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Spiritual Disciplines

  • Exercise Daily

    On Monday, February 05 th, 2007

    Shaky fingers type these words. Sweat beads on my forehead, drips down my back, shirt sticking. My chest pounds with racing heart. It all may seem a bit…ridiculous. Each morning, as rhythmically as rising sun and mail delivery, I submit myself to this, tending my own vineyard. I voluntarily sit on the rowing machine, inhale deeply, and pull. Leg muscles drive back. One stroke...

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  • Easy

    On Sunday, February 04 th, 2007

    Life is so hard. And so surprisingly easy. Abide. That is it. One word. Starts with the first letter of the alphabet: A. Four more simple letters. All I have to remember. All I have to do. All I was made for. Abide. “And now, little children, abide in Him…” (1 Jn 2:28). Even little children can do that. Live, breathe, think, move in Jesus.Remain in Him who made me, who pr...

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  • All is Grace

    On Wednesday, January 24 th, 2007

    “As swimmers dareto lie face to the skyand water bears them, as hawks rest upon airand air sustains them, so would I learn to attainfreefall, and floatinto Creator Spirit’s deep embrace, knowing no effort earnsthat all-surrounding grace.” ~Denise Levertov Lord, Your grace, through the Cross of Christ, sustains, undergirds. So I let go of all I work at, and fre...

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  • Dirty, Messy Love

    On Tuesday, January 09 th, 2007

    “Wherever you are spiritually, whatever you have been through emotionally, you are already wrapped in the Lord’s embrace. Held close by nail-scarred hands.” ~ Liz Curtis Higgs~ The magazines, the songs, the books— they have it all, staggeringly, wrong. Love—genuine, true, unadulterated love— is not, to our normal, earthly sensibilities, a thing ...

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  • Vineyard Dancing

    On Saturday, January 06 th, 2007

    Long and straight, I often dreamed of the arch and bend of ballet, making my own curves. Farmers’ daughters picked stones and sweet corn; there was no time or resources for ballet classes. Summer evenings found me on my city cousin’s bed, her room bordered in ballet slippers, as she performed perfect pirouettes. Such form, muscles holding, strained yet steadied, discipline...

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  • Spiritual Disciplines: Setting the Sail

    On Monday, January 01 st, 2007

    “Lord, your discipline is good,for it leads to life and health.” ~Isa. 38:16 Abba, I want what You want for me this year.Discipline me, Father.You are the essence of Love… Your discipline is only good.I seek Your spiritual disciplines in 2007…. For they lead to life and health.“Spiritual disciplines are those practices which should be practiced on a daily bas...

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