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Sunday Morning Five Twenty Four Freewrite

It has been a long time since I have just let the finger fly with abandon across the keys. Actually, I do a lot of private "freewrites" at examen.me now. So great that my Renovaré Institute Praxis Exercise for January is the examen too. This practice has so enriched me. I like doing the Creighton University Online Retreat with it too. This last week, we were to look at our "Two Ways of Desiring" and asking what we really want. It so lines up with everything that I am learning in other areas too. The byline question of this week is, "What do I really want?" There are six words to think about:

Riches, honors, pride. Poverty, dishonor, humility.
And wouldn't you know it, in the midst of this, I had a very dishonoring thing happen to me! At first I was very mad and upset, but then God reminded me of His way. I cried (sobbed - ugly cry) most of the morning on Thursday. But even in the midst of the storm, I knew Jesus was with me. I felt the freedom to cry an…

4. Wonderful Memories of It's A Wonderful Life

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It's a Wonderful Life is in my top 5 favorite movies and Jimmy Stewart is my favorite actor (He is from Indiana, Pennsylvania, and his dad and my great grandfather were elders in the same church, and my father's cousin's earliest memory was dressing Jimmy Stewart's Oscars in doll clothes while my great grandfather and Jimmy Stewart's father talked in the Stewart Hardware Store (they were displayed in the window)).
This has recordings of interviews with many of the actors, and it tells all the in and outs of the production.

It was absolutely DELIGHTFUL!!!!!

I got it from Library2Go. It is narrated by Jimmy Hawkins who played one of the children in the movie. Great thing to listen to since we watch it every Christmas!

1-3 Practice of the Presence of God, The Game with Minutes, and Letters by a Modern Mystic

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Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life - Week 17a

I wanted my Christmas meditations to sync with the Online Spiritual Exercises. So, I get to do this "extra" week that is not part of them this year because of where Easter falls on the calendar (April 1). I am so glad I felt the "nudge" from God to go on to this week because if you could have read my examen prayer journaling this morning, you would have read my heartfelt desire for JESUS! I love what the "Getting Started" for Week 17A says:

"This week doesn’t take us into new territory. It just takes us deeper. We begin this week with our desires. I renew my desire, my passion, my choice, to be with Jesus — to want to know him more intimately, to love him more deeply, to follow him with more of my heart. This week is not one of deeper struggle or more intense thinking. This is a week of affirmation. All week, in many very concrete ways, in the background experience of the in between times, I say, “Yes, this is what I want. This is what I choose. To be…

For Longing

One of my clients for Dial a Book Deliveries had given me poetry by this Irish priest, but I just found him in my Yearly Examen too.

For Longing Poem by John O’Donohue 
blessed be the longing that brought you here
and quickens your soul with wonder. may you have the courage to listen to the voice of desire
that disturbs you when you have settled for something safe. may you have the wisdom to enter generously into your own unease
to discover the new direction your longing wants you to take. may the forms of your belonging – in love, creativity, and friendship –
be equal to the grandeur and the call of your soul. may the one you long for long for you.
may your dreams gradually reveal the destination of your desire. may a secret providence guide your thought and nurture your feeling. may your mind inhabit your life with the sureness
with which your body inhabits the world. may your heart never be haunted by ghost-structures of old damage. may you come to accept your longing as divine urgency.
may y…

You Were Called a Carpenter's Son

I am on Week 16 - Jesus' Early Years in the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life. 
You Were Called a Carpenter's Son.

The living Son of God willed to be born into a human family; let us adore Him, let us beseech Him: 
Jesus, sanctify us through your obedience.Eternal Word of the Father, you were subject to Mary and Joseph.
Jesus, sanctify us through your obedience.Master and Lord, your mother kept all your words and deeds in her heart.  Jesus, sanctify us through your obedience.Creator of the universe, you were called the carpenter's son.  Jesus, sanctify us through your obedience. You grew in age and grace in your family at Nazareth, you are our leader and our brother.  Jesus, sanctify us through your obedience. God our Father, you gave Mary and Joseph the grace to watch over Jesus' early years.  Make your Church a community where people learn to watch o…

52 Books in 52 Weeks Wrap Up 2017

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I am part of a thing called 52 Books in 52 Weeks. She always has us do a wrap up, and here is mine.

Here is the website: http://www.read52booksin52weeks.com/

1) Where did your reading take you this year?

Afghanistan, Syria, France, Oregon Wilderness, Cornwall, England, Refugees all over the world, Africa, Sweden, Arctic, World War II Europe, Mexico, Palestine, Warsaw, Poland, England proper, the Polar Ice Caps on the way to the North Pole.
2) What was your reading goal for the year and did you meet or beat it?

52 books, and I beat it by 11
3) Top 5 (or more favorite reads)  Poldark Saga - It is 12 books, and 6064 pages, but I will count it as one here. Absolutely riveting and phenomenal writing. Highly recommend. These will be classics for years to come. A Simple Life-Changing Prayer (The Prayer that Changes Everything) - This was probably the most impactful as I am now doing this prayer daily. This book helped me understand the why behind everything. Very short and sweet.The Practice of the…

64. The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence

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This is the Blackstone Audio version of one of my Top 10 favorite spiritual books. I think everyone should read it. On audio, it is only an hour, and I did it while taking a shower one day and then a walk another. It has so many gems in it, it will be a book you come back to over and over again. 
Each month the Renovaré Institute for Christian Formation gives us a "Praxis (practice)" Exercise. It helps us put into practice what we are learning in the Institute, but it is a lovely practice. I am going to give you the poem they gave us in the actual assignment, and then my essay follows.

On the first page of Knowing Christ Today, Dallas Willard has placed the title THE KINGDOM OF GOD, and included the following poem from Francis Thompson:

This is about finding God in everyday life. Francis Thompson wrote this while a homeless drug addict in London. Meditate on this. What do you think?
THE KINGDOM OF GOD In No Strange Land by Francis Thompson
O world invisible, we view thee, O world…