Pausing the Blog to Write a Book…

I’ve been writing a book for my oldest daughter and children (and maybe for you too).  Unfortunately, I haven’t touched it since the summer so, I’m pausing my blogging in order to focus a bit more.  I love that this is coming along with Advent and the cozy time of the winter.  Many religious orders greatly reduce their day to day correspondence during Advent and Lent in order to have a bit of a contemplative retreat-in-daily-life.  That’s what I hope this will be for me.  Maybe you too have something brewing that you need to retreat for a while to discover and develop?  I’ll pray for you.  Please pray for me.  FYI, the book is about the habits, mindsets and resources needed to experience a continually growing life-giving connection to Christ in the midst of daily life.  Its called “A Christian’s Coffee”.  

A Good Bedtime Prayer

There is a wellspring of things to offer to God and receive from him by simply looking at your life.  This prayer never seems to get old because life is so full and God is so active.  Here is my version of this “examen” or “reviewing of my day with God.”  Most of it was passed on to me by some great Jesuits.  5-7 minutes is an ideal amount of time for this prayer but depending upon circumstances, it can take between 30 seconds to 30 minutes.  Whether you pray with words, feelings or images, lift up everything to God, bringing your life into the loving Light of Christ.   Periodically you can adapt this to review a certain season in your life instead of just a day.

Prayerful Review of the Day

Pray for Light

  • Ask that you can look at this day with His light.
  • “Holy Spirit, please enlighten my mind so I may see this day you gave me in truth and love.”

From this day, for what am I most thankful?
Where do I see God’s grace active in this day? 

  • Converse with Jesus about these things and listen to what these good things mean in your life.
  • “Thank you… Jesus, you are… This is special because…”
  • Allow gratitude to well up.  Offer it back to the Father with love.

From this day, for what am I least thankful? 
What needs to be converted?
What was a challenge?

  • Converse with Jesus about these things and listen to what needs healing.
  • “Please forgive me… I’m sad… Please help…”
  • Offer it back to the Father with love.

Tomorrow with Christ

  • Converse with Jesus about how God wants to (or has already) equip you for tomorrow.
  • “What concept, scripture verse or resolution shall I carry in my heart for tomorrow?”
  • Make a tiny resolution about your own action for tomorrow.  Ask for God’s grace to fulfill it.