, or Facing Great Uncertainty – from New Zealand Prayer Book (bottom of first page shown HERE)
  • Celtic Daily Prayer
  • CP Prayer Page – containing LOADS of possibilities…

Lectionary Texts for Sunday, May 3, 2020:


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Activities for Kids…

Another day, another WOW moment. In the midst of this TERRIBLE pandemic, can you believe all the wonderful things arising?

Here are some valuable resources for those living/working/experiencing times with children: the KIDS section on the Our Daily Bread Coronavirus page!

Specifically, the 30-day edition of ODB for Kids is really nice. It’s a mixture of Christian background and fun facts for children in the 6-10 year-old range. And HERE is a Spring/Easter story read aloud for younger children.

There are many other resources on that Coronavirus page, some of which may be a focus for future posts…

PRAYER: Loving, caring Creator – calm us on this day. Move through us with reminders of your love, experienced in many ways, including the wonderful plants and creatures (including humans!) all around us. We are your thankful and hopeful people… Allellujah. Amen

May the Spirit move through you vibrantly during this Easter season!




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PRAYER OPPORTUNITIES:

  • For People Critically Ill, or Facing Great Uncertainty – from New Zealand Prayer Book (bottom of first page shown HERE)
  • Celtic Daily Prayer
  • CP Prayer Page – containing LOADS of possibilities…

Lectionary Texts for Sunday, April 26, 2020:


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