Archive for March, 2012

Here are the resources I mentioned in tonight’s lesson, along with some of the notes.

Ruth Haley Barton Invitation to Solitude and Silence

Richard Foster Celebration of Discipline

Thomas Merton Thoughts in Solitude

Henri J. M. Nouwen The Way of the Heart

Marjorie J. Thompson Soul Feast

Spiritual disciplines that will help you relinquish those idols that stand in the way of you and God are:

  • Self-examination
  • Silence
  • Solitude
  • Submission
  • The discipline of secrecy was also mentioned because it is, I believe, a byproduct of a life that longs to allow God to have all control.

Over the next two weeks, do the following:

  • Spend some examining your heart, your motives, and asking God to show you those things that need to be relinquished or that you need to place under His control.
  • Spend some time in solitude.
  • Spend some time in silence.
  • As you become aware of those things that need to be relinquished, submit yourself to God’s calling and give those things over to him.
  • Finally, do something in secret this week.

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