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What I do every day matters more than what I do once in a while.

Gretchen Rubin

 

While habits and happiness author Gretchen Rubin is not referring to spiritual disciplines, her popular one-liner drives home my church’s 30-day call to prayer. Our  leaders agree with Rubin’s focus on consistency. So they’ve designed an avenue to the discipline of prayer for each day this month to motivate us to more fully engage.

Our church is at a tipping point: numerous changes in the past few years in the life of our congregation necessitate some crucial decisions. In particular, numerical growth and ministry expansion demand attention. At this juncture, we’re pressing pause and upping our prayer time.

To help facilitate more prayer, church members are sent an email every morning with a sixty second pre-recorded video. Each clip features someone from the congregation sharing a prayer for our church. Coffee and an encouraging word from folks with whom I worship have been a great way to start the day. I get to see a glimpse of their spiritual journeys through their choice of scripture and intercessory pleas. Their online “presence” is a blessing and most importantly, I join them in prayer.

While our email prayers are communally significant, they also promote change on a personal level. A daily, spiritual practice of prayer, leads to a journey of spiritual formation.

Eastern Christians call this journey theosis, which early church bishop St. Athanasius describes as becoming by grace what God is by nature.

What a beautiful phrase. Perhaps we can apply this today to the whole church body.

becoming by grace what God is by nature

Daily we pray.

And in the meantime, we become a little more like Jesus.

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4 thoughts on “Daily.

  1. Hi Donna

    This is Norman, for Gwen too.

    I receive your posts and enjoy them a lot, even though I don’t say “BOO!” in response.

    It appears that you are enjoying your “state in life” at this time, and I trust that you and your hubby are truly doing well.

    We are in transition back to the U. S. It’s a whole long (wonderful) story . . . . hard to believe even while we live it. The Lord is just amazing!

    With Terry’s colaboration we have been able to translate all of the most important healing care materials into Spanish and they are being used right now with small groups in Spain. A whole adventure and really good things are happening.

    We continue to mentor Spanish people who have or are still studying at Ashland Seminary (in spite of all the unfortunate things that have happened) and the Lord is blessing it all.

    And there are a ton more stories to be told.

    One is about a young man I have mentored by Skype for years. He is an amazingly gifted pianist and organist . . . I mean AMAZINGLY. He loves the Lord and Plays for Jesus. He just attended the January basic seminar (along with us) and is coming to the Essentials seminar with us and then will be giving a special concert at the First Presbyterian church in Ashland on March 10 in the evening, which you will NOT want to miss, I Promise!

    At any rate, before booking a hotel, or b & b I was wondering if you folks (or someone) might have room for us to stay, Scott, Gwen and myself. Any thoughts or recommendations are welcomed. WE are trying to hold expenses down since the three of us literally live by faith.

    Let me know your thoughts and at any rate, do NOT miss the concert. You will hear about it as the date approaches.

    Be blessed,

    Your brother in Christ, Norman, for Gwen too

    On Mon, Feb 19, 2018 at 12:37 PM, Season Six(ty): life in the 60 something years wrote:

    > Donna Thomas posted: “What I do every day matters more than what I do once > in a while. Gretchen Rubin While habits and happiness author Gretchen > Rubin is not referring to spiritual disciplines, her popular one-liner > drives home my church’s 30-day call to prayer. Our l” >

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