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On the Journey...
(Weekly insights from FMC Leaders)
November 15, 2017
Submitted by Brad Miller
A number of years ago I was searching for something that would be helpful in my spiritual journey. I found a resource called Disciplines For The Inner Life. It is a book that is divided into a series of fifty-two patterns or services for personal worship. Each day has three scriptures to read, various readings for personal meditation, a prayer, hymn and benediction. I also found that journaling was helpful. However in the past number of years, I have not used this resource to journal. However, about a week ago I discovered this book and began to journal again. I discovered one of the meditations related to distractions. “Most of our conflicts and distractions come from trying to deal with spiritual and practical aspects of our life separately instead of realizing them as parts of one whole. If our practical life is centered on our own ambitions, passions, wants and worries, beset by a sense of our own rights and importance, or anxieties for our own future, or longs for our own success, we need not expect that our spiritual life will be a contrast to all of this. The soul’s house is not built on such a convenient plan: there are few soundproof partitions in it. Only when the demand of the Spirit, however inconvenient, comes first and IS first and rules the whole of it, will those objectionable noises die down.”
God’s Spirit does not make cowards out of us. “The Spirit gives us power, love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7
From The Spiritual Life by Evelyn Underhill.