I don’t know about you but I have had a spiritual craving for a while.
I have been interested in the spiritual disciplines and bought a handful of books but haven’t had good discipline concerning spiritual disciplines. So, I have continued to read about them while only occasionally practicing them.
I think I am finally wanting it bad enough. I found “Savoring God’s Word” by Jan Johnson in our church library while working in there and I am so glad I did. It’s a book on meditation, lectio divina, ignathian method, etc. She gives a great response to people who are scared of those types of things and so far the book is simple and helpful, including easy exercises in each chapter.
I finally ordered “The Way of the Heart” by Henri Nouwen, which I have heard so much about.
I also ordered “Life With God: Reading the Bible for Spiritual Transformation,” I am already a big fan of Foster. Celebration of Discipline is one of my favorite books.
I lean towards the analytical side, which helps in some ways being a preacher, because I see structure and outlines when reading a text. But I also recognize that I do that so quickly. I too often read only looking for “how to teach it” which means I am missing out on a lot.
I want more. I want to spend more time in silence and meditation. It’s so hard to unplug and even when I do, my brain is racing with plans, concerns, life…
I want more of Jesus. I don’t want to be a modern, un-spiritual disciple. I don’t want my Bible study to be purely intellectual or my prayer life to be solely requests and praise.
I want to know him more. I want to be intimate with him.
so, what about you? any advice? thoughts? questions?