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WOW! It is already 2019! The last year of the decade! Time is certainly flying by and 2018 seemed like it was gone with a blink of the eye. I have dedicated 2019 as my year in prayer. I decided to make prayer my focus this year for one reason. My youngest, Ty, will be 18 in December and this will open up an entire new season for me. I need to know what God’s will is for me in this next season. Anyone who knows me well, knows that I try to open my own doors and control my own destiny. It never works out well. If the door opens, I end up overbooked and stressed trying to juggle my new commitment, my job and family. Most of the time, though, God shuts the door and I am frustrated by the feeling of being stuck in my job and my life. Yes, I am where I am supposed to be for now. I have accepted that until my kids were grown, where I am is where I am supposed to be. A new season is coming and I have no idea what I am supposed to do. I know that I am passionate about prayer, justice, building relationships, and loving people to Jesus.

My life verse is: 

Luke 4:18 (NKJV)

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach the Gospel to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; 

In the New International Version it is, “proclaim the Gospel to the poor.”

My Life Vision is:

To be obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit, show compassion to a hurting world and serve others out of love.

I, also, have to keep in mind what God keeps whispering to my spirit over and over:

Teach My People To Pray!

I have decided that I will NOT try to open any doors on my own this year. I will “be still” and allow God to reveal my purpose in His timing. Instead, I will pray. Which is actually the best thing I can do anyways. Prayer is already a discipline in my life. I usually have a continual conversation going with God as I go about my day. Before you get the idea that this makes me super spiritual or anything, I’m not. I am simply a person who deals with worry and anxiety and I have found that if I keep God close to me through prayer during the day that it helps me “let go of that which I can’t control” and gain some semblance of peace in my life. I have implemented three practices that I will use to seek God’s will for my life this year:

  1. A Prayer Journal: it is nothing fancy! I am not creative at all! It is simply a 1″ 3 ring binder that is divided into 13 sections. I have my life verse, my life vision and the prayer of Jabez written on paper at the front to remind me daily what I am passionate about. In section #1 I have my own personal petitions. I have Sunday-Saturday focused prayer points (Christ follower, as a mom, steward, life pressures, purpose/work, wisdom/discernment, fears/anxiety) and then I have extra paper for my immediate needs and answers to prayer. Sections #2-6 are for my kids (spouses are listed with the child that he/she is married to: Cherokee & Chris). Again, I have focused prayer points for each day of the week based on where they each are in their lives. Sunday’s prayer focus for all of us is Christ follower/Passion for God. I have added extra paper in each section for immediate prayer needs and answered prayers. Section #7 is for the grandchildren. Same set up as the others, but I am putting all of my grandchildren in one section. Section #8 is a section for urgent prayers. Prayer requests of anyone not listed in my journal or any world events that need immediate prayer. Section #9 is for extended family. I have a list of those I pray for on a daily basis with extra paper for immediate needs and answered prayers. Section #10 is for those I want to love to Jesus. I keep a list of family and friends who do not have a relationship with Jesus that I pray for on a daily basis. I, also, keep extra paper for immediate needs and answered prayers. Section #11 is for the Church. I have specific prayer focuses Sunday-Saturday that I pray for the church. I have tried to hit on every point, so most days have more than one focus (ex: Sunday: outpouring of the Holy Spirit, rid the Church of false teachers, remember Jesus as the Head of the Church). Section #12 is a 31 day of prayer set up for America. God has given me a passion to pray for America and the Church of America. These 31 day of prayer plans can be found on the internet. I found mine here. I have tweaked it a bit to fit me and what God is telling me specifically to pray for, but this gives you an idea of how you can pray for this great country. Section #13 is for focused prayers for the World. Again, I have set it up for Sunday-Saturday, using the seven mountains of prayer (seven spheres of influence) as my focus for praying for the World. You may wonder what this prayer journal has to do with seeking God’s will for my future. It is simply something I felt important in implementing in my personal prayer time. As I pray for others and the World as a whole, I know that God is working to create the perfect opportunity for me.
  2. The Daily Examen: The Daily Examen is a spiritual practice created by Saint Ignatius of Loyola. It was created to help us focus on God’s presence in our daily lives. It is a practice of reflection at the end of the day. Knowing where we felt God’s presence and where we felt a disconnect. It helps us acknowledge when we were acting according to God’s will and when we were not. It helps us ask forgiveness where we need it and ask for grace in facing tomorrow. The Daily Examen has 5 steps. To implement the Daily Examen in your life, you can find the steps here. I decided to implement the Daily Examen to help me focus more on God’s presence in the craziness of everyday life. I want to use it to help me focus on listening to the still small voice of the Holy Spirit. I am also using it to help me remember that I am an example of Jesus in the World and my actions do affect others.
  3. The Bible: I am doing a Bible reading plan focusing on reading through the New Testament this year. I am focusing on how to become a disciple that glorifies God. I am also seeking wisdom while waiting on God.

I pray through the prayer journal every morning and do the Bible study and Daily Examen every night. As hard as it is I am not going to try to open any doors on my own. I am going to wait and pray. I will keep you updated on any developments and I trust that by December 17th there will be an open door for me to walk through.

 

 

 

 

 

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