Monthly Archives: January 2013

Waking Up My Soul in the Morning

I am enjoying waking up my soul each morning. I find I cannot face my day without first taking some time to invest in my spirit.  Throughout my day I will be ‘facing giants’, and God knows, I want to be prepared to thrive not just survive my day.

Ken Blanchard, the One Minute author guru, talks in his spiritual life story, We are the Beloved, that every morning he has a ritual of ‘waking up his soul’. Just like we splash water and soap on our face in the a.m, maybe even shower, so we need to ‘wash up the soul’ with some journaling, reflective spiritual reading, and whatever else nourishes your inner person.

No one said it better than C. S Lewis in Mere Christianity, the value of ‘listening to the Other Voice’ in midst of the noise that comes rushing at us in our day.

“It comes the very moment you wake up each morning. All your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists simply in shoving them all back; in listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in. And so on, all day. Standing back from all your natural fussings and frettings; coming in out of the wind.” (Mere Christianity)

i don’t know about you but my personality can get gripped by my many ‘fussings and frettings’.  Taking time to wake up my soul is ‘coming in out of the wind.’ How good is that!!Why not try setting aside 5-10 minutes each morning this week.

Resource:http://www.amazon.com/We-Are-Beloved-Spiritual-Journey/dp/0310488206

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Launching 2013 with Daily Quiet Time vs Dirty Rotten Attitudes

I was having my ‘daily quiet time’ early this morning. I use a variety of ‘deliberate practices’ to keep my devotion ‘topped up’.  I find that if I don’t have a ‘daily quiet time'(DQT) to weed my mental garden, and alter some lousy attitudes, as well as stay connected to my Creator, I end up having what I call ‘dirty rotten attitudes'(DRA’s)

I’d like to end with a short prayer called Desert Waters by David Adam from his book, Tides and Seasons: Modern Prayers in Celtic Tradition. It touches me because it reminds me wherever we are, God is always present if we take the time to look.  I will be going into my 60th year in May 2013, and the Lord knows I need this upward focus at the start with so many challenges and opportunities ahead of me.
 
O Spring in the desert
O shelter from the heat
O light in the darkness
O guide for the feet
O joy in our sadness
O support for the weak
O Lord with us always
Your Presence we seek
 
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