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Spiritual Direction – Daring to Dream

     A few weeks ago, I felt like I wasn’t spending enough time in personal Bible reading. Several times in past years I’ve had success using a One-Year Bible reading plan. I’ve enjoyed the portions from Old and New Testaments along with segments of Psalms and Proverbs each day.

     Instead of procrastinating until the new year begins, I purchased a brand new One-Year Bible at a great price and began reading in August rather than on January 1. I’m not going to be legalistic and know I may not finish reading through in one year, but I feel good about beginning this spiritual discipline once again.

     I enjoyed especially re-reading the Genesis account of Joseph. Joseph was a dreamer. In his youth, the way he communicated his dreams caused him big problems. After a season of suffering and maturing, Joseph’s humble ability to interpret a king’s dreams catapulted him to a position of power, which enabled him to save a nation as well as his biological family.

     Dreams are mentioned almost 100 times in the Bible. God gives men and women dreams. A dream I believe God has implanted in my heart is one reason I chose to begin studying spiritual direction in a formal and deeper manner.

     My dream is that the spirits of Christians all over the world will awaken. With our spiritual awakening, men, women, parents, grandparents, marketplace workers, political and religious leaders, neighbors, volunteers, church goers and citizens will step courageously into the dreams God implants in our hearts.

     My dream includes the hope that we who call ourselves ‘Christian’ will become:

          more loving despite different designs, doctrines and desires;

               more compassionate, grace filled, patient, forgiving and generous;

                    more God-confident and assured that our individual God-designs are good.

                         better learners who study Scripture, history, humanity and the cultures in                          which God has placed us.

                              emptied of pride and self-sufficiency, walking in the harnessed strength of
                              Godly humility.

     In 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D. C., Martin Luther King made his powerful “I Have a Dream” speech. He began describing his dream with these words: “I say to you today, my friends, though, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream.”[1]

     It’s been over 56 years since Dr. King spoke of his dream. We may agree that even though difficulties we experience today are on some levels different, they still exist. Poverty, prejudice, and divisive passions remain rampant.

     It’s easy to become bogged down in all that is wrong in our 21st culture.

     But, because the words I read in Scripture assure me a very good God remains the same      in our yesterdays, todays and tomorrows, I realize it is possible to “still have a dream.”

     What dream has God planted in your heart?

     Where might God’s dream be taking you?

I hope you’ll consider and pray over these questions.

I’m praying with you…

Sue Reeve

  1. https://www.archives.gov/files/press/exhibits/dream-speech.pdf

Welcome Autumn…

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”
~Lauren DeStefano, Wither

     Today, September 23rd, is the first day of autumn. I love almost everything about this time of the year.

     Autumn reminds me of homemade soup, sinking my teeth into a crispy fresh picked apple and snuggling beneath a cozy afghan.

     Fall is my favorite time to take long walks and visit new places.

     When I was a kid, autumn meant it was time to return to school. I always loved the first day of school, wearing new shoes and the new outfit Mom had let me pick out of the Montgomery Ward catalog. I couldn’t wait to dig into that brand-new box of crayons.

     The Old Testament prophet, Joel, reminded people in his nation to rejoice in the autumn.

Be glad, people of Zion, rejoice in the Lord your God, for he has given you the autumn rains because he is faithful… (Joel 2:23 NIV)

     This harvest season feels full of good reasons to give thanks.

     Even though the official new year won’t arrive for another three plus months, there’s something about fall that feels like a new beginning. Recently, I read the blog of Krista Gilbert[1] who said, “Fall is…a time of re-evaluation.” I agree wholeheartedly with this wise lady’s insight.

     As we step into this new season, I hope you’ll join me and:

          delight in the brilliance of changing colors;

               exalt while strolling on crunchy, dry leaves;

                    rejoice in God’s goodness; and

                         reflect on and re-evaluate our next steps.

Blessings as you journey through Autumn 2019…

Sue Reeve

  1. Krista Gilbert <krista=kristagilbert.com@send.aweber.com>

Spiritual Direction – Looking-Inside Awakenings

     I heard recently that the famous Swiss psychiatrist, Carl Jung (1875-1861) said all psychological problems are at their core spiritual. I couldn’t verify this was an accurate quote, but in my research, it was obvious Jung believed there is a direct correlation between psychological and spiritual wellbeing as is reflected in these words:

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart.
Who looks outside, dreams.
Who looks inside, awakens
.

~Carl Jung[1]

     As I enter a new season of intense study into the matter of spiritual direction from a Christian perspective, I’ve been doing a lot of introspection about the importance of spiritual connection. Jung’s words ring true for me. Glancing through the rearview mirror at my lifetime, I realize my most pivotal moments have occurred when my awareness was awakened at a spiritual level.

     As I’ve taken time—or sometimes simply out of the blue–to look into my heart, the ‘still, small voice’ of the Divine Spirit has awakened:

  • Peace instead of pain.
  • Resilience rather than regrets.
  • Courage in place of fears.
  • Direction instead of doubts.

Trusting the Spirit requires:

  • Embracing the mystery of a God I cannot see.
  • Trusting God is good and will lead me onto good paths.
  • Believing God sees what I cannot see; God knows what I cannot know; and God can do what I cannot do.
  • Jumping from the arms of certainty into the unknown of faith.

     Is it possible, as the old saying suggests, that one can become so Heavenly—or spiritually—minded that he or she is no earthly good? I believe so. The kind of spiritual direction I desire, the type of spiritual experiences I want to have and will encourage others to seek, will not only awaken us on the “inside,” but will flow outwardly and will result in a more Christ-like character whose outside dreams align with these words of Jesus:

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

Mark 12:30 & 31

     As I embark on this venture of spiritual direction, I hope you’ll come along with me. Together, I believe we’ll all awaken to new possibilities God has in store for us.

I’m praying for you and would feel honored if you felt led to pray for me…

Sue Reeve

  1. https://philosiblog.com/2011/09/05