Moving Godward

July 22, 2014

Today’s Reflection

CONVERSION IS GOING ON all the time within us and within the world. … While the change of turning toward God may seem like a once-in-a-lifetime experience, it is in reality a continual process. We may think that we have turned fully toward God; then we discover another dimension of God, and we know immediately that more conversion is possible and necessary if we are to move Godward in all of life.

- Rueben P. Job and Norman Shawchuck

A Guide to Prayer for All Who Seek God

From page 249 of A Guide to Prayer for All Who Seek God by Rueben P. Job and Norman Shawchuck. Copyright © 2003 by Rueben P. Job and Norman Shawchuck. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Do you think of conversion as a constant process of moving Godward? Why or why not? Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

Did You Know?

In need of prayer? The Upper Room Living Prayer Center is a 7-day-a-week intercessory prayer ministry staffed by trained volunteers, call 1-800-251-2468.

Saints, Inc.:

This week we remember:  
Mary Magdalene
(July 22).

Lectionary Readings

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The Nightly Review

July 21, 2014

Today’s Reflection

OF ALL MY PERSONAL spiritual practices, the nightly review has brought the most growth. I usually do it on my own, but it can also be done with a loved one or even the whole family. …

1. Make some time to be quiet for a few moments. Take a few deep breaths to settle down. Invite God to be with you and to shed light on the past day.

2. Ask God to bring to mind one moment of the day for which you are most grateful, the moment that gave you the most life or when you received or gave the most love. If you could recapture one moment of your day, which one would it be? Relive this moment. Breathe in again the gratitude you felt and thank God for it.

3. Ask God to bring to mind the moment you are least grateful for, the moment that drained you of life or when you received and gave the least love. Reflect on what was said and done that made it so hard. Acknowledge your feelings about this experience. Refrain from judging yourself. Share these feelings with God, and let God’s love fill you again.

- Trevor Hudson
The Serenity Prayer

From pages 59-60 of The Serenity Prayer: A Simple Prayer to Enrich Your Life by Trevor Hudson. Copyright © 2012 by Trevor Hudson. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Would you consider a nightly review as a part of your spiritual practice? Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

Did You Know?

In need of prayer? The Upper Room Living Prayer Center is a 7-day-a-week intercessory prayer ministry staffed by trained volunteers, call 1-800-251-2468.

Saints, Inc.:

This week we remember:  
Mary Magdalene
(July 22).

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

Sponsored by Upper Room Ministries ®. Copyright © 2014, a ministry of GBOD | PO Box 340004 | Nashville, TN 37203-0004 | USA

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To Be a Saint

July 20, 2014

Today’s Reflection Saints do not posses an extra layer of muscle. They are not taller, and they do not sport superior IQs. They are not richer, and their parents are not more clever than yours or mine. They have no bat-like perception that enables them to fly in the dark. They are flesh and blood, […]

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Teach Me to Rest

July 19, 2014

Today’s Reflection ETERNAL ONE, revealed in waves and in the waiting stillness, teach me to rest, content in your love. Let my life be a poem that tells of your care, always ready to rise up on trusting wings and risk the wind. Amen. – Elizabeth J. Canham Heart Whispers: Benedictine Wisdom for Today “From […]

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Spiritual Disciplines

July 18, 2014

Today’s Reflection IN OUR CULTURE, we have gotten away from the spiritual disciplines that our spiritual ancestors used, and somehow in the day in which we live, these disciplines of the spiritual life seem foreign to us. We know, however, that there is nothing that can take the place of established patterns of prayer, specific […]

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Filled with Grace

July 17, 2014

Today’s Reflection “YOURS THE SEED, yours the growth; yours the water, yours the thirst; yours the wild, yours the tame. You are within me, O God, and within all creation – and you are beyond. Shape and fill me this day and all creation with your grace.” – Sam Hamilton-Poore Earth Gospel: A Guide to […]

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Praying in God’s Presence

July 16, 2014

Today’s Reflection IN A QUIET PLACE where you can be alone and quiet, focus on one thing: a bird at the feeder, the ripples on a watery surface, the shape of a cloud, a favorite icon, a cross at the altar, even your own hand. Allow your breathing to become progressively slower and deeper until […]

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The Work of Prayer

July 15, 2014

Today’s Reflection PEOPLE WHO ENGAGE IN PRAYER PRACTICES naturally begin to slow down and look around them, see and appreciate their community and those in it. They become curious about one another and about God. They also have the space to begin to notice how God is working in them; their desire to follow these […]

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Prayer of Blessing

July 14, 2014

Today’s Reflection MAY GOD,who comes to usin the things of this world,bless your eyesand be in your seeing. May Christ,who looks upon youwith deepest love,bless your eyesand widen your gaze. May the Spirit,who perceives what isand what may yet be,bless your eyesand sharpen your vision. May the Sacred Threebless your eyesand cause you to see. […]

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Ministry with the Poor and Marginalized

July 13, 2014

Today’s Reflection IT SOUNDS TRITE but it is true: If you want to move from handout to ministry, if you eschew the world of “drive by charity,” if you are ready to stop “playing church” and want to “be the church,” then pray about it. If you belong to a local congregation that wants to […]

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