We’re back… Monday, Mar 26 2007 

The week at Elkhorn Resort was absolutely amazing! We had a week of relaxing with no schedule, just responding to the day and what it would bring. We had our amazing friends Mark and Marilyn Jacobson with us for four days! What a privilege to spend uninterrupted time with them having great conversations, great laughs, watching movies, eating, walking in the cold wind, sleeping late, eating wonderful snacks, reading books, and just hanging out with friends with whom you are totally comfortable! What a great time!

Still processing and working through much of the learning from my “Walking on Holy Ground” session…still embracing the slow work of God and gradual change that the Holy Spirit brings into my life. Reading on Sacred Space today and the words that stood out to me were when the Angel Gabriel came to Mary and spoke to her she was “perplexed…and pondered”. Mary didn’t get it right away either, she was perplexed and needed time to ponder what was happening. I too am somewhat perplexed with what is going on inside of me, but it is okay to take time to ponder and not to rush to conclusions or make rash decisions immediately. There is a sense of peace that goes along with not being rushed. God is not busy and rushed and urgent…He speaks in a still small voice and the only way I hear it is when I am still and pondering! Good words for me today!

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Walking on Holy Ground Friday, Mar 16 2007 

I would just like to share with you some of the worship time Gathering Prayer we shared on our first evening of class.  It was very significant in setting the tone for the whole week of discovery…

 A time away…A time to arrive…A time to begin…

“Today we begin a part of our journey that will lead us into a deeper relationship with our God, with ourselves, and with each other.

Together with are on a Journey Deeper into God.”

A Reading from Pierre Teilhard de Chardin:

Trust in the slow work of God,

We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay.

We should like to skip the intermediate stages.

We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new.

And it is the law of all progress that it is made by passing through some stage of instability –

And that it may take a long time

And so I think it is with you,

Your ideas mature gradually, Let them grow.

Let them shape themselves without undue haste.

Don’t try to force them on, as though you could be today what time – that is to say, what grace and circumstances acting on your own good will – will make you tomorrow.

Only God can say what this new spirit gradually forming within you will be.

Give our Lord the benefit of believing that God’s hand is leading you and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete.

The phrases that were impressed upon my heart were “Trust in the SLOW work of God.” “Your ideas mature GRADUALLY, Let them grow.  Let them shape themselves with UNDUE HASTE.”

“Only God can say what this new spirit GRADUALLY forming within you will be…and accept the ANXIETY of  FEELING yourself in suspense and incomplete.”

Just relaxing and realizing that God’s work is continuous but slow and gradual.  I don’t need to be in such a hurry!  Just rest and “be still” and “quiet” and “confident” knowing that God is working gradually and slowly in my life.  Slow down Gloria!!

My prayer for that week was “Change my heart…to move from my head to my heart…to move into a deeper love relationship with God.”  God is faithful and He is doing it.

We are heading to Elkhorn Resort for a week so will not be back until Sunday, March 25th.  I will continue to ruminate on what I have been learning and how I am changing and will continue to share when I get back.  God bless!

I am still alive… Thursday, Mar 15 2007 

I am not sure if anyone reads this blog, but that is okay, it helps me work out things going on in my head. I just returned from my 8 day class of “Walking on Holy Ground” a class on Spiritual Direction. The days were full and it was absolutely amazing, both in learning and in experience. There were 9 students in the class with 2 professors. It was well worth every penny and minute. Made some excellent new friends in the process! Staying at Queen’s House of Retreats for the whole time was great, in that, we were able to connect with each other in our down time. My head is still full of everything and I am in the process of working through alot of the material and experiences. I didn’t realize how parched and dry I was in my inner world until I experienced the wells of spring water that came over me as I soaked in the learning and the experiences. As I work through what I learned and am learning, I will share with you on this blog. The most life changing experiences were the silent and contemplative prayer times. It is amazing what we hear when we listen in quietness and confidence reflecting on Scripture and inviting the Holy Spirit to speak to us!

We are heading out to Elkhorn Resort on Saturday for a week of relaxation, reading and recreation. Mark and Marilyn Jacobson are joining us until Wednesday night or Thursday morning. I know it will be a fun time!