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I Shall Not Want

November 05, 2017

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Feeling stressed or stuck can render us no better than spiritual zombies - not really dead but certainly not living fully alive. This weekend we begin a new series, three weeks through the 23rd Psalm - a chance to refresh before the holidays begin. Don't settle for the zombie life...

I Shall Not Want: relax
 

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I SHALL NOT WANT: relax

Psalm 23:1-3


I came that you might have life — life to the full. — Jesus, John 10:10


SPIRITUAL ZOMBIES

  • Purgation
  • Illumination
  • Union

 

RELAX
“re-let-go”

Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me - watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.
- Jesus, Matthew 11:28-30

 


PRACTICE THE PRESENCE OF GOD
Luke 5:16– Jesus got away to pray
    1.    Make daily time and space for God
    2.    See God in the here and now

 


Prayer of Examen @ignatianspirituality.com

 

 

See this week’s REFOCUS questions for deeper reflection.

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I Shall Not Want

REFOCUS QUESTIONS...

Feeling stressed or stuck can render us no better than spiritual zombies – not really dead but certainly not living fully alive. This weekend we begin a new series, three weeks through the 23rd Psalm – a chance to refresh before the holidays begin. Don’t settle for the zombie life...

I SHALL NOT WANT: relax

MONDAY: Psalm 23
Draw or sit and imagine the picture that forms in your head with this verse. What does the face of your shepherd look like?

TUESDAY: Matthew 11:28-30 MSG
What in life has worn you out? Where can you find healing?

WEDNESDAY: Psalm 119:105
Look today at yourself through God’s eyes. What do you see? How does God perceive you?

THURSDAY: Psalms 28:6-9
Just as David poured out his heart in thanks to God in prayer, today saturate God with your thanks. Who are you grateful for? How has God helped you?

FRIDAY: Acts 20:1-16
As with the apostle Paul, God is active even in the details of your life. What happened today in your life? How did God show up?

SATURDAY: Romans 3:21-24
Whether this is the first or millionth time, take today to present your mistakes to God for confession and forgiveness. Has God shown you things to work on in your life? What is your first step?

SUNDAY: Galatians 5:13
How can you serve the Lord? Where does God need you?

1. Ask God for light.
    Look at your day with God’s eyes, not merely your own.
2. Give thanks.
    The day you have just lived is a gift from God. Be grateful for it.
3. Review the day.
    Carefully look back on the day just completed, being guided by the Holy Spirit.
4. Face your shortcomings.
    Face up to what is wrong—in your life and in you.
5. Look toward the day to come.
    Ask where you need God in the day to come.

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Psalm 23:1-3

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