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Devotional: Let's Get to It!

Updated: Nov 27, 2023

Before we begin the first week of daily reflection, let's make sure that you have a few things ready in order to make the process move easily and help you stay in the presence of God and His words for you.

  • Have your bible (A digital one is good if you don't have a physical one handy. I like to use the one in the Laudate app.)

  • A pen or pencil.

  • Highlighters, colors, markers, etc if you like to decorate or color code. (These are purely optional supplies.)

  • Your Pursuing Peace: Through the Love Letters of Saint Paul Part Two Devotional or a a journal to write in until yours comes in.

  • You may also want a nice cup of tea or coffee, a lit candle, and a cozy blanket.

Sunday Is A Time For Reflection

Each day of the week is set up the same way, with the exception of Sunday. It is both the ending and the beginning of each weekly scripture. Sunday is a time to reflect on the week past and to prepare yourself for the new week. In preparation for the week ahead of you, you'll be introduced to the verse for the week and complete the Lectio Divina process to get a better understanding of God's word and spend time with the Lord to receive any special words He may have for you. This blog will be sectioned out in days so that you can refer back to the section you need each day.


We think a good routine starts on Sunday evening, then continues every morning and evening with a quick reflection. But please do what works for you! This is only a suggested routine. The point is spending time in God's presence. It doesn't matter what time that happens.


Get Settled

First things first, get settled into a comfortable and quiet space where there will be no interruptions. This is your time with the Lord, and what is needed here most is your presence. Once you are settled in, close your eyes and prepare yourself for what the Lord has for you this day. Quiet yourself and offer yourself up to God. Ask Him to open your heart and your mind as you share this time with Him so that you may receive what He is offering you. Make this process a part of your daily prayer routine. You'll be amazed at the affect it has on your prayer time and day!


We are using Ephesians 3: 2-3, 5-6 this week. It was submitted by Dana Dicharry. The virtue we are focusing on is Unity. The companion song to use as prayer or meditation throughout the week is "If We Are the Body" by Casting Crowns. You may also want to listen to this song during the Weekly Lectio Divina on Sunday.


Let's Get Started: Sunday Lectio Divina

Read the scripture once slowly. Consider reading it again in multiple translations. Allow the words to settle in to you heart and read the passage again out loud. Listen for words that light up for you. Underline, highlight, or jot them down in your journal or on the provided lines.


Next, spend some time letting these words settle in. Ask yourself, "Where does the word connect with my life right? Who do I most identify with in the scene? What does the passage say about Jesus?" Write your thoughts in your journal or in the space provided in the devotional.


Now reflect on what thoughts, feelings, and desires come to mind. Pause and ask Jesus to guide you.


Pray. Talk to God about the words He revealed. How is He inviting you to respond? Allow the scripture to lead you into a prayer response. Maybe it's to spend time in adoration, offering up a prayer of thanksgiving or intercession, or turning up the radio and belt out some praise and worship songs!


The Last step in the Lectio Divina process is to rest in Him. Rest in His presence. Deeply receive God's word and rest in His love. Stay in the arms of God until you fell prompted to leave.


Some people find it helpful to jot down a Vision of the Week. Doodle words or images you want to take with you into the week to refer back to when you need a quick reminder of your message.


In the weekly pages you'll see a reminder of the Virtue of the Week. This has a few guided suggestions of actions you may want to take in the week to help you develop that virtue. Feel free to do any or all of them.

This weeks Virtue of the Week suggestions are:

  • Pray the Holy Spirit Prayer every morning. You can find it on p. 23.

  • Attend service/ Mass at a different church.

  • Call a friend or family member that yo haven't spoken to in a while.


Monday Reflection

Morning Routine: Once you are settled in, start by rereading the Bible passage.


Today's reflection question is: What does it mean to be united in the Body of Christ?

Make notes and journal your response.


Evening Routine: As you settle in for the night, reflect on

  • What are you grateful for today?

  • What do I need to surrender?

  • What are my prayer requests?


Tuesday Reflection

Morning Routine: Once you are settled in, start by rereading the Bible passage.


Today's reflection question is: Do I see Christ in others? What blocks me from seeing Christ in others? Make notes and journal your response.


Evening Routine: As you settle in for the night, reflect on

  • What are you grateful for today?

  • What do I need to surrender?

  • What are my prayer requests?


Wednesday Reflection

Morning Routine: Once you are settled in, start by rereading the Bible passage.


Today's reflection question is: When is a time that I have felt Jesus's presence?

Make notes and journal your response.


Evening Routine: As you settle in for the night, reflect on

  • What are you grateful for today?

  • What do I need to surrender?

  • What are my prayer requests?


Thursday Reflection

Morning Routine: Once you are settled in, start by rereading the Bible passage.


Today's reflection question is: What daily habits can I develop to improve my awareness of Jesus's presence? Make notes and journal your response.


Evening Routine: As you settle in for the night, reflect on

  • What are you grateful for today?

  • What do I need to surrender?

  • What are my prayer requests?


Friday Reflection

Morning Routine: Once you are settled in, start by rereading the Bible passage.


Today's reflection question is: We all face challenges. What challenges do I have in my daily life? How can I turn to the Holy Spirit when they arise? Make notes and journal your response.


Evening Routine: As you settle in for the night, reflect on

  • What are you grateful for today?

  • What do I need to surrender?

  • What are my prayer requests?


Saturday Reflection

Morning Routine: Once you are settled in, start by rereading the Bible passage.


Today's reflection question is: In review of my week, what did I experience that fed my spirit and brought me joy? What actions taken filled me up? To whom can I express gratitude this weekend? Make notes and journal your response.


Evening Routine: As you settle in for the night, reflect on

  • What are you grateful for today?

  • What do I need to surrender?

  • What are my prayer requests?


Sunday Reflection

Morning Routine: Once you are settled in, start by rereading the Bible passage.


Today's reflection question is: What wisdom have I gained that I can take into this new week? Make notes and journal your response.


You may want to bring your devotional with you to Mass/ service today and jot down notes in the space provided. They may come in handy for later reference, and sometimes they even tie in with something from the past week or the week ahead!


Evening Routine: We'll start the Lectio Divina process again with a new scripture next week!


Wishing you Love and Light!

Leah


 

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